This is the narrative of Transnational and Transracial Adoption in the United States: the history, politics, economies, representations, and experiences. As a cultural practice, how are transnational adoptions reconceptualizing the meaning of race, ethnicity, and nationality?

 

Where is Rachel Dolezal now? Apparently she’s still holding to her black identity and pregnant. That aside, Dolezal’s case slid further back in my mind following the series of shootings this summer, within my own community and the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. It suddenly seemed...
This week, the name Rachel Dolezal has filled the headlines of media and reignited a conversation on identity politics in the United States. The former chapter president of NAACP in Spokane, WA has identified herself as an African-American woman, yet does not have any biological black or African-...
This is the first of two posts to provide historical context on transnational adoption as a cultural practice, starting from ancient times through the 1970s. The Adoption History Project, a funded research initiative by Ellen Herman from the Department of History at the University of Oregon,...

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.

I am thankful for whatever lessons I can learn from the past to help me confront the problems of the present. We’re at a new low point in race relations, and now (as many times before) there are grumblings of racial separation. What, if anything, can Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writing tell...
United University Professions (UUP), a union which represents faculty and nonteaching professionals in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, recently published an ad criticizing the poverty-level wages paid to SUNY’s adjunct professors. According to the UUP ad, approximately a...
Check out this New York Times editorial on the U.S. deportation crisis. The piece correctly notes that U.S. officials misunderstand the “humanitarian disaster” that is pushing Central Americans north. Homeland Security is treating Central Americans like foreign invaders trying to destabilize...

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 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.

Acting in the tradition of culture jamming groups such as the Yes Men, who pulled off a famous 2008 fake edition of the New York Times, two American Jewish groups (Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No!) recently launched a website that brilliantly reveals the problem with the NYT's notoriously...
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Khaldoun Samman (left), Professor of Sociology at Macalester College, for a follow-up to our 2010 conversation on rising Islamophobia. In our latest discussion, Samman offers his analysis of how the complex interactions of racist, patriarchal, and...
2015 may well be remembered as the year of Europe's Great Refugee Crisis, but it's worth noting that while people desperately continue to flee conflict and try to reach European shores, the story has been rapidly disappearing from mainstream media coverage. It's a good reminder of how the media...
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931 The Weave is proud to join the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery in presenting Weaving the Streets & People's History Archive (WSPHA), an interdisciplinary citizen journalism project focusing on the ways in which ordinary people use public space to express themselves. WSPHA includes "Weaving the Streets" investigative blog posts hosted by the Weave as well as curated contributions to a growing People's History Archive of physical artifacts gathered in the streets. Our student and alumni contributors have covered a diverse range of issues in many locations, from popular protests and squatter movements in Madrid to street art in Costa Rica to "selfie" culture in Thailand. This work is sponsored by Crossing Boundaries, an interdisciplinary humanities project at St. Lawrence University made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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One of the main goals of the Weaving the Streets Blog and the People’s History Archive is to document how people use the streets to express themselves. How common people create and advertise grassroots movements through art, peaceful occupation, organizing protests, etc. that aren’t necessarily documented by the mainstream media. Though the question I wanted to answer with this post, is how do people express themselves when they are struggling, hungry, cold and scared?

Be it poverty, disparity, or as my generation eloquently puts it “The Struggle”, hard times can bring something out of a person. We see it every day; it could be a person playing an instrument in the subway, or people dancing in public areas, we see individuals selling their art on the street and this is all for us to empathize with their struggle, and maybe donate funds to alleviate some of the burden. But how many of us truly empathize? How many of us accept and understand these forms of expression as more than just cool things to see?

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Reflecting on observations of the 2011 UN Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa, this blog ventures into the realms of planetary scale and grassroots action.  It begs the question, how do we reconnote "climate change" to be a force of empowerment and action, rather than of...

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This blog serves as a conversation between student activist groups on and beyond St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Blogger Allison Paludi examines this new group of human rights activists who are speaking up and proving to be a generation of change.

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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.