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At some point the math is the math. I think we can do a better job using that information. It reinforces my belief that I have the best constituents. Happy Friday Austin, District Six! Welcome to Episode 29 of the Clawback. We have been doing these shows for 6, 7 months now and I'm so glad that everyone is tuning in and getting all the information that we're trying to put out in the community through this video series, through this live show. We have a pretty stunning show for you today. We have Representative Vikki Goodwin who overlaps a lot of District Six, kind of the Western Travis County side, but has been doing some great work even during the pandemic. We have Shadia Igram and Zafar Choudhury from Muslim Space, which does Muslim services in District 6, and we'll talk about Ramadan – Eid Mubarak, everyone! It's the end of Ramadan. And for a musical guest: I don't even know how to preface it. Gina Chavez, y'all! Unbelievable guests. All the credit to Kate Messer, who is my musical director for the show, in addition to being a close friend and a City Hall staffer, and helping out on the campaign. She's been doing a great job pulling in some some wonderful folks from our live music community. But let's go ahead and get started. I wanna do a little bit of a review of what's happening in the pandemic. Let me go ahead and pull up some charts here. We had Dr. Escott amongst a number of folks give a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday, and it was some pretty interesting data, I thought. You can see in the charts here, the total cumulative cases keep going up, because of course they would, but the new infections are kind of staying flat, and just because of, you know, math, that means the percent increase is dropping. You can see on the new confirmed cases. There's a lot of kind of flat activity that's happening, spiky stuff from day to day, but overall new cases is pretty flat. You can then get into hospitalizations, and this is such an important part, Oops-I my background there - such an important part of how as a nation, as a city, as a community, we're going to get through this pandemic with as few deaths as possible. We have to keep hospitalizations within the capacity of our hospital system. And so, even though you can see the new cases relatively flat, Hospitalizations is ticking up. And in large part that's because the amount of time people are spending in the hospital is causing it slowly to grow. New admissions as you can see this here, new admissions to the hospital is flat, but the total number of hospitalizations grows, and it's kind of a scary thing. You've probably heard in the news in in the beginning of this pandemic, we were tracking somewhat close in terms of split by race and ethnicity, we were tracking fairly close to what our community is, but in the last month, that has diverged. There's a lot of theories about why the Hispanic population is having a greater rate of hospitalizations, as a result of this pandemic. In the strongest version of that, I that I've seen that I've heard is, that when the governor reopened construction sites, that construction sites did not really step up and do everything they needed to do to protect their construction workers, which predominantly, kind of overwhelmingly, represents Hispanic population. So there's a lot of work that's gonna be done on that. There's gonna be I think a task force formed. There's a lot of activity happening around getting this crisis to not be disparate across any part of our community. We're all in this together, and there's nothing good about any one part of the city or one part of our community having to bear a bigger load. The thing that really kinda blew me away: So here's the chart off Travis County new cases, and each of these charts is gonna break it down by cases per million, so it can get to normalize the charts between the urban counties. So here's Travis, fairly flat. Here's Bexar County San Antonio, fairly flat, but check out Dallas. Look at that spike happening in early May, and then you get into El Paso County, and it is more of a direct upward trend getting into May. Harris County had a spike April and recovered, and it looks like it might be spiking again, and you get into Tarrant County, and it's just been an upward rise. I mean, it's just fascinating how each County, which reasonably speaking, is working under the same orders from the governor, because of course, the governor kinda took away local authority to do different orders, but they're having a very different outcome. A very different experience. To me, only highlights the fact that we need local independence and local authority, so that we, at each city and each County can independently respond to the different challenges that community is facing. And it's through a variety of factors in terms of industry, and what's opening, you know, political leadership, and messaging, and media, and all the things. But ultimately, this is why local control and being able to set policy at the local level is so important cuz you can see how different the state is across Counties. I'm gonna come over to the general dashboard. This was updated last weekend. A lot of great information on the dashboard. Unfortunately, our death toll to the crisis keeps rising as Do the number of cases. But you can see things broken down in terms of Travis County and the City of Austin. So as a reminder, this dashboard covers the part of District 6 that's in Williamson County, and you can see - you zoom in to the Zip code part - see there's the County line, so you can right there, it does dip over into the City of Austin part of Williams County, but it doesn't include other parts of Williamson County. In fact, Williamson County's dashboard, If you go and pull that up, you can see that the cases around Round Rock are much higher than they are in this chart. So if you live in the Williamson County part of District 6 like I do, actually your data appears on both. Your data appears in this dashboard. It also appears in the Williamson County Dashboard. But you can see the hot spots really falling right down the center of Town, North and South, but along that axis. But cases everywhere, And it's important that we stay vigilant, and do everything that we can to keep protecting ourselves.
