Although many marginalized communities faced racism, discrimination, financial instability, and other structural barriers, these same communities were places of joy, resilience, and celebration. Communities such as the Casa Blanca neighborhood in Riverside, CA formed strong networks through church, sports, military service, and cultural celebrations. For example, each Cinco de Mayo Casa Blanca held a celebration including a beauty pageant. Other community events honored veterans or institutions such as the AHA Lodge no. 8.