Gratitude, part2 / by Nicole Marroquin

This campaign is off to a terrific start. I'm grateful for the 19 supporters who led the way by bringing this more than 20% of the way there in the first week! Thank you, Aram Han Sifuentes, Caitlin Bruce, Dianna Frid, Tatiana Gant and Emily Jones!!

In 2015, me and Paulina Camacho asked her classes, what would you have done if you went to a school where there was an 80% dropout rate for Latinx students? What would you have done if there was no curriculum that acknowledged your culture, or there were no teachers that looked like you or spoke your language? They responded with questions, letting us know what they needed to know in order to answer those questions. Over the course of that year, the young artists went out into the streets, performing site-oriented actions.

Street action by Juarez students, 2015.  [students stand on 21st street near Damen, at the site where Froebel School had stood.]

Street action by Juarez students, 2015. [students stand on 21st street near Damen, at the site where Froebel School had stood.]

When our history isn't written in books or archives, the community is our library. The people and their memories are the text.