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The Grassroots Group Helping Oakland Mask Up (Again)

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Mask Oakland has distributed more than 100,000 masks since 2017. (Courtesy of Mask Oakland)

Back in 2017, Quinn Jasmine Redwoods saw a long line of people at a food distribution center in Oakland. Nobody in line had a mask, even though the most deadly and destructive wildfires in Californian’s history were spreading pollutants into the air.

So Redwoods picked up 300 masks at a local store, and created Mask Oakland, a trans/queer led grassroots organization to distribute masks to mostly unhoused and disabled people. And now, fires are burning again — this time, in the middle of a pandemic.

Guest: Quinn Jasmine Redwoods, founding organizer at Mask Oakland


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