Bear Guerra has been traveling and working alongside anthropologist, writer and dear friend Michael Cepek in Cofán indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon. His beautiful portrait of Roberto, Alejandro and Lucia Criollo graces the cover (plus more than 40 of his documentary images are inside) in Michael's new book, "Life in Oil," which tells the history and consequences of the oil industry from a Cofán perspective.
This June, we gave a final presentation about our storytelling project, "Going Gray in LA" to a large crowd of social workers, aging researchers, medical doctors and other providers who are advocating for the rights of older adults in Los Angeles County. We were joined by Kenwood Jung, a housing rights activist from Chinatown, and Michelle Cotton, a family caregiver from South Los Angeles -- both of whom we spent time with for our stories.
For the next few months, Bear will be collaborating with the Cofan Survival Fund/Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán (a nonprofit dedicated to the survival of the Cofán indigenous culture and its home in the Ecuadorean Amazon). Prints of Bear's work in the community are available for sale, and 60% of proceeds will go to the Cofán Survival Fund. Thank you for helping us spread the word! Visit the photo sale here.
Ruxandra's third "Letter from California" is out in High Country News, on the tricky dance Los Angeles' cops must do in order to stay in Latino engagement but out of immigration enforcement. Every month, she'll be chronicling efforts in the state to grapple with its role in the changing, modern West under a Trump presidency.