WBEZ | activism http://www.wbez.org/tags/activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friends honor disabled brother's legacy http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/StoryCorps 150206 Scott Nance Adam Ballard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scott Nance and Adam Ballard are part of a network of disability activists who frequently shut down intersections and grind business to a halt in order to draw attention to the needs of the disabled.</p><p>Nance and Ballard had volunteered separately to scope out the site of the group&rsquo;s next protest when they met.</p><p>Nance hadn&rsquo;t planned to be on the same bus as Ballard that day. But when the two friends interviewed at Access Living earlier this month for StoryCorps, they agreed it was a fitting place for their friendship to begin. Since then, the two have been arrested together for protesting for the rights of people living with disabilities.</p><p>Ballard uses a wheelchair and though he has been disabled his entire life, only sought out a community of other disabled people as an adult. That came after he had an accident that put him in a nursing home for several months.</p><p>Nance, on the other hand, was born with an audio disability, as were his brother and sister. But Nance&rsquo;s brother Devin also had physical, developmental, growth, learning and speech disabilities. For many years, Scott Nance acted as his brother&rsquo;s personal attendant. But then Devin died suddenly and tragically. &quot;That put me in a really dark place,&quot; Nance says. &quot;And I didn&#39;t crawl out of that hole until we did this march in front of the White House.&quot;</p><p>Nance was passing out flyers with other disability activists in Washington, DC, when he had a realization. A woman asked him why he was there and &quot;in that moment I had to challenge myself and think. And I gave her an honest answer. I&#39;m here for my brother.&rdquo;</p><p>&quot;He died at the age of 26,&quot; Nance says, of his brother Devin. &quot;And that&#39;s ridiculous that we live in a society where that still happens. He was someone who loved life. Loved playing catch. Loved going out in the community. He died alone and he never should have been in a position to die alone like that.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;I never met Devin,&rdquo; Ballard says. &ldquo;You entered my life after all that had gone down. But a couple years ago I think we were out drinking and it happened to be Devin&#39;s birthday so I offered a toast to your brother. And I said, &lsquo;Here&#39;s to your brother because if he&#39;s even halfway responsible for the man you are now then I&#39;m really sad that I didn&#39;t know him.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510 Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP398694333112.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with a lawyer representing Guantanamo detainees about his decision to participate in the ongoing hunger strike for a week. Writer Julia Ioffe joins Worldview to talk about how the Russians have handled the Edward Snowden case. Two local teachers take their passion for education to Ghana.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101620302&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-snowden-in-russia-solidarity-with-guanta" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Snowden in Russia, solidarity with Guantanamo and helping children in Ghana " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-18/snowden-russia-solidarity-guantanamo-and-helping-children-ghana-108100 Youth Voices: Truth & Choices http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/youth-voices-truth-choices-107252 <p><p>In a youth forum/expo style event, different youth organizations from across the city came together with high school students and college students to share experiences and build community and solidarity. Featuring Chicago&#39;s youth-led organizations &amp; guest speaker&nbsp;<strong>Dr. Beth Richie</strong>,&nbsp;Director of the The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><div><div>The Ellen Stone Belic&nbsp;Institute is pleased to co-present <em>Youth Voices: Truth &amp; Choices</em> in partnership with Black Youth Project; Columbia College Student Organizations: One Tribe; The F Word; Columbia Links; Chicago Freedom School; Crossroads Fund; Fearless Leading by the Youth; Young Chicago Authors and Young Women&#39;s Empowerment Project.<br />&nbsp;</div></div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ISWG-webstory_2.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br />Recorded live Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Columbia College.</div></p> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/youth-voices-truth-choices-107252 Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/ballots-babies-and-banners-peace-107639 <p><p>At the turn of the twentieth century, American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day, including suffrage, birth control, and peace. The activism of American Jewish women was grounded in their gender, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities. No history of these movements in the United States is complete without analyzing the impact of Jewish women&#39;s presence.</p><p>Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is the professor of history and director of women&#39;s and gender studies at Rowan University. Dr. Klapper&rsquo;s research has received awards from sources including the American Jewish Archives Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Her latest book is <em>Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: &nbsp;American Jewish Women&#39;s Activism, 1890-1940</em>.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SI-webstory_5.jpg" title="" /></p><p>Recorded live Thursdsay, May 2, 2013 at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.