Refugee Finds A Future In Food

by Travis Cornejo



The Refuge Cafe in Phoenix teaches refugees and disadvantaged youths food service and vocational skills. As Wasanga adjusts to life in the United States, the program’s helping him follow his passion for cooking.



Jose Cortez: The Making of a Chavista

by Maggie Freleng


Jose Cortez was charged with protecting Cesar Chavez during his rallies in Arizona. His memories of the farmworker movement still resonate in his life.



Raised ‘White:’ Chinese Adoptee Struggles in Scottsdale

by Ericka Guevarra


Emma-Li Thompson is Chinese and a transracial adoptee. She was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona by white parents. Her opposition to Mandarin courses, she said, was an example of her internalizing racism.



From Syria to Arizona: One Family’s Odyssey

by Abby Madan



Fatima, her husband Abouzeki and their children arrived in the United States five months ago. They are one of about 23 Syrian refugee families who resettled in Arizona last year.



Wild Redemption

by Trenae Nuri



Hardened inmates and wild horses work together to find redemption, structure, and their way home.



Trenae Nuri: Horse culture

Trenae Nuri: Horse culture

My grandfather was a former member of the Federation of Black Cowboys in Harlem, New York, but I haven’t been on a horse since I was about six years old. Covering this story made me reflect on my grandfather’s life and his passion for cowboy culture.





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