Rep. Vikki Goodwin
I wanna bring up my first guest. She represents the amazing folks of House District 47, and has a lot of overlap with Council District 6, TX Rep. Vikki Goodwin. Hi Vikki! Hi Jimmy! How are you? I am doing - you know? it's so funny. How do we even answer that question anymore? Like, we all ask it. Sometimes I feel like I don't know how I'm doing. I'm still here, so I guess that's good, right? Right. It's just habit, you know that just comes out whenever I greet somebody. But yeah, it's it is a tough question cuz we've all been sequestered in our homes for two months and it's just craziness. You know if there's a silver lining, One is that traffic on our streets has decreased significantly, fewer people are out, and yet at the same time, I was in a Rotary meeting yesterday with the President of the Police Association Union who talked about the increase in reckless driving - a lot of speeding. People driving 90 to a hundred miles an hour on I-35, 183, Mopac and you know TxDOT has this emphasis on Ending the Streak. We haven't had a day since November, 2007, when someone hasn't died on our highways here in Texas. And so TxDot has this hashtag: #EndtheStreak. You would think that with the decrease in people on the roads that there would be a day within the last two months where there was not a fatality on our Texas highways, but unfortunately, that's not the case. That's that's very sad for the folks that are still having that happen to them, but it is more proof that in order to really slow or end traffic fatalities and pedestrian fatalities, It's not just about people not driving, it is about infrastructure design. It is about pedestrian safe crosswalks. It is about a lot of different things and ultimately a little bit of personal responsibility, but the flip side of that Representative, even if we wanted to just solve a problem with enforcement, we couldn't possibly tax the community enough to have enough officers patrolling the streets to catch everybody doing something bad. We all have to hold each other accountable, but I wanna know more about what you've been up to Vikki. I mean you do a lot of community engagement as a as a representative and your House District kind, well I say that it starts in District 6. I say that it starts in my corner, and then goes South and and hits part of South Austin but… Talk about what you've been doing to stay engaged with the folks of House District 47? Yeah. Absolutely. So we, before COVID-19 hit, we had planned a number of events, you know, town halls, and once a month we would have a morning coffee with constituents. Once a month we would have a Friday evening Happy Hour at a local establishment, and we have picked out some really neat brew pubs and bars and restaurants that are in the district. With COVID-19 we shift that all online. So we've been doing Zoom events and Facebook Live events. We had one just this morning with some some people who work very closely with our most at-risk children. We had Friends of the Children and Arrow, which is a foster care placement agency. So they came and talked about how they're doing, and how they've had to pivot with Covid- 19, what their needs are, and how the families and kids are doing. That's great. I mean I've I've been able to participate in a few of the town halls, in the two of the events that you put together, and thank you for the invites to those. What are you - I know that you've got a call with the Governor at 2pm to talk about the pandemic, I assume, because I think these are regular phone calls. What are you seeing in terms of response at the state level? What I can talk a lot about what's happening at the city level, But what are you seeing at the state level? Well first I have to say I really appreciate the work that the City and the County are doing, because you are on the ground, you're able to respond to people, because you know what's going on right there in your community. The state has been - and I really like to refer to it as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker, because they are the ones making the decisions right. Now as a legislator, we're certainly submitting correspondence to the governor that we get from our constituents. Some ideas suggestions, feedback, and concerns. We are constantly sending to the governor, but he ultimately makes the decisions. And as we know, he was slower to call a stay-at-home order, than Travis County or the City of Austin, so it took a lot of guts and courage for the City and the County to make that decision. The governor, I think, has at one moment relied on the cities and counties to make these important decisions, and then the next moment will come along and say, No, I override everything. So it's been a little bit frustrating I know for City leaders and County leadership. But at the state level, one of the biggest things that my office has been dealing with are people who have been trying to reach out for unemployment benefits so that they can put food on the table so that they can pay their rent, and as you can imagine with as many people who are unemployed right now, the calls and website inquiries to Texas Workforce Commission have just overwhelmed the agency. So they have done a lot of things to improve their response time - from increasing the number of phone lines, increasing staff, increasing Web servers and increasing their hours. So they basically are responding to people seven days a week. Not 24 hours, but the only reason they aren't doing it. 24 hours is simply because the servers need time to do their processing overnight, but I believe they're open 7am-7pm. The biggest issue is just helping people get money they need to stay in their homes and feed their families. Well, Thank you for