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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...

Written by sehang12 on Sep 18, 2014

Last week wrapped up my time spent in Segovia, and the pueblo of Tres Casas. It was truly exciting to see how varied and diverse the street art was, ranging from typical tagging, to satirical posts, and to pictures in which a story unfolded. The artists here in Spain seem to have an unspoken rule not to tag any of the historical buildings, like the numerous churches and cathedrals spread throughout the city. As a result of this, much of the city is devoid of any tagging.

Usually where there’s graffiti, it’s all crammed into one controlled area of public space, which seems to benefit from the multitude of color on an otherwise drab area. Below you’ll find some of my favorites from the few days I spent roaming the streets of Segovia.

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Written by sahhhweetx3 on Sep 15, 2014

I have always been attracted to art juxtaposed with text.  Text requires much less deciphering than the signs and symbols of art, which means it immediately elicits emotions and ideas—but these feelings and notions need to be reevaluated after taking account of the present graphic.  Being in New York City has been so overwhelming and amazing because when I am on the street it feels like I am constantly enveloped in a piece of art contextualized with text – street signs, advertisements, graffiti, brands, tattoos.  Since there is so much to look at and absorb at any given moment I have to make quick decisions about what I consciously spend my time looking at, and subsequently photographing.

 

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Written by Sheila Murray on Jun 28, 2014

A unique feature of a big University is the absolutely electric atmosphere that arises from the union of the diverse student perspectives.  I constantly find myself surprised by how distinctive each student I meet at the university is, in his or her values, background, aspirations, and even in the simple way of how they carry themselves.

 

As I touched upon in my last post, “Educational Power and Solidarity,” the UCR is especially distinguished due to being the first superior education institution in the country and because it unites students from all walks of life under one central premise of education being the key for the future of the country. 

In the months that have transpired since that post, I have witnessed confirmation of the prevalence of student solidarity and student participation: 

In a historical round of...

Written by Jana Morgan on May 30, 2014

I was surprised to wake up on May 11 and find that the Wall Street Journal  had invited the American Petroleum Institute to guest-author one of its editorials. Or so it seemed.

In an editorial titled “The SEC’s Pro-Putin Rule,” the Journal suggested that Section 1504, the landmark oil, gas and mining transparency provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, strengthens Russian energy behemoth Gazprom, and by extension Vladimir Putin.

To think, nearly four years after President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, I thought I had heard every possible doomsday scenario guaranteed to result from greater transparency in the extractives sector.

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Written by carolyn_dellinger on Apr 23, 2014

So for this blog post I thought I would focus on one of my favorite street artists in London – Stik. I find his work so intriguing because he only uses stick figures, yet he is able to express so much emotion with these simple shapes.

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This work above has remained one of my favorites of his because he is able to address such a controversial, heated issue with just a few lines and shapes. Although the figures have no expressions, the simple gesture of two characters from different backgrounds holding hands coherently addresses a heated issue in the UK.

For a city that is known for its multiculturalism and globalization, London is highly divided on the issue of immigration. As a member of the EU, the UK participates in the free trade of people across borders, meaning that any EU citizen is allowed to immigrate to the UK.  Great Britain...

Written by Jana Morgan on Apr 16, 2014

On April 14, over 500 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 40 submitted a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White, calling on the SEC to promptly re-issue a strong implementing rule for the landmark oil, gas and mining payment disclosure provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

In calling on the SEC to re-issue a rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to publically disclose their payments to governments, at the project level, without any country exemptions, CSO signatories underscored the reality that these provisions have become the global standard.

Indeed, in just two years since the SEC released its 2012 rule, disclosure provisions largely modeled on Section 1504 of Dodd-Frank have been taken...