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Growing up in Scottsdale, a predominantly white neighborhood where three percent of the population is Asian, transracial adoptee Emma-Li Thompson questioned her place not only in public life but also in her own home.
by Ericka Guevarra
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.
by Abby Madan
Hardened inmates and wild horses work together to find redemption, structure, and their way home
When the Bureau of Land Management catches wild horses in Nevada, Wyoming, California or Colorado, they face 120 days of training before being adopted. Many end up in the hands of the Arizona Department of Corrections. Specifically, the Wild Horse Inmate Program where inmates work with experienced horse trainers to domesticate wild horses.
by Trenae Nuri
In the 1960s farm workers in the United States began to organize and fight for better working conditions. The movement was famously led by Cesar Chavez, a farm worker turned civil rights activist born to Mexican-American parents. Jose Cortez was one of the men who was charged with protecting Chavez during his rallies in Arizona. Cortez tells us about how the farmworker movement still resonates in his life.
by Maggie Freleng
Refugees are often thought of as a large group of people, but everyone has a story. And for Rodrigue Wasanga, his story is food. 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.