WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Peru's Life and Leadership Initiative http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-perus-life-and-leadership-initiative-114717 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-light and life leadership.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9463f438-b22b-f3e7-94e3-0c009850f5e1">It&#39;s Thursday and time for our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a>&nbsp;</em>series, when we feature people who want to make the world a better place. Today, we catch up with Global Activist, Lara DeVries. She left her childhood town of Tinley Park, Illinois and moved to Peru&rsquo;s Huaycan community to help impoverished families. DeVries is founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.lightandleadership.org/">The Light and Leadership Initiative</a>. Her group assists mothers and children in their struggle out of extreme poverty by improving access to quality education. DeVries will update us on her work in Peru.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244441159&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 Jan 2016 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-perus-life-and-leadership-initiative-114717 Global Activism in India: PUKAR helps Mumbai's slum-dwellers http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pukar-helps-mumbais-slum-dwellers-114718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Pukar.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8b78c428-b23a-9de4-9005-5faab26778f6"><a href="http://pukar.org.in/"><em>PUKAR</em></a>&nbsp;is an independent research collective and an urban knowledge production center based in Mumbai, India. PUKAR means to &ldquo;call out&rdquo; in Hindi. Worldview visited the collective when it took the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism series on the road to India</a>. One of their projects is known as the &quot;Barefoot Researcher&quot; project. Young people from disadvantaged communities take on research projects and &nbsp;document what is happening with things like water quality or tuberculosis in their community. Then, they use that knowledge to generate change. PUKAR Executive Director, Dr. Anita Deshmuk, gave us a tour of the slum area.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/243130684&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 Jan 2016 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pukar-helps-mumbais-slum-dwellers-114718 Global Activism: 'Worldview' visits Pardada Pardadi girls school in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-visits-pardada-pardadi-girls-school-india-114500 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/pardadi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In parts of rural India, it&rsquo;s considered &ldquo;a waste&rdquo; for girls to be educated and that girls should only help do family chores, housework and prepare for marriage and children. In many villages, girls are barred or discouraged from participating in athletics, or even simple play. <em>Worldview</em> continues its <em>Global Activism</em> in India series with a visit to a unique girls school an hour outside of Delhi in Bulandshahr, India. It&rsquo;s called Pardada Pardadi. It means &quot;great-grandparents.&quot; The phrase links to the care and support of the extended family. Pardada Pardadi initiatives help the girls, their families, and community. They pay families to send their girls to school and guarantees them a job upon graduation. This all girls school includes a customer service call training center and a garment manufacturing shop. They do micro-credit loans and artificially inseminate cows. The school is helped by <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service </a>(IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO. We&rsquo;ll talk about Pardada Pardadi with its CEO, Renuka Gupta. She&rsquo;ll introduce us to some of the students and give us a tour of the school.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242001113&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 style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>See Renuka Gutpa, CEO of Pardada Pardadi, this weekend</strong></em></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131"><a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/events/perspectives/">EVENT: Perspectives from India and Chicago</a></span></strong></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, Noon-7pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Artworks Projects for Human Rights</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">625 North Kingsbury, Chicago</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9eb5c7b1-4091-4fad-e4fc-60af3ca43131">Perspectives from India and Chicago:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">Free event but <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2471607">reservations</a> are encouraged:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>This solutions-oriented experience is sponsored by the <a href="http://www.cct.org/">Chicago Community Trust</a>&nbsp;and co-produced by <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-visits-pardada-pardadi-girls-school-india-114500 Global Activism: Every Child is My Child Educates Kids in Rwanda and Burundi http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-every-child-my-child-educates-kids-rwanda-and-burundi-114719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ga-every child.