Sitting on my porch on New Year’s Eve, I see a car slowly approaching, unsuccessfully trying to find parking on my crowded street. I could hear the loud stereos playing reggaeton and corridos; like a siren, it drew people in. If an outsider saw what was going on, they would not believe a public health crisis was ravaging this community — — MY community. It was only two months ago we were the COVID epicenter of California and, at one point, the world. Welcome to the realities of Southeast Los Angeles.

My family and I were careful for the past…

Paola Morales

Master of Public Administration Student at the University of Southern California. Politics | Communication | Public Policy (She/Her/Ella)

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