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Thom Goertel

Thom Goertel lives outside of Washington, D.C. He took this month’s cover photo in Morales, Mexico. The woman in the picture, Agustina Reyes Márquez, worked multiple jobs to raise her six children as a single parent. Because she had not learned to read or write as a child, she returned to primary school and finished at the age of seventy-five.

— From February 2022
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Old School Boxing

In 2014, during the tense aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Harrison decided the young fighters at the gym needed to get to know police officers, and vice versa. So he began offering free memberships to police in D.C. and Prince George’s County. Now officers often train with ex-cons and troubled youths at Old School.

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Buddy Harrison, owner and trainer at Old School Boxing.

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After a recent pro debut, Nathaniel Davis works a bag.

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Waiting to spar, Miss Soldier watches other boxers in the ring.

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Sebastian Sanchez (right) spars with trainer Japreme Eloheem.

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Jordan King intensely studies a bout.

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Darnell Pittman shadowboxes in front of a mirror.

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Asaan Jenkins’s trainer secures his headgear for sparring.

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Crisanto “Santos” Lucio waits his turn to spar in front of a wall-sized mug shot of the gym’s owner, Buddy Harrison.

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Antonio Brothers recovers after sparring.

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