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How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information

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The New York Times: You don’t have to like Twitter or Facebook, or even post to them, but when an emergency strikes, the networking sites can be essential travel tools. As Hurricane Maria neared the Caribbean this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used Twitter to disseminate shelter information. And when a powerful earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, the State …

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The Role of Artists in Gentrification: Linking the Art World to Resistance Movements

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Nonprofit Quarterly: Becky Amato, NYU’s associate director of Civic Engagement Initiatives at the Gallatin School, sums it up: “There’s an unconscious collaboration between artists interested in living in gentrifying cities, and the market forces and developers who benefit from them.” Still, Moskowitz concludes, “anti-gentrification activists say artists can work against the process that turns their lives and work into policies …

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Blog on ThisIsNYU

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Students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  You can sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU (on Tumbler) during your time away.  Not only will others benefit from your recommendations, but this is a great way to document and share your experience with family and friends.  To get started or to …

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How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better

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New York Times: Forget just taking pictures with your phone’s camera — there are far more creative ways for travelers to use technology to capture memories from their trips, says Dennis Crowley, the co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, a company behind two location apps that have 50 million global users a month. “Between various apps and social media platforms, …

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NYU Students, Activist Groups Rally to Save DACA

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NYU Local: NYU student activists held a demonstration in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the steps of the Kimmel Center for University Life Tuesday morning. The coalition of activists who organized the event attended by roughly 70 people included NYU Dream Team, NYU Sanctuary and NYU Asian Pacific American Coalition while Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the …

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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

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PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Finding solace in Steinbeck during the time of Trump

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In a jittery, newly authoritarian land of hatred and hurt, chastened criminal and social justice reformers and human rights advocates can find solace and sustenance in the words and works of the incomparable John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers and psychoanalysts.  In his opus and Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath, spotlighting exploitative and inhumane labor practices and living …

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Homelessness in the U.S. Was Down Slightly Over The Past Year

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Homelessness in the U.S. declined over the past year. Even so, there were large increases in several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle.  Overall, almost 550,000 individuals were homeless on a single night earlier this year, according to a new report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s a 3 percent decline from 2015, and continues a downward …

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Activists push colleges to make their campuses sanctuary sites for the undocumented

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A movement has begun on college campuses across the nation to shield undocumented students, staff and their family members from deportation. Efforts have emerged at many schools to limit the ability of local law enforcement and campus police to cooperate with federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers.   The idea builds on a policy many large urban areas have adopted that …

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Cities are enacting policies to criminalize homelessness

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A new report says cities nationwide are enacting more policies that criminalize homelessness. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty said Tuesday many cities have banned living in vehicles, camping in public areas and panhandling. The center says policies that criminalize homelessness harm communities because they create barriers to employment, housing and education. Honolulu is among a handful of …

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“Just Off Route 66” presentation focuses on WPA

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One of the good things that came out of a very hard time, the Great Depression, was art: the making of more than 80,000 paintings, photos, murals, posters, sculp­tures and crafts. Many of them were cre­ated because the artists and craftspeople were supported through the federal Works Progress Administration. Smaller than the WPA’s public works projects, the art project eventually …

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Working-class voyeur

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Photographer Walker Evans confessed to being a “penitent spy and an apologetic voyeur”. But he wasn’t a pervert or a paparazzo. His photographs appeared in the most glamorous magazines of the 20th century, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Yet he never shot a celebrity. Asked why, Evans replied: “It’s an impure thing to do – too easy … …

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Iconic WPA Posters Are Becoming Gorgeous Postage Stamps

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Next year’s commemorative stamps will feature a retrospective on the Works Progress Administration, better known as the WPA. Created by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration in 1935 as a way to create jobs for a populace still recovering from the Great Depression, the WPA at its peak employed more than 3 million workers. WPA workers spanned a wide variety of …