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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.


The people...

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






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 Queer Unspoken on Jan 5, 2015


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.


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





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...

Written by lahurd12 on Dec 18, 2014

The oth761 er 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...

Written by Yi Zhou on Dec 12, 2014

"'Blind eye' syndrome - a common reaction to provocative culture by neo-conservative ideology, which is based on a suitable ambiguous reasoning.  Consequently, the provocative work is either declared to be inauthentic because of its 'contamination' from sources that derive from globalization, or its content is simply not read. Both responses neatly avoid the acknolwedgement of a subversive element in the content."

- by Virgina Whiles on Karkhana: Revival or Re-Invention? pg. 33

Written by Yi Zhou on Dec 12, 2014

People who are privileged from habitual power dismiss the protests against the lack of indictment of Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. Saying it is not systematic racism. Martin and Nakayama state that power is dynamic, and it “comes from social institutions and the roles individuals occupy in those institutions (118).”  Thus, the norms in society only benefit the dominant group, yet marginalize and alienate the “other” groups that share different cultural identities and socio-economic status.  This binary definition of what and who is good versus bad, valuable versus useless, and civilized versus primordial is embedded habitually within the norms. Thus those who refuse to acknowledge the racial discrimination as a salient factor in the...