WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Princess Kasune Zulu uses her HIV-positive status to save lives http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-princess-kasune-zulu-uses-her-hiv-positive-status-save-lives <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Princess.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-73944e5e-04bf-ed6e-fccf-5360018697f2">Princess Kasune Zulu was diagnosed with HIV over 17 years ago, at a time when that particular disease carried a heavy burden of stigma in her native Zambia. Since then, Princess Kasune has been advocating for education and healthcare for communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Her journey as the founder and spokesperson for her non-profit Fountain of Life has brought her from a one-room village school in Zambia all the way to the White House. For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> series, she&rsquo;ll share her experiences as a leader in the fight against AIDS and discuss how the public conversation has changed about the disease since her diagnosis.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141725390&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-princess-kasune-zulu-uses-her-hiv-positive-status-save-lives Global Activism: 'His Wheels International' provides bicycles for the disabled around the globe http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-his-wheels-international-provides-bicycles-disabled-around <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA His Wheels.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Alice Teisan, the founder of His Wheels International, gives us an update on how things have taken off for her since being featured on our Global Activism series last year. Teisan, a former nurse at Rush Hospital in Chicago, was an avid cyclist before she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1992. But she channeled her passion for bicycling into helping others around the world suffering from disabilities. Alice created<a href="http://www.hiswheels.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> His Wheels International</a> in 2005. The group recycles old bicycles to send overseas.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135877913&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-his-wheels-international-provides-bicycles-disabled-around Global Activism: Socially-conscious gifts for Valentine's Day http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-socially-conscious-gifts-valentines-day-109745 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA Gold Mining.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s Thursday and time for our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> series. Each Thursday we feature someone trying to make the world a better place.</p><p>And if you&rsquo;re thinking about gold jewelry for Valentine&rsquo;s Day or any other day, a group of jewelers want you to think about how the gold came to you. Global Activist, Brian Leber, owner of <a href="http://www.leberjeweler.com/index.php3">Leber Jewelers</a>, is involved in the &ldquo;<a href="http://nodirtygold.earthworksaction.org/">No Dirty Gold</a>&rdquo; campaign. The campaign, &ldquo;seeks to educate consumers, retailers, manufacturers about the impacts of irresponsible gold mining&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134641441&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-socially-conscious-gifts-valentines-day-109745 Global Activism: 'Right to be Free' rescuing trafficked children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-rescuing-trafficked-children-ghana-109651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA Right to be Free 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Lori Dillon created <a href="http://righttobefree.org/">Right To Be Free</a> to support her friend, Eric Peasah &ldquo;who has dedicated his life to the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children.&rdquo; Lori shares her journey with us for <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133423038&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe>Lori talks about what motivated her toward this cause:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&ldquo;I feel so honored to support <a href="http://www.rightobefree.org/">Eric Peasah</a>, who works tirelessly on behalf of these child laborers. I have witnessed how effective his program is and how he is truly transforming the lives of these children and their families. It is a passion of mine to advocate on behalf of these children who have lost their childhoods and dreams of ever being rescued. Feeling compassion is not enough, we must also act. The eradication of human trafficking is one of the paramount challenges of our time and I feel a deep responsibility to share what I know to help raise awareness. To let others know they can have a real impact on these children. They can be part of a growing effort to combat human trafficking and the real progress that is being made. It&#39;s also inspiring to work with students and see how they put their compassion into action once they learn about the plight of these children. It&#39;s exciting to see them connect and engage with the children they helped rescue. I know it&#39;s something they&#39;ll remember and be proud of for the rest of their lives.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-rescuing-trafficked-children-ghana-109651 Global Activism: ishi vest makes clothes based on fair trade, sustainability and equity http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-ishi-vest-makes-clothes-based-fair-trade-sustainability-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ishi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6afee34c-e3f5-6d6e-9163-44784ffc9032">While on a trip to India, people kept asking <a href="https://www.facebook.com/harishivestwalla">Harish Patel</a> about the vest he was wearing. It made him &quot;think hard&quot; about </span>how his clothes came to be - from pollution - to the worker exploitation it takes to make them. So Harish co-founded &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ishivest.com/">ishi vest</a>&rdquo;, a clothing line that would guarantee what he wore would help provide a livable wage to the artisans that create them and also protect the environment. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we talk with Patel about his business model that strives for fair trade, sustainability and equity.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132232940&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe>Patel calls ishi &quot;Vests with Benefits&quot;:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;There&#39;s this joke in my family about how the young man who left India for Chicago at age fourteen to study hard and become the next Doctor Patel ended up... well,<a href="http://ishivest.com"> selling vests</a>.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">My story of transition, like the stories of most social entrepreneurs, is not accurately shared in a &ldquo;portrait-frame&rdquo; -- with me as an individual making all the right choices to get to where I am. Instead it is best shared in &ldquo;landscape format,&rdquo; with a whole lot of support and inspiration from friends, family, co-founders, mentors, and community members along the way.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">On that note, ishi is a story of both individual and community transformation. It is a story of &nbsp;a new kind of sustainable fashion start-up that is connecting communities in India and communities in the US, which share a desire to re-think consumption. To start caring about people and planet before profit.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">There have been a number of turning points for me on this adventure. One came after I returned from a powerful trip to India with a handful of traditional Indian vests. Total strangers kept coming up to ask where they could get a vest like mine. Conversations about fashion quickly turned to the disturbing process by which our clothes get made -- polluting rivers and harming workers across the globe. A simple clothing choice became an invitation to connect -- and inspire.