As an organization and community dedicated to service and to the potential of every child, it is The Child Center’s job to be there for families through trauma, sickness, and loss. This is our commitment every day, but it has taken on a profound meaning as we process a series of challenging and painful events. Continue reading
In a moment of silence, Queens United Middle School students quietly raise both hands in a gesture that has become iconic over the last few months–“Hands up, don’t shoot.” It’s the final image in a student-led video project that highlights a voice we don’t always hear in the debate about racial inequality and police brutality–the teens who want people to know their lives matter, too.
The video project started with a Queens United Middle School forum, held after the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting a young unarmed black man, Michael Brown. When the school gave kids a chance to share their feelings, the forum showed that students had a lot to say.