There’s been a lot written about this year already, so i’ll stick to photos and captions. Links to stories of the talented writers I collaborated with are included when available. Keep learning and working hard, friends. Thanks for looking. 

Dalia Luque hugs her dad Rafael as she gets ready to cross back into Arizona from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on Sept. 4. Rafael was deported in 2009 and Dalia hadn’t seen him in two years. ”I don’t need anything, I just wanted to see you,” Dalia told him. She left with a few new pairs of sandals and clothes for her twin younger brothers. More: http://nyti.ms/2ehruwh

Protestors and a Trump supporter clash outside a Donald J. Trump rally in which he outlined his immigration policy Aug. 31 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

Photo caption: “These stories are like a password. You tell yours to another woman, and they have one to share, too.” Kate Watters on June 20 at Oak Creek Vista between Sedona and Flagstaff, Ariz. Watters was sexually harassed while she worked for the National Parks Service at the Grand Canyon River District between 1997 and 2007. After reporting the initial incident in 2005, she was violently threatened verbally and physically by colleagues and her report was repeatedly trivialized and dismissed. “If telling our story and bringing it out into the open in a visible way gives someone else the courage to come forward, it will be worth it. Courage is hard to find. Shame is a powerful tool of suppressing our voices,” she told me.

Siblings Johnny, 8, and Aubrey, 6, play with toy guns during Vigilante Days on Feb. 13 in Tombstone, Ariz. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/us/guns-blazing-tombstone-is-back-to-its-past.html

An unaccompanied 15-year-old from El Salvador in his new bedroom Aug. 11 in his uncle’s home in Tucson, Ariz. He arrived in the U.S. via Texas in April and is currently petitioning for asylum in Arizona after fleeing gang violence back home that killed his father.  Read more: nyti.ms/2bvSx9B

Eric Burak, Sean Christiansen, Wayne Bewley, Bob Garvin and Clark Close settle their sore bodies into a 55 degree Fahrenheit ice tub after a long day of Dave Henderson Fantasy Camp on Jan. 17 in Mesa, Ariz.  More: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/14705162/for-love-hendu

Phoenix celebrated the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day in replacement of Columbus Day at Puente Human Rights Movement on Oct. 10.

My sister, Elizabeth O’Hara, from a trip to visit our family in Yorkshire in September.

Marie Antwanette and Nayanna Washington, 7, singing “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar during a protest against police shootings July 8 in Phoenix.

Danza Azteca Chichimeca Tezcatlipoca performs a peace dance outside a Donald Trump rally Aug. 31 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Josephine Lee of Los Angeles at FORM: Arcosanti on May 14 in Arcosanti, Ariz.  Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/arts/music/form-arcosanti-festival-skrillex.html

Garand Aro, who was resettled as a refugee from South Sudan in Phoenix ten years ago, voted for the first time Nov. 8 at the Salvation Army in downtown Phoenix, Ariz.  Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/us/politics/election-exit-polls.html

Aracely Nuñez and her sister Jazmin, 16, Oct. 1 in Phoenix, Ariz. Aracely wanted to go to university and study law but her DACA status disqualifies her from in-state tuition or scholarships. She has passed that information to Jazmin, who is a U.S. citizen. “There’s this whole idea that this is the country where you can come to and you can do anything. But then you get here and you can’t.ore: http://nyti.ms/2ehruwhIf you don’t know the right people, if you don’t have the right documentation, you can’t really do anything other than live paycheck to paycheck. And that’s how I’m living.”More: http://nyti.ms/2ehruwh

From Eric and my trip to southern Indiana for a family reunion of his.

A Donald Trump supporter dressed as Trump on the front and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as a zombie on his back at the Phoenix Convention Center before a Donald J. Trump rally on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Abril Gallardo, community organizer and communications team member of the Bazta Arpaio campaign, on Nov. 1 in Phoenix, Ariz. On being an undocumented immigrant to the U.S., Abril said: “I feel empowered by my role in the community and proud of the work I’ve done.”  Read more: http://epoca.globo.com/mundo/noticia/2016/11/arizona-nunca-mais.html

A giant desert hairy scorpion glows under UV light April 21 at a home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Scientists aren’t completely sure why scorpions’ exoskeletons glow, but it’s helpful for homeowners in the desert.  More: http://nyti.ms/1NWYPYW

Hundreds of students from Maryvale High School and North High School walked out of class to encourage people to vote against incumbant Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Nov. 8 in central Phoenix, Ariz. In October 2016, Arpaio was federally charged with criminal contempt after he ignored a judge’s 2011 ruling that his immigration patrols were illegal and descriminatory. He lost the election to Paul Penzone.

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