WBEZ | protests http://www.wbez.org/tags/protests Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mass grave discovered in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-09/mass-grave-discovered-mexico-110918 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP338073131151.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A mass grave discovered in Iguala, Mexico is believed to contain the remains of a group of student protesters who went missing in September. The students were reportedly attacked by police before disappearing. We&#39;ll get an update from journalist Adam Raney, who joins us from Mexico.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Mass grave discovered in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-09/mass-grave-discovered-mexico-110918 Hong Kong protesters refuse to disperse http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-06/hong-kong-protesters-refuse-disperse-110896 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP522913199328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hong Kong is now entering its second week of pro-democracy protests. We&#39;ll check in with journalist Violet Law. She&#39;s been reporting on the protests in Hong Kong.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hong Kong protesters refuse to disperse" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-06/hong-kong-protesters-refuse-disperse-110896 Political unrest in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP91454790294.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A political crisis in Pakistan is deepening as protesters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. We&#39;ll find out what is behind the unrest from political scientist Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political unrest in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758 World Cup stirs mixed feelings for Chicago’s Brazilian community http://www.wbez.org/news/world-cup-stirs-mixed-feelings-chicago%E2%80%99s-brazilian-community-110305 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BRAZILIANS_140609.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, a small crowd gathers under a white street festival tent to watch Chicago Samba. The eight piece group features musicians and two women dancing in large fruit covered Carmen Miranda inspired headdresses.</p><p>Mo Marchini is the group&rsquo;s founder. He says he&rsquo;d love to be in his hometown of Sao Paulo to watch the World Cup. But says he&rsquo;ll settle playing Brazilian music in Chicago. Marchini started the samba group 20 years ago because he wanted to showcase Brazilian culture.</p><p>&ldquo;We came from 30 years of a military (dictatorship) over there. We had a coup d&#39;etat in 1964 and it devastated the country culturally,&rdquo; says Marchini.</p><p>&ldquo;We were prohibited to think, pretty much. To vote. To do anything. We started voting 20 years ago. The country&rsquo;s really back. It has to catch up with the whole world.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Marchini thinks Brazil hosting the month-long soccer tournament is going to be an amazing thing for his country. He says it&rsquo;ll show to the rest of the world that they&rsquo;ve arrived. &nbsp;</p><p>Sergio Barreto agrees. He &nbsp;runs Chicagoano, a bilingual blog and website for Chicago&rsquo;s Brazilian community. He started the website because he wanted to get past the stereotypical images people may have.</p><p>&ldquo;Every Brazilian event that you go, even if it&rsquo;s a professional event, will end the mulatas dancing,&rdquo; says Barreto. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re scantily clad and it perpetuates this image that we&rsquo;re shallow people.&rdquo;</p><p>Barreto thinks the mixed race women who dance the samba can&rsquo;t be the only image people have of Brazilians. Like Mo, he says there&rsquo;s been unrest accompanying the progress Brazilians have enjoyed.</p><p>Over the last year, police departments, teachers, homeless workers and indigenous tribes, among others, have rallied against the government for spending billions on the games. Barreto is upset the daily protests may skew opinion on his country.</p><p>&ldquo;If the whole world is watching and you&rsquo;re going to basically tell the world &lsquo;you don&rsquo;t want to come here. You don&rsquo;t want to invest here. This place is a mess. Take it from us, we live here.&rsquo; I mean how is that going to benefit the country in the long run?&rdquo;</p><p>This is the first time Brazil has hosted the World Cup since 1950. With five championships, Brazil has the most World Cup wins in the history of the games. As a country that&rsquo;s favored to win the tournament, Barreto&rsquo;s eyes well up as he explains what soccer means to him.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an emotional topic for all of us. Not to sound like a cliche but soccer is in the blood,&rdquo; says Barreto. &ldquo;Every four years when the World Cup arrives and you&rsquo;re watching the games, it stirs you up inside.&rdquo;</p><p>College student Carolina Mendes says despite some mixed feelings, she&rsquo;ll watch the games. She&rsquo;s eating at the Brazilian Bowl restaurant in Lakeview. There, you&rsquo;ll find traditional items like feijoada, coxinha and maracuja juice. Brazilian groceries are on shelves stacked floor to ceiling. The game&rsquo;s armadillo mascot, a little Fuleco doll, sits on a cash register. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The World Cup is for all the world. Not for Brazilian people,&rdquo; says Mendes. &ldquo;They cannot afford these tickets. People think it&rsquo;s a good thing for Brazil. It&rsquo;s not. We need to spend money on other things.&rdquo;</p><p>How Brazil will do in the World Cup is a huge test for the country as it prepares to host another international event: the Olympic games in 2016.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ Host/Producer Yolanda Perdomo on Twitter </em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews">@yolandanews</a><u>&nbsp;</u></em><em>&amp; <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106564114685277342468/posts/p/pub">Google+</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/world-cup-stirs-mixed-feelings-chicago%E2%80%99s-brazilian-community-110305 Protesters want Obama to end mass deportations http://www.wbez.org/news/protesters-want-obama-end-mass-deportations-109982 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/protest1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>More than 200 people, including groups of children, are staging a two-day march drawing attention to mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. The protesters want the Obama administration to end the practice by executive order.</p><p>The march, which began this morning at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Chicago before heading west. It is an extension of this past weekend&rsquo;s National Day of Action against deportations.</p><p>As of this month, around 2 million undocumented people have been deported since Barack Obama took office, which is approaching the record set by his predecessor, George W. Bush.</p><p>Immigration reform advocates have shifted their focus recently&nbsp; to putting an emphasis on the number of mass deportations. Previously their priority was pushing for immigration reform legislation. An immigration bill passed the U.S. Senate early last year but has stalled in the House since June).</p><p>&ldquo;Two million (is) too many,&rdquo; says Rosi Carrasco, with Organized Communities Against Deportations. &ldquo;It is possible to stop deportations with the organization, determination, and strength of our community. President Obama can use his executive authority to avoid that detention centers continue to profit from human suffering.