WBEZ | Occupy Movement http://www.wbez.org/tags/occupy-movement Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag go on 'General Strike' http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/anti-flag_by_tony_mott_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pittsburgh punk band <a href="http://www.anti-flag.com/">Anti-Flag</a> is well known for piercing messages against war, imperialism, and human rights. Their new album <em>The General Strike</em> is no exception! Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to discuss the new album, social activism, and strikes as a tool for political action.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 Alfredo Sfeir Younis visits 'Occupy' movement and calls for societal change http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/alfredo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/about-alfredo/">Alfredo Sfeir Younis</a> spent more than 30 years at the World Bank. There he focused on the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. &nbsp;</p><p>Along the way he’s also became a Mayan priest.</p><p>These days Alfredo uses his &nbsp;<a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a> to combine spirituality and public policy issues.</p><p>Currently he’s on a tour of the U.S. After talking with a range of the “Occupy” movement protestors, Alfredo thinks we must challenge some fundamental values.</p><p>There's no doubt that after our current global economic strife, movements like <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">Occupy Wall Street</a>, the anti-austerity protests in Europe and the Arab Spring present a form of a pushback.</p><p>On this edition of Worldview, we spend the hour with Alfredo to talk about our changing times.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 Worldview 12.20.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-16/alfredo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist Alfredo Sfeir Younis spent more than 30 years at the World Bank tackling the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. Today, Alfredo leads a slightly different life: He's a Mayan priest and president of the <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/" target="_blank">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a>, an organization that works on the connections between spirituality and public policy. On his current tour of the U.S., he's meeting with "Occupy" protesters. Alfredo argues, in order for humanity to thrive, the world must challenge some fundamental ideas of how we order, value and measure our society.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 Occupy and its adversaries need to find common ground, says rabbi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/occupy1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Occupy movement has been a learning experience for everyone, including <a href="http://www.bradhirschfield.com/" target="_blank">Rabbi Brad Hirschfield</a>, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Beliefnet.com <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/windowsanddoors/" target="_blank">blogger</a>.</p><p>He gives his take on religious congregations' reaction to Occupy Wall Street.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 Worldview 12.6.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12611-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-05/iran1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, Iran claimed it shot down an unmanned U.S. drone aircraft. In response, the U.S. Senate voted to penalize financial institutions that do business with Iran's Central Bank. Britain closed the Iranian Embassy in London and expelled its diplomats after riots outside the British Embassy in Tehran. <em>Worldview</em> discusses these developments with <a href="http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/sadri/" target="_blank">Ahmad Sadri</a>, a professor at Lake Forest College. Also, as the Occupy street protests wind down, <a href="http://www.bradhirschfield.com/" target="_blank">Rabbi Brad Hirschfield</a>, author of <a href="http://www.bradhirschfield.com/book.html" target="_blank"><em>You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism</em></a>, argues that people both for and against the movement need to put aside politics and acknowledge the urgent problems of increasing poverty, income disparity and hopelessness in America.</p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12611-0 Worldview 12.2.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-02/billboard-12-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>University of Chicago theorist <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/harcourt" target="_blank">Bernard Harcourt</a> believes that a new kind of resistance called "political disobedience" emerged from Zuccotti Park and Occupy protests around the country. He tells <em>Worldview </em>why the media needs a new lexicon to describe the leaderless social movement. Also, with tensions rising in Syria, a potential leadership vacuum in Yemen, and elections in Egypt, the Arab world is in the throes of deep uncertainty. <a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/history/fac-bios/Khalidi/faculty.html" target="_blank">Rashid Khalidi</a>, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, ruminates on the aftermath of the uprisings. Later, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_self">Milos Stehlik</a>&nbsp;reviews <em>Shame</em>. Steve McQueen’s new film follows a New Yorker whose private life of sexual addiction is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12211 Worldview 11.9.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11911-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-09/occupy4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month, Northwestern University professor Jeffrey Winters <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/oligarchy-history-how-super-rich-defend-their-wealth-93577" target="_blank">joined us to discuss</a> his book <em><a href="http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=1048" target="_blank">Oligarchy</a></em>, an examination of how the super-rich fight to preserve and increase their wealth, particularly here in the United States. The conversation generated a lot of interest and reaction, so we’ve asked him to come back on the program and take your calls. We'll also get other perspectives on the roots of income inequality, the increasingly global Occupy movement, and how to level the economic playing field. To join in the conversation call us at <strong>312-923-9239.</strong></p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11911-0 Researcher finds wealth distribution linked to health of societies http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/occupy3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans are taught early on that “all men are created equal.” But people taking part in Occupy Wall Street would argue that’s no longer the case.</p><p>The protesters are angry about the enormous gap between the rich and poor and frustrated by rising unemployment, foreclosures and corporate bonuses.</p><p>British epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson studies income inequality in developed countries. He’s found that people who live in more equal societies tend to fare better on a whole range of social indicators, from education to health to violence.</p><p>Richard, who also co-authored the book <em><a href="http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/spirit_level_hc_362" target="_blank">The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger</a></em>, spoke with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell about his findings - including why country like Denmark has far more upward mobility than the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the audio link atop the page to hear their conversation in its entirety.