Unsettled/ Inquietos: A collaboration with El Tecolote, the bilingual newspaper of the Mission!

Adriana Camarena is proud to collaborate with Accion Latina to create and distribute “Unsettled/Inquietos,” a series of literary non-fiction essays based on portraits of working class and poor residents of the traditionally Latino Mission District of San Francisco. The essays will be published in English and Spanish in the bilingual El Tecolote newspaper of Acción Read More

The Latinx Epidemic in San Francisco

Below please find the links to a series of articles and commentaries that I have written since June 2020 related to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the Latinx population of San Francisco. The Latinx COVID-19 Epidemic breaks a fever, as cases rises among City’s white population (November 19, 2020) Excerpt: … But this surge Read More

Policing and police reform

From time to time, I’ll publish a commentary on policing and police reform in the City. Below are links to a few such articles. Read More

Día de Muertos: Coronavirus Piñata and Storefront Altar

ReclaMisión engaged several artists to create storefront windows and street altars in the Mission for 2020 Día de Muertos. I proposed to Acción Latina to take over their window. They graciously allowed me to do so. The storefront installation prominently features the number of our unknown beloved departed who have died of COVID-19 in our Read More

The Rookie Report: Lessons Learned from the 2019 World’s Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

For the benefit of all those up and coming curlers from rookie or still emerging nations with World-class and Olympian-level dreams, in this report I cover how we rookies fared, what we learned, and what you’re up against in the Qualifier Event. This rookie report is written with the benefit of hindsight and informed by generous commentary from players of the other rookie countries that participated in the 2019 WMDCC. While the report is written with mixed doubles in mind many of the lessons are applicable to new teams playing in other WCF championships for the first time. Read More

Curling Chronicles: Black Coffee at a Seattle Bus Stop

Black Coffee at a Seattle Bus Stop I woke up thinking about Ethiopians in Seattle. In the past weekends of shuttling back and forth between San Francisco International Airport and SeaTac, I noticed elder Ethiopian women wrapped in their white netela. They often occupied a strong spatial presence on the Link train and E line Read More

Photojournalism: The Girl Who Tamed the Beast

These photos were featured with the essay “The Girl Who Tamed the Beast: A True Faerie Tale” in my column “Unsettled in the Mission” published by El Tecolote on November 15, 2018. Barbie Niño is truly a remarkable woman with a stunning border crossing tale. Read More

Photojournalism: Redlined, a portrait of Mission Street

These photographs were published on April 5, 2018 with “Redlined” , an essay in my column “Unsettled in the Mission” in El Tecolote newspaper, about the history of organizing in the Mission and the changing landscape of the main commercial drag Mission Street from redlining through gentrification. Read More

Photojournalism: Threading the Life of a Mayan

These photos were featured as part of the essay “Threading the Life of a Mayan” published in my column “Unsettled in the Mission” on November 2, 2017 in El Tecolote newspaper. José Góngora and I collaborated in developing the video about his brother Luis’s murder by police, featuring his family in Teabo, and himself. José Read More

The problem with quadrupling beat cops—armed with implicit bias and weapons—in the Mission

My encounter at 24th Street Southeast BART Plaza, approximately at 1:30pm, Oct. 9th, 2017, Indigenous People’s Day I had just stepped out of the new Mission coffee house on the Southeast BART plaza, where for about an hour I had been writing up some ideas for my next essay. The moment I walked out of Read More

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