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Bell Student Photographers and Writers-Changing Community

  • Posted July 27, 2010 by Cherreraart Viewed 1912 times

In a diverse Mexican, Arab, Central American, South American, Caucasian and Caribbean neighborhood, the Bell city community has answered the call to action. Middle to lower class families and the working poor have a new found unity in a struggle against the veiled workings of a city government. Hundreds of residents stormed out in protest to support and demand change in the city of Bell. In an effort to promote community awareness, civic participation and social action, Bell high school students have taken a lead in documenting the inequities created by their local government. The following local young artists frame their family and community's experience through the camera lens and written word. Student work will be presented in a local art exhibition where the community will have an opportunity to view and discuss issues in an open forum.

After reviewing all images, what is being documented through the photographs?

After reviewing all images, What are some of the most important details and symbols? Describe the people, actions and icons. What do they mean?

From the images what can you say is the perspective of the community?

What do you think about the new found political mobilization in your city? Was this response to civic duty there before these events? Will this community action and response continue?

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How can the youth participate and /or take a leadership role in reacting to the current issue in the city?

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What are some negative effects of the city governments actions?

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What are some positive effects of the disclosure of city government activities?

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How do you feel as a member of the citizenry as a result of this issue?

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What course of action or direction do you think the community will take as a result of the city government actions?

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How does this event affect you and your family directly?

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    • # Cherreraart

      With the photographs that i have taken and hopefully portrayed the on going outrage of my community and people i'm perfectly happy with them just existing. Of course i want them to have a ripple effect on the people that see them for them to feel or at least capture a glimpse of the raw emotion the people felt against their governing council. Initially i was in awe "really?" and somewhat indifferent. Its difficult to remain indifferent when you hear them speak, when you realize all these people speaking who you thought you were different from, that you are related to them. Related in their story or more so i felt related to them because of my blood. We share the same culture with minute details seperating us and it made me feel like they were all my brothers,sister, tia's, and tio's. As connected as i might feel to their collective outrage there were somethings that were off putting about my own community. For one all of this happened because WE weren't involved enough within our community and the fact that we overlooked it opened the doors for them to take advantage of us. Honestly we made it simple for them, we in trusted them with the welfare of our community blindly and because we were blind we got burned. I understand the feeling of betrayal and how it feels to be taken advantage of, but the fact is we allowed it. Only once in the hours i spent listening to people tell their stories did i feel isolated. I attend Bell High School two blocks from where the meetings take place, i'm a senior. At the beginning of this year the first few days i witnessed teachers run around frantically for chairs. Class rooms have reached sizes of 38 and over in some cases. They asked what was going to be done with the excess property taxes that they paid. An official said it was regulation to give it to schools, guess my community's response. They screamed and booed, they wanted the money back in their pocket. If we are really one united community fighting against injustice then why are we ourselves creating another. I understand that they want compensation, but honestly if they had been taking advantage for so long and the community still managed to get threw it then they don't really need the money it would just help ease their lives. I'm all for that, but honestly our school needs it more. It hurts for them not see that we are our community's future. We carry the culture, traditions, and the hope. Hope to prosper for our culture strive to the top, for it to be common to have a latin Doctor, Professor, Architect, Cabinet Member, or even President. Our schools need that funding and it struck deep in me that my people couldn't see past their own betrayed emotions and see the silver lining for their children, for our youth.

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