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Written by sehang12 on Dec 1, 2014

These past few weeks I’ve noticed some changes happening at one of my favorite metro stops. The Moncloa station is slowly being covered in cartoony characters, all done in felt-tipped marker. I’ve noticed a few of these characters throughout the city, there are a few cartoony octopi down by the Manzanares river, although the bear with the crown appears to be the most common, adorning walls throughout the city....

Written by lahurd12 on Nov 17, 2014

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The other day as I was walking through Lavapies in Madrid I came across this piece of street art. Although I had never seen this particular artwork before, I had seen the same message in many other forms throughout Madrid.  Whether it be written on a wall in graffiti or incorporated into an image like this one, the message always reads something along the lines of, “gente sin casa, casas sin gente” or “ni gente sin casa, ni casas sin gente:” translating to people without houses, houses without people.

This artwork is referencing the collective dislike amongst Spanish people towards the one hundred and three year old mortgage law that refuses to change. Spain maintains one of the most restrictive mortgage laws in all of Europe. One restriction that makes it so hard to comply with is its obligation to finish paying your mortgage debt even after the person has been evicted or the home has...

Written by johncollins on Nov 14, 2014

748 This afternoon a group of St. Lawrence University students took to the streets to express their outrage at the level of police brutality in the United States and the impact of police violence on people of color in particular. The action was inspired by the community mobilization that has taken place in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the police killing of Mike Brown, as well as the growing number of protests across the country focused on the problem of police violence.

 

The march began at the university's...

Written by nicoleszucs on Nov 9, 2014

I feel compelled to write about what is happening in Mexico right now. There are no words for it. Not just for the perverted murder of the 43 rural teaching students, but for everything that the tragedy is unveiling. The system is rotten, since the people have not been governing for a long time. The interest of oil companies, transnational enterprises, the oligarchy and the drug cartels are ruling the country at the expense of millions of people living in uncertainty. According to Human Rights Watch, Mexico has over 22,000 missing people right now, and drug related violence has taken the lives of over 60 000 people in the past six years. People are killed and keep “disappearing” every day. While looking for the bodies of the missing students, many mass graves have been found, none with the students' bodies, but showing how the violence...

Written by sahhhweetx3 on Nov 2, 2014

 

Cat calling and street harassment have become a familiar events in the two months I’ve lived in New York.  The video "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman" produced by Hollaback!, an international movement to end street harassment,  became an overnight sensation because it clearly depicted street harassment in a way that people who had never been harassed (i.e., men) could clearly understand how threatening and awful it is.  If that was the goal of the video, then it hit its mark.  However, there were many negative reactions to the video because it only showed the perspective of a white presenting woman and not any women of color, and how the video nearly exclusively presented men of color as harassing the woman. ...

Written by nicoleszucs on Oct 26, 2014

Mexico is full of history, stories, fears, social inequalities, culture and traditions. From the world famous Diego Rivera´s murals to the street gangs name tags, there is color and meaning in every corner. I have been exploring Mexico for the past couple of months and couldnt stop seeing art. Too many times I wanted to jump out of any type of transportation I was in and run to see the art closer, to really understand the meaning or just to admire.

This journey began way before the last, devastating massacre of the 43 students. And I am sure that now, there is a lot to see with the expression of people about this tragedy. I will start talking a little about my experience in Mexico City and in other occasion with the one in Oaxaca, and then in the North, Saltillo.

Mexico City is huge. I have been and lived in big cities, but this city is just different. It feels like its...

Written by lahurd12 on Oct 23, 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 carefully been built up over countless years. In terms of education these...

Written by Thomas Matt on Oct 10, 2014

Due to our patriarchal society there is a large wage gap between men and women.  Sarah Silverman, writer and comedian, came up with a seemingly logical solution to this problem: get a sex change.  While obviously a well-meaning joke meant to draw attention to a serious issue, her proposed solution is riddled with cisgender (those whose gender identity and biological sex align) privilege and is insensitive to the plight of transgender people.

For a woman who is being cheated out of a fair paycheck, would a sex...

Written by sehang12 on Oct 6, 2014

While exploring Madrid, I've noticed that there are quite a few similar works throughout the city, presumably by the same artist. The most prominent piece I can recall is always a large painting of a heart; not the cartoonish heart that springs to mind, but a gigantic, scientifically accurate heart, complete with ventricles, atriums, and the aorta. 

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Written by sahhhweetx3 on Sep 30, 2014

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I was fortunate enough to participate in The People’s Climate March on September 21st.  For weeks before the march I saw advertisements and posters in train cars and on the street.  Diffusion of responsibility made me assume that my attendance (or lack there of) wouldn’t matter because so many other people would be there.  I didn’t feel qualified to participate because I don’t study environmental science and am relatively unaware of the science behind global warming – only that it is definitely happening.  It didn’t occur to me until the night before that I could participate in the march, and that my presence would make a difference.  I am so thankful one of my friends suggested I join him.  I decided to go and helped make history by attending the largest march ever in the name of preserving the environment and bringing awareness to our Mother Earth’s declining...