WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi and water security http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 <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/IMG_0293.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="A woman carries a bucket with fresh water in Rajasthan, India. (Jerome McDonnell)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi Foundation and water security</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;took&nbsp;<em>Global Activism</em>&nbsp;on the road to India! And we continue our visit to India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State, the world&rsquo;s most densely populated desert region, with the first of a two-part conversation with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. It&rsquo;s an NGO focused on water security. Parikshit singh Tomar of Jal Bhagirathi, will show us their retention basin where they store rainwater. The land reserve has developed into a beautiful ecosystem. Next week, Parikshit will take us to a remote rural village that was revolutionized by Jal Bhagirathi projects.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9682de71-e7e8-e514-bbea-7f8d829048fb">Parikshit singh Tomar is the</span> media and communications director for&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/jalbhagirathi">Jal Bhagirathi Foundation,</a> based outside of Jodhpur, India.</em></div></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 Worldview in India: GRAVIS seeks to improve living conditions in Rajasthan http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/India-Rajasthan.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Worldview took the Global Activism series on the road to India in conjunction with the Chicago-based NGO, India Development Service (IDS). &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll continue the series today with our visit to the most densely populated desert region on Earth, India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State. We&rsquo;ll talk with Dr. Prakash Tyagi, executive director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS). His group has been working in Rajasthan State for more than 25 years on issues such as water security, health, education and animal husbandry.</div></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 Worldview in India: An interview with S.R. Hiremath http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-interview-sr-hiremath-111851 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-India SR Hiremath.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Worldview continues its series from India with a trip to the southern city of Bangalore. It&rsquo;s known as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore has seen enormous economic growth over the past couple of decades. Some feel this growth has come at too high a cost for Bangalore&rsquo;s society and environment. Worldview spoke with S.R. Hiremath, a co-founder of India Development Service . He left Chicago in 1979 and founded the NGO Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (Community for Social Change) to create a &ldquo;free, democratic, secular, egalitarian, non-violent, non exploitative and just society&rdquo; in India. Mr. Hiremath has been at the center of numerous campaigns and legal action against government corruption and big polluters.</p></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-interview-sr-hiremath-111851 Worldview in India: Rag pickers organized into recyclers http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-rag-pickers-organized-recyclers-111815 <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/P1012950.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="A network of rag pickers and sorting stations is working with the waste of 3 million people in Delhi. (Jerome McDonnell)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198962227&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Rag pickers in India</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span id="docs-internal-guid-56944a80-7fbc-9b85-6c10-02228cd13ea8">Rag-pickers are people in India who rummage through refuge to make a living and for their very survival. </span>Worldview traveled to India with India Development Service (IDS) to meet with the organizers of an initiative to educate, house and uplift rag-pickers&#39; and their children. We spoke with Ashish Jain, director of Indian Pollution Control Association about how he is teaching the rag-pickers how to recycle and develop the garbage they sort. The group provided a space for this rag-picker community by building a small village within a Delhi garbage dump. And IDS helped fund an on-site school for the rag pickers&rsquo; children.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Guests:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Ashish Jain from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ipcaworld.co.in/">Indian Pollution Control Association</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-104e7536-7c04-39a0-a4e6-ab69d78a7bb0">Nilesh Kothari is a founding board member of <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</span></em></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198964386&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Deal with Iran is reached, nuclear weapon manufacturing deemed &quot;impossible&quot;</span></font></p><p>After 18 months of deliberation a deal has been reached between major world powers and Iran. The deal would lift certain economic sanctions in favor of reducing Iran&#39;s nuclear capabilities and increasing the number of inspections leveled against it. We discuss the diplomatic implications for both Iran and the Western World with Trita Parsi and Amit Sadri.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-104e7536-7c07-79bb-5202-eef555c1d576"><a href="https://twitter.com/tparsi">Trita Parsi</a> is the </span>president of the <a href="https://twitter.com/niacouncil">National Iranian American Council</a>.</em></p><p><em>Ahmad Sadri is a professor of Islamic World Studies and professor of Sociology at <a href="https://twitter.com/LFCollege">Lake Forest College</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198966359&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">World HIstory Moment: The Falkland Islands War</span></p><p>Every week, historian John Schmidt tells us about an important date in global history. Today he tells us about the anniversary of the Falkland Island War on April 2nd, 1982.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><a href="https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/">John Schmidt</a> is an historian and author of &ldquo;On This Day in Chicago History.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-rag-pickers-organized-recyclers-111815 Global Activism: Shelley Batra and Operation ASHA http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shelley-batra-and-operation-asha-111775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Courtesy of Operation Asha.