In El Salvador, controversy over increase in minimum wage

Equal Times, June 2017. En español, français. The municipality of Santo Tomas, El Salvador, absorbs the impacts of the maquila industry like a human body. Its daily routine ebbs and flows with the textile production schedule like blood through veins. At 06:00, the 37 bus bulges with women from Santo Tomas en route to work in the maquila zones of... Continue Reading →

Art as a passport in a city of borders

Huck Magazine, May 2017. Photos by Fred Ramos of El Faro. Ivonne Reyes steps out of the house she rents near central San Salvador. The dark-haired 25-year-old flags down the route 2C bus, hops on and holds tight as it careens around heavy traffic, street vendors and wild dogs. When the vehicle slides to a... Continue Reading →

Deported to El Salvador

The Intercept, May 2017.  See accompanying film by Leighton Akio Woodhouse and Pedro Armando Aparicio here. Thousands of miles from his home and family, Jose Escobar lives in a small rural community in La Unión, El Salvador, amid fields of sugar cane and corn, bordered by the Chaparrastique volcano and the Gulf of Fonseca. Escobar,... Continue Reading →

Central America’s Hip-Hop Guerreras

The Establishment, April 2016. In the U.S. media, Central America and Mexico mostly appear as places overpowered by corruption and skyrocketing murder rates. Violence is a defining characteristic of life here, especially for young people—but so is creativity, and art.  The Establishment recently caught up with two hip-hop artists who use music to engage in a public... Continue Reading →

Drugs, Dams and Power

The Intercept, March 2016. The murder of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres. Early in the morning on March 3, in La Esperanza, Honduras, unidentified men broke into the home of the environmental activist Berta Cáceres and murdered her. Cáceres was the cofounder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Movements of Honduras (COPINH) and the 2015... Continue Reading →

A Salvadoran writer goes into exile

The New Yorker, February 2016. Before it dawned on him that he would have to flee his country—a realization aided by a series of death threats in November of last year—the Salvadoran writer Jorge Galán had some questions for Father Jon Sobrino, an elderly Jesuit priest. Father Sobrino is from Spain, but he has spent... Continue Reading →

Fatal Misstep: Police malfeasance in Missouri

The RiverFront Times, February 2015. A handcuffed student drowned in custody of the Missouri Highway Patrol. One witness seeks justice with a rogue investigation. Larry Moreau and his family were cruising the Lake of the Ozarks on a sunny Saturday last May when they noticed a Missouri Highway Patrol boat race past them. Moreau, an engineer from nearby Jefferson... Continue Reading →

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