“Somos Esenciales” is a new project by Paul S. Flores featuring Latino/a/x workers, organizers & artists who share their stories about COVID-19 with public health and government policy workers.
You can view the videos belowConnie Rivera; Aztec danzante, business owner of Mixcoatl on 24th Street, Latinx essential worker at Mission Food Hub. For English subtitles, please turn on CC (Closed Captioning)
“We’ve been responding to gun violence in this neighborhood for a very long time. And now we’ve just transitioned from responding to that pandemic to responding to this pandemic.” Jon Jacobo, Latino Task Force SF. “It is the people that are living the struggle or have lived the struggle that understand their reality better than anyone else. We need to channel that energy toward recovery.” (turn on Closed Caption in the gear icon bottom right to SPANISH para los subtitulos en Español)
“When the milk came people cried. It broke my heart.” Roberto Hernandez helped start the @MissionFoodHub in San Francisco to provide free food and support to Latino families who had lost income during the COVID pandemic. The LatinoTaskForce taking care of our own when the government wouldn’t support us. #SomosEsenciales More stories to come. [turn on Closed Caption in the gear icon bottom right to SPANISH para los subtitulos en Español]
“Women are life givers. You are respected. Know that. You should never be disrespected by anyone. We are not going to tolerate that.” Valerie Tulier-Laiwa of Latino Task ForceSF breaks down how women are essential in the fight against COVID.