WBEZ | protest http://www.wbez.org/tags/protest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Whole Foods says it will stop selling foods made with prison labor http://www.wbez.org/news/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-prison-labor-113135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wholefoodsartisancheeses.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res444814042" previewtitle="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/09/30/4725990938_fbf10d4966_o_wide-c19fb687c4fc4c8393343cebec504ee726b29da7-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source more milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods. (ilovebutter/Flickr)" /></div><div data-crop-type="">Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor.</div></div><p>The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs.</p><p>Michael Allen, founder of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/endmassincarceration.houston">End Mass Incarceration Houston</a>, organized the protest. He says Whole Foods was engaging in exploitation since inmates are typically paid very low wages.</p><p>&quot;People are incarcerated and then forced to work for pennies on the dollar &mdash; compare that to what the products are sold for,&quot; Allen tells The Salt.</p><p>Currently, Whole Foods sells a goat cheese produced by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.haystackgoatcheese.com/">Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy</a>&nbsp;in Longmont, Colo., and a tilapia from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quixoticfarming.com/about/">Quixotic Farming</a>, which bills itself as a family-owned sustainable seafood company.</p><p>These companies partner with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradoci.com/bin-pdf/2014_who.pdf">Colorado Correctional Industries</a>, a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections, to employ prisoners to milk goats and raise the fish.</p><p>CCI&#39;s mission is to provide inmates with employment and training. The intent is to give them skills that could help them find employment once they&#39;re released. CCI employs about 1,600 inmates, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leg.state.co.us/OSA/coauditor1.nsf/All/908C1FE0217F7E0487257DCE00701378/$FILE/1350P%20Colorado%20Correctional%20Industries,%20Department%20of%20Corrections,%20January%202015.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;by the Colorado state auditor.</p><p>In an email, Whole Food&#39;s spokesperson Michael Silverman tells The Salt that the company liked the idea of employing inmates. &quot;We felt that supporting supplier partners who found a way to be part of paid, rehabilitative work being done by inmates would help people get back on their feet,&quot; he writes.</p><p>But Silverman says, &quot;we have heard from some shoppers and members of the community that they were uncomfortable with Whole Foods Market&#39;s sourcing products produced with inmate labor.&quot;</p><p>And in order to stay &quot;in-tune&quot; with customers&#39; wishes, the company came to its decision to stop selling the goat cheese and tilapia.</p><p>As reporter Graeme Wood&nbsp;<a href="http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/from-our-prison-to-your-dinner-table">wrote</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<em>Pacific Standard</em>, these in-state prison-work systems face no federal regulation.</p><p>And there are also questions about the justness of prison-work programs. Allen and other protesters in Houston hung signs that said: &quot;End Whole Foods Market&#39;s Profiting From Prison Slave Labor.&quot;</p><p>By some accounts, though, they&#39;re progressive. For instance, CCI supporters point to a lower recidivism rate among inmates who are employed while they&#39;re incarcerated.</p><p>Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy&#39;s John Scaggs says the farm will begin to source more milk from dairies that don&#39;t rely on inmate labor &mdash; so that it can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods.</p><p>But Scaggs says he&#39;s still a supporter of the prison labor program that CCI has created in Colorado.</p><p>&quot;This is a model example of a prison-work program,&quot; Scaggs says. &quot;By purchasing goat&#39;s milk from the facility [that uses prison labor], we&#39;re supporting ... rehabilitative incarceration.&quot; He says prisoners are taught teamwork and getting job training.</p><p>Scaggs says the inmates make about $1,500 to $2,500 a year, but he isn&#39;t sure what the hourly rate of pay is.</p><p>&quot;If an inmate is serving a sentence for a few years, they can come out with a few thousand bucks [in savings] and a whole new skill set,&quot; he says.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/30/444797169/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-by-prisoners?ft=nprml&amp;f=444797169" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/whole-foods-says-it-will-stop-selling-foods-made-prison-labor-113135 The outraged muses of María María Acha-Kutscher http://www.wbez.org/news/outraged-muses-mar%C3%ADa-mar%C3%ADa-acha-kutscher-113098 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/aprob-same-sex-marriage-jun.jpg" alt="" /><p><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_main/public/story/gallery/aprob-same-sex-marriage-jun.jpg?itok=lIVfGnf5" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Supreme Court, Washington D.C. 2015 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div><em>&quot;Historically, it&#39;s important to show that political actions and social changes were always made by women and men together,&quot; she says. &quot;Women were always there but weren&#39;t always visible.