César Arredondo is a freelance multimedia journalist with more than two decades of experience working for Spanish- and English-language media outlets, covering immigration, education, arts, culture, Latin rock, activism, and hard news. His journalistic work has been published in newspapers like La Opinión, the Orange County Register, and Latino Leaders Magazine. Arredondo’s works have won three Best of the West journalism awards for the coverage of the Sundance Film Festival and the Occupy movement in Utah, and another prize from the National Association of Hispanic Publications for an article on education. Arredondo is the current editor of LatinoLA.com and plans to launch several news websites and blogs in English and Spanish.
PHOTOS AND TEXT BY TUNDE ALABI-HUNDEYIN II, CÉSAR ARREDONDO, AND SYLVIA ASARE
In this “year of the pandemic,” every big news story of 2020 takes place against the backdrop of the pandemic, a reality that affects these events in ways sometimes obvious and sometimes not yet clear. Protests in the United States over police violence dominated world news cycles this summer. But like the pandemic, the protests didn’t stop at national borders. In this article, we bring you observations in word and image from correspondents of differing nationalities who witnessed protests in Brighton, England, and in Los Angeles and Paris. Their reports remind us that protests over police violence have been a worldwide story taking place in the midst of a pandemic, an event that—as our View From a Pandemic series shows—has tied humanity together in a common struggle. Together we are humans combatting a microscopic virus as well as jointly fighting the universal disease of prejudice against people who are different from us.