continuing to push on the Workforce Commission, and as they scale up their operations, none of the systems that government has are built to handle this thing that we're in. I think for some period of time, we can kind of roll with the punches. but then at some point, I think there are fair expectations on, as you put it, the Governor the Lt Guv to figure out what the right - we should fairly be asking and expecting of them, and I'm hopeful that the governor will remember how this crisis began: Which was Texas is a big, diverse state, and our cities and counties all have very different needs, and we gotta trust local decision-making. If I remember correctly: "That's how we do it in Texas!" -and it lasted all about, like, 48 hours, and then suddenly, it wasn't how we do it in Texas. Suddenly, it was governor has sole authority, which is what he wrote in his orders. But I know you're such a great advocate for not just for House District 47, but for this whole region, and I'm so appreciative to have you as a partner in all of the work that we're trying to get done and we'll have you back on the show to talk about some of the non-COVID policy work that you and I have been working on. And I know you'll be on the ballot this November as will I, and good luck, Representative Goodwin. We need to keep you in the House. Thank you. I appreciate it and good luck on your call with the governor at two. Okay. Take care. Thanks Vikki. Vikki has has been a really great partner for District 6, for the City of Austin, for this region, for the other municipalities that are in House District, 47 Lakeway, for example. She's been a really strong advocate and has been able to really kinda bridge the gap and not have to make everything about partisanship, but really make things about good and equitable policy. She's been a great partner in that effort.
Now you know it's the midpoint of the show, and this is the time when we bring on our musical guest, and I don't have enough I can say about Gina Chavez. She's not just an amazing artist, but she's a representative of music and for the city. And she travels the world representing Austin, and creating some pretty spectacular music. So I'm so excited to have Gina Chavez on the show. Hi, Gina. Hey, how are you? I am fine? How you doing? How is your family? How are you holding up good? Good. I think like everybody, there's ups and downs. You know I'm home more now than I have ever been, cuz normally I was on the road about every week, like Wednesday through Sunday. So it's actually been really great to be home with my wife. We have a new house, and we're loving it, and it's a wonderful place to be in quarantine. You know at the same, I think we're all kind of dealing with you know being in each other's space all the time and what that feels like, and you know, I feel like there's a lot of weird stressors that are happening right now. But the really exciting news is I actually have a new album coming out which was - Whoa! It was supposed to be a full-length album, but then coronavirus! So we actually turned it into an EP and it's an all- Spanish language EP that comes out on Wednesday. So very excited to be getting some new Music in the world and especially just, you know, messages of hope, messages of of empowerment that I feel like everybody needs right now. That's so exciting. I can only imagine how difficult it has been. You're such a strong live performer. You do a lot of live performances. What has it been like during this time to adapt and shift your your performances? Sure. So what's funny is I actually went live- I came back from the tour on March 8 and So that was the last time I toured, and that was even When it was starting to be like "Oh is this - what's happening?" We had already- We weren't touching people at the merch table, and we were kind of like laughing about it, but we didn't know how to treat it. I got home, and I have been home ever since. So I started live streaming. I think on March 14 and did that for about 21 days straight, and I was exhausted at the end of it. I got to a point where it was great to reconnect with fans; like the first few weeks were amazing, just being able to see old friends and stuff, but I think for me as a live performer, like you said, Jimmy, It's- I missed the audience interaction. I'm a true extrovert, and I need the energy of other people, and so live streaming is literally performing to my own face, and it's kind of exhausting- to have to be the energy. You know, my wife has been great, and she'll be behind the scenes, and she'll be like dancing around, and trying to be the energy that's not there, but it's tough. It's very tough. That is, at least one thing that that I can appreciate. Being on as Council Member, we have all of our Council meetings and things that are that are broadcast on TV. I'm in my little home studio thing with my Green screen, and the lights. And yesterday, for example, we were our Council meeting, I think for 12 hours straight. It's like just ON. I'm I'm a little bit of an extrovert. I don't know if someone with a live show could not be an extrovert. So I definitely understand that piece of it. You haven't just livestreamed on your own. You participated in a live stream with Visit Austin right? Mm-hmm. I'm doing a fair amount of you know, live streaming and did one for there's a place called the Wharton Center, and I was supposed to, I'm actually supposed to there in 2021. We'll keep our fingers crossed that our country can get it together. But you know in the meantime, it was actually kind of a cool opportunity because a lot of these places and even Visit Austin, everybody needs content right now. And so it's kind of a cool thing to be a musician, and be able to say Hey I can provide