UN Funding Cuts Jeopardize Deaf Children in Gaza

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UN Funding Cuts Jeopardize Deaf Children in Gaza

Zeyad Aabed has devoted his career—26 years—to running an NGO dedicated to offering education and health services to the deaf. It was, to say the least, a labor of love. But now, much of the funding on which his NGO depends is drying up. And today, he feels exhausted and depressed, fearful he will have to close the El-Amal Rehabilitation Society altogether. (Reposted from We Are Not Numbers)

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Will Costa Rica Be the Next Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

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Will Costa Rica Be the Next Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

The issue of marriage equality, set within a larger struggle over LGBTIQ rights, has become a central element of Costa Rica’s ongoing political debate during the country’s 2018 presidential election campaign. In her first post for our Weaving the Streets series, Torri Lonergan reports on how the potential legalization of same-sex marriage is sharpening the fault lines between progressive Costa Ricans and those who hold more more conservative Catholic and evangelical views.

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Interweaving with Hanif Abdurraqib: “To know that I cannot move the world on my own means that I can’t be silent”

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Interweaving with Hanif Abdurraqib: “To know that I cannot move the world on my own means that I can’t be silent”

On the morning of October, 11, 2018, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib spoke with students on the St. Lawrence University campus, where the subjects ranged from Kanye West to Black Lives Matter to Abdurraqib’s extensive sneaker collection. After the Q&A, Nicole Roché, who teaches a class about storytelling and identity in the first-year program at St. Lawrence, interviewed Abdurraqib about his work and about his experiences talking with young people in America.

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Protect the Protest Task Force Launches With A Promise: An Attack On One Is An Attack On All

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Protect the Protest Task Force Launches With A Promise: An Attack On One Is An Attack On All

For decades, powerful interests have attempted to intimidate and silence public watchdogs, journalists, and advocacy groups by filing meritless lawsuits. This repressive tactic — called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs) — is an abuse of the court system and a violation of the First Amendment rights of those who speak truth to power. Weave News contributor Jana Morgan announces a new initiative designed to push back.

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What Has Caused the Decline of Prosperity in Barre, Vermont?

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What Has Caused the Decline of Prosperity in Barre, Vermont?

Barre, VT, once an affluent hub of granite exportation, has experienced a dramatic decline in prosperity. Home to an industry that once employed thousands of workers spread between more than sixty manufacturing firms, the Barre Granite Association has dwindled to just over five hundred employees in two dozen firms. The effects of these labor cuts can be observed within the city limits of Barre, which has since fallen into dramatic decay. The downtown and surrounding suburbs are scattered with many rundown storefronts and homes in need of repair. The town is also known to have a severe problem with drugs and poverty.  Adam Marcinkowski explores the history of the Barre Granite Industry and attempts to determine key factors that helped initiated this shift in economic standing.

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In Vogue: Localism as a Response to Globalization in Geneva, New York

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In Vogue: Localism as a Response to Globalization in Geneva, New York

Though not a global city, Geneva, New York, located in the Finger Lakes region of the state, has become increasingly popular among tourists, entrepreneurs, culinary artists, and young, creative people. In the first installment of our new “Glocal Dispatches” series, Eliza Maher critically analyzes the revitalization of Geneva into a city driven by local businesses, art, music, Hobart and William Smith colleges, and Seneca Lake, and explores the shift to an image-saturated society. However, the shift, often characterized as positive, innovative, and diverse, fails to acknowledge the influence the urban branding will have on the minority groups in Geneva who cannot afford the lifestyle driven by localism.

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Haymarket: Living History on the Streets of Chicago

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Haymarket: Living History on the Streets of Chicago

“We want to honor Lucy Parsons’ legacy, Albert Parsons’ legacy, and the legacy of what brought us this idea that one day, all the workers of the world will unite.” With these words from labor activist and tour guide Larry Spivack, reporter John Collins reflects on a labor history walking tour of Chicago.

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Call for Submissions: Glocal Dispatches

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Call for Submissions: Glocal Dispatches

Weave News is seeking submissions for its new series, "Glocal Dispatches," which explores the impact of globalization on local communities. Submissions may be any length, but our ideal length for a publishable post is in the range of 800-1200 words. We will consider publishing longer posts in multiple installments.

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Weave News to co-sponsor the 2018 Media Freedom Summit 2.0

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Weave News to co-sponsor the 2018 Media Freedom Summit 2.0

Weave News is pleased to announce that it will be co-sponsoring the 2018 Media Freedom Summit 2.0, to be held on Oct. 26-27 on the campus of the College of Marin. Organized by Project Censored, the conference will be "an opportunity for journalists, students, faculty, activists, and community members to identify and address crucial threats to media freedom, to learn about and share effective strategies for advancing media freedom, and to promote critical media literacy education in service of social justice, civic engagement, and positive, meaningful change in local communities and larger society."  

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