Last fall, a friend from high school e-mailed me to say that he was now the principal of an alternative high school in the Bronx and he wondered if I would come speak to his students. Absolutely, I told him, and so my visit last week to New York was arranged to make good on that promise. I spoke to two groups of students at the JVL Wildcat Charter School’s Bronx campus (there are two campuses): an English class and the service learning afterschool group. It was an especially tender time to be on campus as the school had just lost a student to murder a few days before. That news made my time with the service learning group especially poignant as I shared with them that my community activist roots came from my experiences working at an alternative high school with a young man who wanted out of a gang. I started my talk with them by telling them why I was an activist– because the world is not yet fair and I believe wholeheartedly in justice- and I ended our time together by asking them to share why they were activists. Here are some of their reasons. Are you an activist? Why?