that would be me/ still alive yet smashed in the rubble/

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 27: (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

You will find stuff posted here from the Smash Street Art Collective. Adolescents at-risk. At-risk means they're confronting serious, life-threatening, deeply personal, intimate issues with human sex trafficking, suicide, addiction, sexual abuse, disability from physical abuse, homelessness, school failure, cutting, running away, life on the street, coming out, severe bullying, survival sex, jail, sex work, and HIV/AIDS. They do not necessarily speak English.

People have a lot of questions about what at-risk means. The bottom line is that these are kids who walk a fine line between life and death. Some have been totally traumatized by human sex trafficking, and while they might express themselves here, some of them are mute. Thusly, if a kid is responding to you here, do not assume that he communicates anything whatsoever outside what he creates on this blog; most of it will be art as he sees it. It might not be art to you. But it will be art to him.

Some of the adolescents in Smash Street are designated (CH) by state's Special Education Programs as Communicatively Handicapped.

Warning: Anything you communicate to a kid at Smash Street can be posted here, and a lot of people will read everything you've said. Haters are not welcomed. Pedophiles who make overtures are reported. At no time will a kid give you his address. Watch what you say and how you say it. People who bully get posted as examples of what hate speech is.

Images of the kids themselves can be obfuscated or photoshopped on purpose. Some kids are more focused on confidentiality than others. We are not on Facebook. We employ technologies to speak to and among ourselves. This means the post will simply be for those of us in Smash Street. Warning: Some posts could be disturbing. A post might be for whatever outsiders there are. Sometimes a kid is posting for himself or one other particular kid. At Smash Street we call that an internal dialogue.

Kids can refer themselves to the program, and many are referred by outside NGOs. You can submit questions to us at the email listed above. You will find stuff posted here by the kids in Show Me Your Life. This is an International Art Program peer-mentored by survivors. Some content is attributed. Some content is anonymous if the kid wants to opt out of identifying himself. It's up to the kid who made it. You will also find stuff here posted by Tim Barrus, Creative Director of Real Stories Gallery Foundation 501c3, Show Me Your Life and Smash Street Boys Art Collective.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows art-teaching entities fair use of digital content in classroom and teaching-research applications. This blog is always under construction (24/7), and is designed by the kids who contribute to it.



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