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"
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.
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
3:00pm: Members of Clinard Dance Theatre performing traditional flamenco in collaboration wtih Amaia Gabantxo, Marty Metzger, and Bob Garrett
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.