WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: 'The Mustard Seed' Fair Trade shop is transforming lives http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mustard-seed-fair-trade-shop-transforming-lives-110683 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA Mustard Seed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7b5392bd-f92b-6cd4-778d-f28929d6d597">Judy Kohl grew up in a missionary family in Belgian Congo. When the Belgians were overthrown, her family was forced to flee to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood. Those times developed Judy&rsquo;s sense of social justice and giving back. She eventually created The Mustard Seed, a fair trade shop in Lake Forest, IL. They say they&rsquo;re &ldquo;committed to donating its profits to organizations that help empower women and children,&rdquo; especially those stricken with HIV/AIDS. Judy will tell us about the importance of fair trade and how witnessing history as a child changed her life.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164166396&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Judy tells us about her life&#39;s journey, which had an extraordinary beginning:</em></p><p>&quot;Just 8 months old when I arrived in the Belgian Congo, I had no idea the journey my life would take over the next five decades. As the daughter of missionaries to Africa, cross-cultural thinking became part of my DNA as I experienced from a young age what it was to live in a global context. Growing up in this environment, my parents and other missionaries modeled selfless love as they cared for those around them. As we fled the Congo in 1964 during the uprising that led to independence, it was with mixed emotions. We had no choice but to leave because of the advancing Rebels, but our hearts remained with those who had become like family. Relationships were a high value within our family culture.</p><p>Fast forward to the present - I&rsquo;m still passionate about giving back to those less fortunate. Though I live on the North Shore, decisions I make on how I spend my time and my money can literally change the lives of a community halfway across the world. Serving with other volunteers at The Mustard Seed - A Fair Trade Shop, we are committed to partnering with cooperatives and artisans in developing countries to provide a market for their creations while paying them a fair price. We also donate our profits to organizations that help empower women and children both domestically and internationally. Each of these ways enable others to make a sustainable living and emerge from poverty. It is still all about relationships. By having a world view, we can continue to change the lives of people we will never even meet - and that is the whole point.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mustard-seed-fair-trade-shop-transforming-lives-110683 Global Activism: Global Emergency Care Collaborative expanding in Africa and into Asia http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-global-emergency-care-collaborative-expanding-africa-and-asia <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga-GECC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-local-physician-brings-emergency-care-ugandan-hospital">last spoke</a> with Global Activist, Stacey Chamberlain, in 2010. She is a Chicago-based emergency room physician who decided to go to Uganda to train nurses and physicians and provide access to quality healthcare. And she co-founded the Global Emergency Care Collaborative <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalemergencycare.org%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF2zDSHcq351hxYredY9OrtN6Mqiw">(GECC)</a> to aid people who die unnecessarily from trauma, injuries and illnesses that are easily treatable in the United States. For our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series, Stacey is back to update us on how the work of GECC has expanded into Kenya and even into Cambodia.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163159037&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>From Stacey Chamberlain:</strong></p><p>&quot;Since I came on the show in April 2010, here&#39;s what GECC has been up to: We have continued our work in developing emergency care in resource-limited settings both in Uganda where we started our pilot project, and we&#39;re expanding our programming with projects in Kenya and Cambodia. We have continued the train-the-trainer program in Uganda, training Emergency Care Practitioners to be emergency providers; we have completed training courses for three classes of ECPs and started our fourth training class in January 2014.&nbsp; We&#39;re partnering with a medical training college in Kenya to start a training program there training Clinical Officers as emergency specialists, and we&#39;re collaborating with physicians at a pediatric hospital in Cambodia to teach emergency ultrasound.&nbsp; We have been monitoring outcomes of patients treated by our ECPs and found improved mortality rates from all of the top causes.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-global-emergency-care-collaborative-expanding-africa-and-asia Global Activism: New Life for Haiti http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-new-life-haiti-110615 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-New Life.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4cb005fa-b219-9595-3e0c-f7716ab75183">We first met Global Activist, Fran Leeman, in 2009. He&rsquo;s Lead Pastor of Life Spring Church in Plainfield, Illinois. Leeman founded <a href="http://An Undernourished mother and newborn visit a New Life for Haiti Clinic">New Life for Haiti (NLH)</a> in 2005. They do sustainability and development work in a river valley in the country. An NLH team of adult leaders and teens just returned from Haiti. While there, they hiked to a remote mountain village called Plaine Marie to paint a school they built there last year. Pastor Leeman, NLH Youth Pastor, Scott Derengowski and teenager, Katy Deenihan, will us more about their trip.