In 2016, Elliott County, Kentucky voted for the Republican nominee in the U.S. Presidential Election for the first time since its founding over 100 years ago.
Like most of Appalachia, the citizens of this county have been struggling to rebound from the loss of the coal industry. There has been a rural exodus across the country as coal and manufacturing jobs to international markets.
Unlike the rest of the country, people living in Elliott County have chosen to take on longer commuters rather than see their community disappear.
Loco Continuum Art Commune
Stevie Ray and Jimmy Rye started an artist commune in Bend, Oregon on the property their family has rented for the past twenty-three years. The pair of cousins hoped to start an artist movement in a community that has almost tripled in size since 1990.
Due to the legalization of marijuana in 2015 and Bend has seen a spike in property value. There is less than a 1% occupancy rate in housing in Bend, so in November of 2016, the city limits expanded.
The new city limits now include the Loco Continuum artist commune. This rezoning will lead to a property increase, and the artists fear displacement.
Eric Harvey lives on the eastern edge of the Bay Area. He voted for Donald Trump.
Despite the assumption that California is liberal, there are pockets of conservatism and in some cases extremism.
After falling on hard financial times in 2010, Harvey felt neglected by both his neighbors and the federal government.
He found an online community that pushed him further towards political extremism and intensified his opinions on race. He admits to becoming more extreme by connecting with people online, but feels it necessary to express himself; no matter what other people may think.
NOW HER - Victoria Hanna
Victoria Hanna left her Orthodox Jewish community to rap and defy gender norms. She uses music to connect with her femininity and explains why it is so important to follow your calling.
Every year the UC Berkeley Indian Student Association hosts a Holi Festival. To celebrate their roots, the students realized that people of all races, ages, and religions come together to celebrate this beautiful event.
In the wake of the fatal fire at the artist warehouse, Ghostship, the city of Oakland struggles with how to develop affordable housing for lower-income residents.
Luke Issman and Heather Stewart are building tiny homes out of shipping containers, but the units fall short of the required square footage to be considered a residence.Another couple drove their tiny home to the Bay Area from Upstate New York, but they can't find a place to park it.
Although the city recognizes the need for more affordable housing, the current housing codes are preventing innovative ideas from succeeding.