WBEZ | protest http://www.wbez.org/tags/protest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friends honor disabled brother's legacy http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 150206 Scott Nance Adam Ballard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scott Nance and Adam Ballard are part of a network of disability activists who frequently shut down intersections and grind business to a halt in order to draw attention to the needs of the disabled.</p><p>Nance and Ballard had volunteered separately to scope out the site of the group&rsquo;s next protest when they met.</p><p>Nance hadn&rsquo;t planned to be on the same bus as Ballard that day. But when the two friends interviewed at Access Living earlier this month for StoryCorps, they agreed it was a fitting place for their friendship to begin. Since then, the two have been arrested together for protesting for the rights of people living with disabilities.</p><p>Ballard uses a wheelchair and though he has been disabled his entire life, only sought out a community of other disabled people as an adult. That came after he had an accident that put him in a nursing home for several months.</p><p>Nance, on the other hand, was born with an audio disability, as were his brother and sister. But Nance&rsquo;s brother Devin also had physical, developmental, growth, learning and speech disabilities. For many years, Scott Nance acted as his brother&rsquo;s personal attendant. But then Devin died suddenly and tragically. &quot;That put me in a really dark place,&quot; Nance says. &quot;And I didn&#39;t crawl out of that hole until we did this march in front of the White House.&quot;</p><p>Nance was passing out flyers with other disability activists in Washington, DC, when he had a realization. A woman asked him why he was there and &quot;in that moment I had to challenge myself and think. And I gave her an honest answer. I&#39;m here for my brother.&rdquo;</p><p>&quot;He died at the age of 26,&quot; Nance says, of his brother Devin. &quot;And that&#39;s ridiculous that we live in a society where that still happens. He was someone who loved life. Loved playing catch. Loved going out in the community. He died alone and he never should have been in a position to die alone like that.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;I never met Devin,&rdquo; Ballard says. &ldquo;You entered my life after all that had gone down. But a couple years ago I think we were out drinking and it happened to be Devin&#39;s birthday so I offered a toast to your brother. And I said, &lsquo;Here&#39;s to your brother because if he&#39;s even halfway responsible for the man you are now then I&#39;m really sad that I didn&#39;t know him.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-honor-disabled-brothers-legacy-111510 Chicago civil rights film gets National Film Registry recognition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-12/chicago-civil-rights-film-gets-national-film-registry-recognition-109435 <p><p dir="ltr">The year 2013 is ending on a high note for Chicago film. Cicero March, a short film documenting a historic local civil rights march, was selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry.</p><p dir="ltr">The library selects 25 films each year for the registry, and most tend to be significant theatrical productions. This year is no different, as the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-216.html">big, popular films on the list</a> include Gilda, Pulp Fiction, The Magnificent Seven, and Judgement at Nuremberg.</p><p dir="ltr">But tucked among those titles was Cicero March -- a short independent documentary from the Chicago-based <a href="http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/collections/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/689">Film Group</a> that details a significant moment in the region&rsquo;s history.</p><p dir="ltr">On Sept. 4, 1966, Robert Lucas of the <a href="http://www.congressofracialequality.org/">Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)</a> led protestors on a march through Cicero, located on the city&rsquo;s western border and then racially segregated.</p><p dir="ltr">The march was supposed to be led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King had been in Chicago since January, and along with other activists, had faced many mobs in white communities such as Marquette Park.</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/women%20watching.png" style="height: 258px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Cicero residents photograph a historic anti-segregation march through the Chicago suburb in 1966 (photo courtesy Chicago Film Archive)" />But in August of that year, a <a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_chicago_campaign/">&ldquo;summit&rdquo; </a>was held between King, then Mayor Richard J. Daley, the city&rsquo;s housing authority, and various real estate interests. Out of that emerged an agreement on open housing.</div><p dir="ltr">CORE was based in Chicago and well-seasoned by its efforts against segregation in Chicago public schools. And CORE activist Lucas <a href="http://digital.wustl.edu/e/eii/eiiweb/luc5427.0872.098marc_record_interviewee_process.html">considered the housing agreement a sham</a> and decided to go ahead with the march.</p><p dir="ltr">Once again, protestors were confronted by angry residents who lined the route, shouting, swearing, and threatening violence.</p><p dir="ltr">But as the Film Group documented, the marchers, flanked by police and armed National Guardsmen, were not afraid to respond.</p><p dir="ltr">As helicopters hovered overhead, residents hurled taunts such as, &ldquo;You should have washed before coming here,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Hey, the Brookfield Zoo is that way!&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In response one of the marchers yells, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t stop, just keep it coming, just keep coming, don&rsquo;t stop. You fat punk, I think I see what you&rsquo;re made of. You fat punk -- and your momma, too!&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Cicero March is in the collection of the <a href="http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/">Chicago Film Archive</a> (CFA). [Disclosure: The writer is on the advisory board of the CFA.]