"No more generations of our youth, here and around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death, or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that."
Composite of street photography, and video of youth in NYC demonstrating the 'light work' dance, following a rally for Slain Youth at Union Square, NYC.
I thought, here I am, a high school teaching artist, relating to kids who could very well occupy the classrooms I teach, in an open and unfettered way, unrestricted from the confines of school walls. I made my way darting between lightwork circles and cyphers rapping to beats banged out on park trash cans--learning from kids about Stop & Frisk, and connecting them up with the movement to end i. We are seeing the beginning of a historical moment: where the hoodie has become a badge of honor, and a symbol of resistance.