Human Rights

The past century has seen a revolution in the struggle for human rights, but the revolution remains unfinished. There is an ongoing need to share knowledge and transform it into action and meaningful change. This section of the Weave is devoted to raising awareness of some of the world's most pressing human rights issues.

People without homes, homes without people

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The other day as I was walking through Lavapies in Madrid I came across this piece of street art. Although I had never seen this particular artwork before, I had seen the same message in many other forms throughout Madrid.  Whether it be written on a wall in graffiti or incorporated into an image like this one, the message always reads something along the lines of, “gente sin casa, casas sin gente” or “ni gente sin casa, ni casas sin gente:” translating to people without houses, houses without people.

The Power of the Masses: Students discuss solitary confinement

Human rights: Whenenever this topic is brought up in conversation, there is a tendency to paint an image of a far away land where inequalities and injustices are every day happenings. Yet, what about human rights specific to our community? We can point fingers at other countries and say what needs to be done abroad, but taking the time to reflect on our own American society seems to be a bit of a struggle. I am entirely guilty of this.

A Plan without Promise

621 I wish I could celebrate President Obama’s antipoverty program and commend the national media for finally spotlighting the issue of poverty. But I can’t because the Promise Zones Initiative, in theory, attacks the social safety net and, in practice, benefits too few Americans to really make a difference.   

Intifada, Trauma, and Social Transformation: An Interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj (2)

607 Dr. Eyad El-SarrajThe following interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, internationally renowned founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), was conducted in May 1997 as part of field research for my Ph.D. dissertation focusing on popular memories of the first Palestinian intifada.  The research was subsequently published in the book Occupied By Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004). I have chosen to publish the interview now in memory of Dr. El-Sarraj, who died on December 17, 2013. (Image source: www.palestinechronicle.com)

Intifada, Trauma, and Social Transformation: An Interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj (1)

606 Dr. Eyad El-SarrajThe following interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, internationally renowned founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), was conducted in May 1997 as part of field research for my Ph.D. dissertation focusing on popular memories of the first Palestinian intifada. The research was subsequently published in the book Occupied By Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004). I have chosen to publish the interview now in memory of Dr. El-Sarraj, who died on December 17, 2013. (Image source: www.palestinechronicle.com)

STRIPPED FROM HUMANITY!!! - Have YOU seen it yet?

Have YOU seen it yet? See it!

This is how we treat people in the 21st century, in the middle of Europe... Look carefully how people are STRIPPED from their Human Rights, their humanity - watch how our society is dealing with migrants, with fellow human beings who dream about better life and seek the new opportunities.

Do You feel shock, shame, despair, me too, but They even more!

 

Honor Your Land: Frack off, Canada

Protect our Mother Earth. Please Stop!

The students' perspective

While I was doing my observation hours, I decided to interview some eight graders that were originally from a school that got closed down. Throughout my time there, I asked them what they knew about the closure. Most of them did not understand why their school got closed down. Others said that it was due to low enrollment and low scores.

Lets play the blame game