&quot;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Her &#39;Indignadas&#39; (Outraged Women) series is a visual record of women who participate in public protests around the world. Acha-Kutscher takes photographs from the press and &quot;witnesses&quot; them into colorful illustrations that she then prints onto tarps and hangs in public spaces.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Isis Madrid</strong>: Tell me about yourself. How did you become the artist that you are today?</p><p><strong>María María</strong><strong> Acha-Kutscher:&nbsp;</strong>I am a feminist visual artist. I am 47. I was born in Lima,&nbsp;Peru, to a family of German origin, and further back&nbsp;I have Chinese and African roots, too. That means I have a multicultural identity, and that&#39;s pushed me to have a global worldview. I&#39;ve never felt rooted to a place.&nbsp;I always feel that I belong to many places. I inherited cultural capital from my father, a filmmaker and photographer, my grandfather, an art theorist, and my great-grandfather, a theater theorist. &nbsp;</p><div><div><p>I studied arts in Lima. I lived in Mexico City for 10 years working as an art director for advertising agencies. Then I moved to Madrid in 2001, where I started to develop my artistic work.&nbsp;I co-direct the experimental art project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.antimuseo.org/" target="_blank">Antimuseo</a>&nbsp;with my partner, writer and artist Tomás Ruiz-Rivas. I work globally.</p></div></div><p>Since I started working as an artist, I wanted to work on a topic of common interest &mdash;&nbsp;the female condition. The experience of being female is shared by women and crosses race, origin, social class, and sexual preference.</p><p>I consider myself a feminist artist, because the political dimension of my artwork plays a dual role &mdash;&nbsp;it is an artistic product in itself and also an instrument that contributes to political transformations, especially for women.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/first-image_15m_Madrid.jpg?itok=82TOIHcV" style="height: 400px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="15M, Madrid 2011(Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><p><strong>I</strong><strong>M</strong>:&nbsp;What was the first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Indignadas</a>&nbsp;piece you made? What was the inspiration for the series?</p></div><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;The first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Indignadas</a>&nbsp;piece I made was based on a photograph from the anti-austerity&nbsp;movement 15M in Spain. It shows a pregnant woman with an inscription on her belly: &ldquo;Outraged since before birth.&quot;&nbsp;This image symbolizes the future, a new generation of hope for a better world. At the same time it symbolizes an empowered generation who are not afraid to say what they think.</p><p>Indignadas is the third installment&nbsp;of<a href="http://www.acha-kutscher.com/mujerestrabajando/indignadas/indignadas.html" target="_blank">Women Working for Women</a>, a public art project that recovers women&#39;s history through digital drawings, inspired by the aesthetics of pop art, comics and the political posters of the 70s.</p><p>I started Indignadas in 2012&nbsp;as an attempt&nbsp;to bring attention to&nbsp;the women of 15M, the movement that&nbsp;took to the streets of Madrid in protest of economic austerity measures imposed by the Troika and the prevailing corruption in the political system in Spain. Now,&nbsp;the second stage&nbsp;includes women from around the world &mdash;&nbsp;in order&nbsp;to record our shared history.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/help-us_0.jpg?itok=XRdZme-s" style="height: 307px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="Syrian refugee girl, September 2015 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Why the focus on female activists in particular?</p></div></div><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;The main focus of my work is woman. Her story, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and the cultural construction of femininity. Indignadas is part of this work.</p><p>These&nbsp;images show women in political action and also the female body as a support for the political message. By transforming photographs into drawings, I immortalize these actions.&nbsp;</p><div><div><p>Historically, it&#39;s important to show that political actions and social changes were always made by women and men together. Women were always there but weren&#39;t always visible.&nbsp;This &ldquo;erasure&rdquo; of women&rsquo;s history that puts us&nbsp;aside from humankind&#39;s history is an exercise of patriarchal control. In addition, women have had a dual struggle &mdash; we&nbsp;fight for our rights and join&nbsp;the social and political struggles at the same time. Any initiative to make&nbsp;our history visible&nbsp;as women is essential and empowers us.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/occupy-wall-street.jpg?itok=DKN5yZFa" style="text-align: center; height: 586px; width: 540px;" title="Occupy Wall Street, NYC 2012 (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p></div></div><div><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/slutwalk-paris.jpg?itok=sXNSldLU" style="height: 425px; width: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="SLUTWALK, París 2011(Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><p><strong>IM</strong>: Some would call your work activism and protest in itself. Are you an activist beyond your artwork? Do you protest, organize or participate in activism on the streets?