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161142347&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-new-life-haiti-110615 Global Activism: Keeping kids in school in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-keeping-kids-school-india-110625 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga-pratham.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to UNICEF, in India, more than 70 percent of children drop out before finishing school. <a href="http://www.prathamusa.org">Pratham USA</a>, co-founded by Yogi Patel, is dedicated to youth education, literacy and vocational training in India and it reports that over half of India&rsquo;s children in the 5th grade can&rsquo;t read at a 2nd grade level. We&#39;ll talk with Raj Rajaram, president of Pratham USA, about the work they&#39;re doing to try to improve education and opportunity for children in India.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pratham USA Chicago Walk-a-thon:</strong></p><p><strong>Walk or Run For Literacy</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday, August 17, 2014, 9:00 AM</strong></p><p><strong>Harms Wood Forest Preserve (Grove 3), Morton Grove, IL</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160137303&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-keeping-kids-school-india-110625 Global Activism: Public policy graduate creates 'Basic Transfer', for a different approach to solving global poverty http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GAS-BAsic Transfer India.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-d06db46c-ba05-4a74-b0e7-5d639a717861">After graduating from the University of Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/">Harris School</a> of Public Policy, Tricia Martinez came to believe that, &ldquo;policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.&rdquo; She wanted to take a different approach to solving some of the world&rsquo;s biggest humanitarian problems. &nbsp;For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a>, Martinez will tell us about her new collaborative project called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.basictransfer.com/">Basic Transfer</a>&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s a &ldquo;hybrid social venture with a mission to lift women around the world out of poverty through cash transfers.&rdquo;<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155117134&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Tricia wants to create a revolution in fighting poverty through technology:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;I am a social innovator and builder with a policy lens. Solving problems is what really excites me and I have found that the most critical part of addressing societal challenges is being able to connect and empathize with individuals unlike yourself. However, with a background in public policy, I see that many policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">There is definitely a disconnect between the academic world conducting advantageous research and discovering new ways to solve problems and the real world solutions we actually implement. This is why I founded Basic Transfer. I wanted to take the research that my training was founded on and take it to scale. Poverty has always been the most fascinating phenomenon to me. The fact that 1.3 billion people live off of less than $1.25 a day and 70% of these people are women in the year 2014 is unacceptable, but society can still not figure out how to alleviate it at scale or eliminate it. Cash transfers have the ability to change the poverty landscape completely, but at the end of the day there is a stigma with handing cash to a poor person and giving them the choice on how to live their life. Basic Transfer will change that through our peer-to-peer giving platform, transparent model, and impact metrics showing donors where exactly there money is going and how $25 can create significant impact.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We are a poverty alleviation solution driven by research and results and as a social venture we have the ability to innovate and scale without being held back by agendas or institutional constraints. Unconditional cash transfers can lift millions of people out of poverty; it is just about breaking the traditional model and that is exactly what Basic Transfer is going to do.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP646672363735.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>American border control have seen an increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Latin America, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. Adam Isacson, a senior associate for regional security policy with the Washington Office on Latin America, joins us to discuss the issue.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 Global Activism: Helping the people and ecosystem of Guatemala's cloud forests http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-helping-people-and-ecosystem-guatemalas-cloud-forests-110287 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cloud forest_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><a href="http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/">Community Cloud Forest Conservation</a> (CCFC) works to alleviate poverty and protect Guatemala&rsquo;s tropical cloud forests. They support projects that include reforestation, agricultural biodiversity, education and bird monitoring. CCFC also teamed up with local bird conservationists like <a href="http://chicagoregion.audubon.org/">Audobon Chicago Region</a>, to protect the winter homes of birds that migrate between Guatemala and Chicago. For our Global Activism segment, Founder and director Rob Cahill gives us an update on what he calls &ldquo;the great progress&rdquo; his group has made in the last few months.