Somos Esenciales

“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.

Co-Produced by Acción Latina, the Latino Task Force, & Paul S. Flores supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures & the Surdna Foundation’s Catalyst For Change Program.

Additional Support:
Southwest Folklife Alliance
Participatory Action Research coordinator Adriana Camarena
Hidden GEM Creative Studios

You can view the videos below

Connie 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)

Somos Esenciales: Roberto Hernandez – The Mission Food Hub from Green Eyed Media on Vimeo.

“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]

“Somos Esenciales” – Valerie Tulier-Laiwa from Green Eyed Media on Vimeo.

“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.