One Senator Still Believes Breathing Is a Human Right


One Senator Still Believes Breathing Is a Human Right

While California (rightly) takes credit for a number of environmental advances, Pacific Standard partnered with the Center for Public Integrity to shine a light on the murkier places in and around Los Angeles where every breath is a new adventure in pain and, in many cases, fear.

In their worst moments, the victims’ faces are blue. Their skin is cool and damp to the touch. They are starving for oxygen. Pedora Keo, a critical-care nurse, sees them with distressing regularity: asthmatics in the thrall of attacks that can kill them or decimate their brains. Sometimes they fight while undergoing tracheal …

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