WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: What's new with 'Share Your Soles' http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-whats-new-share-your-soles-112843 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/SHARE YOUR SOLES.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mona Purdy, known as the &#39;Shoe Lady&#39;, is back to tell us what&rsquo;s new with her group,&nbsp;<a href="http://shareyoursoles.org/">Share Your Soles</a>. She started her organization by giving a few shoes to help bare foot kids in Central America. More than 15 years later, Share Your Soles has distributed more than two million shoes to countries around the globe to people in desperate need of them.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/222216317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://shareyoursoles.org/16th-anniversary-celebration/"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3b62820-99c4-0e83-e3cb-25d940d7e9ef">Share Your Soles Annual Gala</span></a></strong></p><p>September 17, 2015, 5:30 pm</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3b62820-99c3-5820-02d7-cb214a4ef562">Columbia Yacht Club (111 N Lake Shore Drive)</span></p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-whats-new-share-your-soles-112843 Global Activism: GirlForward expanding help for refugees http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221173867&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Blair Brettschneider, founder of <a href="http://www.girlforward.org">GirlForward</a>, returns for our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series. &nbsp;GirlForward mentors refugee girls and provides &ldquo;educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.&rdquo;<span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Since 2011, Brett has expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one Tanzanian girl, to scores around the world.&nbsp;</span>Blair will talk about her latest group of refugee girls, especially her work with Syrian refugees.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://https://publicgood.com/org/girlforward/donate/girl-jam-2015"><strong><span>GirlFoward&rsquo;s annual celebration, &ldquo;Girl Jam:</span></strong></a></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Sunday, September 20, 4 - 7 PM</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Firehouse Chicago, 1545 W. Rosemont Ave.</span></p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 Global Activism: ORPHANetwork http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-orphanetwork-112695 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220134903&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a54d33cc-4c4b-8795-5bb3-5c88eb0baa35">When a church&rsquo;s high school group went on a trip to Nicaragua in the 1990s, they were &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; by the poverty they witnessed. The students then committed to doing what they could to make a difference. As they kept going back to Nicaragua, they left with &ldquo;a high that never went away.&rdquo; To help, they began selling off their personal belongings, including literally, the clothes off their backs. The trips were the genesis of what would become the <a href="http://www.orphanetwork.org">ORPHANetwork</a>. For </span>Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll talk with the group&rsquo;s executive director, Dick Anderson and Travis Simone, one of those original high-schoolers whose life was changed in Nicaragua. Today, Travis is senior pastor of Williamsburg Community Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-a54d33cc-4c6a-9ae6-c88a-024156f51aac">EVENT</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr">5th annual <a href="http://www.partywithapurposechicago.com">&#39;Party With a Purpose</a>&#39; to benefit&nbsp;1,100 children in the community of Nueva Vida</p><p>Donald E. Stephens Convention Center</p><p>9291 Bryn Mawr Ave</p><p>Rosemont, IL 60018</p></p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-orphanetwork-112695 Global Activism: Fighting HIV in Chicago and Rwanda http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-fighting-hiv-chicago-and-rwanda-112643 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219110439&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fbe9b0-2896-096c-acff-ee92829e5337">Awareness and improving drug regimens have generally decreased HIV-infection and improved life-span for &nbsp;HIV survivors. But Sub-Saharan Africa is still an epicenter of an HIV/AIDS epidemic. In Rwanda, HIV-infection among the young &nbsp;accounts for 40% of new infections, according to the WHO. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll talk with <a href="http://publichealth.uic.edu/ghp/faculty/geridonenberg/">Geri Donenberg</a>, a dean of Research at UIC&#39;s School of Public Health. She works in HIV prevention and understanding the effects of early violence on Chicago&rsquo;s African American community. Donenberg also, through the Kigali Imbereheza Project, utilizes trauma-focused intervention to get Rwandan youth access to HIV drugs and help them deal with depression. Joining her is Mojdeh Stoakley, a Chicago artist and Donenberg&rsquo;s research assistant. For <em>Global Activism</em>, they&rsquo;ll tell us about some of the parallels of fighting HIV in Chicago and Africa.