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The Southwest Stories Initiative

The Southwest Stories initiative

The Southwest Stories initiative:
  • is a partnership between the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and The Journal of the Plague Year (hosted by the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies)
  • employs students and journalists who lost their employment due to the pandemic in documenting and preserving stories about life under the pandemic for vulnerable individuals and communities who have, in many ways, been most impacted by the virus
Read their articles below, and visit The Journal of the Plague Year to learn more about—and perhaps contribute your story—to this online archive about what how people around the U.S. and the world are experiencing life under the pandemic.

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Native American communities:

‘Keeping the culture alive’: Native dance goes digital during pandemic

McKenzie Allen-Charmley 
AUG 2020

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Many Navajos face pandemic without running water, tribal members urged to ‘lift each other up’

McKenzie Allen-Charmley
AUG 2020

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Migrants and I.C.E. detainees:

COVID-19 threatens migrant, officer safety at cramped ICE detention centers

Jessica Myers 
AUG 2020

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This article also appears in KTAR News, Pinal Central News, & Informed Comment

Incarcerated persons:

‘They’re scared’: A look inside the COVID-19 crisis
in Arizona prisons

Katelyn Keenehan 
JUL 2020

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This article also appears in MSN News, The Copper Courier, the Tucson Sentinel, Tucson Weekly, & Daily Independent News Media

Surge of coronavirus cases among inmates

Katelyn Keenehan 
JUL 2020

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Agricultural workers:

As pandemic rages, farmworkers say employers are ‘prioritizing production over…lives’

Jessica Myers 
JUL 2020

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Article also appears in Arizona Big MediaTucson Local MediaTucson Weekly, & The Wenatchee World

 

Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand

Sarandon Raboin 
JUL 2020

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Article also appears in Prescott eNewsTucson Weekly, & the Tucson Sentinel