We are “The Power of Los Sures.”
Our work set the foundations for what this neighborhood is today.
We are immigrants. We were born here.
Our fortitude comes from our ancestors.
We survived rent increases, discrimination, a pandemic.
Long ago, we fought crime and gangs with resilience.
Now, we resist the high cost of living.
We hate envy, hypocrisy, lies and abuse.
We hate gun violence.
We are here.
We came from the land of merengue, from the Caribbean coast where the azure blue waters roar loudly, from the mountains of central and southern America.
We stayed for our children, for them to have a better future.
Many of us will die here.
We also like changes that have arrived.
But, don't eat the whole pie.
Yes, we love fairness.
Let's divide everything equally.
Let's use our talents to beautify.
In this neighborhood, we found poems in the flowers, in the books, in the winter snow.
In this neighborhood, we dream of affordable housing for every person in New York, without exception.
We have a lot to offer.
We are beautiful, strong and powerful.
We are inspired by music and dance.
We are inspired by our families and the senior community center.
We are inspired by you.
This text is a group collaboration from the Narrative and Photography workshop with elders at Los Sures "David Santiago" Senior Center.
“El Poder de Los Sures” is an Insideout project Group Action organized by Latinx Brooklyn-based artist Clara Ibarra with photographer Nikki Krecicki. Special thanks to Angela Lang for her magic with words, and to BAC’s Brooklyn-wide SU-CASA Creative Aging program, New York City Council, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).