</p></div></div><p><strong>MMAC</strong>:&nbsp;No. I am just an artist. But I believe&nbsp;that art is a powerful political tool. I share the images of Indignadas on the Internet under a Creative Commons license, particularly to the activists portrayed, so that they can use them for their work.&nbsp;I would love it if they used my Indignadas images in the streets one day.</p></div><p><strong>IM</strong>: Who are the top three&nbsp;most inspirational female activists to you and why?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;It is very difficult answer. I have many, but, I would say&nbsp;Malala Yousafzai, Lidia Cacho and Nadal El Sadawi. Three&nbsp;women of different generations. All of them have risked their lives in defense of the rights of women and girls.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>IM</strong>: Do you believe that protest is necessary for social and political progress?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Absolutely. Protest is one of the most important mediums&nbsp;for political and social progress. Power always tends to corrupt and generates oppressive structures. Civil society must always&nbsp;push the power to prevent this from happening.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/charlie-hebdo_2014.jpg?itok=spzIasw-" style="text-align: center; height: 405px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="'Indignadas' responds to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris (Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Is there a trend or an evolution in protest that you&rsquo;ve noticed as you&#39;ve documented it in your work?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Yes. We are living a very empowering time for women, with the emergence of a new feminism. They&nbsp;say&nbsp;we have entered a&nbsp;&lsquo;fourth-wave&rsquo; of feminism thanks to feminist groups like FEMEN, Pussy Riot, SlutWalk, among others, who contribute&nbsp;a new activism and a new feminist imagery. Also, the support of public personalities &mdash;&nbsp;women and&nbsp;some&nbsp;men &mdash; who are not afraid to say they are feminists. That helps&nbsp;feminism, because they have an audience of millions of people.</p><p><strong>IM</strong>:&nbsp;Your pieces have been blown up and used in the streets.&nbsp;How did this begin?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;My pieces were exhibited in public spaces as an act to return the protest to the streets. For me it&rsquo;s important that these images become part of the everyday flow of life, where anyone can see without charge. I would love that my images become part of any public protest in a near future.</p><p><strong>IM</strong>: What are three current activist movements led by women around the world that you think people should be paying attention to?</p><p><strong>MMA-C</strong>:&nbsp;Femen, SlutWalk and Alfombra Roja (Red Carpet from Perú).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-15/outraged-muses-mar-mar-acha-kutscher" target="_blank"><em>via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/outraged-muses-mar%C3%ADa-mar%C3%ADa-acha-kutscher-113098 Asian-American activists seek firing of cops in parlor video http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Amy Tran.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Asian-American activists in Chicago are expressing outrage over the lack of punishment being recommended by the city agency that investigates police misconduct. Their anger goes back to a 2013 raid on a massage parlor where police arrested Jessica Klyzek, the manager of the salon. The incident was caught on tape, and Klyzek can be heard screaming hysterically.</p><p dir="ltr">Police respond by yelling at her that she is acting like an animal; they threaten her and her family with death and one yells, &ldquo;You&#39;re not f****** American. I&#39;ll put you in the UPS box and send you back to wherever the f*** you came from.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A half-dozen officers stand by watching.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fHTTy9D8x2w?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">According to a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, the agency is recommending suspensions of 25 days and 8 days for two officers involved and a one-day suspension for the sergeant supervising them who never stepped in to stop the abuse and never reported it, according to an attorney for Klyzek.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><strong>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/three-police-officers-asian-salon-raid-recommended-suspension-112786">Three police officers in Asian salon raid recommended for suspension</a></strong></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.38;">Viveka Ray-Mazumder was one of 15 people protesting those recommendations Friday morning outside police headquarters.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&ldquo;How could you watch that video and not recognize that this is horrifying and that something major needs to happen? That&rsquo;s the question that we&rsquo;re all asking ourselves,&rdquo; said Ray-Mazumder.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Activists from several Asian American community groups are demanding that police Supt. Garry McCarthy fire the officers involved. The police department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><em>Robert Wildeboer is a WBEZ criminal and legal affairs reporter. Follow him at <a href="https://twitter.com/robertwildeboer">@robertwildeboer</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/asian-american-activists-seek-firing-cops-parlor-video-112848 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