Political Economy

At the Weave we believe that politics and economics have always gone hand in hand. Political economy is about structures of power and how these structures shape the conditions within which all of us live our lives. This section of the Weave is devoted to analysis and discussion of current issues that reveal the dynamics of power, from the local to the global and everywhere in between.

In Response to the Misappropriation of Transracial Identity, part II

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.

History of Transnational Adoption: Ancient times – 1970s

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, provided a bulk of knowledge on the history and subsequentially led to other searches and resources.

Whose identity is adopted?

Adoption has reconstituted the meaning of family, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity in the United States. Overseas, or international, adoption is the process of transferring a child of a foreign nationality into the kinship and nationality of the newly assumed adoptive family. However, this blog uses the distinction of ‘trans’national and in many cases, ‘trans’racial, because our present global condition demands it.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Antipoverty Proposal

799 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 that tackle the problem as a whole?

Sustainability--The Big Picture

672 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 citizens to plan for change in their community.” 

Poverty, Parents, and Smoking

659 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 cigarettes in the cars they use to transport their kids.

Fiscal Guillotines

654 The Ken-Ton School District LogoThere’s an eerie cheerfulness in the ways that some journalists report budget cuts. When the blade falls, they don’t bemoan the folks who lose their heads—they cheer the executioner and hoorah as the heads roll.

Poverty Studies

The fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty inspired renewed political debates concerning the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to poverty. Historians have heard the call and begun to (re)examine the history of poverty in America.

Poverty and the Minimum Wage

Will increasing the minimum wage protect workers from poverty? 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Buffalo

622 University at Buffalo (SUNY) is one of many research institutions invested in the digitization of archival records. UB recently published an audio recording of a 1967 speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Buffalo called “The Future of Integration”.