The elimination of summer arts funding for ELLs is a bigger problem than you think.

Last year a got my first job as a teaching artist with People’s Theatre Project.

PTP’s Misson and Vision are:

People’s Theatre Project, a non-profit arts and social justice organization, unites members of under-represented communities and raises awareness of their shared struggles through the personally and socially transformative process of collaborative theatre making.

People’s Theatre Project envisions Washington Heights, its home base, as a model for community building through the arts.

Since last Spring, I have worked at middle and high schools in Parkchester, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Hamilton Heights, and Ozone Park, as well as with adults in Jamaica. It’s a lot of commuting, but some of the most satisfyingly challenging work that I have ever done.

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Just 1 of 500,000 at the Women’s March on Washington

Have you ever marched for a cause?

For many women at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21, it was their first protest or march. For others, like me, it was one of many on a long list of protests. And it was absolutely overwhelming in scope.

I traveled to DC on a bus from Judson Church with my mom, my friend Elizabeth (see more of our protesting together here), members of the Judson congregation, and many new faces. Our bus loaded at 5:30a, and we were on the road to DC by 6a.

We got off our bus at close to 11:15a and walked to the closest spot we could find to the march route start. By 4:15p we finally made it to the actual route but had to turn around to get back to our bus.

There were just that many people standing, marching, and making it known that we will not allow women’s rights to be stripped away without a fight.
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Dear Mr. Trump

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine, Elizabeth Seldin, contacted me saying that she had an idea and wanted to meet. We were still in the thick of the post-election whirlwind and clamoring to figure out productive ways to get involved.

We met for coffee and she told me her idea: host a letter-writing action giving people a platform to share their expectations with our president-elect, Donald Trump. We provide the paper and markers, the People bring their demands.

#DearMrTrump was born!

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