How are people of color affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the St. Paul teachers strike?

Samples are tested for COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic is conducting a drive-through process in Rochester to collect COVID-19 specimens for testing.
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Counter Stories looks at three news stories and their impact on communities of color.

The spread of the coronavirus across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic. The U.S. has over 1000 reported cases. Communities of color, especially Southeast Asians, are concerned about attacks based on a fear of coronavirus. This week, New York City has put in place a hate crimes task force to assist the NYPD in investigating coronavirus-related assaults against Asians.

We look at how the St. Paul teachers strike impacts other workers including teacher assistants, school bus drivers and canteen workers.

And in our tribute to Women’s History Month, we celebrate the achievements of women of color.

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Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant.

Anthony Galloway, executive director of Arts-US Center for the African Diaspora.

Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group”

Luz Marie Frais, Equity Coach and Founder of The Savvy Coach