2021-01-13 12:16:50

As COVID Surges in L.A., Hard-Hit Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life, Culture & Language

As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, DN looks at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers.

“Indigenous people, we don’t have the privilege to stay home and not go to work,” says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles.

Romero also laments “the loss of knowledge” that comes with the devastation of COVID-19. “Some of the elders have passed away, and there goes a whole worldview,” she says.

CIELO recently published a book documenting the stories of undocumented Indigenous women from Mexico and Guatemala living in Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. 

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman CIELO Coronavirus Covid COVID-19 Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Indigenous People Los Angeles Odilia Romero Pandemic

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

If Nazis Don’t Approve Your Book Is Banned?

If Nazis Don’t Approve Your Book Is Banned?

Democracy Now!

Memorial Day Massacre: Chicago Cops Killed 10 During 1937 Steel Strike, Then the Media Covered It Up

Memorial Day Massacre: Chicago Cops Killed 10 During 1937 Steel Strike, Then the Media Covered It Up

Democracy Now!

Ukraine’s Left Fights for a Future Free from Domination by Russian Tanks & Western Banks

Ukraine’s Left Fights for a Future Free from Domination by Russian Tanks & Western Banks

Democracy Now!

Oxfam: G7 Countries Owe the Global South More Than $13 Trillion in Development & Climate Assistance

Oxfam: G7 Countries Owe the Global South More Than $13 Trillion in Development & Climate Assistance

Proud Partners