</p><p dir="ltr">The original print was a well-worn circulating copy from the Chicago Public Library&rsquo;s collection of 16mm films. After contacting Mike Grey and William Cottle of the Film Group, the CFA raised money to restore one of its prints of the film.</p><p dir="ltr">Anne Wells, the CFA&rsquo;s collections manager, says this was the third year in which the organization submitted Cicero March to the Library of Congress for consideration.</p><p dir="ltr">She finds it incredible that the footage even exists.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They were the only news cameramen there,&rdquo; said Wells. &ldquo;So to the best of our knowledge, this is the only moving image footage of this civil rights march.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Wells thinks inclusion in the National Film Registry is a well-deserved nod to non-commercial Midwestern filmmaking, and recognition that this moment in history happened.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s ugly,&rdquo; said Wells. &ldquo;But you don&rsquo;t want to hide that past. It&rsquo;s a very emotional film, that this happened here.&rdquo;</p><p>All of the films selected for the National Film Registry have been deemed &ldquo;culturally, aesthetically or historically&rdquo; significant.</p><p><em><a class="underlined" href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter </a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a>. </em></p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-12/chicago-civil-rights-film-gets-national-film-registry-recognition-109435 Chinese protest Jimmy Kimmel Show Skit http://www.wbez.org/news/chinese-protest-jimmy-kimmel-show-skit-109113 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 11.58.59 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>Angry chants and thundering drum beats filled the air in front of WLS TV Ch-7&rsquo;s downtown studios Thursday morning. More than 100 Chinese activists gathered to protest a skit that aired last month on comedian Jimmy Kimmel&rsquo;s late night show on ABC.</p><p>The skit involved a &ldquo;Kids&rsquo; Table&rdquo; panel asked what America should do about its heavy debt to China. One child suggested killing all the Chinese to which Kimmel responded with a satiric &ldquo;that&rsquo;s an interesting idea.&rdquo; Later in the bit, Kimmel characterized it as &ldquo;Kids&rsquo; Table: the Lord of the Flies edition.&rdquo;</p><p>The comedy skit has enraged Chinese and Chinese supporters across the nation who believe it endorsed violence. They staged national protests this week, and formally complained to the network and Kimmel. The comedian has issued at least two apologies, as has the network. But protesters say&nbsp; they won&rsquo;t stop until Kimmel resigns.</p><p>Common chants at the protest&mdash;attended mostly by Chinese-born Americans&mdash;were &ldquo;fire Jimmy Kimmel&rdquo; and &ldquo;apologize on air.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It needs to be more severe than just saying &lsquo;I&rsquo;m sorry&rsquo;,&rdquo; said Shao Li, who was representing alumni of Beijing University. &ldquo;This is a major station and they have to have standards for the news people and the whole society because they have a big influence. As Chinese-Americans, we felt offended.&rdquo;</p><p>China expert and the author of China Inc. <a href="https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/jimmy-kimmel-in-china">Ted Fishman said on WBEZ&rsquo;s Afternoon Shift Thursday</a> that some of this may stem from a cultural disconnect.</p><p>&ldquo;There is an issue with the style of pop cultural communication that makes listeners from China challenged when they hear our style of humor and commentary,&rdquo; Fishman said. &ldquo;You are not allowed to say so many things that are just part of common everyday conversation for us here.&rdquo;</p><p>Thursday, an online petition to the White House asking it to &ldquo;investigate&rdquo; the matter reached 100,000 signatures, a number that is supposed to trigger a response from the executive branch. The petition asked the Obama administration to &ldquo;immediately cut the show.&rdquo;</p><p>Sam Ma of the Chinese American Community was at the rally handing out copies of a letter from Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) saying &ldquo;I agree with you and other members of the Chinese American Community who take exception to the joke told by Jimmy Kimmel using China as the butt end.&rdquo;</p><p>Ma believes that Chinese are unfairly singled out for ridicule because it&rsquo;s assumed they won&rsquo;t fight back.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Why do the channels always pick the Chinese community for joking and not the Spanish or African community?&rdquo; he asked.</p><p>Last month, ABC issued a statement saying, &ldquo;We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large.&rdquo;</p><p>As president of the Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago, celebrated Chinese chef/owner Tony Hu was one of the protest organizers. He said that the apologies came too late abut that he hopes for a positive outcome.</p><p>&ldquo;We are very very sad about what happened with ABC and Jimmy Kimmel&rsquo;s show,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We love the USA and we love China but most important is that everybody loves peace. Jimmy Kimmel&rsquo;s show makes everybody mad and angry. You can&rsquo;t say this kind of thing on a most popular show. It&rsquo;s misleading kids and misleading people.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Monica Eng is a WBEZ web producer. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">@monicaeng</a></p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chinese-protest-jimmy-kimmel-show-skit-109113 Hospital responds to immigrant transplant protest http://www.wbez.org/news/hospital-responds-immigrant-transplant-protest-108300 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP071116021222.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago hospital says its organ transplant decisions aren&#39;t based on whether a patient is a U.S. citizen or in this country illegally.