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.
In the coming decades, Los Angeles is going to look a lot grayer. A County’s senior population will doubl in the next 15 year. ousing, health care and the job market will have to adapt to a population that is working and living longer in a city built for the young.
On Sunday, April 9th, 2017, join us at Los Angeles' Japanese American National Museum for a live conversation and exhibit documenting an 18-mile avenue stretch of Broadway, cutting through the working class heart of the city; from Lincoln Heights, into Chinatown, through Downtown, and on to South LA.
"The more than 500 Cofán people who live in Dureno don’t fit most Western stereotypes of how native Amazonians are supposed to look or act. They don’t wear loincloths or paint their bodies. They don’t lounge around in hammocks and play wooden flutes all day... To most outsiders, the Cofán don’t look indigenous — they look poor and defeated."