Weave News videographers Julianne DeGuardi and Erica Sawyer recently had the pleasure of sitting down with scholar and activist Dr. Simona Sharoni (Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh) during her visit to St. Lawrence University, where she presented a workshop on student and faculty activism. In this interview, part of our ongoing Big Questions project, Sharoni speaks about a range of contemporary issues ranging from the importance of independent media to struggles for social justice in Palestine, on US college campuses, and elsewhere.
In this report Julianne DeGuardi continues her investigation of the struggles facing migrant farm workers by looking at the situation in Vermont, where grassroots organizations like Migrant Justice play a key role in advocating for the rights of workers. This advocacy work has taken on a heightened importance in light of the changing national political climate. .
Welcome to SUNY Canton, a technical college of 3200 students in upstate New York. It’s located in Canton, NY, the county seat of St. Lawrence County, a county that’s just 2.7% Black and 2.3% Latinx. But at SUNY Canton, two-thirds of the students who live on-campus are Black and Latinx. It’s like a pocket of NYC in the backwoods of rural New York.
So what happens when those students of color are policed by all-white cops? In Jim Crow on Campus, a new podcast series from Weave News, reporter Erin Corbine aims to answer that question by covering the students, the police, the administration, and the surrounding community. It’s available now on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, and here at Weave News, via the widget below.
Episode 4, “The Case Against SUNY Canton” begins with reporter Erin Corbine telling her story on the origin of the controversial anonymous Facebook page, Concerned Students of SUNY Canton. This Facebook page caused an uproar on campus and ultimately led to a campus-wide open forum discussion. Andre Lynch, SUNY Canton alumnus and former employee, attended the open-forum and weighs in on his experience.
In the episode’s second half, local attorney Diane Exoo offers her input on the powers of the University Police department. Diane questions whether or not officers are in violation of student’s Fourth Amendment rights. She offers students advice regarding their rights on campus and how to navigate encounters with the police.
Jim Crow on Campus will return will a new episode on Friday, March 24, 2017.
If you are a current or former SUNY Canton student or employee and would like to contact reporter Erin Corbine about your experiences, you can reach her at erincorbine[at]gmail.com.
If you have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination and would like to file a complaint, SUNY Canton allows for both formal and informal complaints to be filed with their Affirmative Action Co-Officers, William Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-386-7063) or Lashawanda Ingram, (email@example.com or 315-386-7128). In addition, students also have the right to file complaints with both the New York State Civil Rights Bureau and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. NYSCRB complaint forms can be found here (and in Spanish here), and Department of Education complaints may be filed here. If you require any help filing a complaint, get in contact with We Got Your VI, a North Country organization devoted to helping students of color assert their legal rights.
Media inquiries, complaints, and other feedback may be directed to producer Christian Exoo at christianmexoo[at]gmail.com.
Jim Crow on Campus logo by Alex Soto
It is the morning of January 16th, four days before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It is, coincidentally, four days before many believe the end of the world will begin. For Brian Bennett, his wife Ann, and his daughter Catherine, it is just Monday. The Bennetts, owners and operators of Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, New York, are resistance fighters. However, they do not fight with guns, uniforms, or marching orders; their fight requires hand tools, a 1958 International Harvester, and an extensive knowledge of heritage breed ruminants and poultry.
In this news analysis post, Weave News contributor Emily Gerber explores how coverage of hydroflurocarbons, or HFCs, illustrates the prevalence of what scholar Robert Jensen calls "technological fundamentalism" in American journalism.
In his first contribution to our Weaving the Streets project, Wyatt Adams checks in from Vienna, Austria, where the heavy presence of antifascist and other leftist stickers signal a distinctive form of street art that is visible on lamp posts, in bathroom stalls, and in other locations throughout the city.
Investigative reporter Erin Corbine uncovers the story of Dashawn and Andre in episode 3 of Jim Crow on Campus. In the episode, rising sophomore Dashawn and SUNY Canton alum/former employee Andre, recount an experience with University Police that started with a haircut, but ended with two young men of color in handcuffs.
More than sixty musicians, activists, and supporters convened today at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Suffolk County Immigration Detention Justice Center in a display of solidarity with immigrants detained at the County Jail. Weave News reporter Nicole Eigbrett was there.
At a time when the Trump administration's anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions are capturing most of the oxygen in the U.S. news ecosystem, Weave News contributor William Hunt calls our attention to a very different dynamic: the strong pro-immigrant feeling that is increasingly visible in Catalonia.
As part of her ongoing research into the story of migrant farm workers in the North Country dairy industry, Weave News reporter Julianne DeGuardi spoke with another local reporter who has done extensive work on the topic: David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio (NCPR). Enjoy the latest installment in our Interweaving series!
As part of our ongoing Weaving the Streets project, Weave News correspondent Savannah Crowley checks in from San Diego, CA, which recently co-hosted the 2017 Border Film Festival. For more of her work, check out her earlier post, “Get Up Offa That Thing!” Showing Up for Justice in San Diego.
In her fourth post for our Weaving the Streets project, Bridget Ireland reflects on the emerging street art scene she encountered in Amman, Jordan, from innocuous and easily-ignored graffiti to celebrated and officially-sanctioned public art.
Follow-up to our earlier report from Steve Peraza: On Thursday evening, community leaders shut down traffic in downtown Buffalo at a rally protesting the death of Wardel “Meech” Davis, an unarmed black man who died in police custody the night of February 7th. Here are some of the sights and sounds.
My name is Steve Peraza, and I am an unarmed black man who lives in Buffalo, New York. Until recently city leaders promised that I had nothing to fear from police. The proof? No one had died in police custody. All that changed on Tuesday night.