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Belated summer 2014 
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"I’m a computer science major so I spend a lot of time coding. The most basic language of computers is binary numbers. At the most basic level, a computer just needs on and off. You can’t have anything in-between. What I find really interesting is that in computers and in programming we’re looking for new ways and one of the cutting edge fields of computer science is a way to have a maybe switch in the middle and a way to represent data through the middle, and if we’re struggling with that in computer science it just makes a lot sense that we’d be struggling with that in gender binaries as well."

Watch young poets from across the country engage engage with each other on issues related to Gender Based Identity in the Breaking Binaries Town Hall at the 2014 Brave New Voices (BNV) festival. 

Curated for the second consecutive year by the Off/Page Project - Youth Speaks collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) - the 2014 Town Halls used sourced forms of multimedia and digital storytelling to challenge the boxes and stereotypes associated with the voices and opinions of young people around a variety of key topics. These discussions took place at Temple University in Philadelphia and were powered by the young people of Future Corps.

Watch all #BNV14 Town Hall footage on our Off/Page playlist here. Thank you Future Corps and all of the BNV staff for another year of amazing dialogue and community building!

ILL I RISE 7-7-14


Alright tumblr, I’ve been shocked, enlightened and laughed to the point of tears on this website for 4 years now and I love it. I don’t share to much of my own stuff but I always think about how what I post would (hopefully) entertain others who randomly come across it. TODAY I’m releasing a…


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At least eight people died and more than 60 were injured, as a result of a likely gas leak explosion that collapsed two apartment buildings at 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. in East Harlem in mid-March. There are several community efforts to help bury the dead, as well as help provide basic healthcare for those who survived—one created by local teachers hopes to raise $10,000 for the Hernandez-Barrios family. La Casa Azul bookstore also collected much needed basics in coordination with a local assembly member. Residents in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood are still mourning the lives lost in the catastrophic apartment building collapse. They’re also mourning the loss of their homes. Here, writer José Vadi reflects on the loss through the lens of his father.—Jamilah King

Read the article in full on Colorlines. Thank you to Jamilah King and Josh Begley for making this happen. This story was picked up by the Huffington Post, and an alternate, multimedia-rich version was published in conjunction with Historypin. I’m truly thankful and eternally grateful that my father’s story, in the wake of such a terrible tragedy, can be preserved. Hopefully the same can be said for a part of East Harlem’s history. 

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