art by Rudá Tillet
I was only 15 when my girlfriend of six months came out pregnant. Soon I found out that she was playing me. I was young and didn’t know what to do, so I left her with the belly.
When the baby was born, my mother took me to the hospital. We both took a good look at the baby and said the same thing, “That’s not my kid!”
The baby’s mother did … Read More
In the 1980s and ’90s when I was a kid, they used to say the South Bronx was on fire, and growing up here was very hard. There were a lot
of gangs and people robbing people. In high school I used to run from school to the bus so that I wouldn’t get beat up.
Things are still hard in my neighborhood. I live in the Highbridge section of … Read More
I live in the Highbridge section of the South Bronx and my communityhas the largest number of children being placed into foster care in New York City. I know about the stresses that living in a community like mine can put on a family because my own child was placed in foster care.
For the past three years, I have been a parent organizer for a grassroots organization called the Child Welfare … Read More