Lakshmi Sarah

Producer, Educator & Writer

‘Fire Monks’ Prepared to Defend Tassajara Zen Center as Willow Fire Threatens

The Willow Fire, which ignited Thursday evening in the rugged Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest — in the mountains about 15 miles southeast of Big Sur — has been … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

‘This Is American History’: Oakland Mini Museum on the Black Panther Party Opens on Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth this year, The West Oakland Mural Project opened a small museum to highlight Black Panther Party history. “It’s going to stay here for as long as I am … Continue reading

June 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Many Are Thrilled California Has Reopened. How Do Some COVID Survivors Feel?

For Gina Vitelli, who lost her father to COVID-19 last December, California’s so-called return to pre-pandemic normal will never really be possible. Vitelli, who is based in Los Gatos, is … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

‘The Work That Makes All Other Work Possible’: Ai-jen Poo on Why Home Care Workers Are Infrastructure Workers

Produced for KQED news based on a Forum episode. The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the importance of child care, in-home care and support for the elderly as well … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Childfree by Choice, Regretting Parenthood and the Taboo of Freedom

Produced for KQED news based on a Forum episode. A growing number of adults are choosing to pursue a life without children. Still, many people — especially women — say … Continue reading

June 9, 2021

Activists Stage ‘Die-in’ at Newsom Residence to Demand More Relief for Immigrant Workers

For KQED news. Activists held a die-in on the street in front of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Sacramento home early Wednesday to demand COVID-19 relief for undocumented workers who they say … Continue reading

June 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

First in the US — California’s Task Force on Reparations Looks at Harms of Slavery

KQED news. A first-in-the-country state task force to study reparations for Black Californians launched its inaugural meeting Tuesday. The task force is charged with outlining slavery’s modern-day impacts on Black … Continue reading

June 1, 2021

How Some Elders are Working to Preserve the Legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland

For KQED news. Buffalo Sojourn, who just goes by Buffalo, has been a community advocate for decades. He’s also a former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Newsom Pardons Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters

For KQED news. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pardoned more than a dozen people, including two formerly incarcerated firefighters who faced deportation.’Being a Californian means believing that people can turn … Continue reading

May 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

As Pandemic Slows in the Bay, Diaspora Turns Attention to India

On KQED’s The Bay.

May 5, 2021

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