The Oberlin Review

Emergency Declaration in Missouri Premature, Discourages Structural Change

Editorial Board

November 21, 2014

In anticipation of the announcement by prosecutors of whether a grand jury will file charges against Darren Wilson — the Ferguson, MO police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stoked the flames of a virulent disconnect between government officials and black residents in greater St. Louis by declaring a state of emergency Monday. Nixon, a second-term Democrat, authorized National Guard troops to assist a coalition of three police agencies in controlling expected demonstrations following the announcement, sending a stark message to the nonviolent organizers: You are our enemy. Nixon’s misguided action worsens a pervasive lack of effective leadership at a...

From Urban Wasteland to Apiary: Chávez Envisions Collaborative Community through Beekeeping

Michelle Polyak

February 21, 2014

What can humans learn from the social practices of bugs? A lot, according to educator and cultural activist Juan William Chávez. This past Tuesday, Chávez delivered a lecture titled “The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary” through the Ellen Johnson guest lecture series sponsored by Oberlin’s Art History department. The talk centered around his proposed project to create a bee sanctuary in the abandoned Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis.   Chávez describes himself as an artist who works in the public realm. In an attempt to move out of the commercialization of the art world, Chávez began working within the nonprofit arts spectrum. He described driving to work and passing a mysterious urban forest daily...

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