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Written by kkcrea95 on Jan 29, 2016


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...

Written by johncollins on Jan 21, 2016

919 Spain is routinely referred to as a democratic country, and it does possess many of the attributes typically associated with democracy. At the same time, as I have seen during the past several months of living in Madrid, the country is also home to some profoundly anti-democratic tendencies. For many critics, these tendencies represent not an erosion of a previously democratic reality but rather a confirmation that “La Transición” (Spain’s post-1975 transition from dictatorship to democratic rule) remains fundamentally unfinished. Nowhere is this clearer that in the ongoing attempts by the state to restrict the ability of ordinary citizens to exercise freely their right to protest and to share information about what is happening in their society. In this “Weaving the Streets” post I will share what I observed and learned at a recent protest in support of Raúl Capín, an independent...

Written by DrP on Jan 18, 2016

917 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 us that might restore our faith in integration as a viable goal for the U.S.? 

I teach African American history at a college in New York where the African American population is relatively large. As a black man myself, I’m truly grateful for this: More than a decade ago when I began my climb up the ivory tower I had hoped that I’d be able to reach a diverse student population, that I’d have the chance to introduce young men and women with personal experiences much like my own to the wonders of history. That dream has come true. 


Written by DrP on Jan 12, 2016


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 third of the professors in SUNY are "adjuncts," which means they are part time faculty and paid by the course. 

The pennies that colleges and universities pay adjuncts simply don’t add up. According to a Washington Post article, the median wage for adjuncts per course was $2,700 in 2014. (NB...

Written by DrP on Jan 9, 2016

914 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 the southern border. In fact, these men and women are seeking refuge from “homicidal brutality” in their nations.

Because ICE is criminalizing asylum seekers, the Times calls the U.S. response a “shameful round-up of refugees” and recommends that federal authorities provide Central Americans “protection, due process, and outstretched arms.” Right now refugees can only expect detention and dispersal at the hands of ICE.


Written by lgpend13 on Jan 9, 2016

913 My name is Lydia Pendleton. I’m a junior at St. Lawrence University living in Madrid this year and this is my first post for “Weaving the Streets & People’s History Archive” (WSPHA) project. I’ve always had a profound interest for all topics anthropological or Spanish related and I am happy to say I found a topic that interests me as much as I hope it will interest all of you.


During my first few weeks living here in Madrid, I would get off the metro every day to go to class and walk by the large building on the corner which was once a student residence called San Juan Evangelista, which looked abandoned even though I always noticed people going in and out as they please. Instead of seeing it as an eyesore, the building intrigued me. The first thing I noticed was the large sign in front of the building with a black spray-painted silhouette of an alien. At first I had no idea...

Written by kkcrea95 on Jan 9, 2016

912 I was offered the opportunity to participate in the WSPHA project this summer, by the program director of the St. Lawrence University study abroad program in Spain. I accepted this offer because I love learning about new cultures from the grassroots level, it forces me out of my comfort zone and stimulates growth as a person. I applied to study in Spain in order to perfect my knowledge of the language, but I also wanted to see the effects of the European financial crisis on the Spanish population. I am an International Economics major so I believed coming to the country I would get a stronger grasp on the causes and effects of the global financial crisis, whilst simultaneously improving my language speaking skills. The first thing I noticed when coming to Madrid, was the amount of homeless people, beggars, and street vendors. There are people of all ages and ethnicities...

Written by DrP on Jan 9, 2016

907 Sanctioned by the Obama administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deporting Central American refugees, marking the latest dark turn in U.S. immigration politics.

Pamela Constable for the Washington Post reports that federal agents are raiding homes in Georgia and Texas, among other states, where gainfully employed refugees are believed to reside. The agents ship detainees to deportation centers near the southern border from which they’re dispersed to their homelands. 

It is unclear how the refugees’ locations are revealed, though some have work permits and provisional social...

Written by johncollins on Jan 6, 2016

880 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 machine produces amnesia just as relentlessly as the machines of global capitalism, imperialism and militarism produce human suffering and displacement.

In order to spotlight the continuing importance of the refugee story, I reached out to my friend Diego López Calvin, a Spanish photographer whose work first came to my attention in 2004 when I was living in Madrid. I attended a very moving exhibition devoted to photographs of contemporary Palestine and ...

Written by johncollins on Dec 11, 2015

877 At its recent meeting in Denver, members of the American Anthropological Association voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution calling on the AAA to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Following the historic vote I reached out to Ilana Feldman, a member of the group that spearheaded the effort to bring the resolution forward. Feldman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University and author of the recently-released monograph Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza Under Egyptian Rule (Stanford University Press)...