</p><p>Northwestern Memorial Hospital issued a response to protesters and hunger strikers who say local hospitals are discriminating against immigrants in this country illegally.</p><p>The hospital says all transplant decisions are based on several factors including the patient&#39;s home life, social environment and ability to pay for costly treatment.</p><p>The protesters met Monday with a Northwestern representative and say the hospital has agreed to participate in an ongoing dialogue about the issue.</p><p>They are now focusing their protest on another area hospital, Christ Advocate in Oak Lawn.</p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hospital-responds-immigrant-transplant-protest-108300 Protesters urge banks to give foreclosed homes back to community http://www.wbez.org/news/protesters-urge-banks-give-foreclosed-homes-back-community-108059 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Foreclosed_130715_yp.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In a downtown highrise, a foreclosure auction takes place. But during the relatively quiet proceedings, a group of ten protesters try to take it over.</p><p>Jorge Ortiz is with The Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. He wants banks to be altruistic and help communities affected by foreclosures.</p><p>&ldquo;I mean we have houses that are empty and abandoned that go on like this for years. They create insecurity in our communities,&rdquo; says Ortiz. &ldquo;They devastate our communities. Not to mention the displacement that happens.&rdquo;</p><p>The group grew to more than 60 people by the time they marched west to protest at Citibank offices at the Ogilvie Transportation Center on Madison Street.</p><p>The organization wants banks to donate foreclosed properties to a community land trust. It&rsquo;s a nonprofit providing affordable housing.</p><p>Currently, they have no homes that have been donated by banks or other lenders. But today&rsquo;s protests weren&rsquo;t for naught. Before police escorted protesters out of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Ortiz was given the name of a Citibank vice president to contact to continue the conversation.<br /><br /><em>Yolanda Perdomo is a host and producer at WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/yolandanews">@yolandanews</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/protesters-urge-banks-give-foreclosed-homes-back-community-108059 Lincoln Park High School students walk out in support of teachers http://www.wbez.org/news/lincoln-park-high-school-students-walk-out-support-teachers-107019 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/protest2.jpg" title="Junior Oswaldi Gomez led Lincoln Park High School in chants of support for their teachers. Eight teachers recently learned they will not returning when the school is converted to a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureat. (WBEZ/Katie O’Brien)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90656830" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">On Friday morning, hundreds of teenagers poured out of Lincoln Park High School and onto Armitage Avenue.</p><p>To be fair, they warned their teachers beforehand.</p><p>The participating students wrote a letter explaining that they were going to walk out for a number of reasons--but mostly, they walked out for their teachers.<br />Before doing so, they presented a letter explaining why they planned to walk out.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to show that we do care about our education and we wish to have a say in it,&rdquo; it read. &ldquo;We have been informed that many teachers are being fired so that newer teachers can be hired and we don&rsquo;t want to sit back and let CPS make a business of our education.&rdquo;</p><p>Senior Abina Redmond was among those gathered.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re protesting the firing of our teachers...eight so far,&rdquo; she explained.</p><p>In December, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Lincoln Park would be converted into a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate school the following school year.</p><p>IB programs were originally crafted for children of diplomats--the rigorous curriculum was designed to get students college-ready.</p><p>Currently, 20 percent of Lincoln Park&rsquo;s students participate in the school&rsquo;s IB program.</p><p>When the school goes wall-to-wall next year, all of its 2100-plus students will have some level of IB coursework.</p><p>But it seems not all of their teachers will be joining them.</p><p>Any time a Chicago Public School&rsquo;s academic focus is changed, teachers re-apply for positions. Traditionally, principals have had complete authority over who stays and who goes.</p><p>But the Chicago Teachers Union asked CPS to make a deal: CPS agreed to let teachers with exceptional rating stay--those with a satisfactory ranking or lower had to reapply.</p><p>Earlier this spring, 128 teachers received offers--eight were recently rescinded.<br />The letters went out prematurely, before anyone ran the deal by the Board of Education. According to a CPS spokesperson, the board ultimately did not support requiring principals to accept candidates that they found unsuitable.</p><p>The same spokesperson added that the district is working to place the eight teachers whose offers were rescinded.</p><p>Junior Oswaldl Gomez spoke into a megaphone as he led his fellow students in chants. He then explained that the protest was about much more than their school, their teachers. Because, he said, it&rsquo;s not just their school that&rsquo;s changing.</p><p>&ldquo;Our brothers, our sisters, they&rsquo;re losing their teachers--whether they are five or they are 18,&rdquo; Gomez said.</p><p>Principal Michael Boraz sent an email in response to the walkout. He wrote, &ldquo;It is imperative for me to make decisions that are in the best interests of all our students and their academic success.&rdquo;</p><p>In another part of the city on Friday morning, students at Williams Middle School staged a sit-in at the school Friday morning to protest the closure of their school. Next year, Williams will close and students will go to Drake, which will relocate in the Williams building.