you a free show. Doesn't really cost any money except for me having to get equipment and stuff, but you know, I get to be in front of new fans and y'all get to add some content to your page, and have a good time, and so it actually ends up being kind of a cool things. We're doing somewhat of a virtual tour with the new album, which is kind of exciting, and it's an opportunity that otherwise would be hard to go live on other people's platforms, because there is a lot of content happening, normally so. Anyway, I feel like it's one of those examples of people just being really you know, it's just the way humans- we make something out of a really tough situation, and we learn how to connect with each other, even when it's really hard. I do think as much as there is a lot of negative news and things that could be a lot better, we need to call our leaders to those things- We're doing it. You know we're finding ways to connect and that's really inspiring. Gina, I gotta say I am just having that backdrop behind you, feel like I'm having a religious experience, cuz you you sit with and it's just like Halo Halo Halo Halo spinning out from there. It's like- this is a little weird! It's beautiful! It's a beautiful thing. It's- yeah so I am so excited that you are willing to share some of your music on the show today. I'm excited to hear what you have to play! Sure, and I do wanna, since you you had me on your show Jimmy, I gotta do the shameless plug. So here's my very high-tech way of showing you my new album cover. Oh, can you see it? Yes! Gorgeous! So it's called La Que Manda. It's all in Spanish, and this is the first single we released. It's called Ella, which means 'She' in Spanish, and this is a song that is very much under - you know we're talking earlier about the Latino community being hit really hard by COVID. I personally have been- it's been really on my heart that you know, survivors of domestic abuse, This is an awful time. I can't imagine what it's like to be cooped up in a place that's supposed to be home and it's not a safe space. I can't imagine, and so what we're doing is with this song, which is already out in the world., it's called Ella, we're actually creating a music video with dancers from all over the world who are lending their talents to tell the story of what it's like to be a survivor right now. We've got a director working on it, and videos from dancers from all over the world, and so even If don't understand the lyrics of the song, I want you to imagine that this is a song about Lucha. This is a song about fight. It's a song about- especially for women who know what it's like to be made small, to have to be quiet, and kind of saying, "No more!" and saying "We're not gonna give in; we are survivors!" Thank you. Gina. Sus manos están atadas, Su voz no puede mas, No sabe a dónde ir, Ni que hacer, Su cuerpo no para de bailar, Al ritmo de esta realidad No sabe a dónde ir, Ni que hacer, Le quitaron las ganas de hablar, El silencio tratan de comprar, A la fuerza ellos quieren callar. En contra de esto y más, Nunca se rindio. Nunca se rindio. En la calle corremos peligro, En la casa nos matan también, Y si armamos valor pa’ decirlo, Hasta la iglesia se calla también, Pero no tenemos tiempo que perder, Fueron muchas las que lucharon ayer, Por las que están, y las que vendran. No nos rendimos. Nunca se rindio, Ella persistio. Yay! That was beautiful. Thank you, so much Gina for sharing your music with us and for coming on to my show today. Just for folks who are watching, we have at least a few folks who are fans, They're commenting. They love you. Where can people get your music? Where should they go to get it? You know, honestly, I'm everywhere. So I always encourage people wherever they like to get music. You know to get that Music, We actually have a cool promotion going on, where I've got a digital download of the album, and a bandana - you can see that - that was designed by a local artist named Daphna Sebbane. So anyway, we got kind of a promo going on. If you go to my website, you can find out all about it. Gina Chavez.com. Otherwise you know, I encourage you to get the music where you listen to music. I want you to hear it. If you wanna get a CD, you can get that from me, otherwise it will be on all platforms on Wednesday. It's called La Que Manda, and if you follow me on Spotify, you'll get it you'll get it first. Y'all, Thank you so much for having me on, and I also wanna give a shout out to my workplace. On my day job is I work for the Center for public policy priorities. I'm not sure if you're familiar with CPPP but we- I definitely am, yeah, so we do work for all Texans on you know the local state and federal levels, and you know I will say this, having an Income right now, When all my tour dates got cut out from under me. I've been there for 10 years, and I've never been more thankful to have steady work as well as the opportunity to still make music. So yeah. So y'all follow us. We've got a lot of great live streams ourselves about what's going on, and how we can help out our fellow Texans. So awesome. Thank you so much Gina, and I would be remiss if I didn't send you off with a little bit of music, because I believe you have a birthday coming up, I do! Happy Birthday to you. Alright, that's enough for me. Thank you so much. Gina, for sharing your music, Say what? You've got a good voice! Thank y'all. Let's do a duet! Alright! Thanks. Thanks so much, Gina. That was awesome. That was really amazing. She does such great work for the community. I didn't even know that she worked for the CPPP, so, in addition to sharing her music talent with the world, she also works on important policies to help Austinites right here at home. That's pretty awesome.
