Dissecting Boston XI: Vandal Art

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Dissecting Boston XI: Vandal Art

As part of our ongoing Weaving the Streets project, Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo contextualizes his acts of artistic resistance/vandalism. To accomplish this task, Tzintzun revels his previous intrusions within the border walls of the museum. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Tzintzun employed art/activism to re-politicize the white walls of censured history.

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Lavapiés: The Streets Speak Many Languages

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Lavapiés: The Streets Speak Many Languages

"Skulls and bones emerge from the ground beneath your feet. They peek right above the sidewalks and leave a chilling impression of what was once hidden." Ajok Deng joins our Weaving the Streets project with a report from Lavapiés, an immigrant neighborhood in the heart of Spain's capital. "The history surrounding the dictatorship has long been buried, but it still has a way of creeping up to the surface."

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Dissecting Boston X: Projected Other

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Dissecting Boston X: Projected Other

As part of our ongoing Weaving the Streets project, Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo explores his Mexican American mask and the layers of racism that lie underneath the surface of Plum Island, Massachusetts. To illustrate his argument, Tzintzun narrates the act of artistic rebellion he underwent to prevent the flattening of his Mexican American heritage into a "taco." Hard shell or soft shell, anyone?

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Deported Veterans: A Visit to 'The Bunker'

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Deported Veterans: A Visit to 'The Bunker'

On Sunday, April 23, I had the honor to ride alongside Mr. Jan Ruhman, a United States’ Marine Corps Veteran who served during the Vietnam War, on the drive South of San Diego to the US/Mexican border at Tijuana. Crossing the border in Jan’s Ford Ranger, a speed bump was the only thing in our way, but for Jan’s friends and the United States veterans that I would soon meet, they would never again be allowed to cross the border and return home to the United States. They’ve been permanently banished from the same country they swore to serve and defend.

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DISSECTING BOSTON IX: Undesirables

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DISSECTING BOSTON IX: Undesirables

As part of our ongoing Weaving the Streets project, Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo delves deeper into the development/conquest of Plum Island, Massachusetts. In doing so, Tzintzun grapples with the correlations between real estate and border construction. All bordered communities exclude portions of the population. The question remains: Who are these "undesirables"?

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Buffalo PBA VP Blog Post Threatens Cop Violence Against Civilians

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Buffalo PBA VP Blog Post Threatens Cop Violence Against Civilians

In a July 2016 blog post that he refused to take down, Buffalo Police Benevolent Association (PBA) vice president John Evans said of civilian demonstrators: “Comply with our orders and you won't get yourself killed. Enough!!!” It’s not enough that demonstrators’ First Amendment rights have already been eroded and circumscribed with the creation of ‘Free Speech Zones.’ Now, exercise of First Amendment rights may be met with police deadly force. Is this a terroristic threat?

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Dissecting Boston VII: Erosive Division

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Dissecting Boston VII: Erosive Division

As part of our ongoing Weaving the Streets project, Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo describes his own act of figmantary division on the beaches of Plum Island, Massachusetts. In a public installation piece (beach art) entitled the "Outer Limit," Tzintzun brings to light the correlations between borders, private property and human induced global warming.

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Calling Boston Artists to Action

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Calling Boston Artists to Action

As a transplant to the Boston area, it’s been interesting to familiarize myself with the city through the lens of current politics and social movements.  Unlike my years growing up in a small New Hampshire town and my time at university in upstate New York, Boston is positively bursting with events. That said, event spaces are not always conventional.  Here, a friend’s apartment is the scene for a “Women’s Brunch;” there, breweries become writing labs, bouldering gyms host “postcard parties,” and a tattoo parlor converts into a local artist marketplace.  In the past few months, my eyes have been on community engagement and the spaces that crop up as hosts.

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Rebels with a Cause: Alternative and Oppositional Culture in Vienna

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Rebels with a Cause: Alternative and Oppositional Culture in Vienna

"It seems like a ritual here. On an almost biweekly basis, the Ringgasse goes silent, the barriers go up, and riot police in white helmets and shoulder pads take to the streets." In his latest Weaving the Streets post, Wyatt Adams explores the ubiquity of political demonstrations and other forms of oppositional street culture in Vienna.

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Big Questions with Simona Sharoni

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Big Questions with Simona Sharoni

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.

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Justice for Migrant Workers in Vermont!

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Justice for Migrant Workers in Vermont!

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. .

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