</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/katieobez">@katieobez&nbsp;</a></em></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lincoln-park-high-school-students-walk-out-support-teachers-107019 Leaked memo tells principals to keep eye on school closings protesters http://www.wbez.org/news/leaked-memo-tells-principals-keep-eye-school-closings-protesters-106301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/130321 - Safe Lafayette School 615 - By Bill Healy.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally downtown Wednesday to protest school closings.</p><p>It could be one of the biggest protests against the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-proposes-closing-53-elementary-schools-firing-staff-another-6-106202"> plan to close 54 of the city&rsquo;s public schools</a>, but it&rsquo;s unlikely to be the last.</p><p>Union officials are encouraging people to hold nonviolent protests at schools throughout the city. They&rsquo;ve conducted two trainings on &ldquo;civil disobedience.&rdquo;</p><p>Now, Chicago Public Schools officials are <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/132542389/CPS-Memo-on-Civil-Disobedience">telling principals what to do</a> if there is a walk-out, a sit-in or and an &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; action at their school.</p><p>A <a href="http://twitdoc.com/view.asp?id=89013&amp;sid=1WOL&amp;ext=PDF&amp;lcl=Memo-on-Civil-Disobedience-.pdf&amp;usr=CatalystChicago&amp;doc=132506340&amp;key=key-24ja1yny1pv9a7ayug7c">memo</a> sent last week to principals on the closure list, and leaked by the CTU yesterday afternoon, tells principals to report the names of any teachers and students involved in protests and to document the information if any media outlets show up. It instructs them to &ldquo;report all information regarding possible protestors, locations, dates and times.&rdquo;</p><p>A principal at one of the schools targeted for closure, who asked not to be named, said the memo came along with some other paperwork about the school being on the list of closures last week.</p><p>&ldquo;Why are they asking principals to work as agents of this administration when they are the ones who have created a climate of chaos?&rdquo; CTU president Karen Lewis said in a written statement Tuesday. &ldquo;We intend to use whatever nonviolence protest actions we have in this fight for education justice.&rdquo;</p><p>CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll also issued a statement regarding the memo to principals.</p><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s our obligation to put the safety and learning of our children before anything else,&rdquo; Carroll said. &ldquo;This is why we&#39;re providing guidance to principals to help them manage any acts of civil disobedience at their schools: so they can ensure that their children are in a safe environment with little disruption to their learning, and at the same time allow individuals the right to protest and express their views.&rdquo;</p><p>The union has demanded CPS not close any schools.</p><p>But district officials argue there are too many schools and not enough money, forcing them to spread resources too thin.&nbsp; Last week, CPS&rsquo;s Chief Transformation Officer Todd Babbitz said, &ldquo;We are spending way more on buildings that we believe are unnecessary in our footprint.&quot;</p><p>District officials said they estimate closing the 54 schools will bring a total annual savings of $43 million. That&#39;s in a district with an annual operating budget of about $5 billion. They also estimate the district will save $560 million in &quot;avoided&quot; capital costs over the next decade.</p><p>CPS has promised significant investments in the schools receiving students as a result of the closures&mdash;everything from iPads to learning gardens&mdash;with a one-year price tag of $233 million.</p><p>If the Board of Education approves the closure list, it will be the most any district in the country has closed in a single year.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea is an education reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/wbezeducation">@WBEZeducation</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/leaked-memo-tells-principals-keep-eye-school-closings-protesters-106301 Environmentalists protest Keystone XL pipeline http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmentalists-protest-keystone-xl-pipeline-105576 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicago%20youth%20climate%20coalition.jpg" style="height: 313px; width: 610px;" title="Protesters gathered in Grant Park Sunday to rally against a proposed pipeline that has become a crucible for the Obama administration's policy on climate change. (Image courtesy Chicago Youth Climate Coalition)" /></p><p>Roughly 200 Chicagoans rallied in Grant Park Sunday to call on President Barack Obama to reject the controversial <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/keystone-xl-pipeline">Keystone XL pipeline</a> project and take action on climate change, an issue he prioritized for his second term but which remains politically problematic.</p><p>The crowd, convened by the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition, demonstrated in solidarity with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/business/energy-environment/obamas-keystone-pipeline-decision-risks-new-problems-either-way.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=0">thousands of protestors gathered at the Washington Monument in the nation&rsquo;s capital</a> for what is believed to be the largest climate rally in U.S. history.</p><p>The proposed XL extension would complete a pipeline from Canada&rsquo;s Athabasca oil sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Climate scientist <a href="http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/jhansen.html">James Hansen</a> has said the carbon dioxide emissions from the vast tar sands reserves <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html">would mean &quot;game over for the climate.