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Written by Nicole.Eigbrett on Feb 24, 2015

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. With the intense development of the global economy and technology, no longer are people, ideas, and capital working within national borders; rather, these exchanges are constantly transcending them.

This transcendence has a particular impact on transnational adoptees of the 1980s and onward. Widespread, rapid access to media, images, and information from around the globe means that adoptees can constantly revise their notion of identity. For transnational...

Written by Thomas Matt on Feb 2, 2015

803 In January of 2015, on opposite sides of the country there were two strikes occurring. These strikes were unique in that their end result was benefiting the people that the workers are intended to serve, not the workers themselves.  The weeklong mental health worker strike in California did so intentionally.  Meanwhile, the NYPD work slowdown was having the same effect of benefiting the average citizen, but this outcome was completely unintended.  Whether intentionally or completely by accident, when workers strike for the people they serve we can see whose labor is actually needed. 

Mental Health Worker Strike

For the mentally ill in America, stigma is often more plentiful than treatment. According to the National Alliance on Mental...

Written by Thomas Matt on Jan 28, 2015

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.

 

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Written by lahurd12 on Jan 19, 2015

800 Coca-Cola Workers Take the Streets

 

 

 

 

Among all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there seem to be more than just tourists crowding the streets in Madrid. Recently there have been a lot of people taking to the streets in protest and public awareness. Walking through Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid I’ve seen anything from hunger strikes to workers’ rights marches. The other day, one particular protest seemed to catch my eye. The center was full of variety of people all united by their Coca-Cola t-shirts. From first glance it looked as though maybe Coca-Cola was funding some sort of event in the center, but it didn’t take long to realize that was in fact the opposite of what was going on.

 

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Written by steveperaza on Jan 19, 2015

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? Is there no way to end poverty in the self-proclaimed wealthiest country in the world? In the late 1960s, Dr. King proposed a comprehensive antipoverty measure that warrants reevaluation today. The following is an excerpt from Dr. King’s last book, _Where Do We Go from Here_, in which he argues that a “guaranteed income” for...

Written by lahurd12 on Jan 7, 2015

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Walking around Madrid the street art of Ruina is hard to miss. Ruina is an artist from Bilbao with work found all over Spain. He is known to express a variety of themes in his work, with a large emphasis on social criticisms. In his work he uses a lot of irony and play on words to convey the message in every piece of art.

 

Some slogans include:

 

“Busco trabajo”

I look for work.

 

“Sigo buscando trabajo”

I continue looking for work.

 

“No hace falta ke te guste para ke sea arte. No hace falta ke sea legal para que sea arte. No hace falta que sea arte para ke te guste”

You don’t have to like it for it to be art. It doesn’t have to be legal for it to be art. It doesn’t have to be art for you to like it.

 

“Tóxico pero...

Written by Thomas Matt on Jan 5, 2015

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After the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl from Ohio, I have some words for parents and partners of trans people.  Those two groups— the people that raise trans people and the people that date them—should be on the front lines, hand-in -hand with trans folk in their liberation movement.  Unfortunately, no other group of people have failed or hurt trans people more. 

Leelah wrote a public suicide note on her Tumblr blog in which she cited her parents and their refusal to accept her transition as the main reason for her decision to end her life.  Her death has sparked debates around the country about trans rights and the parenting of trans youth.  As usual, cisgender men (men born biologically male) that date trans women have remained inexcusably...

Written by sahhhweetx3 on Dec 30, 2014

I have this bad habit of picking things up off of the ground.  Specifically bits of paper that have much more meaning to the person that dropped or discarded them than they do to me.  The People’s Archive is a collection of what is important and relevant to a society or culture.  Right now it is mostly (as I understand) stickers.  Ideally, the content would be expanded to encompass other scanable media.  I have scanned some of my favorite things I picked up off the ground around Manhattan.  I apologize for the poor-quality of the images.

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Written by johncollins on Dec 28, 2014

by Steven White

764 Managua protest 12/10/14With no national referendum, no economic feasibility research, and no environmental impact study, work has officially begun in Nicaragua on an interoceanic canal that will have devastating, irreversible ecological consequences, and the country has begun to see major protests against the project. The canal, with its infrastructure and “sub-projects”, including deep water ports, an artificial lake, airport, hotels, golf courses, power plants, cement factories and access highways will have a negative effect on almost one million acres of rainforest and wetlands in the southern part of country.

The route passes through Nicaragua’s Great Lake (Lago...

Written by lahurd12 on Dec 18, 2014

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The other day, as I was walking in Madrid I came across a protest on the side of the street in the area near Banco de España. The protesters were holding signs that read “escuela pública de todos para todos” which translates to Public School for everyone. After seeing this protest I began to see posters around the city with the same logo as the signs. After doing a little bit of research on it and bringing it up in conversation with some local friends I’ve come to a much better understanding of what this group is all about. Escuela pública de todos para todos is one of the many social movements that has resulted from the economic crisis in Spain. People in Spain are indignant due to the cuts in public services and especially the cuts in education. The government is reducing the social protection little by little that has...