(Photo cred: Ethan Gulley. Los Angeles, Ca)

Imagine… what would it feel like to be invisible?

To feel both dead and alive — to experience what everyone surrounding you is experiencing but to be non-existent in their reality. To see people talk and laugh with friends, drive nice cars, wear nice clothes but to be insignificant in their presence. To live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world but to not exist to those within it.

In L.A., the homeless are treated as ghosts. They live among us, but are they real to us? We walk past them without making eye contact, without responding…


The facts of ocean pollution: Where it comes from, where it is going and what you can do to help?

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

“It is one world, and it’s in our care,” said Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and natural historian. “For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. I just hope [we] realize that is the case.”

It’s estimated that 100,000 marine animals are strangled, suffocated, or injured by plastics every year. This has led to the speculation that by 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all of the ocean’s fish.

Ocean pollution has proven to be one of the most obscure issues…


Migrants in Crisis and How You Can Help

Migrants are seen outside the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in a makeshift encampment in McAllen, Texas, U.S., May 15, 2019.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there have been 593,507 apprehensions at the Southwest border in the last fiscal year, October 2018 to May 2019.

These numbers aren’t unusual but it does represent a crisis; a crisis in the homeland of those apprehended. Of the 593,507 migrants attempting to seek refuge in America 56,278 were unaccompanied children.

Take a second to think, what must it take to drive a mother or a father to send their child to walk thousands of miles on their own? …


Photo by: Rigo Bonilla; Venice Beach, California.

Three friends and I walked down Barnard Way passing Ocean Park Blvd in Venice, California — looking to give to those without. I caught a glimpse of three middle-aged men standing under a tree. Their tattered clothes told the story of their recent troubles, their hands resembled those of laborers but their faces were like ours — optimistic, open, and carrying a subtle enjoyment; though their situation would lead you to believe otherwise.

As we got closer, I saw a bike resting on a tree, a solar panel connected to an outdated smartphone, and a cherry pie with roughly three-quarters…

Andrew N. McLean

McLean is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, Ca. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, McLean majored in journalism and minored in philosophy.

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