California Town Aims to Remove Racist Water Policies

In “Facing the floodwaters in California’s San Joaquin Valley,” a collaboration with KQED’s The California Report, Teresa Cotsirilos digs into the deep-rooted struggles of the historically Black town of Allensworth. The residents there are trying to overcome a legacy of racist water policies and prevent a deluge from washing away their community.

The story was picked up by Maven’s Notebook.

On social media, the piece was engaged with by Tom Philpott (journalist, 86.5K followers, Twitter) Ezra David Romero (climate reporter KQED, 11.3K followers, Twitter), Danielle Venton (climate reporter KQED, 3.7K followers, Twitter), Brian Watt (KQED news, 4.7K followers, Twitter), Sasha Khokha (host California Report, 2.6K followers, Twitter), Gerry Díaz (San Francisco Chronicle, 3.5K followers, Twitter), Nathan Rott (NPR reporter, 6.2K followers, Twitter), Michael Deibert (author and journalist, 21.6K followers, Twitter), Samuel Sandoval (UC Davis water resources management, 864 followers, Twitter), Real Food Media (16K followers, Twitter), Tiffani Patton (Real Food Media, 274 followers, Twitter), Allensworth Progressive Association (521 followers, Twitter), Second Opinion QB (Independent Vancouver Island, B.C. news magazine, 274 followers, Twitter), Dennis Dimick (photographer, 8.8K followers, Twitter), Equitable Maps Coalition (The Voice for Equitable Maps in CA’s Central Valley, 151 followers, Twitter), Woodcock Foundation (528 followers, Twitter), Katy Keiffer (Heritage Radio, 517 followers, Instagram), CloverCroft Farm (organic farm in Ontario, Canada, 1,630 followers, Instagram), Boots on the Ground podcast (focused on climate change and conservation, 1.3K followers, Instagram), and Kathleen Willcox (food reporter, 20K followers, Instagram).

Our media partner for this story, KQED’s California Report, is broadcast on more than 60 public radio stations in California, with more than 330K listeners.

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