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Death is a Night Wind: How José Rizal’s immortal poem haunts the Philippines today

The Caravan Magazine, June 2018 | IN THE DAYS BEFORE HIS EXECUTION, a 35-year-old Filipino named José Rizal leaned over a wooden desk and wrote 14 stanzas in neat Castilian handwriting on a paper about the size of his palm. He folded the paper twice and tucked it inside a gas lamp. On his sister Trinidad’s final visit, he whispered to her, using English so … Continue reading Death is a Night Wind: How José Rizal’s immortal poem haunts the Philippines today

Indonesians on Obama’s ascendancy from Menteng to the White House

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA – As he delivered his historic acceptance speech in a Chicago park, Barack Obama paused at one point to speak directly to the world community. “And all those watching tonight from beyond our shores,” he said. “To those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world: our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared.” Joko Lelono was among the … Continue reading Indonesians on Obama’s ascendancy from Menteng to the White House

Filipino farmworkers’ 1965 strike a pivotal moment in California

In the new film, “Cesar Chavez,” there’s a scene where a group of Filipino farmworkers are attacked in a labor camp in Delano. It’s a brief scene, but a pivotal moment in the United Farm Workers’ movement. It was September 1965 and tensions were rising in the region between established growers and a migrant workforce. Lorraine Agtang was 14 at the time, and remembers working … Continue reading Filipino farmworkers’ 1965 strike a pivotal moment in California

The last time an LAPD officer was criminally charged for a shooting was 15 years ago. Hear the story – from both men’s perspectives

A chase, traffic ticket – and angry confrontation later, Orosco pulled his gun and fired four shots at Beatty as he drove away. “At that point the window shattered and I saw him like slump over,” Orosco said.  “And I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, I just killed this person.’ “ “I blame the people that taught him how to do this. I blame the training … Continue reading The last time an LAPD officer was criminally charged for a shooting was 15 years ago. Hear the story – from both men’s perspectives

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After Asylum: ‘My New Country, Everything is Different’

For a year, I followed a family from El Salvador, whose teenage children made a dangerous journey north to reunite with a distant parent. “I was very afraid, not knowing if I should go forward or turn back. I thought a lot about my family – mostly about my grandmother who was still stuck back home,” said Alejandro.”I was torn whether to continue or return.” … Continue reading After Asylum: ‘My New Country, Everything is Different’

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Climate Change: A four-part series

We already see and feel the changes, in the sweat on our brow, the crops in our fields and the shoreline by our homes. Science is now filling in more of the picture of a rapidly changing world and demonstrating, with more evidence than ever before, that those changes are driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. A four-part series published in the online … Continue reading Climate Change: A four-part series

Deported veterans try to return to the country they fought for

A two-part audio and visual story exploring the fate of U.S. military veterans facing deportation. Aired on KPCC, WNYC’s The Takeaway, WBUR’s Here and Now, NPR’s American Homefront Project.”Not too many people are willing to put on a uniform and go fight, and it’s the reason we have these freedoms today is because of these men and women,” said former Army Paratrooper Hector Barajas. Read … Continue reading Deported veterans try to return to the country they fought for