It has been a week here and I am already exhausted but my excitement is keeping me going! Today was neighborhood day so the group got split in to smaller groups of 8 and visited different neighborhoods in NYC. My group went to visit Brooklyn. We meet the staff of FUREE. Which is a NGO and FUREE stands for families united for racial an economic equality. They were great! They are all about saving Brooklyn from gentrification. ( which is a word I learned today which is basically the process of renewing a neighborhood buy building new buildings for upperclass people and making it very difficult for low income families to live there). After we heard how most of the original Brooklyn families no longer can afford to live there because they are surrounded now by chic grocery stores and designer clothes stores we walked around Brooklyn ourselves . It was amazing to see that right next door to the projects were high rise apartment buildings . It made me think if that is what it is like in Chicago? Am I unaware of the injustices happening in my own backyard? Today made me realize that I always have to keep my mind open and realize that are two sides to everything, even things I don’t think twice about and wouldn’t think they were an issue. Before we left FUREE the lady working there told us ” remember where you have come from and even if you haven’t come from a difficult place, remember your struggles because every person has struggles”. It was humbling in the sense that no matter how how well off you are you are still like everyone else and you can connect with others and learn from what they have been through.