journalism

Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump by Bear Guerra

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. 

Read the essay here. And in Spanish, here.

Freelancer’s Journal: The Cost of Digging Deep by Bear Guerra

"I’d be lying if I said that working on my own, on and off for years, both in the U.S. and abroad, hasn’t been challenging. Having minimal or no health insurance and worrying about drumming up enough work for the next few months' rent have always been an underlying source of stress for me. But for those of us who came of age as young storytellers when media revenues started dwindling in the nineties, freelancing hasn’t just been a choice, but our refuge. It’s what’s kept us in journalism—at least in the kind of journalism we value and are eager to preserve against all odds. A journalism that questions, digs deeper, and is compassionate and human.

Read the full essay in Scratch Magazine (behind a paywall).