Sheila Maldonado


I once took on activism in a representative way, as if I embodied a particular idea. Now I take it up to seek energy, solace, hope from youth, to witness them finding their place, their voice in history, watching how they move and understand. I watch as most of us do, through social media as windows on the uprisings, the Springs – Arab, Black, Mexican, Central American, Springs begat more Springs. They reached my family’s usually silent part of the world, Honduras, which spoke up in a way I never thought I would hear or see in my lifetime. I dare to say I’m proud. I was not in the street there but here in New York on my feet for a neighbor done wrong, sharing it through a screen as the kids do. I was glad to be part of the begetting of protest, the finding of voice, worldwide.


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