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Global Activism Expo 2012

Derived from WBEZ's Global Activism Series hosted by Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell, Global Activism Expo has become our largest event of the year and we are thrilled to again present this remarkable celebration – complete with music & food – hosted this year by the UIC Social Justice Initiative.  This event gathers literally hundreds of Chicago-area global activists each providing ways you can immediately get involved and join their efforts.  

JUST ANNOUNCED! Join us for an afternoon of bold conversations about transnational activism, global wealth disparity, and the politics of race:
12:30pm: "Post-Race? Trayvon and Racial Violence in the 21st Century"
2:30pm: "Hunger Games and Real World Economic Injustice"
4:30pm: "Kony 2012 and Beyond: Transnational Solidarities"

Doors open at NOON on Saturday and stay open until 6 pm; it’s FREE – so bring your classes, your children, your neighbors, your friends and family.  Read on to learn more about the organizations attending, donation items being requested, on-site activities and additional presentations, participating food vendors and the 2012 world music stage line-up!
Representing work taking place in over 100 countries, the services they provide range from teaching neonatal resuscitation in Tanzania to building libraries in Haiti, assisting survivors of sexual violence in Congo to helping victims of human trafficking in Vietnam, to shipping bicycles, shoes, backpacks, books, medicines, and even bridges to people all over the world. In addition to learning about these incredible organizations, event attendees will also have the unique opportunity to attend presentations, network with other Chicagoans interested in this work, as well as shop for interesting art, fair-trade jewelry and apparel (where proceeds go to fund organizational efforts).
2012 Participating organizations will include:
Aid Africa's Children
Architecture for Humanity - Chicago

Art Creation Foundation for Children

ART WORKS Projects

Asha For Education

Blind Foundation for India (BFI)

Bookwallah Organization



Cameroon America AIDS Alliance

Causes for Change International

Center for Global Initiatives


Colombia Vive Chicago

Common Hope

COPERMA Congo Survivors


Dalit Solidarity, Inc.

Education and Hope

El Fuego del Sol

Engineer's Without Borders

Every Person Has A Story

Fabretto Children's Foundation
Fr John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation

Ghar Sita Mutu

Global Alliance for Africa

/Solidarity Bridge
Hagar USA

Heartland International

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center


Heshima Kenya

Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach

India Development Service

International Aid Services

Invisible Conflicts

Ivory Coast Mothers and Children

Juntos Adelante

Just Haiti
Landmines Blow!

Leading India's Future Today (LIFT)
Light and Leadership Initiative

Little by Little
Mailisita Foundation
Malawi Matters Inc.

Malia Designs

Matanya's Hope


Mindful Medicine Worldwide NFP

My Grandmother's River Project


One Acre Fund

One Heart for Congo

Peace Care
Peace Journey Project

Project FOCUS

Rebuilding Haiti's Libraries: Rebuilding Dreams

Riders for Health

Share Your Soles Foundation

Small Planet Big Plans

Spark Ventures

SwaziKids International

Tanzania Development Support

Ten Thousand Villages

The Citizens Foundation
The GEANCO Foundation
The Human Development Foundation

The Through Her Eyes Project

Tibet Girls School
Tikondane Community Center

Tillers International

Vamos Adelante



Women's Global Education Project

Working Bikes Cooperative

Youth Labor Committee
Young Africa-USA
Zakat Foundation of America

Organizations also collecting materials on-site include Aid Africa's Children requesting toothbrushes (kids and adults) and small samples of toothpaste; Matanya’s Hope collecting gently used book bags and school shoes, soccer balls, air pumps, and fleece blankets for children in Kenya; Fr John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation collecting blood pressure cuffs/monitors and stethoscopes for their work in Cameroon; Solidarity Bridge collecting crayons, children's books (Spanish preferred), Band-Aids, or any household medical supplies for distribution in Bolivia; Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach collecting items to be assembled into a standard hygiene kit: hand towels, wash cloths, fingernail clippers, bath bar soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, Band-Aids, combs, and a one gallon Ziploc bags; Causes for Change International collecting sunglasses (both kid and adult sizes); and Working Bikes Cooperative collecting bicycles and wheelchairs. 

Additionally, some organizations will be presenting on-site demonstrations and activities including: Working Bikes Cooperative who will have an on-site demonstration of “bike machines” showing how they are using bicycles for UV water sterilization, water pumping, or charging phones and laptops in communities around the world; LIFT Foundation (Leading India’s Future Today) hosting the opportunity to live video chat with children in India for a transnational game of “Simon Says”; CircEsteem displaying circus skills and teaching guests how to juggle, spin a plate, or balance a feather; Project FOCUS presenting the opportunity for attendees to contribute to a community mural; a solar Sun Oven will be on display, courtesy of El Fuego del Sol; and Matanya's Hope will be facilitating "BLANKETS OF HOPE" which allows volunteers to assemble simple blankets for delivery to impoverished children and their families in Kenya.

Click here to download the list of 24 additional presentations, scheduled from 1-5pm.

2012 food vendors:
Ras Dashen
Currents on the River
Ste Martaen
Arya Bhavan
Café Marbella

JUST ANNOUNCED! Global Activism Expo 2012 World Music Stage line-up:
1:00pm: Charlie Universe and the Little Star Music Box
1:30pm: In the Spirit with Special Guests Avreeayl Ra and Aquilla Sadalla
2:15pm: AfriCaribe
3:00pm: Members of Clinard Dance Theatre performing traditional flamenco in collaboration wtih Amaia Gabantxo, Marty Metzger, and Bob Garrett
3:30pm: Golosá
4:15pm: Jarochicanos Xicago

The UIC Social Justice Initiative
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is engaged in a major initiative which will, in the coming year, launch several exciting new projects linking scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond. The UIC Social Justice Initiative includes a new Student Summer Institute on Social Justice, Democracy and Human Rights; active community engagement projects; and collaborations that connect the UIC community to work that is creating positive change and providing needed services from Haiti to Mexico to India. The Social Justice Initiative reflects UIC’s mission to “create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.”

If you're coming by CTA, take the Halsted (8) bus south to Roosevelt Road.
If by car, parking is $8.00 in Lot 5 (located at 1135 W. Morgan) - once that lot is full, attendants will divert cars to additional lots.
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