Portrait of Resilience from photographer Ed Freeman in Los Angeles

Maria and Rafael lived on South Beaudry for two years in a tent city. Neighbors watched out for each other, cooked meals together, took turns sweeping down the sidewalk. It felt like home – until the city bulldozed the entire community, tore up their tent and trashed most of their belongings. That night Maria and Rafael slept out on the sidewalk with only a thin blanket to cover them, utterly defeated.  But the next day they regained their fighting spirit, showered and washed what few clothes they had left at a nearby shelter, and went out looking for a new life, a new tent and a new place to live. -Ed Freeman

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