New comic sheds light on inequality and activism in the Coachella Valley
A comic book chronicling the unique experiences of those who live in the Coachella Valley is about to be released.
On Friday, Alianza Coachella Valley will unveil the new locally produced comic, “How Did We Get Here?” The comic is the culmination of a multi-year project of young leaders working in partnership.
The goal is for the comic to spark conversations about important issues affecting the community.
“Why are we here, why do we continue to have communities that are missing and more impacted by pandemics and hardships,” said Silvia Paz, executive director of the Coachella Valley Alliance.
Paz says the story told is fictional, but was created with input from local youth.
“And that helps us explore these questions in a historical context, which is what happened, what guided the investments, not the investments,” Paz said.
The illustrated magazine tells the story of Esperanza, a young Latina at Coachella, and her friends.
The plot focuses on Esperanza’s losses due to the pandemic and her dealing with the effects of participating in Black Lives Matter protests. It explores in detail issues such as immigration and inequality in health care and education.
It also highlights the role of Native Americans and farm workers in the area.
Paz says the intention is to create a dialogue within the community.
“We have very rich areas with all the necessary infrastructure and services and very close to those communities, we have other communities that lack that infrastructure and those services,” Paz said.
Different cities in California have released their versions of the comic about what’s affecting their residents.
Paz says the project also recognizes the work of young people seeking change in their community.
“It shows the promise of the changes and the progress that we have made, if you recognize that there are inequalities, but also praise the achievements that we have had in the militant community, the involvement,” concluded Paz.
A launch party will be held for the comic at the Coachella Public Library at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 6. The event will feature a panel to talk about the activism taking place in the community.
Those who attend may receive a free copy of the publication.
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