How Do We Survive?

In San Francisco, as in other cities, the lines at food pantries, pawnshops, and free markets have been growing due to the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For many Latinx immigrants in those lines, the virus is particularly complicated and toxic. Immigrants who had gained a place in the American economy through a small business, saw it crushed by the virus.
For the undocumented among them, staying at home meant no income and no government help. Instead, they made the daily decision to continue working in restaurants, food delivery, or construction. It was a decision that meant higher rates of infection, sickness, and in some cases, death.

The Latino Task Force Emerges to Take on COVID-19

The Latino Task Force is demonstrating how years of training, deep roots, and savvy leadership can muster a force that has been more visible than any city agency. It is a child of the pandemic, but the task force is led by people who have been activists since the 1970s. It’s clear now that all of their life experience prepared them for precisely this moment in time.

A Mother Gets COVID, Her Son Gets Surgery

Say you are 11 years old, say your mom has tested positive for Covid and is pretty sick with the virus in your apartment, say your dad takes you and your brother and sister to get tested, and you all test positive.  Though you have no symptoms, a few days later, you get appendicitis. That is what happened to SF Tenderloin resident Rodney Gongora.