&quot;</a></p><p>Proponents of the $7 billion pipeline tout its property tax benefits and construction jobs, and dismiss or downplay its environmental impacts.</p><p>Obama delayed his administration&rsquo;s decision on the issue last year, citing disputes over the 1,700-mile pipeline&rsquo;s path, but Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/22/keystone_xl_nebraska_governor_heineman_approves_pipeline_route.html">approved a revised route</a> in January.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keystone-xl-rally-305px-wide.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" />Protesters in Chicago marched from Grant Park to the Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Blvd., home to the Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s regional offices. Climate advocates view the EPA <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/obamas-state-of-the-union-climate-call-may-buy-time-for-epa-87567.html">as the most likely vehicle for action on the issue</a> given that Republicans in Congress have continually stymied legislation intended to curb carbon emissions. Thanks to a series of court rulings, the EPA has considerable power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.</p><p>Congresswoman <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/jan-schakowsky">Jan Schakowsky</a> (D-Ill.) sent a statement to the protesters in Chicago, thanking them for their advocacy. Schakowsky serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.</p><p>&ldquo;There should be no doubt that all of us need to get bolder and louder in the call for action,&rdquo; read Schakowsky&rsquo;s statement.&nbsp; &ldquo;Climate change is happening, and its consequences are dire.&rdquo;</p><p>Dozens of protesters, including James Hansen, <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/arma-virumque-cano-police-arrest-keystone-protesters/">were arrested at the White House Wednesday</a> in the first act of civil disobedience ever organized by the 120-year-old environmental group Sierra Club.</p><p>In Chicago, support for the youth-led rally was not limited to students and environmental groups.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keystone-xl-rally-305px-2.jpg" style="float: right;" title="(WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" />Mike Sinner, a 52-year-old employee of Weiss Memorial Hospital, lives in the West Ridge neighborhood. Toting a &ldquo;Resist KXL&rdquo; sign and walking a bike he said had logged 111,000 miles, Sinner likened the present day climate action movement to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.</p><p>&ldquo;As you get older you know that in most issues there is no moral black and white,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But some issues are black and white. Today we&rsquo;re saying to President Obama that we have his back if he does the right thing and rejects the pipeline.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://triblocal.com/grayslake/2011/07/26/on-yearly-quest-for-genuine-experience-cancer-survivor-bikes-to-lake-county-fair/">A cancer survivor</a>, Sinner said he is hopeful. Despite Obama&rsquo;s bullishness on fossil fuels like natural gas, Sinner said he was heartened by the President&rsquo;s call to &ldquo;act before it&rsquo;s too late&rdquo; during the 2013 State of the Union Address.</p><p>&ldquo;I think if we don&rsquo;t have hope,&quot; Sinner said,&nbsp;&quot;then we&rsquo;re in trouble.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><object height="458" width="610"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2F&amp;set_id=72157632789421303&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2F&amp;set_id=72157632789421303&amp;jump_to=" height="458" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="610"></embed></object></p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmentalists-protest-keystone-xl-pipeline-105576 Aborted baby flag removal sparks debate at DePaul University http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-01/aborted-baby-flag-removal-sparks-debate-depaul-university-105199 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/southie3.jpg" title="" /></div><div>Tuesday, January 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision on abortion and women&rsquo;s sexual health, but at DePaul University, that day will be remembered very differently.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the university&#39;s quad, the conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom erected a pro-life memorial to their cited 54 million fetuses aborted in the decades since Roe&#39;s passage. To do so, the students hung pink and blue flags in the quad as a form of public protest. To counterprotest, another group of pro-choice students took the flags down, distributing them in garbage cans across campus.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to a source close to the pro-choice protestors, they thought it was the most peaceful way to respond. Some students planned on writing affirming messages on the flags and returning them to their previous positions, as a reminder that this issue isn&rsquo;t just about babies, it&rsquo;s about women&rsquo;s rights. They hoped that doing so would send a message to pro-life students on campus and start a dialogue at a school that often ignores issues of sexual health. No one expected it would go as far as it did. No one thought it would mean they might not graduate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The problem began when an <a href="http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/pro-life-display-destroyed-by-vandals-at-catholic-university.html">article</a> from Fox News, the Pied Piper of American conservatism, threw ideological gasoline all over the conflict, branding the pro-choice students as &ldquo;<a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/vandals-destroy-pro-life-display-at-depaul-university-conservatives-say-intolerance-growing-88825/">vandals</a>&rdquo; and Young Americans for Freedom as heroes of the GOP and warriors of free speech. Fox writer Todd Starnes&mdash;who comes personally endorsed by Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity&mdash;used the conflict as a way to bash the pro-choice students as being bigots. Other articles continue to refer to the students as &ldquo;leftists&rdquo; and &ldquo;radicals&rdquo; (or sometimes <a href="http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/radical-leftists-trash-a-pro-life-display-at-depaul-university/">both</a>!) and the act as a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/23/activists-trash-depaul-university-memorial-for-aborted-babies/">trashing</a>&rdquo; of students&#39; rights.