Are You With Me?

Run time: 10min 59 sec

2011

Louis Reyes Rivera was a poet laureate, writer, educator, artist, activist and people’s historian of the CUNY movement.

Rivera passed away on March 3, 2012. Our film is dedicated to him and the fire that he sparked. 

We show Rivera in one of his last speeches at an intergenerational exchange between former and

current CUNY student activists. The event was organized by Students United for a Free CUNY –

on October 27, 2011 at the AME Church in the Bronx, New York. Intercut with students protests at

Union Square as part of the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action on November 17, 2011.

"Louis Reyes Rivera, known as “the janitor of history,” is the type of person who we often allow to fall

through the cracks of recorded “official” history, but whose memory is passed on through the African oral tradition."
Hank Wiliams