74 images, taken from the start of Los Angeles’ Protests Against Police Brutality up until June 2.
California reopening starting this Friday. Photos from the anti-lockdown protest that took place May 1 in Los Angeles.
As part of a larger project called Isolated America, I want to share this hotline. 520-261-6763
We want to hear how the pandemic has affected your life, in any way. You can be anonymous, or you can let us know who you are, up to you.
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Jenn Budd, a former senior patrol agent for the US Border Patrol, met with us earlier this month.
Jenn’s life as a border patrol agent turned around completely when she began to speak out at Campo BP Station regarding the drug smuggling operation that her boss organized. She found herself alone, at 3AM, in a hail of gunfire after being commanded to patrol the area where she had seen drugs coming in. The occurrence of this gunfire and her orders to be there lead to her being offered a higher position at sector headquarters, in exchange for her silence.
She turned her badge and weapon in the next day. “You have to sell your soul at one point to just do the job.”
Today, her life consists of speaking out against those agencies that have harmed asylum seekers/migrants/immigrants, speaking out against an administration that has created a crisis via policies, volunteering at a shelter in San Diego, writing for Souther Border Community Coalition, and an ambassadorship for Define American (a “nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.”) The full interview we have with her is a developing video piece.
With the declaration of a “national emergency” from the White House, we set out to find out what that looks like on any given day.
A statement by writer, Daniel Flores:
The distinction we make between humans and non-humans can be seen in the way we regard animals like mice, raccoons, and coyotes. They hide from us and, for the most part, occupy spaces in which we become visitors.
Because we feel as though our niches are for ourselves alone, we become distressed upon seeing these animals in human spaces. Their occupation of space in our environment is disruptive because they are less than human creatures that encroach on us. We feel threatened by their potential to change the way we live in our environment; for this reason we employ exterminators.
To occupy human space as a human, however, is a rational act. The existence of law enforcement whose sole purpose is to seek out and remove certain groups of people is an act of extermination in a civilized world. Public outcry against these organizations has consistently been spoken against and mobilized against by an administration whose agenda is to divide the people.
Those who occupy federal space do so in order to disrupt the normal activities of the aforementioned organizations. The action taken in Portland against protesters of ICE is evidence of this. Not only, then, are these organizations disrupted by immigrants themselves, but also by those who seek to expose the inhumanity of ICE and Border Patrol.
We encroach on territory that these people desperately want to hold onto. We are pests to these people. We are all less than human to these people because we are insubordinate to an administration whose heinous actions are being exposed. We cannot allow them to push us into the attic, the mountains, or the sewers where they want us.
Now is the time to reclaim this space from the violence of a dehumanizing administration.