</div><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152998102&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-helping-people-and-ecosystem-guatemalas-cloud-forests-110287 Global Activism: Skokie teacher inspires students towards activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-skokie-teacher-inspires-students-towards-activism-110250 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Ghanian kindergarten Photographer Shelley-Nizynski Reese.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d3ade7e0-4848-270e-4c35-6681b77e1479" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Jennifer Ciok is a Middle School teacher in Skokie, IL. She encourages activism and community in her students. Working with students through her group <a href="http://www.aidingchildrentogether.blogspot.com">Aiding Children Together</a> (ACT), they come up with ideas to help children in Ghana with food, medicine, and education. Ciok says her &ldquo;wonderful and passionate students share a love of helping others and truly making a difference in the world around them.&rdquo; She&rsquo;ll update us on her kids and the help they&rsquo;re giving Global Activist Shelley Nizymski&rsquo;s group A Better Life for Kids&rsquo;&rsquo;, with an upcoming walk-a-thon.</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><em>5th Annual Change for Change Walkathon</em>:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>June 3rd, 2014, 8:00 am</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Starting from McCracken Middle School, 8000 E Prairie Rd, Skokie, IL<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151883561&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></em><strong>Jennifer Ciok&rsquo;s work has had a life-changing effect on her:</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;Working with students through Aiding Children Together has been such a positive part of my career at McCracken Middle School. I have seen such wonderful and passionate students share a love of helping others and truly making a difference in the world around them. Throughout the year, the group grows as more and more students realize the importance of the impact being made. They can see how they are helping the children in Ghana with food, medicine, and education through the stories and pictures that Shelley Nizynski, founder of A Better Life for Kids, shares with them. They visit Rustic Falls Nature Camp in Burlington, Wisconsin, founded by the Lentz family, to help clean and beautify the grounds to make it a place where children can enjoy nature and get away from the problems they are facing.</em></p><p><em>When we wrote to Congresswoman Schakowsky in 2010 regarding the violation of children&rsquo;s rights around the world, I had no idea that it would grow into such a positive piece of the school community. Starting next year, service learning will be a part of every grade. I tell my students each year to find their passion and act on it, and I truly hope that they will become a generation who will go out and make the world a better place.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em><strong><u>McCracken Students talk about their activism:</u></strong></em></p><p><em><em>--It has been such a tremendous experience...By the fifth meeting or so, I realized that I wasn&rsquo;t</em><em> doing it because my friends were there, I genuinely felt as though I could contribute to something bigger. You are the figurehead of ACT, but you lead in a way that we, as students, feel as though we are making the changes in the world, not just helping to make them happen. I have been so empowered to &ldquo;do good&rdquo; and stick to a club that helps to do so.</em></em></p><p><em><em>--The club ACT has changed my life in so many ways, and I would not be able to say that without</em> <em>the help of one of my teachers, Mrs. Jennifer Ciok. She taught me the ways of helping others</em> <em>and putting others before yourself. I changed my views on life and now think of how thankful I</em> <em>should be for having a house over my head, food to eat, education, and extra things that are not necessarily needed in order to survive.</em></em></p><p><em><em>--I had the opportunity to be a part of ACT, and it was one of the most rewarding, empowering, and special things I ever did. The happiness and joy that I received every time I saw a picture of a child going to school and having a smile on their face was priceless!! These experiences and the lessons that it has taught me are the reasons why I love helping others. I&#39;m so thankful for everything that I have, the love that my family and friends express towards me, the opportunity to have a education, and a roof over my head! One of my biggest dreams is to have the opportunity to travel to Ghana and be able to be the one holding the babies, spreading love, witnessing kids go to school and just being there for the kids! Thank you especially to Ms. Nizynski and Ms. Ciok for inspiring me and many others to reach beyond your world and truly make a difference in someone&#39;s life!!!</em></em></p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 08:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-skokie-teacher-inspires-students-towards-activism-110250 Global Activism: Photojournalist documents Afro-Colombian communities http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-photojournalist-documents-afro-colombian-communities-110252 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Bracey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Colombia&rsquo;s African Diaspora population is the third largest in the Americas, after Brazil and the United States, but they endure enormous violence and persecution at the hands of the country&rsquo;s numerous armed factions. The lives of Afro-Colombians are further complicated by decades of civil war and economic interests such as the mining industry, narcotraffickers and large landowners, that fuel more violence.