Reports about individual Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent. Many Muslims say Islamophobia is worse now than it’s ever been — even worse than it was after 9/11. Alaa Basatneh, Syrian-American activist and writer recently published a piece in Fusion detailing her experiences and her decision to stop wearing […]
It’s been a year since Zebra Mussels, those small striped bivalve killers from Southern Russia and Ukraine, first showed up in Madison’s Lake Mendota. In other lakes where they’re isolated from natural predators, including Lake Michigan, zebra mussels have exploded in abundance, driving out native species and even clogging sewer pipes. So, now that these […]
Meeta Mastani is the current artist in residence with the Arts Institute at UW. In 1992, Meeta founded the Bindaas Institute in New Delhi, which provides fair trade textiles and prints to a global market. She’s worked internationally to promote craft-centered economic development and has helped revive traditional print and dye techniques in her native […]
In the last two weeks, Brazilian students have occupied over 1,000 schools. Threats of mass school closures and cuts to the education budget have driven thousands of pupils to shut down and camp out in their schools. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Professor of Anthropology, and Wisconsin native-son, Thaddeus Blanchette talks to Brian Standing […]
In the 1980’s, activists seeking the end of apartheid rule in South Africa found themselves frustrated by the U.S. and other governments’ support for the racist regime. In response, thousands turned up the pressure on non-governmental targets, eventually convincing corporations, Universities, investors and others to pull any investments that benefited the South African regime. Most […]
After the election last Tuesday, the Wisconsin legislature is more solidly Republican and hostile to labor than ever. Kevin Gundlach, President of South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, in Madison talks with Brian Standing on the recent election, what to expect next and where labor goes from here.