A Dangerous Pair: Chronic Illness and COVID-19

By Sophie O’Reilly I was in second grade when doctors told my parents that my quality of life would never improve. Upon reflection, I guess that 2008 and 2009 as a whole were action-packed years for my family and my health. I spent three weeks undergoing testing at a hospital in Colorado. PBS flew out to Tulsa to document my family’s experience with being unable to access life-saving treatments. During the H1N1 outbreak, we were told that if I contracted the disease, I would die. You can only imagine the chaos that ensued when I was diagnosed. I was 18 … Continue reading A Dangerous Pair: Chronic Illness and COVID-19

Farmworker Justice

My hometown in rural Arkansas is on the cusp of humanity. Ridden with mom-and-pop shops and containing a gas station, a school, and a Sonic, it has everything you might expect to find in small town USA. There was also a large agricultural institution. A majority of those employed at this institution were Hispanics, and most of those Hispanics were undocumented immigrants. This institution was fined for lack of documentation of its workers’ citizenship and forced to lay off most of its staff. The long-time owner and prominent community figure had to sell out.  This January, Dianne Feinstein and Zoe … Continue reading Farmworker Justice