</p><p><strong>Watch Richard's TED Talk, "How economic inequality harms societies":</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><object width="526" height="374"><param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff"><param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#ffffff" flashvars="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="526" height="374"></object></p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853 Worldview 11.8.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11811-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-08/occupy2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the Occupy movement raises concerns about income inequality, we talk to British epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson, co-author of <em><a href="http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/spirit_level_hc_362" target="_blank">The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger</a></em>. His research suggests that people from countries without huge income gaps live longer and generally better lives. And, the new film <em><a href="http://www.pffamerica.com/2011press1_en.htm" target="_blank"><em>In Darkness</em></a></em><em> </em>by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland tells the unlikely story of a Polish crook who rescues Jews during World War II. It just premiered in Chicago at the Polish Film Festival of America. <em>Worldview </em>film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_self">Milos Stehlik</a> chats with Holland about Polish cinema and why the festival matters.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>You may have heard <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/oligarchy-history-how-super-rich-defend-their-wealth-93577" target="_blank">our recent conversation</a> with political economist Jeffrey Winters, who shared his provocative theories on Occupy Wall Street and how the super-rich defend their wealth. Tomorrow, he returns to take your calls.</strong></p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11811-0 'Occupy' protesters brace, prepare for winter weather http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-protesters-brace-prepare-winter-weather-93569 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/Occupy Chicago Sign 4_Linda Paul.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Wall Street protesters around the country who are vowing to stand their ground against the police and politicians are also digging in against a different kind of adversary: cold weather.</p><p>With the temperature dropping, they are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments.</p><p>"Everyone's been calling it our Valley Forge moment," said Michael McCarthy, a former Navy medic in Providence. "Everybody thought that George Washington couldn't possibly survive in the Northeast."</p><p>More than a month and a half into the movement, Occupy Wall Street activists from New York to Colorado have pledged to tough out the snow, sleet and cold as they protest economic inequality and what they call corporate greed.</p><p>But the dangers of staying outdoors in some of the country's harsher climes are already becoming apparent: In Denver, two protesters were hospitalized with hypothermia this week during a storm that brought several inches of snow.</p><p>The activists also know full well that the number of demonstrators is likely to drop as the weather gets colder.</p><p>Some movements are scouting locations indoors, including vacant buildings or other unused properties, possibly even foreclosed homes, though some question the wisdom of holding a protest outside the public eye.</p><p>Lighting campfires is probably out of the question in most places because of safety regulations.</p><p>In Chicago, where winters are famously bitter, protesters are working to secure several indoor locations to get them through to spring. A church nearby is letting some demonstrators sleep overnight.</p><p>Thus far, Occupy Chicago participants have settled daily along LaSalle Street outside of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the city's famed downtown loop.&nbsp; During the past two weeks, protestors have marched to Grant Park in the hopes of creating a permanent home there, only to be removed by police for violating park curfew hours.&nbsp;</p><p>Leaders of the Occupy Chicago movement met with city officials on Thursday in an effort to agree on a permanent location to assemble, but no agreement was reached.</p><p>In Providence, where city officials are threatening to go to court to evict hundreds of campers from a park across from City Hall, a core group said it will remain through the winter months — if not there, somewhere else. Rhode Island's capital has an average low temperature in the 20s from December through February and recorded nearly 3½ feet of snow last year. Many of the more than 100 tents are not built to withstand harsh conditions.</p><p>Boston's Occupy movement, which has roughly 300 overnight participants and could face some of the most brutal weather of any city with a major encampment, has set up a winterization committee that will try to obtain super-insulated sleeping bags and other winter survival gear. Activists from the movement's flagship encampment, consisting of hundreds of people in New York City's Zuccotti Park, are sorting through packages arriving daily that include coats and jackets.</p><p>Temperatures were expected to drop into the 30s across much of the Northeast by Friday morning, and forecasters said snow is possible in some places over the weekend. Boston got its first dusting late Thursday night.</p><p>In Denver, as protesters prepared for this week's snow, a few dozen sympathizers stopped by to drop off blankets, gloves, chili and hot chocolate. Police refused to let activists erect a tent. That left some sleeping on the wet ground, covered by snowy tarps.</p><p>"I welcome the challenge of this cold weather," said Dwayne Hudson, a landscaper who has been living at the Occupy Denver site for nearly two weeks. "This is like war. You know, soldiers do it when they occupy a place. I'm sure the mountains of Afghanistan get pretty cold."</p><p>But after the first snowfall, he admitted: "It's getting tough."</p><p>Eric Martin, who is on Occupy Boston's winterization committee, said the group had raised about $35,000, which could help buy winter supplies. Various ideas are being discussed to keep tents warm without using combustion-based heaters, which are forbidden. Another proposal: igloos.</p><p>"We're looking at ideas from military vets to survivalists, to the homeless community to indigenous peoples," Martin said.</p><p>Activists in Philadelphia are also researching sturdier, warmer structures that could replace the 300 to 400 tents set up on the concrete plaza surrounding City Hall.</p><p>Chris Goldstein of Riverside, N.J., owns one of the tents, though he sometimes sleeps at home. He learned the hard way during the first rainfall that the site has poor drainage: "I occupied a puddle." The self-employed writer and activist put pallets under the tent to lift it off the ground, and outfitted it with small carpets for insulation.</p><p>In the meantime, he and other activists have access to a Quaker community center two blocks away where they can shower and thaw out in common rooms.</p><p>Patricia Phelan and her fiancee, Savanah Kite, have been camping in the Providence park in a $20 tent from Walmart. As temperatures dipped into the 40s in the morning this week and people could see their breath, they hadn't yet employed their hand warmers or a down comforter Phelan had in the car just in case.</p><p>Their plan is to add layers as necessary.</p><p>The trick will be keeping morale up, Phelan said, "and not letting the climate get to us."</p><p>___</p><p>Associated Press Writers Erica Niedowski in Providence, R.I; Jay Lindsay in Boston; Barbara Rodriguez in Chicago; Ivan Moreno and Kristen Wyatt in Denver; Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia; and Nigel Duara in Portland, Ore., contributed to this report.</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-protesters-brace-prepare-winter-weather-93569