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To further this indictiment, Fox spoke to Kristopher Del Campo, the DePaul chairman for Young Americans for Freedom. Del Campo said, &ldquo;It is a sad thing to see that liberal minded students aren&rsquo;t more tolerant, and don&rsquo;t respect the views of those who respect the lives of the unborn. It&rsquo;s really discouraging and I&rsquo;m saddened by that.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a follow-up <a href="http://www.depauliaonline.com/news/flags-under-fire-pro-life-display-disposed-of-under-suspicious-circumstances-1.2976795#.UQnyN2f3GWZ">article</a> in the DePaulia, the university&rsquo;s student-run newspaper, Del Campo went much further, referring to the flags&rsquo; removal as an &ldquo;act of hate.&rdquo; (He also says that liberals are more likely to be the perpetrators of hate crimes.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Despite an apology from the university&rsquo;s Dean of Students, Art Munin, Del Campo advocated that the university go further, calling for expulsion for all the students involved.&nbsp; Del Campo told the DePaulia that YAF has surveillance footage of the students responsible and that they will show that alleged footage to the police. In the meantime, Del Campo stated that he like to see DePaul take responsibility in hunting down those responsible: &ldquo;If you really want to find these students, put out pictures&hellip;Let other students see it and identify students.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Del Campo&rsquo;s advocacy for a student witch hunt isn&rsquo;t the first time that the school&rsquo;s faced free speech issues at DePaul, as a &ldquo;satirical&rdquo; Affirmative Action Bake Sale in 2006 highlighted the extreme divisions between conservative and liberal students on the nation&rsquo;s largest Catholic campus.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the pro-choice students involved in the incident, who asked not to be identified (and will be referred to as &ldquo;X&quot;), stated that incidents like these are endemic of a divided campus, an ongoing problem that the university has failed to holistically tackle. When X started at the university in 2009, students put up <a href="http://www.depauliaonline.com/news/university-groups-work-to-promote-healthy-religious-climate-1.2155312">swastikas</a> in Corcoran Hall, a residence building at DePaul, and in some of the other dorms. In 2011, another <a href="http://www.depauliaonline.com/news/university-groups-work-to-promote-healthy-religious-climate-1.2155312#.UQlQEmf3GWY">incident</a> arose when a student began to shout out anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim slurs in the student center.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to X, the pro-choice students involved didn&rsquo;t mean to &ldquo;fuel this fire&rdquo; at DePaul. This isn&#39;t what anyone wanted. They didn&#39;t even know that Young Americans for Freedom existed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Because pro-choice groups are informally banned on campus, X&mdash;like many students I spoke with&mdash;assumed that pro-life groups would not be allowed to operate either, due to the university&rsquo;s strict procedures on sexually charged material and student organizations. Per school policy, student organizations aren&rsquo;t allowed to distribute condoms, and sex ed is heavily censored.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Currently, the university offers a Sexual Health and Violence Prevention center (that many students don&#39;t even know exists) and a undergraduate group called the Student Health Advocates. However, it&#39;s hard for these groups to be effective on a campus that won&#39;t allow them to hold public demonstrations on Safe Sex 101&mdash;and give students the educational resources they need. Because of their strained relationship with sex, DePaul University <a href="http://www.depauliaonline.com/news/trojan-ranks-depaul-most-sexually-unhealthy-university-1.2685719#.UQby2Gf3GWY">claimed</a> the title of &ldquo;Most Sexually Unhealthy University&rdquo; in 2011.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The DePaul administration claims that the university&rsquo;s Catholic affiliation precludes amending these policies, even though other religious institutions (like Siena) allow for the distribution of condoms on campus.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>However, X believes that the strict adherence to Catholic doctrine in the school&rsquo;s sexual policies is a strange double standard, as the university allows LGBTQ groups to operate very publicly on campus and has been a champion of queer student visibility. In addition to an LGBTQ studies department, the school boasts three active queer student groups and allows them to throw yearly drag shows, which are a tentpole of the spring quarter. The 2011 show even took place in the DePaul Atrium, the common space of the school&#39;s student center.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Because the university&#39;s LGBTQ leadership has often been stereotyped as male (which was also an issue when I was a DePaul undergraduate), X remarked that queer visibility has been easier for DePaul administration to swallow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As a student heavily involved in both LGBTQ and feminist organizing at DePaul, X stated that feminists on campus are &quot;treated differently because they have vaginas.&quot; This creates a culture where some female students feel unsafe, which include those students involved in last Tuesday&#39;s incident. X put it bluntly: &quot;When you step on this campus, it feels like you <em>don&#39;t</em> have a choice.