School Bus to Flint MI

I left out early in the morning and like I expected it was a peaceful drive.  My only fear was getting pulled over, a flat tire, or hitting an animal.  I guess that counts for 3 fears but at the time it seemed like one fear.  The drive to a place you have never been always seems longer than the ride back and such was the case.  I did not know what to expect when I arrived in Flint MI but knew that poverty would definitely be one of the things I would see.  I arrived in Flint MI about 9:40am at a location a guy at my job told […]

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Flint Michigan Water Crisis

The Flint MI water crisis is a crisis that is happening many miles away from most of us but the need for support is still immediate.  The basics of the crisis are simple   The water system was switched from a healthy one to an unhealthy one in April 2014 The unhealthy consumption of water was reported to the appropriate officials Citizens since that time have become sick due to the consumption of the toxic water The Michigan government has reported that a grave error was made in switching the water system The water system was switched back to the healthy system in October 2015 The consequences of switching to […]

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Abba Father

Growing up I didn’t have my dad. He and my mom separated when I was about three. The faint memories I have of my dad include a tender, loving man. I remember he used to take my sister and me to a cute, little store—there, he bought us Carlos Quinto Chocolate, to this day it remains my favorite chocolate. After purchasing our favorite treats, he would take us to the train tracks by a valley of evergreen hills. There we waited for the train to come. I remember feeling excited and very happy. My dad held me in his right arm and my sister in his left. He was tall […]

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HIEROES ORGANIZATION: Walking with Them

If you walked the path that many young, black boys have walked, where would you be? Many young black men walk in the dark streets of Southside Chicago, afraid, fatherless and without a role model to follow. A great sum of them are consumed in street violence and substance abuse. They do not dare dream of a different life, a more peaceful one, full of joy—they do not have the capacity to imagine such a life because they are surrounded by death. Photograph by: Ana Barajas Not far from these young men, however, some not only dream it, but seek opportunities to get out of the ghetto. They probably pray day […]

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