In our global society, filled with consumerism and materialism, Weave blogger Kate Higgins believes there to be a significant gap between who consumes a product and who consumes the trash said product produces. Where does it all really go? This blog aims to shed light on who are the dumpers and who are the dumpees?

The website StumbleUpon is one of the coolest I've encounted, and while most of the sites it bumps you to lack the "life-altering experience" and useful information our society turns towards the world wide web for, it occastionally drops you into some pretty cool places. Exam week is usually when I...
Looking at different communities around the world who deal with trash has had some surprising side tracks for me. While it has become increasingly hard to ignore the millions of people who have been forced to make a living in some foul and horrific conditions, it has also made me question the...
The phenomenon of "floating islands of trash" is a rather well-known reality, but not the conventional way that I once originally thought. When I first heard about one "island" imparticular, also known as the "Garbage Patch" (although there are a host of other names for this thing), I just kept...

This blog aims to expose some of the underreported stories behind the queer movement.  I would like the challenge the idea that gender and sexuality are binary.  It will also serve as a resource to trans-attracted people.

Este artículo fue traducido de su versión original en Inglés por Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez. Jennicet es una activista con mucha pasión por la igualdad y justicia social. Miembro del grupo Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Como hombre, yo nunca pensé que tendría que declarar de ser...
Looking back years ago when I was still figuring out my identity, I had never had luck in men. I remembered guys I had a feeling for in my teenage always turned me away. I thought to myself I would never find any boyfriend and shouldn’t think too hard about having one because I am a...
Este artículo fue traducido de su versión original en Inglés por Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez. Jennicet es una activista con mucha pasión por la igualdad y justicia social. Miembro del grupo Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.   Después del trágico suicidio de Leelah Alcorn, una chica...

John Collins (@djleftover), author of Global Palestine (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2011), explores the global politics of violence and the representation of violence, paying particular attention to the microcosmic and prophetic location of Palestine in relation to these processes.  (Image: Diego Lopez Calvin)

More than a decade ago, independent journalist Amy Goodman (the host of Democracy Now!) made a crucial observation about the corporate news media's coverage of the lead-up to the Iraq war and the war's early stage. Noting the tendency of CNN and other networks to turn their coverage over to an...
As someone who cares about justice in Palestine and who has written a lot about the global significance of Palestine, I pay close attention to the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that is seeking to put economic pressure on Israel. So when a group of nearly 40 student...
Upon hearing the news that student activists at Northeastern University (“a leader in global experiential learning”) were being targeted for punishment by the university administration in response to their work in solidarity with Palestinians, I was immediately reminded of an episode from my own...

Urban poverty affects too many people to ignore.  Weave blogger Steve Peraza is exploring the problem's many dimensions and thinking through possible ways to solve it.

A greater percentage of Americans suffer poverty today than when Dr. King was assassinated. The poverty rate in 1968 was approximately 12.8%; today it’s 15%. As poverty plagues more and more people, U.S. leaders propose provisional and fragmented solutions to the problem. Where are the big ideas...
One Region Forward An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower...
If you're going to do it, why not step outside?In my neighborhood it’s not uncommon to see drivers smoking cigarettes in their cars with young children in the backseat. According to a recent study, poverty has something to do with it. Whatever the reason, parents really should stop lighting...

Łukasz W. Niparko invites YOU to come to the SOLIDARITY Avenue; to the space where we recreate the agora of free-thinking individuals who are not afraid of speaking their minds and are ready to shape reality! SOLIDARITY Avenue is a name of the street in Poznań, Poland and memorizes the Polish Movement of Solidarity, which became a platform of freedom operating inside the regime.

 

Somewhere between departing from and returning to Europe from North America, this July and August, I have noticed a tremendous shift of rhetoric in the European media. Before my departure I heard about asylum seekers from inter alia Syria seeking their refuge in Europe and often dying on the...
The Color of Change has released a powerful video that is definitely world spreading! Check it out:     "It’s been 77 years since civil rights activist and poet Langston Hughes wrote his chilling poem “Kids Who Die,” which illuminates the horrors of lynchings during the Jim Crow era....
When most of mainstream media attention in the last couple of days was concerned about the fall due to an overdose of some Hollywood star, and another young celebrity that may go that way very soon. When our commentators were so concerned “why the fifth circle of the Olympic symbol did not work at...

This blog aims to provide readers with a clearer understanding of the full realm of actions being taken by global citizens in the name of environmentalism by focusing on the “underside” of the environmental movement through critical analysis of issues like greenwashing, ecoterrorism, and radical environmentalism.

How Our Digitized Lifestyle is Costing the Environment in BIG Ways Example 1: To start, take paper-saving, a simple action most people would associate with “sustainability” without a second thought. In other words, many of us are under the impression that going “paperless” is good for the...
Let's start by defining the term "environmental racism." Environmental racism is policy or practice that differentially affects or disadvantages (intentionally or unintentionally) individuals, groups, or communities because of their race and/or class. Poor communities and communities of color often...
Greenwashers is a documentary film by Bret Malley which was first released last year. It is truly the first film of its kind, as it tackles the truths of greenwashing head-on in a variety of comedic, satirical, and shocking ways, through a "mash-up of real commercials, live events, examples, and...

856 The Weave is proud to feature Bija Swaraj, a short documentary film created by three St. Lawrence University students, including Weave blogger and videographer Chloe McElligott. Based on field experience in India and northern New York, the film was made possible through the St. Lawrence University Mellon Crossing Boundaries Humanities Grant.

 

To view the full Bija Swaraj film, click on the image at the left.

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