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">After that initial spark, I quickly turned to my friends and co-conspirators, Rhea and Jackie, and together we began dreaming up how to create a hip, conscious clothing line that reminds us how our smallest choices can have a huge impact.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We&#39;re still in &quot;<a href="http://www.ishivest.com/pages/about-us">startup mode</a>,&quot; but we&#39;re thrilled to see so much love for the product and the vision in just a few short months of launching. Our community campaign on Kickstarter brought in more than double our hopes in seed funding and encouraged us to grow and scale what we&#39;re doing to inspire even more people.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">This march, we will be adding Women&rsquo;s vest, new scarves collection and new Men&rsquo;s vest styles to our already existing Men&rsquo;s vest and Scarves collection.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-ishi-vest-makes-clothes-based-fair-trade-sustainability-and Global Activism: Foods Resource Bank helping small farmers abroad http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-foods-resource-bank-helping-small-farmers-abroad-109559 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/wv GA-Foods Resource Bank.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Marv Baldwin left his for-profit sales career to lead his church&#39;s effort to help small farmers around the world live sustainable and dignified lives. Baldwin has traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and several other countries. <span id="docs-internal-guid-2c9b1612-bbdd-553f-47b8-cb8824f78d31">For </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em>, Baldwin talks about the course of his life and work as executive director of <a href="http://www.foodsresourcebank.org">Foods Resource Bank</a> (FRB), based in suburban Western Springs.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">FRB&#39;s stated mission: &quot;As a Christian response to world hunger, FRB links the grassroots energy and commitment of the U.S. agricultural community with the capability and desire of small farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131025307&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-foods-resource-bank-helping-small-farmers-abroad-109559 Global Activism: Manos Unidas helps deaf children in Nicaragua http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-manos-unidas-helps-deaf-children-nicaragua-109506 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/manos unidas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.manos-unidas.org/">Manos Unidas</a> provides access to sign language education and learning resources to the deaf community in Nicaragua. Marie Coppola, founder and co-chair of Manos Unidas, updates us on what&rsquo;s new with her organization.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128707905&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ManosUnidasNica">Manos Unidas</a> says its mission is, &quot;to ensure equal access to educational and vocational opportunities for deaf children and young adults by providing access to sign language, Spanish literacy, numeracy, and real-life job skills so they can become contributing members of society and in the deaf community.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-manos-unidas-helps-deaf-children-nicaragua-109506 Global Activism: Bookwallah update on bringing books to Orphans in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bookwallah-update-bringing-books-orphans-india-109505 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/bookwallah.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Seena Jacob is founder and CEO of <a href="http://www.bookwallah.org">Bookwallah</a> Organization. &ldquo;Bookwallah&rdquo; is a Hindi word that means &ldquo;book peddler.&rdquo; Her group works to give books and provide quality libraries to orphans in India. Seena is just back from India to give us an update.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123417608&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seena on why this matters to us:</p><p>&ldquo;Why is this important, especially to people who may feel they aren&rsquo;t directly impacted? The world is globally connected and we learned that particularly during the Great Recession. But, if you know a child has suffered or has endured hardship such as HIV, abuse, living in brothels and you have a chance to make a difference in their lives -- bring hope, happiness, and smiles -- through the simple gift of a book-- does it matter where they live? A child is a child no matter where they live in the world. But, there are truly global challenges such as 793 million people who cannot read, 143 million orphans in the world who have undergone some major things in life. A [dollar] can go a long way in the developing world. So, to know that you can make a difference, be spiritually fulfilled in changing the life of one child, opening their world, should be a great motivator, particularly during this holiday season.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bookwallah-update-bringing-books-orphans-india-109505 Global Activism: Meal Sharing's Jason Savsani on Thanksgiving and European roadtrip http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharings-jason-savsani-thanksgiving-and-european <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/meal sharing in kansas.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">When you&rsquo;re in a foreign country and you don&rsquo;t speak the language, how do you connect with people? Jay Savsani thinks food is the way to go. The local web-designer started <a href="http://www.mealsharing.com\">Meal Sharing</a> to &ldquo;bring travelers and locals to connect with each other over home cooked meals.&rdquo; Its mission is &nbsp;&ldquo;to build communities through shared resources, facili[t]ate deeper cultural exchange, and encourage people to cook at home to enable a healthier lifestyle.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Jason joins us for an update. He has plans to bring people and cultutres together for <a href="http://www.mealsharing.com/thanksgiving">Thanksgiving</a> and he&#39;ll talk about his food adventures from his recent travels aborad.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121252105" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharings-jason-savsani-thanksgiving-and-european Global Activism: ART WORKS Project features the exhibit "Picturing Change" http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/artworks.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk with Global Activist Leslie Thomas, executive and creative of ART WORKS Project. Friday, November 1, 2013, Leslie will host &ldquo;<a href="http://picturingchange.tumblr.com/">Picturing Change</a>,&rdquo; &quot;a photo auction and dinner to celebrate the role of art and design in making a difference for human rights. Molly Roberts, senior picture editor of Smithsonian Magazine will curate the exhibit.The theme is &ldquo;Uncommon Beauty.&quot; Images will reflect the beauty found even in the most challenging situations and our common humanity and resiliency.&quot;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117979449" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-58907d2e-915a-a739-6850-a22f56e5e50a">Their first programs will include, &quot;A discussion of sexual trafficking with partners from the <a href="http://voicesandfaces.org/">Voices and Faces Project</a> and <a href="http://caase.org/">CAASE</a>, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and feature work by James Whitlow Delano on sexual trafficking in Moldova.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-art-works-project-features-exhibit-picturing-change-109249