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Because of this gender gap, the student worried that DePaul is going to use the flag removal to further marginalize the school&#39;s feminist and pro-choice communities. When X was initially questioned about the event, the student told me that administrators were already looking for links to feminist groups and leaders on campus. They were searching for a target. Currently, the university is seeking possible expulsion for anyone who was involved in the flag removal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tracey Harkins, a senior DePaul student in Women and Gender Studies, agreed that gender inequality on campus is a huge problem and said that DePaul should show the same progressive stance to sexuality that they have demonstrated on queer issues. Instead of further silencing women&rsquo;s voices on campus and scapegoating them for the university&#39;s problems, the university should use this as an opportunity to start a conversation on sexual health, a dialogue that should have taken place a long time ago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to Harkins, the conflict &ldquo;speaks to a real issue at DePaul,&rdquo; causing her to &ldquo;question how DePaul handles a range of women-related issues.&rdquo; Harkins cited this incident as yet another failure from the university in regards to its female population, as the school has yet to take action against sexual assaults that occurred on campus last fall. For Harkins, this is representative an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nico-lang/sexual-assault-awareness_b_1427525.html">ongoing problem</a> at &ldquo;campuses across the country,&rdquo; where women are &ldquo;made to feel devalued&rdquo; by administrations that don&rsquo;t take their sexual health seriously. She argued that &ldquo;women cannot feel safe at an institutional level if they are considered unequal.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In response to DePaul&#39;s sex problems, Harkins is working with a team of student organizers on &ldquo;Say Yes to Consent,&rdquo; which hopes to change the culture of sex at DePaul and on Chicago&rsquo;s campuses. With student members from universities across the city&mdash;including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College and Northwestern University&mdash;the group hopes pressure university administrators to include policies educating students on sexual assault, consent and women&#39;s health, rather than sweeping these issues under the rug.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As statistics show that 1<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/06/one-in-four-women-will-be_n_706513.html"> in 4</a> women will be sexually assaulted before graduating college, Harkins feels the best way to commemorate Roe v. Wade is to continue the fight for greater awareness: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve come a long way in the past 40 years, but our work is far from over.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Nico Lang blogs about LGBTQ life in Chicago for WBEZ.org. Follow Nico on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/Nico_Lang" target="_hplink">@Nico_Lang</a> or on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/NicoRLang" target="_hplink">Facebook</a>.</em></div></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-01/aborted-baby-flag-removal-sparks-debate-depaul-university-105199 Anti-Muslim film protest held in Chicago, ignored by media http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/anti-muslim-film-protest-held-chicago-ignored-media-102610 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/innocence_of_muslims_film.jpg" title="A still from the controversial film 'Innocence of Muslims' (Video still/YouTube)" /></p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong>&nbsp;On Sunday, protests surrounding the controversial film&nbsp;<em>Innocence of Muslims</em>&nbsp;reached Chicago. Rather than the violent outbursts we&rsquo;ve seen overseas, this protest was a relatively small, peaceful demonstration. But don&rsquo;t look for any mention of it in the local media. The closest thing I&rsquo;ve seen is&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8821955" target="_blank">a paltry 58-word post</a>&nbsp;on ABC 7&rsquo;s website that completely left out the &quot;who&quot; and &quot;where.&quot; Instead, we get&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Moore-If-I-Had-Babies-Id-Want-Cutler-to-Be-the-Father-170891771.html" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-brotman-geo-0924-20120924,0,2045336.story" target="_blank">this</a>. There <a href="http://www.wbez.org/chicago-group-launches-ads-counter-anti-islam-video-102597"><em>has</em>&nbsp;been some coverage</a>&nbsp;of local reaction to the film, so it&#39;s not as if the story been completely ignored here. But the poor reporting on yesterday&#39;s protest is a huge missed opportunity.&nbsp;If you want to inform readers about the world around us, inform readers about the local angles of stories of&nbsp;<em>international import</em>&nbsp;instead of ignoring it like a problem that doesn&rsquo;t bother us because it&#39;s all happens too far away. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>We&#39;re coming down the home stretch now: Election Day 2012 is just six weeks from Tuesday and both candidates appeared in separate interviews <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57518495/campaign-2012-obama-vs-romney/?tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel">on <em>60 Minutes</em> Sunday night</a>.&nbsp;The first debate is just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=2012-2">ten days away</a>. &nbsp; &nbsp;There&#39;s a lot of ground left to cover, but things are looking better and better for President Obama. Mitt Romney&#39;s campaign was, of course, hit hard last week&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/romney-unplugged-causing-headaches-supporters-102478">by the September Surprise</a>&nbsp;of his now-infamous &quot;47 percent&quot; remarks. But even conservative golden boy Paul Ryan took a hit last Friday when his promise to an AARP audience to repeal Obamacare <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7422526n">was met with boos</a>. If <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/">Nate Silver&#39;s numbers</a> are to be believed &mdash; and history tells us Silver&#39;s work is worth following &mdash; then Obama seems to be slowly pulling away (and the Dems have a chance to keep control of the Senate). But as I said, a lot can happen in six weeks; my colleague Achy Obejas <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/7-things-dems-worry-about-election-day-102592">outlines seven things</a> the Dems need to watch out for during that time. