I've taken pictures of aspects of my community that reflects empowerment and self sustainability. These aspects of my community give me a sense of pride. I included the educational community through institutions like public schools and the new York public library. I believe education is a fundamental part of uplifting the people in my community and these institutions are great aids and resources to help in that endeavor. Another great community aid is the few hidden community centers that exist. The one I found in the picture is right off a main road. I went in and asked about the center and found that it provides many free services to the community and it was made to be a green building with a garden as well. Right across the street is a street garden like many that can be found around different neighborhoods. These gardens are usually kept up by people within the community. This is very eco-friendly and provides something productive to do in the neighborhood. At the same time the neighborhood is provided with healthy and free food. My last photo is of a protest against tuition increases. Many of the people involved were CUNY students. I was proud to be among many concerned students who decided to not only voice their concerns but take action to make a difference. That was an empowering experience in which I felt that I was a part of something bigger than myself. In my opinion it was a part of something bigger. That protest was for the entire NYC community. All people should benefit out of a public education and cost shouldn't be a bar to an institution that is dedicated to the working class. This protest reflected the community's strong value of education. And accessibility to education is a right that we were defending for the community.