Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

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An insurance adjuster walks through a Coffey Park home that was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on October 23, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of the deadly 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, local Latino leaders called out what they saw as rampant disparities in how low-income and immigrant communities experienced and recovered from the fires. Their findings, which included failures in emergency communication, price gouging and lack of access to aid, mirror what experts say is a national trend when natural disasters strike. We'll discuss the impact of the recent fires, evacuations and power shutoffs on the least privileged.


Thomas Fuller, San Francisco bureau chief, New York Times

Irma Garcia, volunteer, Immigrant Defense Task Force

Gabriela Orantes, Just Recovery Fellow, North Bay Organizing Project

James Elliott, professor and department chair of sociology, Rice University