</span></p></p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-fighting-hiv-chicago-and-rwanda-112643 Global Activism: Genesis at the Crossroads http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-genesis-crossroads-112644 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218097192&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e3703aec-28b2-fe81-78d6-421f1704900f">The Genesis Summer Institute, a pilot program of the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership, is a curriculum designed to nurture future global leaders who will work on peace-building. &nbsp;The educational program focuses on four core areas: music and peacebuilding; human rights; peace journalism; and environmental sustainability. The project unites international students and diverse U.S. &nbsp;students for cross-cultural experiences. Students in this year&rsquo;s program come from Northern Ireland, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bosnia and the U.S. Wendy Sternberg, founder and executive director of <a href="http://gatc.org/">Genesis at the Crossroads</a>, joins us to talk about the program. &nbsp;Roheena Madni and Asa Mallon, two students taking part in the Institute, join Sternberg to share their experiences.</span></p></p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-genesis-crossroads-112644 Global Activism: update from La Isla Foundation http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-update-la-isla-foundation-112256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Tom Laffay La Isla Foundation.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after independent filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease occurring in Candelaria and &nbsp;La Isla (&quot;The Island&quot;), neighboring villages in the municipality of Chichigalpa in western Nicaragua. The disease was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former worker on the plantation who was fired when he showed the first signs of kidney disease, introduced Jason to the people of La Isla and Candelaria. Over the following months, Jason watched as, one by one, friends he had made died from kidney failure. He put his film aside and started La Isla Foundation. Jason Glaser joins us to give us an update.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211971999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-update-la-isla-foundation-112256 Global Activism: Vanavevhu uplifting Zimbabwe Children http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-vanavevhu-uplifting-zimbabwe-children-112597 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Vanavevhu.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.vanavevhu.org/">Vanavevhu</a> helps support child headed households in Zimbabwe. The organization runs a candle-making, beekeeping, and organic gardening program. The social enterprise projects help to provide food, healthcare, education and training to the families of child headed households. Recently, they secured a small retail space in Bulowayo where they now sell their products. This year, Vanavevhu marks its 5th anniversary. Elizabeth Mhangami, founder and executive director of Vanavevhu stops by to give us an update on their work in Zimbabwe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209894205&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-vanavevhu-uplifting-zimbabwe-children-112597 Global Activism: Blind Foundation for India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-BFI.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fa8e1f6c-da07-13e5-d25e-80a22976dee3">According to World Health Organization estimates, close to 300 million people globally are visually impaired, 39 million are blind and nine out of every ten visually impaired people are low-income. Manu Vora is president and founding director of the <a href="http://www.blindfoundation.org">Blind Foundation for India</a> (BFI), based in Naperville, IL. We first spoke with him in 2008. For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment, Manu is back to update us on BFI&rsquo;s work to provide aid and support to the tens of millions of India&rsquo;s visually impaired.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 Global Activism: 'ConTextos' finds the good in violent El Salvador http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-ConTextos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-cdf0efc7-d9dd-8dbb-a7b5-5af3d50420b2">Because Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, &nbsp;wanted to &ldquo;create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy&rdquo; to help children in Central America thrive, she started the organization <a href="http://contextos.org/">ConTextos</a> and moved to El Salvador. For our Global Activism segment, Gittler is back from El Salvador and will update us on her progress since expanding her mission to work with prisoners in El Salvador&rsquo;s criminal justice system.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207688530&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 Global Activism: Afreaka promotes sex education and awareness in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-afreaka-promotes-sex-education-and-awareness-kenya-112166 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Afreaka_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-bce7ffbf-d9f3-fd4f-50eb-0a01240df5e9">For our </span><em>Global Activism</em> segment, we&#39;ll revisit with Dana Degrazia. &nbsp;Upon moving to Kenya for school, she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; So she started an NGO called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.afreakareal.org/">Afreaka</a>&rdquo; to utilize &ldquo;sexual education through urban art and music, leaving the listener feeling empowered by their knowledge and choices.&rdquo; But in time, Dana came across numerous cases of unreported sexual violence. As a result, her program evolved to provide support for sexual violence victims and to encourage them to pursue legal justice. For <em>Global Activism</em>, Dana will update us on her progress and specifically, the Githurai bus case, that has made global headlines.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206604806&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 09:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-afreaka-promotes-sex-education-and-awareness-kenya-112166