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>&nbsp;series, in 2012, we first spoke with former high school teacher, Elizabeth Powley. She believes that &ldquo;every child has the right to learn.&rdquo; She has a special love for the children of Africa&rsquo;s Great Lakes region (Rwanda and Burundi). Powley founded the NGO, <a href="http://everychildismychild.org/">Every Child is My Child</a>, because she envisions a world in which &ldquo;every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.&rdquo; She is also executive director of Heartland Alliance International - part of Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group that &ldquo;helps endangered populations &mdash; particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.&rdquo; Powley is back to update us on her goal for &ldquo;communities [to] see an entire generation of students educated &ndash; for the first time &ndash; beyond the elementary school level.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240875260&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, 07 Jan 2016 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-every-child-my-child-educates-kids-rwanda-and-burundi-114719 Global Activism: U.S. veterans use Saffron to help rebuild Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-us-veterans-use-saffron-help-rebuild-afghanistan-114201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ga-saffron farmer 620.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a40e2cb5-b13a-03a2-edfd-4e01720be71e">After their tours of duty in Afghanistan, U.S. veterans, Keith Alaniz, Emily Miller and Kimberly Jung, wanted to do more to help rebuild Afghan society. So they started, <a href="http://www. rumispice.com">Rumi Spice</a>, a &ldquo;for-profit social enterprise&rdquo; that links Afghan farmers with global markets, through harvesting and selling the world&rsquo;s most expensive spice - saffron. For our </span>Global Activism series, they&rsquo;ll join us to tell stories about their tours of duty in Afghanistan and how the people they encountered inspired them to create a brighter future for Afghanistan.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/238028486&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"><em>Kimberly Jung was just in Afghanuistan and she <a href="http://www.rumispice.com/ourstory/meethajiibrahimandghaffar">spread the word about WBEZ!</a></em></p><p dir="ltr">&quot;Ibrahim and Ghafar have been farmers with Rumi Spice since last year. After handing them a wad of cash for payment for their saffron flowers, Shakoor sat us down over tea, and I gave them the <strong>WBEZ mugs</strong>. When we took a video, their countenances immediately switched to somber, which I guess translates to stateliness. Haji Ibrahim spent the entire interview looking off into the distance with disdain, rubbing his feet. As soon as it&rsquo;s off, they&rsquo;re back to joking and gesticulating loudly. I mean, look at this guy cheezin&rsquo;!&quot;</p></p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-us-veterans-use-saffron-help-rebuild-afghanistan-114201 Global Activism: Film 'Circus Without Borders' and Circus Arts as Therapy http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-film-circus-without-borders-and-circus-arts-therapy-114721 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ga-circus without borders.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Kalabanteprod">Yamoussa Bagoura</a> is from Guinea, West Africa and Guillaume Saladin is from a remote Inuit community in the Arctic Tundra. They joined to realize their shared vision to use circus arts to help suffering children in their respective communities. Today, they&rsquo;ve taken their work global and it&rsquo;s the subject of a documentary produced by filmmaker and Boston Globe feature writer, <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/matchan">Linda Matchen</a>. The film is called&nbsp;<em><a href="http://circuswithoutborders.com/">Circus Without Borders</a>.</em>&nbsp;We&rsquo;ll talk with all three about their work, the film and their new collaboration with Global Activist, Maribeth Joy, who joins us as well. She&rsquo;s executive director of <a href="http://circesteem.org/">CircEsteem</a>. Her group uses circus arts as therapy for kids in the Chicago area.&nbsp;</p><p><em>The film, &#39;Circus Without Borders&#39;, was produced, in part, by a grant from the <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/">Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/235949328&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, 03 Dec 2015 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-film-circus-without-borders-and-circus-arts-therapy-114721 Global Activism: 'Free Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology' Project http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-free-gift-knowledge-transfer-leveraging-technology-project <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Manu Technology.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8a0c5e43-b2d7-8c09-867c-cca6c409ef44">It&#39;s Thursday and time for &nbsp;our&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series when we feature who work to make the world a better place. Today, we feature the &ldquo;<a href="http://asq.org/blog/2015/07/the-gift-of-knowledge-transfer-through-technology/">Free Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology</a>&quot; project. It utilizes Google Hangout and technology transfers to teach soft skills and&nbsp;share expertise from various fields with educators, students and professionals in India and around the world. &nbsp;Global Activist&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/manuvora">Manu Vora</a>, will tell us how utilizing the simplest of technologies can transform lives.