WHEELS HS ANNUAL CUBA RESEARCH TRIP

$5,935 of $6,250 goal

Raised by 89 people in 2 months
April 6 to 12, 2017:

8 students from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in New York City will visit Havana, Cuba for 7 days on our annual Cuba research trip to learn about the island from the Cuban people themselves. Designed and planned by students in our Critical Theory and Social Justice Club, the trip will focus on hearing from Cubans about the country's history, day-to-day life in Cuba, developing relations with the United States and learning about Afro-Cuban  culture. To complement the research students have been doing since November about Cuba, we will visit museums and cultural sites, attend community events, and meet with local historians, community leaders, educators and students.

Last year we were the first public high school from the United States to visit Cuba since the recent easing of travel restrictions. This year we're making our second annual trip, with a new group of students, to further build connections with the island and continue an important ongoing dialogue about race in Latin@ communities.

Our total trip cost - including airfare, lodging, food, museum/educational activities' entrance fees, and ground transportation while in Cuba - is $9,361. Our trip departure date is quickly approaching and there is still a gap between the total cost of the trip and the $4,083 we have fundraised through bake sales, tickets to an upcoming talent show and family contributions. We're about halfway there(!) and we are calling on you - our friends, families and community - to help us reach our GoFundMe fundraising goal of $5,150.

Last year, you helped us make this once in a lifetime experience - at this historic moment - a reality for our students. It is one that will undoubtedly resonate for years to come. We are grateful for your support and look forward to sharing our pictures and experiences with you when we return! Please share this link with your networks to spread this as far and wide as possible.

Sincerely,
Daniel and the WHEELS Critical Theory and Social Justice Club
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Update 5
Posted by Daniel Morales-Armstrong
11 days ago
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Beloved community,

We have returned from WHEELS' second annual trip to Cuba to learn about AfroCuban culture and US-Cuba relations. We met and spoke with artists, historians, musicians, dancers, professors, students (at the University of Havana and those studying abroad from the US) and lots of people in the streets. To say it was a magical experience, even having been there twice before and once in the same context, is an understatement.

Here's a picture of our group at the Callejon de Hamel, an ongoing community art project and performance space dedicated to celebrating the African Diaspora in Cuba. We also met with Salvador Gonzalez, the artist behind the project, among many others who tell the histories of AfroCuban life and culture through their writing, painting, sculptures, dance and music.

Thank you to everyone who supported making this a reality by donating or sharing the link. Y'all are the real MVPs!

Upon returning to school, we'll be giving a community presentation about our experience and will share the details of the presentation with you all when they are finalized.

Sincerely,
Daniel and the Critical Theory and Social Justice Club's 2017 Cuba Delegation
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Update 4
Posted by Daniel Morales-Armstrong
20 days ago
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Beloved Community:

On the eve of our trip to Cuba, my two groups of Cuba babies were featured on AfroLatinidad-focused web pages! Last year's group (including interviews with Dilenia and Katherine) is featured on the Afro-Latin@ Forum and an interview about this year's group is featured on the Los AfroLatinos blog.

Give them a read... and of course share far and wide so we can close the $805 gap on our fundraising! For those who aren't aware, we can (and need to) continue bringing in donations after our departure.

http://www.afrolatinoforum.org/

https://losafrolatinos.com/2017/04/05/afro-latino-teacher-sharing-roots-with-student-centered-trip-to-cuba/

In a few hours, we'll be on our way!

Daniel and the Critical Theory and Social Justice Club
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Update 3
Posted by Daniel Morales-Armstrong
22 days ago
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Community!

Quick update. This week, I have the incredible opportunity to teach an original, week-long intensive class (for credit) called "AfroLatinidad, Diaspora and NYC" at my job. The interdisciplinary class draws on history, Africana and Latino studies readings, multimedia presentations and workshops. Together, we're developing a consciousness and knowledge base to combat the consistent erasure of AfroLatinos from the history books and public narratives. My 31 students include the 8 going to Cuba on Thursday. Our culminating activity and project is our research in Havana.

Today, I took my students to the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute for a workshop about AfroLatino music and dance, specifically about Puerto Rican bomba. We got a pic with the great Dr. Marta Moreno Vega and chatted briefly about our upcoming trip to Havana.

We are getting closer to our goal and still need your support (have I told you recently how awesome you are!?). Please share this campaign on social media and let your network know that you're already supporting this cause. That bit of information goes a long way.

Peace and love, my friends.
Daniel and the Critical Theory and Social Justice Club
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Update 2
Posted by Daniel Morales-Armstrong
1 month ago
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To the wonderful people in our lives who have donated, shared and spread the word about our trip - thank you!

After receiving the final approval from the NYCDOE, the total price of the group's plane tickets has risen significantly and our fundraising goal has been updated to reflect that. Despite the higher financial need in the final stretch, our community - you all! - has rallied around us for a surge in donations over the past few days!

Our group has met weekly over the past two months to research Cuban history, culture, political and economic systems and its relationship with the United States. This has included group and individual research activities, meeting with educators and other community members who have visited Cuba recently, and conversations with alumni of last year's program.

In the first week of April, students in our group will attend a week-long intensive course about AfroLatinidad, Diaspora and NYC, during which we'll learn from and meet with community leaders to delve deeper into the study of the African Diaspora across Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The culminating activity will be our departure for Cuba! Upon our return, we'll host a presentation to discuss our experience, AfroLatinidad and ethnoracial politics in Latino communities.

Thank you for your support and for joining us on this journey!

Daniel and the Critical Theory and Social Justice Club

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$5,935 of $6,250 goal

Raised by 89 people in 2 months
Created February 5, 2017
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yadira espinal
9 days ago
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$50
Sonia Nieto
18 days ago

Good for you for keeping this up, Daniel!

KH
$50
Kristin Husher
18 days ago

Learn a lot. Stay curious. Trust in goodness.

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Gael Black
19 days ago
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Kareen Coyoca
19 days ago
$100
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20 days ago

Tarde pero seguro! Love you bro!

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