South LA activists gather for town hall on economy

Southern California social service providers are seeing the effects of the country’s economic turbulence. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze was there when they gathered at a town hall in South Los Angeles to discuss what they’re calling the crisis on Main Street.

Frank Stoltze: A medical clinic serves as an island of healing at the corner of 58th and Hoover streets in South L.A. Dr. Rishi Manchanda says that lately, he’s seeing a new kind of patient.

Rishi Manchanda: I can’t tell you how many times in the past several weeks that I’ve been in a room with a patient who’s come in for a cough and a cold and ended up having to console a patient who started crying.

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