'Our People Are Not Disposable': How East San Jose Is Coping With the Pandemic

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Maritza Maldonado holds a photo of her sister Miriam (left), who died from COVID-19 complications last May. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

The ZIP codes in and near East San Jose have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 in the Bay Area. They’re predominantly immigrant neighborhoods with thousands of essential workers, many of whom work for the Silicon Valley tech giants located nearby.

Many say the pandemic has simply exposed generations of disinvestment in this corner of Santa Clara County. So how are community members in these neighborhoods surviving and helping each other during a pandemic that has affected the Bay Area so unequally?

Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED reporter

Episode transcript here.

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