Prison Writes students reading at BronxConnect on August 16th was an inspiration to all in attendance. Thank you to everyone at BronxConnect for your dedication to keeping our youth out of prison, particularly Tara Brown-Arnell, Ariany Polo and Tyza Perdomo, who went over the top to make this event sensational. (Check out that cake!)
Thanks to our special guests Rafael Carrera, who is working to interrupt the prison industrial complex with JustLeadershipUSA, thanks to Justin Corney who shared a preview of his memoir about his overcoming not just prison, but what brought him there. Thank you to Ibrahim Siddiq and Kahlil Koromantee for your support and guidance in these workshops.
Thank you most of all to our young poets who showed honesty and courage in sharing their stories. In case you missed it , here's a sample of their work:
Where I'm From by Humberto Diaz
The Bronx, the type of place where you need to
expect the unexpected
A place where
having to watch your back is a hobby
A place where if you slip
jus know they gon catch you
The kind of place where
even "heroes with a badge" are scared of, The Bronx
Where all and everything is good but also the type of place
where nothing good stays good.
Not the cleanest city, not the most safe
Where I'm from?
Where my people from, where your people from
Culture, religion, race
What puts us together
What helps us learn from one another
but you can't learn and love not only my people
or your people
if you don't have respect
Respect yourself to show respect for other
culture, religion, race
or other beautiful thing
and we are all connected.