Shadia Igram & Zafar Choudhury from Muslim Space
Our last guests for the show today, it is the end of a special time of the year for the Muslim community, and it has been a very strange one having to do it during a pandemic. So I wanna bring Zafar Choudhury and Shadia Igram! Thank you all so much for joining the show. It's great to have you on. Thank you for having us, Jimmy. You all are both involved with Muslim Space, which I believe meets right in District 6 right? It meets up here in far northwest Austin. Yeah, we meet everywhere, but we do hold our weekly Friday Prayer service at the Church of the Savior right off the 620, you're right. I love that. This is, you know, I I think it's the law. I have to love stuff that's happening in District 6, but you all have done some really great work bringing a different perspective to the Muslim community and allowing folks to kinda be who they are in that space, which I think is really great work. Talk a bit about what Ramadan has been like- and Eid Mubarak to both of you! You know we are at the end of a special time, but it has been a strange one. It has! So I'll just share a little bit about how we have moved what we had planned on doing for Ramadan in person to virtual platforms, and we're really grateful that we kinda had a little bit of time to prepare. We had stopped holding our in-person Friday prayers. I think March 13th was our last in-person, for- actually it was the week before, March 7th. March 13th is when we started hosting the sermons online and so that had continued and even you know getting in closer to Ramadan, it was like, are we gonna be able to do anything, and as it came very apparent that we were not gonna be able to do anything live, we said, Okay, What are we gonna do online? So we put out a nightly recitation from the Holy Quran. Every night you can tune in and have 30 minutes of recitation from various people from around the world. So that was a really cool thing that we're able to do because you can't do that live. You can't bring in people from Cairo and from St Louis and from Tempe, Arizona. Then we also moved some of our children's programming online to Zoom, so you know, parents can put their kids in front of the computer, and we would do a craft together. We would read stories together, and oh my goodness there was just so much that we've done that as we're nearing the end of the the month, I'm having a brain fog trying to look back and go, Oh my gosh, When did we start When do we do all this stuff? But we primarily focused very much virtually. We're- Zafar - I'm gonna toss this over to him. This guy was like, on the streets taking care of people. So Zafar, why don't you share what you were doing. So, Jimmy, when the lockdown went into effect in March, a lot of the teenagers came forward and said, Look, the adults are making a lot of decisions about the economy, about school shutdown, about counseling, graduation ceremonies. Some of the stuff. We wanna do something. We wanna feel important. We wanna feel meaningful. We wanna be impactful to our society, to our communities. So they got together, the first thing that they did was make masks! Thousands and thousands of masks. Over 3,500 masks, hand stitched, machine woven masks that they distributed to area hospitals, St. David, Seton, Scott+White, and various clinics, Veterans Administration, law enforcement, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, homeless, and after the Mask project, which lasted a couple of months was completed, they decided to collect food items, especially for the rural community, because a lot of the Meals on Wheels programs had dried up. So they hit Manor, Elgin, Bastrop, McDade, Hutto, Pflugerville, Giddings, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, a lot of rural communities, and they started collecting food every weekend and distributing them, and dropping them off in neighborhoods - elderly, single moms, asylum seekers, things like that. And then the mosques got into it. Austin has about 13 local area mosques. One of them, primarily the North Austin Muslim Community Center, jumped on the bandwagon very quickly. It's the largest mosque in Austin, and they started doing this on weekends, on Saturdays, they would deliver meals to families, and on Sundays they would have a drive-thru program, where they would have between 300 to 400 vehicles come by every Sunday morning and pick up boxes of groceries and essential food items: milk, eggs, meat, fresh vegetables, fruits. And all in all, it has been an incredible experience. A lot of the Muslim restaurants in Austin have opened their doors. Told them during the month of Ramadan, you can come in and get whatever food you want. Our doors are open. A lot of these businesses, Their revenue has fallen about 70-80% because there's no dine in, there's no catering, but they still open their doors. Places like Bar B Q Inn, Zafia Grill, Shahi Cafe all of these restaurants, they said, Come between this time and this time, and anyone who walks in, can get a free box of food. No questions asked. No judgment, just come in and take a meal from us, and that was really incredible to see. In the past few weeks, we've seen them give out at least 5,000 meals to anyone that comes to their doorstep. For Muslim businesses, and most volunteers to do that, to come forward like this, it's just remarkable for me to see. I've never seen anything like this. I've lived in Austin for 30 years. I've never seen, you know, I saw the community come together during Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina, and a few other disasters, but I've never seen Muslims and Non-muslims, businesses of all kinds, come together in this fashion before, it's unprecedented. It is a very strange and amazing thing to be experiencing as a community and through the live show, Over the the last few weeks, I've been able to have on a few different groups who are doing similar work, who are pulling their parts of the community together, who are making masks or distributing food, who are trying to support local businesses. You know, it is difficult to talk about silver linings while you're in the middle of it, cuz the linings are still out there, we're in the Middle of the clouds. But they're there. and I think that it shows the real power and strength of our community, and the work that you all have done and to have the kids be leading on it is really something special. You know it's tough to think about what the future might hold. But if these are the folks, if those kids are gonna be the ones in charge of it, makes me feel a little bit better. Yeah, there's hope and and just to refer back to the work that Muslim Space has done, Muslim Spaces is an Organization that's been around for a few years, but the way that they have stepped up, their volunteers, their members donating. We have created an outreach fund where we needed money for meals, to make a hot meals. We have a team that makes hot meals, hot fresh South Asian Cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, every Saturday, and deliver it to your doorsteps The folks that Muslim Space, a lot of them donated generously the money that the Muslim community has has generated from the mosques. If all the mosques their funds are combined together, it's over $50,000 that the community has come together, and it's all in a matter of weeks. I think what the silver lining here is that when push comes to shove, we put aside all of our ethnic, religious, ideological, differences, and we come together as one race, as a human race. That's what's- That's one of the lessons that I've learned from from this disaster. This pandemic, is that people have put aside any and all differences to come together to make things work. It is definitely something to be hopeful for, and I'm so thankful for you all for coming onto the show and sharing the story of Muslim Space and the way you all have been coming together during this crisis to help our community. Y'all have a few fans that are commenting on the show. I'm gonna bring up a few of these comments. Definitely you have some fans in the community. Thank you all so much for coming out of the show and talking a little bit about Muslim Space and for all the community leadership you all provide to folks in my district in far Northwest, Austin and across the whole city. Thank Shadia, Zafar. Thanks. Thank you, Jimmy! Thanks for having us on. Wow. What an amazing show today. Thank you to Representative Goodwin. Thank you to Gina Chavez. Thank you to Shadia and Zafar for joining us today. There's a lot of good stuff that's happening. There's good stuff happening in this community. There are people who are innovating. They are being creative. They're trying to figure out new ways to survive. But we aren't out of it yet, and I keep starting the show talking about the data because I think it's important to know that we don't know where this crisis is headed next. Austin and Travis County and parts of Williamson County have done a really great job staying at home, wearing masks, protecting folks. I hear stories, you know, it's easy to find the stories online where that's not happening, but I hear from District 6 constituents, How most everyone is really trying to do the right thing, and wearing their masks when they're going to H-E-B and trying to stay home and unless you're doing something essential, and we have to stick with this. At the same time, we continue to roll out new programs at the city: Item 23 with the Anchor Fund, the Clear Fund the Childcare Fund, hopefully those will hit the streets soon. We'll be able to get more financial support to our local businesses who are trying to do their best to survive through this crisis, and for all of the the folks in this community who are having a hard time paying their rent more programs coming for that, rental assistance work. We're gonna be talking about that At some special called meetings at the council next week so be on the lookout for those resources. You can find all of the recovery resources at ATXRecovers.com That's the city website where we will continue to be tracking all of the work that we're trying to do. And of course I'm on the ballot this year. We still are gonna have election in November, and we've done so much amazing stuff for Northwest Austin and for the city as a whole in my first term on the Council. If you feel so inclined to support this work, you can make donations on my website. JimmyFlannigan.com/ donate and that helps us both produce the show and to to do more outreach and help us be prepared for an election in November, which I think is going to be one of the most intense crazy and bizarre elections in our lifetimes or maybe in anybody's lifetime. It's gonna be a wild time. Thanks everybody. Thanks to all my guests for being on the show. Thanks to you all for watching and for commenting, This is a crazy time, and as I end every show, let's take care of each other. Let's take care of our community, and if you can, stay home.
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