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232799362&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, 12 Nov 2015 09:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-free-gift-knowledge-transfer-leveraging-technology-project Global Activism: Iram Shah follows her deceased daughter's dream http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-iram-shah-follows-her-deceased-daughters-dream-113689 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sonia shah 3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee7-e6b0-4fdc-597de6b7aea5">Pakistani-American and Winnetka, Illinois teenager, Sonia Shah, traveled and studied around the world with her mom, Iram. Sonia would see, up close, the despair and hopelessness some girls face in the developing world. She started the Kulsoom Foundation for Girls to build a school for girls in Pakistan, because she wanted girls to have the future that her mother provided for her. But before the school was completed, Sonia tragically died in a 2012 auto accident at age 18. Since then, Iram has carried on her daughter&#39;s work, renamed as the <a href="http://soniashahorganization.com/">Sonia Shah Organization</a>. Iram says that Sonia has more influenced her life in death, than she ever did in life. Iram will</span> update us on the school and how it was rebuilt after a 2014 bombing.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/231721257&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" style="text-align: center;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">EVENT: Sonia Shah Organization</span><a href="http://soniashahorganization.com/events-page/annual-fundraiser/"> annual gala</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">Saturday, November 20th, 2015, 6:30pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">Pearl Banquets (adjacent to Holiday Inn Express)</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3d8542e-dee9-7e0a-1cab-0c806366e34a">1480 W. Lake St., Roselle, IL</span></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-iram-shah-follows-her-deceased-daughters-dream-113689 Global Activism: 'Right To Be Free' saves Ghana's children from slavery http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-saves-ghanas-children-slavery-113472 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Righttobefree 3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b70e5222-90c6-c2b3-20d5-335ececf6cf4">After hearing Ghanaian Eric Peasah&rsquo;s story about his efforts to rescue child slaves who have been trafficked into Ghana&rsquo;s fishing industry, Chicagoan and Global Activist <a href="http://righttobefree.org/">Lori Dillon</a>, created a local branch of <a href="http://www.rightobefree.org/">Peasah&rsquo;s NGO</a>, Right To Be Free. For Global Activism, Dillon is back with Peasah, who now regularly visits Chicago to spread awareness and educate schoolchildren about enslaved children in Ghana.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229616854&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, 22 Oct 2015 09:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-saves-ghanas-children-slavery-113472 Global Activism: Life for Laborers on Mexico's Farms http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-life-laborers-mexicos-farms-113409 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Mexico Farms.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e86ce12f-81c0-d528-f486-d54343380fb8">Reporter Richard Marosi and photographer Don Bartletti of the&nbsp;</span>Los Angeles Times <a href="http://graphics.latimes.com/product-of-mexico-camps/">trailed thousands of laborers</a> on Mexico&#39;s mega-farms. They discovered inhumane conditions within the industry that supplies Americans most of their produce. We spoke with Marosi last year. Today, we&rsquo;ll get an update from Bartletti and hear about his new exhibit at Artworks Projects for Human Rights called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/events/625-at-625-product-of-mexico/">Product of Mexico</a>&rdquo;. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Leslie Thomas of <a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org">Artworks Projects</a>. They&rsquo;ll tell us about farm workers in Mexico who are &ldquo;trapped for months at a time in rat-infested camps, often without beds and sometimes without functioning toilets or a reliable water supply.&rdquo;<span id="docs-internal-guid-c3e61bcf-81c8-bf47-65e6-e5943739a0b2" style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228565166&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></span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;"><strong>EXHIBIT: </strong><a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/events/625-at-625-product-of-mexico/"><strong>&ldquo;Product of Mexico&rdquo;</strong></a></span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="text-align: center;">Exhibit Runs through November 28th, 2015</span></strong></p></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-life-laborers-mexicos-farms-113409