</p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/ballots-babies-and-banners-peace-107639 James Hansen drops the mic http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/james-hansen-drops-mic-106662 <p><p>In response to years of what he views as dithering and ineffectual responses by government to the problem&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=3&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CEwQtwIwAg&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ted.com%2Ftalks%2Fjames_hansen_why_i_must_speak_out_about_climate_change.html&amp;ei=wpBsUei3F8e3ywHL3YG4DA&amp;usg=AFQjCNFi15f09P1jsTli6kg75uWTtnSHIg&amp;sig2=9PuPlAscM2f18233maz3pw&amp;bvm=bv.45175338,d.aWc">he helped identify</a>, climate scientist James Hansen cited a moral obligation in leaving his post at NASA to campaign more actively for political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/29/090629fa_fact_kolbert">Hansen</a> spent more than four decades forging the scientific basis for manmade climate change. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1988/06/24/us/global-warming-has-begun-expert-tells-senate.html">In 1988 he was among the first to sound off</a> on global warming&rsquo;s hazards, and earlier this month he announced his next paper would be his last for NASA. (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/james-e-hansen-retiring-from-nasa-to-fight-global-warming.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">He told <em>The New York Times</em></a> he would continue to publish after retirement and had not ruled out taking an academic appointment.)</p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>So-called &ldquo;doom-and-gloom&rdquo; projections of future climate change have been derided for their pessimism, or maybe more often for the unpleasantness of their messengers, to the point that addressing climate change on these terms makes one seem petulant or gauche&nbsp;&mdash; no one really wants to hear it. The national political conversation <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/the-issue-that-dare-not-speak-its-name/">completely buried talk</a> of the climate problem after national <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CD4QFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fblogs%2Fwonkblog%2Fwp%2F2012%2F10%2F25%2Fwas-u-s-climate-policy-better-off-without-cap-and-trade%2F&amp;ei=1pJsUefbKOGfyQGc9YCgBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNELqdfX3PGIgIg6XuV2rHzoCzws8g&amp;sig2=cqkwIUQlHv_4ZR5wLRnXXg&amp;bvm=bv.45175338,d.aWc">cap-and-trade legislation imploded in 2010</a>.</p><p><a href="http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/ha06610d.html">Hansen&rsquo;s final paper</a>, currently in press, is scientifically rigorous, with seven pages of references, but it makes an impassioned plea for humanity to confront the consequences of climate change and fossil fuel consumption as an existential threat to society:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;Burning all fossil fuels, we conclude, would make much of the planet uninhabitable by humans, thus calling into question strategies that emphasize adaptation to climate change.&rdquo;</p><p>Such an assertion is not unexpected coming from Hansen, who has been criticized for his rhetorical flourishes, even by colleagues who respect his work. Earth won&rsquo;t turn into &ldquo;a Venus-like baked-crust CO<sub>2</sub> hothouse,&rdquo; (a claim he has made in the past), at least until the Sun&rsquo;s brightness increases over the next billion years and helps boil off the oceans. But, the paper reads, &ldquo;the planet could become uninhabitable long before that&rdquo; due to anthropogenic warming.</p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsaction/6094275077/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/james%20hansen.jpg" style="height: 457px; width: 305px; float: left;" title="James Hansen. (Milan Ilnyckyj via Flickr)" /></a>Scientifically, much of the debate fixates on nailing down the planet&rsquo;s &ldquo;climate sensitivity&rdquo; &mdash; how much warming actually occurs per unit of extra energy in the atmosphere. Looking at physical evidence of ancient climate change, the paper calibrates a computer model against times when greenhouse gas levels were comparable or higher than they are today.</div><p>The authors calculate an average warming of about 16 degrees Celsius if we burn available fossil fuels. Previous scientific publications have suggested temperature increases on that scale could practically wipe out grain production in many parts of the world, and severely diminish the ozone layer that protects us from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. Worse, it could get so hot in all but the world&rsquo;s very mountainous regions that anyone outside would overheat, suffering hyperthermia.</p><p>The paper &mdash;&nbsp;co-authored by Hansen&rsquo;s NASA and Columbia University colleagues Makiko Sato, Gary Russell and Pushker Kharecha &mdash; says current models exaggerate the slow response time of ice sheets, and assume the climate system&rsquo;s own inertia will forestall catastrophic changes longer than they actually will. Hansen&rsquo;s earlier research was instrumental in showing how, on a human timescale, oceans and massive ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica mask the planet&rsquo;s response to our feverish emissions of greenhouse gases. These systems have a long response time to human-made warming so, as Hansen writes, &ldquo;observed climate changes are only a partial response to the current climate forcing, with further response still &lsquo;in-the-pipeline.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Thus, his earlier dig at adaptation strategies. Broadly, there are two key categories of climate change action: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation means pursuing efforts that limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Adaptation assumes a certain amount of warming and asks what humans can do to adjust to their new environment in the future. If our current course of action even flirts with consequences like those suggested in this paper, Hansen and his co-authors suggest, adaptation will be impossible &mdash; a moot point.</p><p>By the scientific assessment of Hansen <em>et al.