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Written by steveperaza on Mar 26, 2014

659 If you're going to do it, why not step outside?In my neighborhood it’s not uncommon to see drivers smoking cigarettes in their cars with young children in the backseat. According to a recent study, poverty has something to do with it. Whatever the reason, parents really should stop lighting cigarettes in the cars they use to transport their kids. 

I live in the low-income housing section of the Town of Tonawanda. Here you’ll find dusty duplexes of various colors—blue, peach, red, green, etc.—where the rent is cheap and the accommodations slightly cheaper. 

My neighbors like me are strapped for cash, cramming growing families into the tight spaces they can afford. This neighborhood...

Written by nicoleszucs on Mar 24, 2014

Costa Ricans are not necessarily known for their social/political commitment or their street engagement. Coming from Bolivia where we have protests and social uprisings every other day, the land of “pura vida” always seemed very calm. As I engaged in the Weave’s new project I started to look for every opportunity to find street art that manifested social struggle, political movements or environmental cries in Costa Rica. The perfect occasion appeared: the elections. As I had heard from my Tico (Costa Rican) friends, a lot of people, especially young, were not very happy with the current political situation. Laura Chinchilla came into power in  2010, winning the election as the candidate  of one of the traditional parties, the PLN ( National Liberation Party) . However, she had the lowest popularity in Latin America for two consecutive years with...

Written by steveperaza on Mar 23, 2014

654 The Ken-Ton School District LogoThere’s an eerie cheerfulness in the ways that some journalists report budget cuts. When the blade falls, they don’t bemoan the folks who lose their heads—they cheer the executioner and hoorah as the heads roll.

Such seems to be the case in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda (Ken-Ton) School District, where “looming deficits” have prompted school board officials to propose deep budget cuts.  Local journalist Naomi Spencer all but cheered for board members as they chopped off several hundred thousand dollars at a time. In all the revelry, not one sentence—one word—accounted for the impacts these cuts will have on workers, parents, and children in the school district…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District is...

Written by alpalu10 on Mar 21, 2014

Human rights: Whenenever this topic is brought up in conversation, there is a tendency to paint an image of a far away land where inequalities and injustices are every day happenings. Yet, what about human rights specific to our community? We can point fingers at other countries and say what needs to be done abroad, but taking the time to reflect on our own American society seems to be a bit of a struggle. I am entirely guilty of this. Until recently, I fell into the trap of the dominant discourse of America, a democratic and free society, thus blinding me to injustices within our own country. Through dialogue and education, I became aware of the responsbility we as citizens have to our own communities. 

Northern New York is a hot-bed for prisons as the economy is also heavily dependent on these systems to provide jobs to community members. Working with a variety of...

Written by steveperaza on Mar 19, 2014

The fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty inspired renewed political debates concerning the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to poverty. Historians have heard the call and begun to (re)examine the history of poverty in America. 652 Along these lines, legal historian Elisa Minoff has begun an interesting conversation concerning poverty studies both past and present. Writing for Right On, a blog examining the impact of the War on Poverty on American society and politics, Minoff analyzed a bibliographical essay on poverty studies published in 1964 and suggested ways that these works compared and...

Written by Sheila Murray on Mar 15, 2014

"Raised voices are seldom heard, fights rarely seen, and Ticos will nod and say "Sí," even if they don't mean it, simply to avoid conflict. "

-This is an excerpt from “Cultural Values and the National Self-Image,” my first assigned reading during orientation classes at the University of Costa Rica.


Well, I thought, how does such a passive culture maintain the peace while also implementing forms of expression and social/political/environmental movements?  
What I've discovered so far is that no one seems to do it alone, and all movements seem to have deeply rooted principles of peace and community.  

I see my journey thus far in Costa Rica as a three-step process. 

One: In coming to Costa Rica, I hoped to witness radical movements for climate justice and equality, perhaps people flabbergasted when they  ...

Written by johncollins on Mar 15, 2014

Upon hearing the news that student activists at Northeastern University (“a leader in global experiential learning”) were being targeted for punishment by the university administration in response to their work in solidarity with Palestinians, I was immediately reminded of an episode from my own career as an activist.  I was also reminded of how dangerous the impulse of human solidarity can be, at least in the eyes of those who desperately seek to police it and blunt its impact. 

While the details of the Northeastern case are still emerging and are inevitably subject to dispute (obligatory disclaimer: I have no particular inside information on what happened there, nor do I necessarily support everything...

Written by Łukasz W. Niparko on Feb 28, 2014

Weaving the Street & People's Archive (WSPA)



by Łukasz W. Niparko


Rozbrat definitely is an outsider from our reality. It does not follow any rules of today’s world. Rozbrat claims that everyone can live there without paying a rent and taxes, regardless who you are, in what you believe, what is your economical status, background, and sexual orientation - the WSPA Team visited Rozbrat in June of 2013.


Claiming freedom

It was October 15th, 1994, when the first inhabitants came to Rozbrat [what in Polish literally means "separation"]. They claimed a city block in Poznań (between Rozbrat Street and Kazimierza Pułaskiego Street left by the old warehouse) as “the environment of freedom.”...

Written by Łukasz W. Niparko on Feb 19, 2014

Written by carolyn_dellinger on Feb 10, 2014

Walking through Brick Lane, one is almost overwhelmed by the amount of street art present, from stickers covering poles to miniscule stencils on yellow traffic lines to three-story-tall murals. With the amount of street art available, one wonders, is this considered vandalism or a form of public works? Up until recently, governments have battled street art because it supposedly desecrates public space and dirties the city; however, street art has actually become beneficial to areas like Brick Lane because it brings in people from all over to admire the art. Street art has actually become a commercial industry with companies offering tours of “Alternative London.” With its increase in popularity, street art is beginning to gain credibility. In fact, this December the House of Commons hosted Smile Britannia, a charity auction featuring street art from the likes of Banksy, Inkie, Nick...