WBEZ | Global Activism Expo http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-activism-expo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Tikondane helps communities in Zambia http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-tikondane-helps-communities-zambia-106980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tikocondane.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Coming off a successful 2013 Global Activism Expo, we visit with one of this year&rsquo;s attendees. <a href="http://tikondane.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=8" target="_blank">Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe</a>, founder and director of <a href="http://www.tikondane.org/" target="_blank">Tikondane</a>, a &ldquo;community uplift organization&rdquo; based in Katete, Zambia, tells us about her latest projects and the people involved with her work.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F87447030&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-tikondane-helps-communities-zambia-106980 Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/peace-age-violence-reparations-reconciliation-renewal-106824 <p><p>Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?</p><ul><li><strong>Joaquin Chavez</strong>, historian at UIC, research and direct work on reconciliation and reconstruction in El Salvador</li><li><strong>Ali Issa</strong>, anti-militarist activist, writer and field organizer for War Resisters League</li><li><strong>Prexy Nesbitt</strong>, educator, activist and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism</li><li><strong>Astrid Suarez</strong>, founder of Columbia vive Chicago</li><li><strong>Barbara Ransby</strong>, historian, author, and Director of the Social Justice Initiative and Gender and Women&#39;s Studies at UIC (moderator)</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IHC-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Recorded live Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the UIC Pavilion part of WBEZ&#39;s 6th Annual Global Activism Expo.&nbsp;</div></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/peace-age-violence-reparations-reconciliation-renewal-106824 Global Activism: Bright Hope International gives aid and comfort to the extreme poor http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bright-hope-international-gives-aid-and-comfort-extreme-poor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/BH_Haiti_fixed_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86395084&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em><strong>Join Worldview on Saturday, 4/6/13 for WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">6th Annual Global Activism Expo</a>, hosted by the UIC Social Justice Initiative.</strong></em></p><p><a href="http://www.brighthope.org/">Bright Hope International</a> helps faith communities provide aid and assistance to the extreme poor in some of the world&rsquo;s most devastated countries. The group aligns many of its programs with the UN Millennium Development Goals. Some of Bright Hope&#39;s primary goals are in: extreme poverty and hunger eradication; universal primary education; combating infectious disease and promoting environmental sustainability - all this with a focus on gender equality, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Bright Hope recently started a program to rescue girls from the sex trade in northern India.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll talk with Bright Hope&#39;s CEO and president, C.H. Dyer about the group&#39;s work. Dyer has encountered a number of memorable people in his travels:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Justine Nkandu is a single mother of six from the rural area of Samfya, Zambia. She is thriving after being given the opportunity of a microloan through Bright Hope in 2009. From three years on the program, Justine increased production of beans by 300%. Last year, she harvested 84 gallons of peanuts and used the profits from her farming business to build a house and iron sheets for her roof. &ldquo;My vision is to save money for my children&rsquo;s education before they reach high school, and to maintain food security for my family,&rdquo; she said.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Justine now feels that she has made enough capital to stand on her own and has requested that the leadership from her church allow her to step aside from the microloan program so that others may benefit. &ldquo;My family no longer worries about where our next meal will come from. We are not poor anymore. Now we can bless others. I thank the Lord for giving me knowledge and wisdom to make me reach this far in sustaining my livelihood and my family,&rdquo; she said. Justine is expecting to double her harvest of peanuts, cassava, and maize this year.</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bright-hope-international-gives-aid-and-comfort-extreme-poor Global Activism: LIFT-USA making a difference for families in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-lift-usa-making-difference-families-india-106354 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/LIFT_0.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85363322&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Reese Mugerditchian heard Father Jamels James on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, in 2010, talk about his group, Leading India&#39;s Future Today <a href="http://lift-foundation.org/">(LIFT)</a>. The NGO provides education and leadership training for children from various religious and social castes. It changed her life. Since then, Reese has been to India several times to work for LIFT. Mugerditchian and Dan Quinn, director of Operations for LIFT USA, are back from recent India trips.</p><p><em>You can see Reese and hear more about the work of LIFT and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LIFTUSA">LIFT-USA</a> at the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">2013 Global Activism Expo</a> on Saturday April 6th at the UIC Forum. </em></p><p>Reese said the Expo had a profound effect on her:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;In 2011 while driving to an appointment I listened to an interview Jerome McDonnell had with Fr. Jamels James. I&#39;ve always had a passion for the children of India and dreamed of getting involved with an organization there. Something in that interview spoke to me. Luckily the [Global Activism] Expo was coming up and LIFT was planning on being there. After the Expo I attended a LIFT meeting. Fr Jamels asked me what had motivated me to come to the meeting, I told him I wanted to volunteer in India. And just like that he extended the invitation for me to visit LIFT. I&#39;m not sure what I expected from my trip, I knew I wanted to volunteer, lend a helping hand - find a way to contribute in a meaningful way. I found so much more. The students of LIFT are amazing young adults. They are fiercely dedicated and joyful even though their lives have given them every opportunity to give up. These children are talented leaders and are making such a wonderful impact on their community. I really believe that they will be part of a great social change in India. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for worldview and WBEZ. Your program is doorway to the world for all of us dreaming to get out there and make a difference. I have since been to LIFT 4 times. Each visit allows me to connect with more of the children, learn their inspiring stories, and encourage them to continue their hard work.