725 W Roosevelt Rd.
WBEZ and Vocalo
“The Expo is an opportunity for people to see their community and their world as a caring, thoughtful, and generous place,” says emcee Jerome McDonnell. “Join us as we make a difference with our love, respect, and compassion.”
The struggles we face are bigger than any one person, but we can each take a step to make a difference. Join Worldview host Jerome McDonnell and meet lots of engaged, world-focused people. You'll learn about all the work that folks who've been featured on Worldview's long-running series, Global Activism, have been up to, and they'll show you how you can get involved.
UIC Social Justice Initiative’s topic of conversation this year is Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice. and will feature nationally known activists, scholars and journalists. They will be asking discussants difficult questions: “What does it mean to make amends? How do we not only diagnose and “treat” injustice when we see it, but how do we “repair” a situation when harm is done. Is this always possible?” Break-out sessions and discussions will be hosted all day.
If you RSVP today, we will have a special prize for you at the door!
New this year! Peace On Earth Film Festival will show select titles from their 2013 festival and invite the audience to discuss and reflect on these short films.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Featured Films
Amazon Gold (USA, 53 min)
Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by a Peruvian biologist, uncover the savage unravelling of pristine rainforest.
Aid Africa's Children
Alternative Gifts International
American Friends Service Committee
Asha for Education, Chicago Chapter
Awassa Children's Project
Bookfriends International, NFP
buildOn Schurz high school
Causes for Change International
Center for Global Initiatives
Colombia Vive Chicago
Community Cloud Forest Conservation
CROSO (Child Restoration Outreach Support Organization)
Development In Gardening (DIG)
Education and Hope
El Fuego del Sol
Engineers Without Borders-Chicago
Fabretto Children's Foundation
FEED THE DREAM
Fr John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation
Global Alliance for Africa
GREENOLA Style + Solidarity Bridge
Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center
His Wheels International
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
India Development Coalition of America
Indian Development Service
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
La Isla Foundation
Little by Little
Living Water International
Malawi Matters Inc.
Medical Ministry International
Mindful Medicine Worldwide
Music for Lombok
My Grandmother's River Project
New Trier India Project and Me to We
One Acre Fund
One Heart For Congo
Pan-African Rural Health and & Social Services ( PRHeSS)
Play for Peace
Radios Populares and La Voz de los de Abajo
School of Choice Education Organization (Haiti)
Schools for the Children of the World
Share Your Soles
South Sudan Hope
Sun Ovens Internationl
Sustainable Sharing with Guatemala
Tanzania Development Support
The Citizens Foundation, USA
The Light and Leadership Initiative
The Through Her Eyes Project
Tikondane Community Centre
Women's Global Education Project
World Action Collective (Frmly: Rainforest Rescue Coalition)
Youth Technology Corps NFP, Inc
Zakat Foundation of America
More Interaction and Activity:
• The Vocalo Music Stage outdoors on the plaza will feature an array of local artists and bands with an international influence
Speakers Participating in UIC discussions:
Joaquín M. Chávez is an assistant professor at the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chávez’s research focuses on popular politics, revolution, Catholic social thought, and the Cold War in Latin America. Chávez joined the peace negotiations that put an end to El Salvador’s civil war (1980-1992) and contributed to the processes of reconciliation and reconstruction in that country. He has published studies on El Salvador’s peace process and has served as an expert on peace negotiations in Nepal and other hot spots.
Cheryl Graves is the Founder and Co-Director of the Community Justice for Youth Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to building a movement of peacemakers. She has more than 15 years of experience in training and implementing restorative justice practices in Chicago communities, schools and the juvenile justice system. Her work focuses on developing capacity to facilitate peacemaking circles and restorative approaches that keep youth in school and out of court, build community, address conflict, prevent violence and support healing
Ali Issa is based in New York City and is the national field organizer for War Resisters League. He earned a Master's Degree in Arabic studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He is a contributor to the e-zine Jadaliyya on Iraqi social movements and his translations have appeared in Banipal and the PEN World Atlas Blog. He is a contributor and co-founder of the independent online magazine about everything Iraqi, shakomakoNET. His father is from Baghdad, Iraq.
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.”