We are change. I am change.

My response to the question: If you could be any great leader and make change in Lawrence as that person, who would you be? Long before Mother Theresa’s iconic image of old age She was as young as me And MLK was even younger When he began organizing So why do I need to imagine … Continue reading

Untitled by Anil (Nilly) Acosta

Don’t assume or speak for me/ how do you build greatness in a city? I have heard the term thrown around before. This “urban renewal”. This glorified term that did anything but renew. It was the term they used in the Bronx before my neighbors across the street were evicted. The term used before they … Continue reading

get up & get down by Theresa Limes

get up & get down without inclusion there is no solution we are tired of standing outside looking in we are strong we are one this is home.. our place we belong here every space should reflect our face no time for tears we have waited years the time is now we have no choice … Continue reading

How a city can achieve greatness by Robert Richardson

Let’s start by saying that that the main thing, or raw material, is having a little bit of imagination.  Then, finding the way of channel it to the appropriate persons or city authorities.  Individuals must get involved with community groups or institutions, to find out about ideas or projects out there that may benefit or … Continue reading

Untitled by Yari Gabin

You are me and I’m you You don’t know me Shit, I barely know me Never mind what my life has consisted of How can decisions start taking place, from what seems to look eye level, general Not looking beneath the underneath To what starts making me A place I’ve crawled, walked, ran, and still … Continue reading

Untitled by Chau Nguyen

Rome wasn’t build in a day. Lawrence, or any city striving to better itself, won’t be either. To build a great city, we have to build great citizens. What constitutes a great citizen will depend on who one asks. Regardless of opinion, I believe it should be universal that we should start with the education … Continue reading

Urban Renewal by Mary Guerrero

How do we build a great city? We recognize the greatness within it We treat each person walking the streets as if he or she were the universe. We see our past in front of us. We demand that our past be recognized and honored by honoring it ourselves. We show respect by caring for … Continue reading

How do you build greatness in our city?

If the goal is to build a city And the makeup of that city is it’s people You are asking, How do we build up A people to greatness? How do we take what Don Carlos adds with his bodega And Sandra’s beauty shop And together paint plans that make their existence Shine on paper? … Continue reading

I, too, am America.

I, Too BY LANGSTON HUGHES I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll … Continue reading

Walking in someone else’s shoes

Inspired by the documentary “On the way to school” by Pascal Plisson. In response to the prompt: Walking in someone else’s shoes I’m not wearing any shoes The journey ahead would only tear them wide open They’d be filled with sand and covered in mud So I stay barefoot All ninety or so minutes From … Continue reading