While negotiations for a ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas officials are announced, 7,028 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza during this war according to Al Jazeera news from today. 2,913 of the dead are children. More than 1,709 of the fatalities, women. Over 1,405 Israelis have been killed. In addition, over 17,000 in Palestine have been injured. These numbers are from Aljazeera and Palestine Red Cross and are confirmed by Human Rights Watch. 50% of Palestinian residential units are destroyed. Most of the 65 sewage pumping stations are not operational. 11 water sanitation facilities are destroyed. (numbers from OCHA and Palestine Health Ministry)
Palestinian American activist, Linda Sarsour was in Vancouver, Washington on October 25th to speak at the Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama was there and recorded an excerpt of Sarsour’s response to an audience question about aid to Palestine.
The two organizations Linda Sarsour refers to are below:
Producer: Yuko Kodama – Special thanks to Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference and Linda Sarsour for permission to record and broadcast
The debate over safe injection sites in King County is a hot topic. The model for such sites is Insite. The first such site in North America, it’s located in Vancouver, British Columbia and offers a room with harm reduction supplies and staff who know how to resuscitate people after an overdose.
The podcast, Cited, dives into the story of another type of service, Vancouver Canada’s Crosstown Clinic. Here people are actually given government funded, prescription heroin. Thousands of people visit supervised injection facilities. The patients at Crosstown are part of a much smaller club.