Roadblocks to Resources for the East Bay’s Latinx and Maya Mam Immigrants

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People wear masks as they walk on International Boulevard in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California on Sunday, June 28, 2020. (Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle )

The pandemic has hit the East Bay’s Latino immigrant community disproportionately hard. And to make matters worse, many were unable to access services that were available - things like rent relief, food aid, and help with utility bills. A recent El Tímpano report, produced in collaboration with Latino USA, looks at the consequences of these obstacles as well as community solutions. We’ll discuss the report, the role of language barriers and touch on some of the unique challenges faced by Maya Guatemalans in the East Bay who speak an indigenous language called Mam.


Tania Quintana, program coordinator, Education Super Highway; community organizer, researcher and writer.

Madeleine Bair, journalist and founder of El Tímpano.

Linda Roman, program specialist, Tech Exchange.