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>The Bears had little trouble <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/game/2012/regular3/">dispensing of the St. Louis Rams 23-6</a> behind a sterling performance from a stout defense. The Rams were held to only 160 total yards, including just 59 on the ground (stand out runningback Stephen Jackson only had 29 yards). The offense, though, continued to struggle find its rhythym, amassing only 274 yards of their own. Quarterback Jay Cutler again struggled <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4678392/cutler-on-os-performance-we-won">to a 58.9 QB rating</a>, throwing for only 183 yards and an interception and his receiving corp continued to be plagued by dropped passes. Cutler tried to <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4678392/cutler-on-os-performance-we-won">dismiss the performance</a>, saying, in essence, a win is a win and fans and the media should stop their whining. But given what the offense is capable of &mdash; we saw it in week one against the Colts &mdash; it&#39;s not out of the question for fans to expect more. Still, the Bears are 2-1 and have a chance to prove their mettle on national television next week when they take on Dallas on Monday Night Football.</p><p><strong>Released: </strong><em>New City&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://art.newcity.com/2012/09/19/art-50-chicagos-artists-artists/">Art 50</a> list and <em>Crain&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120922/ISSUE02/120929941/meet-chicagos-tech-50">Tech 50</a> lists are out. I&rsquo;m on neither of them. Not that I&rsquo;m upset or anything at being snubbed for <a href="http://honeybooboochronicles.tumblr.com/">my Honey Boo Boo tumblr</a> again.</p><p><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Police in Houston <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/lat-na-nn-houston-police-kill-amputee-20120923,0,7012158.story">shot and killed</a> a wheelchair-bound, pen-waving double amputee.</li><li>The fight against breast cancer <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/health/study-finds-variations-of-breast-cancer.html?hp">evolves as researchers</a> have determined four different types of the disease.</li><li>There <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2207323/The-cost-fry-set-soar-pig-cull-forces-price-bacon.html">is a bacon shortage in Britain</a>. This is <em>not</em> a drill. I repeat: There is a bacon shortage in Britain.</li><li>If you have peanut butter purchased from Trader Joe&rsquo;s, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-la-lanews-trader-joes-orders-recall-of-20120923,0,2739604.story">don&rsquo;t eat it</a>.</li><li>The great <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Zimbabwe-city-residents-synchronize-toilet-flush-3885555.php">Zimbabwe Toilet Flush</a> of 2012.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>So long CTU strike, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/chicago-symphony-musicians-go-strike-102604">hello CSO strike</a>.</li><li>Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mayor-emanuel-coal-plants-20120923,0,128882.story">has unveiled plans</a> for the former sites of the Crawford and Fisk coal power plants.</li><li>Police <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15331298-761/one-of-the-good-ones-evanston-teen-14-killed.html">continue to search for suspects</a> in the killing of an Evanston teen.</li><li>Things suddenly don&rsquo;t look so good for the Portage Theater&rsquo;s new lease on life. Jim DeRogatis <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-09/how-did-things-turn-so-bad-so-fast-portage-theater-102606">has more on that drama</a>.</li><li>Groupon is <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120922/ISSUE01/309229981/as-groupons-new-operations-czar-seeks-to-streamline-job-cuts-loom">facing a round of job cuts</a> under new leadership.</li><li>The upcoming Chicago Police sergeant&rsquo;s exam in 2013 <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/15298177-761/long-awaited-police-sergeants-exam-expected-to-be-worlds-largest.html">could be the largest in the world</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>It&rsquo;s a big week for golf fans in Chicago as the <a href="http://www.rydercup.com/">Ryder Cup comes to Medinah</a>. Everyone else can continue ignoring the sport.</li><li>Sox Watch: Mired in a losing streak, the Pale Hose <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/23/tigers-drop-2nd-game-of-doubleheader-lag-behind-white-sox-1-game/">hold a slim one-game lead</a> over Detroit.</li><li>Don&rsquo;t look now but Notre Dame <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/story/_/id/8416466/oregon-ducks-move-no-2-romp-lsu-tigers-close-win">has cracked the top ten</a>&nbsp;of the Associated Press&rsquo; college football poll.</li><li>Training camp for the Bulls <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/basketball-chicago-bulls/bulls-talk/Bulls-Gibson-engaged-in-contract-negotia?blockID=777135&amp;feedID=7139">is approaching</a> as the team continues to negotiate contract extensions with both Coach Thibodeau and Taj Gibson.</li><li>Apparently there is&nbsp;<a href="http://deadspin.com/5945735/">an upcoming Dennis Rodman documentary</a> and it&rsquo;s being directed by Penny Marshall.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />Here is your Monday morning inspiration. [<a href="http://cheezburger.com/42274561">via</a>]</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EiO9_PJ0h8Q" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/anti-muslim-film-protest-held-chicago-ignored-media-102610