</em>, an extra 12 watts of energy per square meter in the atmosphere could have devastating effects. But could that much warming happen? Yes, they conclude: there are more than enough fossil fuels available to cause this warming (coal alone could do it, not to mention with the help of unconventional sources like oil sands and natural gas freed up by fracking).</p><p>&ldquo;It seems implausible that humanity will not alter its energy course as consequences of burning all fossil fuels become clearer,&rdquo; reads the paper&rsquo;s conclusion. &ldquo;Yet strong evidence about the dangers of human-made climate change have so far had little effect. Whether governments continue to be so foolhardy as to allow or encourage development of all fossil fuels may determine the fate of humanity.&rdquo;</p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/james-hansen-drops-mic-106662 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 Chicago hip hop group BBU dish on social activism and their new mixtape http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/BBU-9.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the very beginning, the members of Chicago hip hop group <a href="http://www.itsbbu.com/">BBU</a> have been passionate activists: both in community organizing and in their music. Combining danceable beats with social commentary, the group has been generating buzz in underground circles and dance clubs alike. Their new Mixtape, <em>bell hooks,</em> is filled with songs exposing chauvinism, sexism and institutional racism. MCs Epic and Jasson Perez joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about their songs, and what sparked their passion and dedication to social activism.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 Worldview 12.22.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-15/fg-stoke-pt-img08590.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> spends the hour revisiting stories from the <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> series. Cristi Hegranes, the founder of the <a href="http://globalpressinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Global Press Institute</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/global-activism-women-reporters-change-their-communities-87642" target="_blank">explains</a> why she started a non-profit media organization to train women to be journalists. Educator Christopher Flint talks about <a href="http://www.aactionautism.org/" target="_blank">AACTION Autism</a>, his Chicago-based organization that works with autistic kids in India. And, the founder of <a href="http://www.mindfulmedicineworldwide.org/" target="_blank">Mindful Medicine Worldwide</a> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/global-activism-organization-provides-integrative-healthcare-patients-ne">says </a>her group's integrative health care services have helped patients in Nepal.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122211 The latest from 'Occupy Chicago' with local humorist Aaron Freeman http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/latest-occupy-chicago-local-humorist-aaron-freeman-93194 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-17/occupy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As disenchanted citizens across the world gather in solidarity with <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">Occupy Wall Street</a>, Chicagoans prove to be a particularly formidable force in the movement.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-occupy-chicago-protesters-released-after-grant-park-arrests-20111016,0,389426.story" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>, 2,000 individuals joined the protests last Saturday, meeting at LaSalle and Jackson to march defiantly in front of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. On Sunday, "<a href="http://occupychi.org/">Occupy Chicago</a>" made headlines when police arrested 175 protesters in Grant Park who refused to pack up their tents after the park officially closed. Protesters spoke out against what they call a dominant culture of corporate greed and widespread income inequality across the U.S.</p><p>Protests have spread beyond American borders. This weekend, several thousand protesters tried to take over the area in front of the London Stock Exchange, according to <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/10/20111016161015677960.html%29.%20" target="_blank">Al Jazeera</a>. Approximately 250 protesters set up camp in central London, and vow to stay indefinitely.</p><p><a href="http://afreeman.com/" target="_blank">Aaron Freeman</a>, local humorist and former host of WBEZ’s <em>Metropolis</em>, hit the streets of Occupy Chicago with a video camera to document the movement. He'll tell us what’s happening downtown.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Watch one of Aaron's latest videos:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k6FfoZLWe90" width="420" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>To view all of Aaron Freeman’s videos from the streets of Occupy Chicago, check out his YouTube <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/afreeman3" target="_blank">channel</a>.</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/latest-occupy-chicago-local-humorist-aaron-freeman-93194 Nepali nun finds freedom from misogyny through music http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/ANI MICROPHONE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we meet <a href="http://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. Ani is the founder of the <a href="http://www.choying.com/about-nwf.html" target="_blank">Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal</a>, an organization that supports the education and well-being of Buddhist nuns, as well as the Ani Foundation, a U.S. branch for her work. In her autobiography <em>Singing for Freedom</em>, she shares her story of running away from an abusive, male-dominated home to find sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery.</p><p>Ani joins us to discuss how becoming a nun has shaped her life’s work. She also performs a few of her songs in our <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056