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.

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

#GAMEOFDRONES

At the end of October, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) released reports on the United States’ use of drones and the loss of civilians due to these weapons. One would think that when two human rights organizations both release lengthy reports on an injustice, we should be concerned, right? So why isn’t more being done to raise awareness about this technology that is taking innocent lives?

What. The. Fifty?

Hi! My name is Karina Garcia and I am a sophomore at St. Lawrence University. I am from Chicago, Illinois (currently known as the notorious “Chiraq”). Around September 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel dropped the bomb that over 50 public schools from Chicago will be shut down. With this being stated, it quickly provoked the fear of losing jobs, overflowing the classrooms with kids, and the sentimental impact of losing a building that most educators worked in their entire life. Throughout the time of the school closure, the negative outcomes were not seen nor heard of. The reality is the media covered what was seen as “important.”