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“I have a right not to be resilient”: New Orleanians of color remember Hurricane Katrina

I moved to New Orleans in the overwhelming heat and humidity of early July for one reason: K10. Branded as such on banners, billboards, and a deluge of press kits, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall (2015) promised to be a media circus rivaling that of the 1984 World’s Fair. For six weeks leading […]

El Pueblo Sigue Luchando (The People Keep Fighting)

by Leonard Olsen It was a hot and sticky morning in the central park of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. Sweating profusely, I quickly realized that me and my towering, 65-liter backpack looked silly surrounded by hundreds of men and women who had packed all of their belongings into a gym bag. I paused to look around […]

Walking the walk: tracing one woman’s steps into advocating for immigration reform

My parents met Kristen and her husband through their church in suburban Seattle. The four of them have become close friends over the years – sharing Bible study discussions, attending baby showers for each other’s now-adult children, going on architecture tours in Seattle. On her Facebook profile, Kristen describes herself: “Wife, mom, grandma.” Recently, I […]

The Road to Comprehensive Immigration Reform: 2013 in Review

Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the most polemic issues facing the U.S. government and the U.S. population at large. Activists have called for a substantial overhaul of the current immigration system and to replace it with a more equitable and progressive system. Most importantly, advocates are demanding a pathway to legal status and eventually […]