This afternoon, one day after the murders of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens, two days after the murder of Philando Castile in Minnesota and three days after the murder of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, I was sitting in the driver’s seat of my beat-up Subaru Outback

If you are or have been a gang member, the most practical question to ask yourself right now is “What is the current status of my relationship to my gang?”

For the second year in a row, Street Poets was invited to participate in the annual international Youth Initiative Forum in Jarna, Sweden. SP Teaching Artists Art Quiros and Frank Escamilla, along with youth leader Jaynese
“Ladybug” Poole,

Most importantly perhaps, a poetic dialogue begins — between two communities that share not only deep wounds, but powerful gifts capable of transforming our world into something in which we can all believe. This, in the end, is why we are here.