"A NEW DAY"
STORY FOR: palabra, NAHJ
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the overriding sentiment was a mix of relief and joy. Everyday people, separated from the vast lawn of the National Mall by a tall metal fence and thousands of National Guard troops, seemed satisfied: Democracy has been tested of late, they said, by pandemic, by recession and that ugly coup attempt. Yet, we’re still standing. The sense of victory overwhelmed fear of a threat of more violence from Trumpists, disappointment over having to miss the actual inauguration, and the chill of a stiff wind that got everyone to envy Bernie Sanders’ home-made mittens.
A SKID ROW SOUNDTRACK
STORY FOR: palabra, NAHJ
As with most people who wind up on Skid Row, Ricardo’s story is long and complicated. It’s enough to know that as a teen he worked with his father at a radio station in his native Puebla, east of Mexico City. And it’s enough to know that he doesn’t fit the stereotype of a “homeless” person on the streets of America: He’s not a sad down-and-outer sitting by a dumpster, strung out on drugs, or addled by mental illness.
I wanted to focus on that other side -- the side that is not so black and white, that requires the storyteller to look beyond his or her lens in order to show a different and truthful perspective of what a day on Skid Row can look like.
STORY FOR: DAME Magazine
The border protest no one is talking about. At the U.S-Mexico border, Kumeyaay Nation is fighting to protect their sacred land from the Trump administration.The Kumeyaay have inhabited what are now known as Southern California and Northern Mexico for thousands of years. In publicly available maps, Kumeyaay Nation encompasses the border of the Pacific, stretching from Oceanside, California all the way down to Ensenada, Mexico, and extending east to the Colorado River. Evidence of settlement in Kumeyaay territory may date back 12,000 years, although it is a Kumeyaay belief that they have inhabited the land since the beginning of time.
TELL OUR TRUTH
After escaping violence and crossing 2,000 miles of jungle and desert terrain, 6,000 migrants from all parts of Central America land at the US/Mexico border in Tijuana. Their dreams crashing against some of the toughest border policies and anti-immigration rhetoric seen in modern times. Camping feet from the gates of "the shining city" many began to wonder if they would ever find a passage across the border and into the safety of the United States.
TO OWN DRUM
Assignment: Inglewood Today
The murder of 46-year old George Floyd in Minnesota by rogue white police officer Derek Chauvin just might be the pin pulled from the grenade that could alter everything.
“Having been in law enforcement and seeing the Rodney King incident and so many other incidents where there were flashpoints of epiphany that something is wrong with the system, I would say that this is the one that is going to change things,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. explained to KCBS sports anchor Jim Hill during an interview during the height of the recent protest.
COVID 19 PANDEMIC -
Assignment: Larchmont Chronicle
A student from Los Angeles High School plays his trumpet outside his empty school campus. Due to the coronavirus, all Los Angeles County schools have been ordered to close.
TOAST AT THE END
OF THE LINE
Assignment: Easy Reader
A local musician pays tribute to the passing of a beloved neighbor who passed from the coronavirus.