Next to Coachella’s Party Goers Is Crushing Poverty

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held on a polo field lined by palm trees that are surrounded by rolling desert hills that reflect the warm sunset every evening. But a short drive from the festival is East Coachella, one of the most profitable farming regions in the nation. There, some of the richest people in the country live just a few miles from people struggling with poverty. Permanent and migrant farmworkers pick dates, strawberries and even mangos in the East Coachella Valley. But there isn’t enough housing and as a result there’s more trailer homes that have been erected than actual single-family homes. In fact, there are so many illegal trailer homes no one knows how many exist.

“I was like – really? Is this California? Is this the United States? Is this the same state where Beverly Hills and Palm Springs are?,” said Eduardo Guevara, who works with Promotores Comunitarios Del Desierto, a group working on the environmental conditions in the Coachella Valley.

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