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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.


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.



Written by Sheila Murray on Jun 29, 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.


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.





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...

Written by steveperaza on Apr 12, 2014

672 One Region Forward

An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower citizens to plan for change in their community.” 

The session 1 program, "Sustainability--The Big Picture," included three brief lectures and an in-class survey. The lectures defined “sustainability,” delineated its challenges, and explained One Region Forward’s role in making sustainability a regional goal. The quiz surveyed attendees’ ideas about transportation reforms. One Region Forward filmed the session and will publish it online for those who were unable to attend. Three more...

Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 9, 2014

Street art and urban interventions come in different sizes and shapes, and with different purposes. Up In San Jose, Costa Rica in the framework of the International Festival of Arts, I encountered a group of young people, full of energy who  saw a need a couple of years ago and decided to create a project to tackle people’s need of good food. The project is called Huertas donde sea (Gardens anywhere). It is a collective started by four people from different professional backgrounds (a graphic artist, an architect, an agronomist and an anthropologist) that seek to teach people about home organic agriculture. They want to bring people closer to their food, and more aware of the source and the methods. They believe that organic agriculture is possible anywhere and at different scales. I talked to one of the founder members Diana Medina.


Written by Sheila Murray on Apr 3, 2014



Traces signifying the importance of education are everywhere in Costa Rica, and I don’t just mean the masses of uniformed kids you see loading the buses; I’ve also seen traces in the street art.

This symbol in particular, which I would call the "raised fist" of education, was grafffitied along the side of the road and were...

Written by chloeanne on Apr 3, 2014


According to these statistics, in “no state can a minimum wage worker afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent, working a standard 40-hour week, without paying more than 30% of their income.”  Take a look to see how many hours are needed in your home state to be able to afford an apartment! (Click on the image to enlarge it.) In my home state of New York, you would need to work 139 hours to afford a two-bedroom apartment. This is pretty incredible stuff.