WBEZ | Chicago Cultural Alliance http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-cultural-alliance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A stage reading of "Gandhi Marg" http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/stage-reading-gandhi-marg-106834 <p><p>The Raven Theatre in association with the Indo-American Heritage Museum presents a staged reading of &ldquo;<em>Gandhi Marg</em>&rdquo; written by <strong>Anita Chandwaney</strong> and directed by<strong> Kaiser Z. Ahmed</strong>.</p><div>In a small apartment near Chicago&rsquo;s bustling Devon Avenue -- known as &quot;Gandhi Marg&quot; -- a sister&#39;s visit to a newlywed couple sets off fireworks. Indian immigrants wrestle with love and marriage, tradition and assimilation, art and commerce in Anita Chandwaney&#39;s intimate portrait of Chicago&#39;s hub of Indian culture.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCA-webstory_2.JPG" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Raven Theatre.</p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/stage-reading-gandhi-marg-106834 Heritage Matters: Children's Health, Culture, & Community Event http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/heritage-matters-childrens-health-culture-community-event-106537 <p><p>This Heritage Matters&nbsp;panel discussion explores children&rsquo;s health through the lens of mental and physical health, cultural identity, family and community dynamics.</p><div>The Children&rsquo;s Health, Culture, &amp; Community panel brought together presenters from three CCA member communities. <strong>Muhammad Sankari</strong>, Youth Organizer at Arab American Action Network discusses how his organization creates a safe space for youth to build healthy relationships and assist with their dual cultural identity. <strong>Peggy Montes</strong>, a former Chicago Public School teacher and a founder of the Bronzeville Children&rsquo;s Museum, explains how her museum creates interactive exhibits that educate children and their parents about cultural heritage and healthy lifestyles. <strong>Veronica Ocasio</strong>, representative from the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, shares her institute&rsquo;s role in helping to develop the Humboldt Park community into a campus of wellness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Jenifer Cartland</strong>, Ph. D., Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is the moderator of the discussion. &ldquo;The social environment plays a critical role in the health of young people, so it is important to consider the role cultural organizations play in creating healthy community environments,&rdquo; &nbsp;said Dr. Cartland, commenting on the panel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Heritage Matters is a panel discussion series at Chicago Cultural Alliance</div><div>that engages CCA member organizations to speak about contemporary issues.</div><p>&nbsp;</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/CCA-webstory_1.JPG" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Recorded live Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the&nbsp;Ann &amp; Robert H. Lurie Children&#39;s Hospital of Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/heritage-matters-childrens-health-culture-community-event-106537 Dear Chicago: Stop criminalizing our youth http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_3165.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Allegations of police misconduct are not new to Chicago. Recently, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was <a href="../../../../../../story/chicago-police/burge-sentenced">sentenced to four and a half years in prison</a> for lying about his role in the torture of prisoners during the 1970s and 80s.</p><div>But some Chicagoans say they endure a more routine kind of mistreatment during their day-to-day interactions with police.</div></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth-0 Dear Chicago: Stop criminalizing our youth http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth <p><br/><div id="PictoBrowser120123130906">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "520", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Stop criminalizing our youth"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628999113071"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "top"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "70"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123130906"); </script><p>Allegations of police misconduct are not new to Chicago. Recently, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was <a href="../../../../../../story/chicago-police/burge-sentenced">sentenced to four and a half years in prison</a> for lying about his role in the torture of prisoners during the 1970s and 80s.</p><div>But some Chicagoans say they endure a more routine kind of mistreatment during their day-to-day interactions with police.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Muhammad Sankari, 22, says he’s met too many of these residents. He’s an organizer with the Arab American Action Network’s youth program in Chicago Lawn, a South Side neighborhood. Sankari says he routinely sees police mistreat teenagers and detain them during questioning. For him, the police presence sometimes makes the neighborhood feel like a militarized zone.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sankari asks that Chicago’s next mayor and city council push the department to use less heavy-handed policing strategies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Editors note: A young person in this story makes a claim that he was mistreated by police. This claim has not been investigated, as neither he nor his family has filed an official report about the alleged incident. </em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The <em>Dear Chicago</em> commentary series is a project of WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/content-initatives">Partnership Program</a>. Muhammad Sankari was nominated for the series by the <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalalliance.org/">Chicago Cultural Alliance</a>.</div></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth