Destiny Shabazz fell through the cracks when her family lost their home. She wasn't placed in foster care. And she's not emancipated. But in some ways she's thriving due to a few key people at McClymond’s High School in Oakland.
Tyler Cook spent most of his life in a very conservative pocket of the country, which is tough when you’re gay. When he was 21, he moved to San Francisco from a farm in rural Ohio, but found himself without a roof over his head. Somehow he managed to find a way forward, but he couldn’t have done it alone.
For a series we’re calling “Letter To My California Dreamer,” we’re asking Californians from all walks of life to write a short letter to one of the first people in their family who came to the Golden State. Here's a letter from Felicia A. Elizondo to “the LGBT Community of the World.”
For some Native Americans, the family separations happening today along the U.S.-Mexico border feel especially personal and familiar. Connie Reitman lives in Sacramento, but she grew up on a Pomo Indian Rancheria in Lake County. She shares her mother’s story of being sent to an Indian “boarding school,” more than 200 miles away from her family.