&quot;</p><p><em>Here&#39;s a <a href="http://vimeo.com/33763345">video</a> of two LIFT students talking about the program.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-lift-usa-making-difference-families-india-106354 It's About HOPE: Global Activism Expo http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2013-02/its-about-hope-global-activism-expo-105653 <p><p>As the planet gets smaller - at least in terms of the non-stop flow of information about the seven billion or so inhabitants - our anxiety grows. &nbsp;As the world feels smaller, so do we. &nbsp;It is more difficult to see how individual contributions help those in need. &nbsp;It feels like the work of one person simply cannot make a substantive difference</p><p>It&#39;s easy to become disheartened. &nbsp;It&#39;s easy to focus on something else. &nbsp;</p><p>And then there is Jerome McDonnell and <em>Worldview</em>.</p><p>The <em>Worldview</em> team has been featuring ordinary people who refuse to be stymied and have stepped up in small but significant ways to help those who need it. &nbsp;The <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a> Series</em> is not about atrocity; it is about HOPE.</p><p>On April 6th, <em>WBEZ, Vocalo</em>, the <em>UIC Social Justice Initiative</em> and the<em> Illinois Humanities Council</em> are excited to showcase these ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the <strong>Sixth Annual Global Activism Expo</strong>.</p><p>This year, we expand things to give you more to do, more to see, more to learn including:</p><p style="margin-left:40.5pt;">The <strong>University of Illinois Chicago <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/sji/">Social Justice Initiative</a></strong> and <a href="http://www.prairie.org/programs/public-square"><strong>The Public Square&nbsp;</strong></a>will<strong> </strong>host a series of lectures and panel discussions exploring issues of Restorative Justice featuring noted activists from around the world.</p><p style="margin-left:40.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The <strong><a href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a> Music Stage</strong> outdoors on the plaza will feature an array of local artists and bands with an international influence</p><p style="margin-left:40.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://workingbikes.org/"><strong>Working Bikes</strong></a> will bring an array of demonstration bikes (power a phonograph or your cell phone) as well as mini bikes for us to ride inside</p><p style="margin-left:40.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://circesteem.org/"><strong>CircEsteem</strong></a> will entertain kids and adults, encouraging participants to learn juggling, balance feathers and have fun</p><p style="margin-left:40.5pt;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/"><strong>Peace On Earth Film Festival</strong></a> will show select titles from their 2013 festival and invite the audience to discuss and reflect on these short films&nbsp;</p><p>Thousands of people come every year to meet and learn about these amazing people; my mother (from Kansas) came two years ago and was so motivated that she now devotes much of her time working with her local Food Bank and has become an activist within the tiny confines of a 800 person town in the middle of the country. &nbsp;If you are in need of a shot of inspiration that you can make a difference, you simply can&#39;t afford to miss it this year.</p><h1 style="margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 21px; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172"><strong>Off-Air Events: 6th Annual Global Activism Expo</strong></a></h1><h2 class="subtitle" id="event-dateline" style="margin: 8px 0px 14px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 11px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(170, 0, 0); line-height: 13px; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><strong><span class="day" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Saturday</span>, April 6, 2013 @ 12:00pm &ndash; 6:00pm</strong></h2><p>UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road</p><p><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-family: 'lucida sans unicode', 'lucida grande', sans-serif;"><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIdr004=ieklfkgn52.app226a">RSVP here</a></span></span> and get a special gift when you check-in at the Expo!</p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2013-02/its-about-hope-global-activism-expo-105653 Global Activism: Bookfriends International delivers books to kids in Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bookfriends-international-delivers-books-kids-africa-104971 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/bookfriends_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wauconda couple Steve and Paulie Kutschat have a deep love for books. After a trip to Africa, the Kutschat&rsquo;s founded <a href="http://www.bookfriends.org/">Bookfriends International</a>, a nonprofit providing educational resources to secondary school-age children in Africa.</p><p>Bookfriends gives children text books, library books and reference materials in short supply. Donated books come from middle schools, high schools, libraries, individuals, book drives and book publishing companies.</p><p>&ldquo;It is not our goal to change their culture, their ideas or background. We are simply providing the student&rsquo;s opportunity through books to see the rest of the world,&rdquo; the Kutschats say.</p><p><em><strong>You can meet Global Activists like the Kutschat&#39;s at the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">2013 Global Activism Expo</a>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bookfriends-international-delivers-books-kids-africa-104971 Worldview 4.27.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-27/worldview-42712-98610 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP07032303607.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Politicians, pundits and government officials like to stress that America has never been less safe. There’s nuclear North Korea, Iran and Pakistan, China’s growing economic might, cyber attacks, terrorists, the decline of American hegemony -- the list goes on. But <a href="http://tcf.org/about/fellows/michael-cohen" target="_blank">Michael Cohen</a> of the Century Foundation <a href="http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137279/micah-zenko-and-michael-a-cohen/clear-and-present-safety" target="_blank">says</a> we’re actually just fine, and he has the facts to back it up. He tells <em>Worldview </em>why it doesn’t make sense to admit that America’s a safe and secure place.</p><p>Also, <em>Worldview </em>catches up with Global Activist Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe, the founder of the <a href="http://tikondane.org/" target="_blank">Tikondane Community Centre</a> in Katate, Zambia. Tikondane sponsors a community school, adult education and eco-tourism programs.</p><p>And, on this week's Weekend Passport, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/brichardson-0" target="_blank">Breeze Richardson</a>, Gene Nemirovsky and <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/NarimonSafavi.htm" target="_blank">Nari Safavi</a> tell listeners why the most international experience this city has to offer can be found this weekend at WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-28/global-activism-expo-2012" target="_blank">Global Activism Expo</a>.</p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-27/worldview-42712-98610