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago-area protests will continue into tomorrow. Lawrence Benito is executive director of the Illinois Commission for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and he says the focus on mass deportations highlights the continued frustration he has with Obama -- who he said pledged to pursue immigration reform as an agenda item he would tackle during his second term.</p><p>&ldquo;He promised our communities that passing immigration reform would be a priority,&rdquo; says Benito. &ldquo;Instead he has prioritized enforcement. He can remedy the situation while Congress debates immigration reform, through administrative relief.&rdquo;</p><p>Advocates want the president to take the same approach he did in 2012 when he ended the deportation for so-called &ldquo;Dreamers,&rdquo; young people who were brought into the country with undocumented relatives.&nbsp;</p><p>Marchers began their demonstration at ICE shortly after 10 a.m today. Their route wends through the city, including a stop in the heavily Latino South Side community of Pilsen, before decamping tonight in the western suburbs.</p><p>Tuesday&rsquo;s events are scheduled to start at the Broadview Detention Center. That is where more people are scheduled to take part in civil disobedience protests.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ Host/Producer Yolanda Perdomo on <a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106564114685277342468/posts/p/pub">Google+</a></em></p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/protesters-want-obama-end-mass-deportations-109982 Protests continue in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ukraine photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work in Ukraine on Monday after taking a four-day sick leave. Despite his absence, protesters continued to demand his resignation. We&#39;ll get an update from Kiev.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ukraine's protests continue" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 What's next for the Syrian opposition? Protests in Romania and new rules for Chinese internet users http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-17/whats-next-syrian-opposition-protests-romania-and-new-rules-chinese <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chines internet cafe_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama signs an executive order providing training and aid to some factions of the Syrian opposition to help prevent future attacks by chemical weapons. Romanians protest plans for Europe&#39;s largest gold mine. Plus, Human Rights Watch&#39;s Maya Wang explains new penalties governing China&#39;s internet.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: What's next for the Syrian opposition? Protests in Romania and new rules for Chinese internet users" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-17/whats-next-syrian-opposition-protests-romania-and-new-rules-chinese Mideast peace talks, Bulgaria's protest movement and the NSA http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-29/mideast-peace-talks-bulgarias-protest-movement-and-nsa-108212 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/buuu_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Obama administration announced initial peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will begin today. We discuss the role the government has in determining the future of intelligence programs like PRISM. Protesters in Bulgaria demand an end to corruption within their government.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103138853&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/mideast-peace-talks-bulgaria-s-protest-movement-an.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/mideast-peace-talks-bulgaria-s-protest-movement-an" target="_blank">View the story "Mideast peace talks, Bulgaria's protest movement and the NSA" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-29/mideast-peace-talks-bulgarias-protest-movement-and-nsa-108212 Laid-off workers open their own factory http://www.wbez.org/news/laid-workers-open-their-own-factory-107118 <p><p>A few hours before the grand opening of New Era Windows Cooperative, Melvin &quot;Ricky&quot; Maclin is standing&nbsp; in the middle of the factory, beaming.</p><p>&quot;All of this is ours,&quot; he said. &quot;We have our own trucks, our own forklifts. It&rsquo;s a whole new world.&quot;</p><p>Maclin&rsquo;s title is the same as the 17 other people who work here: worker-owner. Together, they vote on decisions about the factory. He proudly shows the place where they jackhammered the floor to install water pipes. He says the workers didn&rsquo;t know how to complete some of the steps to set up the factory, but they learned. They also took classes on business management.</p><p>&quot;At first we thought we were just lowly factory workers,&quot; Maclin said. &quot;But now we see we have so much more in us.&quot;</p><p>Maclin says that being a worker-owner means that for the first time in his life he has control over what happens to him. Back in 2008, when the factory was closed for the first time, he was devastated.</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/New%20Era%202.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Melvin “Ricky” Maclin holds a postcard advertising New Era’s line of windows named after their union. (WBEZ/Shannon Heffernan)" />&quot;This was right before Christmas,&quot; he said. &quot;I didn&rsquo;t even know if I was going to be able to buy my grandkids a doll for Christmas. It was a dark time, it was like we were in a free fall.&quot;</div><p>Maclin and the other workers of Republic Window occupied the closed factory. They were later paid the severance wages that they were legally entitled to receive. A California- based company called Serious Materials bought the factory and hired back the workers. But not long after, they also closed down.</p><p>The workers decided to do things differently that time and buy the factory themselves.</p><p>Working World, the organization that provided them with a credit line to help open the cooperative, says it would cost most companies $5 million to open. It cost New Era less than $650,000.</p><p>The first windows made by the factory will be titled the &ldquo;1110 Series&rdquo; after their union, United Electric 1110.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h" target="_blank">@shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 07:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/laid-workers-open-their-own-factory-107118 Chicago police say 90 arrested in NATO protests http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-say-90-arrested-nato-protests-99413 <p><p>The Chicago Police Department says 90 people were arrested before and during the NATO Summit.</p><p>Police spokeswoman Carolyn Deming also said eight police officers were injured while monitoring demonstrations and keeping protesters away from McCormick Place, site of the conference.</p><p>Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday the news is what did not happened during the summit. He called the demonstrations a &quot;non-event,&quot; adding that is supposed to happen in America.</p><p>Authorities say many of those arrested were released Monday without charges being filed.</p><p>McCarthy also said the officer stabbed in the leg during a clash Sunday between some demonstrators and police was treated and beck on the job shortly afterward.</p></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-say-90-arrested-nato-protests-99413