2020 is proving to be one of the most tumultuous years in our Nation’s history. A perfect storm has formed that will challenge the very fabric of our democracy. Our shores are being pounded by what appears to be a never ending pandemic, a widening chasm in our political ideologies, increasing inequality in race relations, continued wealth disparity, and an upcoming election crisis that has been forming.

In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, Edwin Salgado sat on a folding chair cracking jokes with fellow U.S. military veterans on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-April. Salgado, 35, had just returned from a Mexican government office where he had helped one of the newest arrivals at this border shelter known as “the Bunker”.

In March of last year, Alba Luz Maldonado Paz left her Honduras town in search of a better life. The 36-year-old woman said she left her country due to a lack of economic opportunities and physical danger. She was terrified, she explains, when members of an international criminal gang, La Mara 18, threatened to kill her.

Bogotá is a portentous and unruly city, a beast of numerous maverick heads slumping in the core of Colombia, serving as the country’s heart, brains—and if the air were less polluted, its lungs, too—thumping arrhythmically to the beat of inequality.