Justice for Sergio is a three-episode podcast created by seven NYC public high school students after the death of their friend and classmate Sergio Reyes.
Reyes, a senior at Leadership and Public Service High School in Lower Manhattan, was shot and killed by police after allegedly holding up a bodega with a fake gun in February 2017. Sergio’s classmates created this three-part podcast to honor their friend and explore the narratives and social forces surrounding the events that led to his death.
The podcast began as a documentary theater piece written and performed by Sergio’s friends. Listen as they talk to Sergio’s friends and teachers, and to police officers, clergy, and other community members and grapple with Sergio’s death and the meaning of justice.
The students were part of the Trinity Advocacy Apprentice program, a new initiative of Trinity Church Wall Street. Primarily designed for High School students in local public schools, Advocacy Apprentices work on projects to address current justice issues in New York City through storytelling, visual art, community engagement, and service projects.
Each free episode is audio-only and lasts about 10 minutes.
Episode 1: Sergio
What is justice for Sergio Reyes? In Episode 1, Sergio's friends, classmates, and family introduce listeners to the teenager behind the headlines: one of six children, an avid handball player, always ready with a joke or a smile, a young man on track to graduate high school and dreaming of a life beyond Bushwick.
Episode 2: Guns and Neighborhood
In Episode 2, the Justice for Sergio team travels to Bushwick, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where Sergio Reyes lived and died, and explores the role of guns in the lives of police officers and teenagers in New York City. Includes clips from interviews with a rookie NYPD officer, Dolores Osborne, Cynthia Moten, and Flacko Jimenez.
Episode 3: Justice
In Episode 3, the Justice for Sergio team shares what justice means to them, how they'll continue to pursue it, and what their hopes are for their futures, communities, and generations to come. Includes clips of interviews with Cynthia Moten, Anne Schellhorn, James Lapine, and the Rev. Winnie Varghese.
Spread the Word
Justice for Sergio, written and produced by high school students, gives listeners the opportunity to hear directly from Latinx teenagers about issues of policing in minority communities, the meaning of justice, and how we can move forward as a society. Spread the word about Justice for Sergio to your networks and help continue this important conversation.
Use the Justice for Sergio logo, available here, as the image in all your social media posts. Use the hashtag #justiceforsergio.
Suggested Instagram and Facebook message:
- “Sergio Reyes, a senior at Leadership and Public Service High School in Lower Manhattan, was shot and killed by police after allegedly holding up a bodega with a fake gun in February 2017. Sergio’s classmates created this podcast to honor their friend and explore the narratives and social forces surrounding the events that led to his death. https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/sergio #justice #gunviolence #justiceforsergio”
- “What led to the death of Sergio Reyes, a senior at Leadership HS? His classmates explore what happened in podcast: https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/sergio”
- “7 high school students explore narratives & social forces around the death of their classmate in incident with #NYPD https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/sergio”
What's a podcast?
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