Welcome to First Voice on Radio Arte, broadcasting live every Tuesday from the heart of Pilsen, Chicago.
For this edition of First Voice we turn our focus to Environmental Justice in the context of COP16 Climate negotiations in Cancun. E.J, which was a vision of environmentalism pioneered by Robert Bullard, looks at injustices that certain communities and groups are facing. This can include low-income communities of color that also experience economic injustices. This also applies to developing nations who are exposed to the harsh toxins that are created in the production process.
Andalusia Knoll (Red Road Cancun) interviews Pablo Salon (UN Ambassador for Bolivia) about climate justice, his opposition to carbon-trading (Cap and Trade), and rights for indigenous people. Listen to the entire interview here.
We finish with an interview with Joaquin Sanchez and Gadir Lavadez, both climate activists who were in Cancun for the Climate talks. Joaquin was booted from the talks for showing solidarity with activists and walking out of the conference to join people calling for a more open an just process.
On the eve of a Congressional vote on the DREAM Act (12/3 – 10am) we highlight an interview with David Morales and Uriel Sanchez. They are both members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, which “is a Chicago-based organization led by undocumented youth working towards full recognition of the rights and contributions of all immigrants through education, leadership development, policy advocacy, resource gathering, and mobilization.”
“Soldiers and G.Is have a right to heal – the military depends on deployment of injured troops to keep these wars going!” – Aaron Hughes
Greetings and welcome to the digital home of First Voice. We’re glad to share with you an amazing interview with two outstanding gentlemen from Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Aaron Hughes and David Van Dam are members of Iraq Veterans Against The War (IVAW) which is an “advocacy group of active-duty United States military personnel, Iraq War veterans, Afghanistan War veterans, and other veterans who have served since the September 11, 2001 attacks who are opposed to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The organization advocates immediate withdrawal of all occupation forces in Iraq, reparations to Iraq so that the Iraqi people can control their own lives and future, and full benefits, especially adequate health care (including mental health), and other support services for returning servicemen and women.”
David and Aaron shared some startling facts about the war: 60% of women report sexual trauma/abuse while serving in the military. Aaron hints at a TIME article that states 1 in 5 soldiers is experiencing “stress injury” as defined by the US military.
Participants trained in social media and civic action conducted an online survey and then explored the data mined in a variety of media forms; including video, spoken word, photography, audio and other forms of new media art. More detailed info on the Nuf Said project here.
Check out the video and audio slideshow created by Radio Arte youth below.
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Robin Hewlett, activist/artist/student and member of AREA Chicago, joins the First Voice crew for some great conversation about the state of education in the city.
Robin, who is a new member of Teachers for Social Justice, explains that while she isn’t a teacher she can still be involved in TSJ projects because she has a stake in the future of education in the city. She also shares the history of the Curriculum Fair which is described on the TSJ website as “providing over 700 educators, activists, parents, youth & community members with a space to share curricula, ideas & resources.”
Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez is a Director for the Albany Park Theater Project and is currently part of the popular production called Feast. Feast is a collection of stories about people’s experiences with food in the city. She joins us over the phone for a lively discussion. Students from Radio Arte’s training program join us afterward to share their own experiences.
Ze Garcia and Abram Herrera from Radio Arte interview Rudy Lozano Jr, former candidate for State Representative and son of heralded local politician Rudy Lozano. Ze and Abram have a discussion about national politics and their view of the electoral process.
Primera Voz entrevista a el Maestro Hector Guzman quien conducirá a la Chicago Sinfonietta en su concierto especial de “Dia de Muertos”.
Este concierto explorará la temática de la muerte desde el punto de vista europeo y latino. Entre los temas que se presentaran: Night On Bald Mountain, Popul-Vuh, Danzon No.2 y Huapango. Con la actuación especial del pianista español Joaquín Achúcarro
30 de octubre, 7:30pm
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Eloy Garcia, FBI Raids in Chicago, S.T.O.P, and Hilda Chavez by MartinWRTE Welcome to First Voice. This is an exciting program that we are happy to make available for you. First we have Eloy Garcia from the Christian Peacemaker Team talking about his experiences in activism. Then we play some of the audio from the press conference for Chicago activists affected by the FBI raids. Following that we read a statement by Southside Together Organizing for Power (S.T.OP) about the death of Damian Turner, a youth activist, which has spurred many to action against the U. of Chicago for closing its Trauma Center. Finally, we play an interview with Hilda Chavez who was interviewed by Martin Macias in Boston. She is trying to help a local indigenous community develop a Fair Trade business so they can support themselves and get out of servitude to local drug traffickers.
6pm – Intr0
6:11 Eloy Garcia – Struggle for Justice from Columbia to Arizona to Palestine
6:31 FBI Raids – Voices from the Press Conference
6:41 S.T.O.P – The Death of Damian Turner – U. of Chicago Trauma Center
6:44 Hilda Chavez – Tarramuris, Mexicans in Chihuahua try to connect to Indigneous
Welcome to First Voice! We got the chance to talk to Chicago-native and Brooklyn-transplant Billy Upski.
He is the author of Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs. he joined us for a conversation about the current political realities we find ourselves in and why this is the most important time to be involved in any kind of social change work.