California is being inundated with calamities. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sicken and kill thousands. Wildfires exacerbated by the climate crisis rage and cause unhealthy levels of air pollution, displacing families across the state. A tidal wave of evictions looms due to an economic crisis in a housing environment with longstanding affordability problems. Numerous instances of anti-Blackness and state-sanctioned violence continue to occur. Death Valley reached the highest temperature on record.

This is just to name a few of our ongoing problems.