For our Global Activism series, catch up with, Elizabeth Powley. She founded the NGO, Every Child is My Child, because she envisions a world in which “every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.” She is also executive director of Heartland Alliance International - part of Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group that “helps endangered populations — particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.”
All this week, we’ve been talking about goals Mayor Rahm Emanuel set for himself in his first term. On Thursday, we talk about the Mayor’s promises of a more open and transparent government. Are you getting all the information you need to know how the city runs?
After falling into disrepair and closing nearly a decade ago, the Viceroy Hotel building will reopen this year to include a social enterprise café, an urban farm, and a teaching kitchen out of which Heartland Housing will provide classes to residents about nutrition and food preparation.
This program focuses on important Chicago-based work directed toward ensuring the human rights of LGBTQ people internationally. It is moderated by Sid Mohn, president of Chicago’s Heartland Alliance, and includes presentations on asylum policies, LGBTQ rights abroad, and queer political identities by Keren Zwick and Stefano Fabeni of Heartland Alliance, and Lynette Jackson of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The new documentary Beneath the Blindfold delves into a gritty topic that's rarely discussed: how survivors of torture struggle to rebuild their lives.In the film, four diverse individuals - a nursing home aide from Africa, an actor from Colombia, a U.S.
As Director of Heartland Alliance’s Africa Great Lakes Project, Jefferson Mok worked with vulnerable populations such as former child soldiers, victims of human trafficking and LGBT populations, especially in Burundi.