Bushwick’s Finest- We’re so Proud!!!!

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Olga Sanchez is a junior at Bushwick School for Social Justice and a rising star. In the past year, Olga had split her time between working as an office assistant in her school and attending our program. Olga is determined to work in Media and has worked diligently with our teaching artist Alejandra Ugarte Bedwell on socially conscious media projects. Olga recently got a full scholarship to The International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy Program for the summer of 2012.

Juan Garcia is a junior at The Academy of Environmental Leadership and is committed to his community. Juan will be attending the LEAF Program for the summer of 2012.
The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program provides paid summer internships for high school students and helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources.

Walt Whitman represents their work at the SOS Arts to End Violence Festival

The filmmakers who created “The Undercover Girls Investigate the Trayvon Martin Case” were honored to see their work at the SOS Arts Festival.  They brought their friends, had a pizza picnic in Brower Park and saw a lot of great artwork from all around Brooklyn.

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Dream Act room at the BCCP Arts Fest

BCCP Arts Festival 2012

What an extraordinary event!  On Thursday, May 31st, 2012, students from all over Brooklyn descended on the Brooklyn College campus and gathered at BCAL to share music, videos, artwork, dance, theater and good times.   We are incredibly proud of our students and staff for exhibiting their talents and for creating such a vibrant community.

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Maya Azucena Songwriting @ Robeson

We Have To Fight from BCCP Video on Vimeo.

By Kalish Ambris, Catisha Brown & Melody Achille, Maya Azucena & Jermaine Forrest and Yasir Eliassaint, Music by Roberto Poveda (written May 23rd, 2012)

It’s so unfortunate how life can end.
Especially in the time where liberty
seems dead.
The pain and horror these humans had
to endure
And to be buried where they were lured

False promises, for freedom they had to fight, they had to fight
(there were)False promises, (but) for freedom we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight

The hatred and sorrow risking our lives
Just walking down the street you see me, stereotype
You don’t trust me but what did I do
I don’t deserve this kind of treatment from you.
You stopped me dead in my tracks. Another life fades to black
we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight

DANS la vie il ne faut pas peur
Jesus Christ est notre protecteur
Avec lui nous serons vainqeur
Et nous ferrons beaucoup d espoir
Chantons et crions la victoire car Christ est le rois.

Forget we have to fight, I have to fight for my rights/walking down the block trying not to have a fight/police picking on us cause they need to get a life/that’s why we angry cuz we tired of this life/I think the only peace we get is when we close our eyes/or maybe end our lives/but all I know is I’mma be a star up in the sky/hahaha you thought I died/I’m laughing while you cry!

False promises, for freedom they had to fight, they had to fight
(there were)False promises, (but) for freedom we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight, we have to fight

OLD CHORUS: Forced, promises and freedom we had to fight