Tanks for nothing

Today we’re turning to Dr Flo to give us the lowdown on the FDA’s change in blood donation rules, and how they’ve loosened restrictions on gay and bisexual men. It’s a good step forward on an archaic screening system. But they still haven’t gone far enough.

We then take a moment to discuss former Sacramento resident Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who was beaten and killed by police for no reason in Memphis, TN.

How many times do we need to grieve these deaths before real systemic change takes place? How many more lives will be lost to murderous cops?

Here in Sacramento, it appears that things have not changed at all, despite elections yielding a majority-women city council.

Just one day after council members attended a vigil for Nichols, they proceeded to vote for the police to receive a $400,000 tank. Only council members Katie Valenzuela and Mai Vang voted against it.

We recorded this episode a day early, so we did not know the result of the vote quite yet. You’ll notice that we were far too optimistic in our guesses of how it would pan out.

Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always:

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