</p><p>Ruth Goring is a board member for <a href="http://colombiavivechicago.org/">Colombia Vive Chicago</a>, an NGO dedicated to human rights in Colombia. She&rsquo;s author of a book of poetry called <em>Yellow Doors</em>. <a href="http://www.mjbphotography.com/">Michael Bracey</a> is a photojournalist and editor of the Africans Within the Americas project. In February 2014, they visited Afro-Colombian neighborhoods in and near Cartagena, Quibdó, Buenaventura, and Medellín. Goring and Bracey join us to fulfill their mission to &ldquo;share the beauty and strength of our Afro-Colombian sisters and brothers through exhibits and presentations in Chicago and beyond.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147429349&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Ruth Goring reflects on the constant danger Afro-Colombians face: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;Our Afro-Colombian-focused trip was fantastic...We met so many internally displaced Afro-Colombians, and the violence that forces people to flee their homes is not really letting up...One compelling woman had been mayor of Jurado in Choco, where she resisted FARC takeover of land and was rewarded with a FARC pipe bomb thrown onto her house; she was displaced to Buenaventura, where she got involved in community leadership and the paramilitary gangs threatened her life. Now she&#39;s taking shelter in Bogota. We met her there, in the SUV with shaded windows...[T]he government provide[d] [these] services because her name has been on Aguilas Negras hit lists.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 10:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-photojournalist-documents-afro-colombian-communities-110252 Global Activism: Long Grove native advocates for sex education in Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Afreaka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dana deGrazia was so inspired by the work of her sister and Global Activist, Aliya deGrazia (Small Planet, Big Plans), that she started her own NGO, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/AfreakaMovement">Afreaka</a>.&quot; It came from two experiences in Dana&rsquo;s life: her less than adequate experience with sex education in junior high school; and her time as a student in Kenya, where she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; Afreaka&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;provide accurate and unbiased knowledge about sexual health, parenthood and contraception choices to teens and young adults across African generations through urban art and music...&rdquo; Dana joins us to discuss her work.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146303042&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Dana is passioante about her cause:</strong></p><p><em>I got my first sex education in junior high school and I realized even then that we had a problem. It was full of generalized points and lots of giggling and laughing but not a lot of practical information. I also realized that I was more comfortable than the average person addressing the issues. I took this into other areas in high school such as becoming president of the Gay Straight Alliance and working to have straight and clear conversations about the choices young people are considering. The older I got, the more disappointed I became in the quantity and quality of information, but I was really blown away when I went to Africa. </em></p><p><em>Initially I went to Africa to peruse a degree in International Relations. I have always believed if you are going to work in that field you should spend more than a semester in Spain drinking Sangria. So I moved in with my sister who had an apartment there and was working on her degree. I am now majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in International Relations. I intend on pursuing a career in international anti-corruption investigations.</em></p><p><em>Living in the community and talking to my peers I was shocked and concerned by the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education. A healthy understanding of both sex and intimacy should not be an oddity for anyone, especially not someone my age. The longer I lived in Kenya, the more I realized that it was an oddity for people. I traced this not only to a lack of unbiased information but to people, even health care professionals, providing sometimes outlandishly inaccurate information.</em></p><p><em>When I first came up with the concept for Afreaka it was actually because I was drawing and I drew a design that I liked and would wear on a piece of clothing, but then I decided I liked a lot of my designs and that if I were going to do something like a clothing line I wanted it to mean more to the world and to make a difference to people. From there the ideas just kept flowing. Although I was born and raised in Illinois I consider Kenya my home as I have lived there since I was 17. Seeing people in the U.S., and in Kenya struggle with conversations about sex and intimacy made me decide that something needed to be done but it needed to be done differently as what we were doing was not working for my generation.</em></p><p><em>My Parents and my sister Aliya, who has been on Worldview twice discussing her work in rural Kenya, are an inspirational and driving force to keep me pushing forward. With their encouragement and support I know Afreaka can break through the walls that separate the generations from having real communication.</em></p><p><em>With a background as the former president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a top high school, a senior graduate of a world renowned communications program and extensive traveling around Africa I am confident I can, along with a team of committed and energetic musicians, artists and designers, create lasting and revolutionary change in the way sex and intimacy is looked at and talked about with young people today. Afreaka may be a young organization now but with time I believe it will become a leader in changing the way the world treats the conversation about sex and intimacy and it will put Africa at the head of forward and open thinking about one of the most personal topics people face.</em></p><p><em>Afreaka to me is the possibility of knowledge, full self-expression and communication world-wide.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256