Denise’s Last Days
Co-published with Slate. A woman who lived her life homeless in Los Angeles almost got the help she needed. Her story shows everything could be different.
Skid Row’s Toilet Crisis: How A Basic Necessity Became A Political Battle
Co-published with The Guardian. The neighborhood is home to 4,400 unhoused people. Its restroom options fall short of the UN standard for refugee camps.
Los Angeles’s Garment District Is Still Home to Severe Exploitation
Co-published with Jacobin. Long faced with paltry wages and inhumane working conditions, Los Angeles’s garment workers are taking significant risks to organize for better pay and workplace …
The 2028 L.A. Olympics Are Already Creating a Housing Disaster
Co-published with The New Republic. As the city prepares for the World Cup in 2026 and the Olympics two years later, longtime residents are being forced out.
Can Lawyers and Traumatized Clients Learn to Trust Each Other?
Co-published with Slate. Teaching the legal profession to understand the effects of trauma.
Probation Conditions Relaxed During the Pandemic. Some Say They Should Stay That Way.
Co-published with The Appeal. Public safety is not improved by stricter probation and parole rules, researchers have found.
Putting Food on the Table During a Pandemic
Co-published with The Nation. Photos from the grassroots food distribution networks that are keeping Los Angeles’s undocumented communities afloat.
‘I don’t get an extra check for locking you up’: a week with an LA probation officer
Co-published with The Guardian. Working for the county probation department, the largest in the nation, means being equal parts social worker and law enforcement.
Living on the Streets of L.A.
Co-published with Slate. I was homeless in Salt Lake City. But nothing prepared me for what I saw in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.
Los Angeles Artists Reinvent Their Roles in Gentrifying Communities
Co-published with The American Prospect. Poor and working-class neighborhoods often view new art galleries as heralds of gentrification—but some artists have joined with residents to fight …
Here’s What It’s Like to Live in a $17 Airbnb
Co-published with Alternet. The truth of the company's impact is more complicated—and less lofty—than democratizing travel.
Count to a Hundred
Co-published with The New York Review of Books. Melissa Chadburn on anger, organizing, and the persistence necessary to carry on.