HIROSHIMA, Japan—Modern day Hiroshima is a bustling city nestled between rivers. Its many streets and shoulder-to-shoulder buildings contain a full spectrum of residents from businessmen to schoolchildren.
The first workers start getting up a little past midnight to prepare for another day in “el field.” About 100 men sleep on the floor of the rooms and hallways in the Sin Fronteras Organizing Project shelter in El Paso.
Some call it a blue stone, a green stone, a sky-stone; some call it handcrafted, handmade or painted chalk from China. The experts call it the Native’s livelihood, the heart of the Southwest, New Mexico’s cultural identity.
Like a lot of the Southwest-smitten, I live on another coast but my mind, heart and social media are never far from Santa Fe. In June, I was at my desk in Philadelphia following the Tres Lagunas Fire like it was happening down the street