Since Columbus and Cortés, nearly every colonial expedition to the coasts of the Americas was driven by the desire to discover a passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and facilitate trade for the Spanish Crown. Five hundred years later, that dream will soon be realized.
The public pool at Columbus Park in Denver’s Northside neighborhood was a place where young people could ride the wave of Chicano pride in the summer of 1971—it seemed only fitting that those who gave Columbus Park vitality and meaning should rename it La Raza Park.
In the spring of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the planet, refugees and humanitarian aid workers raised alarms that if the virus spread to the camps it would wreak devastating consequences on one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
In the resource rich jungles of Myanmar’s Kachin State, young Kachin students living in internally displaced people’s camps, traumatized by a sixty-year war, are exorcising their psychological demons and preserving their culture through painting and poetry.