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-12a7cca4-57bd-fe25-feac-40de5dd974ee">Once thought under control, Tuberculosis (TB) had begun to make a comeback. Incidences were rising around the world, including in developed countries. The trend was so serious, that fifteen years ago, the United Nations set the goal of reversing incidences of infectious diseases like TB by the end of 2015. Tuesday was World TB day and for today&rsquo;s </span>Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll get an update from long-time Global Activist Dr. Shelly Batra. She&rsquo;s founder and president of Operation Asha. It&rsquo;s an NGO that delivers mass treatment of TB to underprivileged populations around the globe.</p></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shelley-batra-and-operation-asha-111775 Worldview Goes to India: Global Activism-Shanti Bhavan Children's Project http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-goes-india-global-activism-shanti-bhavan-childrens-project-111734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Shanti Bhavan Girl Goldman Sachs stella.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e1-e544-3841-e62f7ad1ab84">Worldview</span> was in India! And we&rsquo;ll take you along for the ride. For nearly twenty years on Worldview, India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO that invests seed money in service and development projects across India, has brought to Chicago dozens of Global Activists who work in India to make the world a better place. &nbsp;So IDS struck up the idea to bring Worldview to India and talk with these people, on-the-ground, about their work. Nila Vora and Nilesh Kothari of IDS guided us as we bounced around to big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well to remote villages and towns. We met people working to overcome challenges like illiteracy, educating girls, class issues, clean water supply and so much more.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e1-e544-3841-e62f7ad1ab84">Today we begin with a trip we took to Bangalore in southern India. One of the groups we visited is Shanti Bhavan. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a school educating underprivileged youth, mostly from the Dalit class, known more popularly as &ldquo;the Untouchables&rdquo;. &nbsp;A documentary film made about the school &nbsp;is called &ldquo;The Backward Class&rdquo;. We spoke with the school&rsquo;s founder, Abraham George, and with a number of students whose lives were transformed by their experiences in Shanti Bhavan.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e2-3533-18ce-efc566eb7883">Abraham George is the</span>&nbsp;founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/ShantiBhavan">Shanti Bhavan Children&rsquo;s Project.</a></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e2-3533-18ce-efc566eb7883">Nila Vora is a&nbsp;</span>founding board member of <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-goes-india-global-activism-shanti-bhavan-childrens-project-111734 Global Activism: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-danztheatre-ensemble-111693 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/65247_599229626764938_1248148685_n.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-31cd0f5d-0fe8-11fa-9199-8c6f19d9c0d6">Ellyzabeth Adler is founder and executive director of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. The performing arts group, &ldquo;through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling...unite[s] varied art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind.&rdquo; Ellyzabeth wrote us that she was so inspired by our </span>Global Activism segment, that she organized her own arts festival of &ldquo;music, dance, theatre, media and art all around activism.&rdquo; We invited Ellyzabeth to tell us about how she stresses activism in her art, at home and abroad.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31cd0f5d-0fe8-4e3a-3722-38846f6fe3b3"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Ellyzabeth Adler is the</em></span><em>&nbsp;founder and executive director of <a href="https://twitter.com/Chi_Danztheatre">Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-danztheatre-ensemble-111693 Global Activism: Therapeutic art for African children http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-therapeutic-art-african-children-111662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/548912_161587657298988_454226701_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Angela Lyonsmith is an artist and art therapist. She works for the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP), an initiative of Global Alliance for Africa, because she wants to give aid and comfort to children in Kenya and Tanzania who were left orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Angela&rsquo;s passion also led her to open &lsquo;Gather&rsquo;, a community art studio and playspace in Evanston. For Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll ask Angela about how her work has inspired family and friends to work for the benefit of people suffering around the globe.</p></p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-therapeutic-art-african-children-111662 Global Activism: Somebody's Mama helps empower women around the world http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somebodys-mama-helps-empower-women-around-world-111592 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/2308827_2611742_1422941663.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-02bf057e-a3d2-7c02-5566-6325fecf6463">Two friends, Leia Johnson and Erika Wright, wanted to form a network of mothers that would help bring relief to the suffering of mothers and their children around the world. They formed Somebody&rsquo;s Mama to help tackle issues like trafficking, maternal healthcare and girls&rsquo; education. For </span>Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll talk with Johnson about her group that she calls &ldquo;mamas, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends who believe in the power of cooperation.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/MamaOrgana80">Leia Johnson</a> is the co-founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/SomebodysMama1">Somebody&#39;s Mama.</a></em></p></p> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somebodys-mama-helps-empower-women-around-world-111592 Global Activism: The Dreamfly helps people connect to their goals http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-dreamfly-helps-people-connect-their-goals-111555 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/1661913_10151863851331196_283559648_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-26953df0-7fc0-2774-7db9-a87e37fcba06">As <a href="https://twitter.com/umaimah">Umaimah Mendhro</a> was completing &nbsp;her education in the U.S., she always felt a pull back to her native Pakistan. Her goal was to bring different peoples together and facilitate peace. For </span>Global Activism, Mendhro will &nbsp;tell us the story of why she founded &lsquo;<a href="https://twitter.com/thedreamfly">The Dreamfly</a>&rsquo;, a volunteer-powered organization that aims to, &ldquo;create human connections across communities in conflict through education, exposure, and empowerment for a better, unified future.&rdquo;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-dreamfly-helps-people-connect-their-goals-111555