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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.


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 DrP 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 8, 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.  

Written by DrP 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...