Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 83 - Syria talk, Stop Telling Women To Smile, DJ Chicken George
In this episode: An American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria seemed imminent, and the news was filled with analysts and “experts” but not many Syrian-Americans, the people who will be affected in a couple ways by military action. Now, as things seem to have deescalated, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams checked in with Amr Kawji, who has been advocating for military intervention, and Ramah Kudaimi, who would like to see a non-violent strategy. Both agreed that something must be done to stop the violence.
Stop Telling Women to Smile is a public art series that addresses gender based street harassment. The work consists of drawn portraits of women who have told their stories of harassment, and wheat pasting those portraits as posters with captions that speak directly to offenders on outdoor walls. The creator of the series, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, joined Music Vox host Jesse Menendez to discuss the project, gender dynamics and more.
We close the show with a DJ set from Vocalo’s DJ Collective member - Chicken George. Tune in!
An American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria seemed imminent two weeks ago, and the news was filled with analysts and “experts” but not many Syrian-Americans, the people who will be affected in a couple ways by military action. Now, as things have calmed down, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams checked in with Amr Kawji, who has been advocating for military intervention, and Ramah Kudaimi, who would like to see a non-violent strategy. They joined the studio by phone this morning to discuss both perspectives and figure out what they can both agree on. As it turned out, both agreed that something must be done to stop the violence.
Chicago folk soul musician and leader of the band The Supernaturals, Bassel, joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about his passion for soul music, burning apartments, and how his Syrian heritage influences his songwriting.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org
“The popular perception in the west, if you listen to a lot of pundits on the middle east, they’ll say hey if you want to look at democracy in the middle east, look at Turkey. Technically, Turkey is a representative democracy but it’s far from a liberal democracy. Once a party gets in power, they start to control the other departments like the justice ministry, the constitutional courts become appointed by party heads, so almost all the legislature, almost any type of reform becomes rubber stamped by the party heads themselves. And it’s made worse by the fact that they appoint party favorites to all these other types of departments within the administration.”
- Paul, caller from Chicago and regular Vocalo listener
The brutal police break up of a peaceful sit-in at a small park in Istanbul has now led to protests against the conservative government all over the democratic nation. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, along with listeners calling in, probed more into the political history of Turkey, its reputation among the other Middle Eastern countries and the politics surrounding the protests and police brutality .
Tasers: Campus Security at Loyola University are considering arming their Rogers Park officers with tasers. Intern Erica DeAngelis looks at the safety concerns surrounding tasers on college campuses and reports on the policies the school will institute to regulate their use.
Yes, You Are Racist: Logan Smith is a young man with a singular purpose on Twitter: he find people saying “I’m not racist but…” and retweets them so they can see his handle. We’ll find out what drives Logan’s mission and how many hours of his day he wastes… or whether that time is being valuably spent.
Coya Paz: Our social justice commentator looks at the US’s arming of Syrian rebels which was announced this AM, drug testing for welfare recipients, and a very unusual picture Brian Babylon found in a funeral home bathroom.
“We’re hearing on a daily basis just how bad it is. Just no access to clean water, or without electricity for up to 10-12 hours of the day. Conditions are just miserable and a lot of the the financial support that’s been going over to Syria hasn’t gone directly into the most desperate areas within Syria. More of the financial support has been in refugee camps outside of the country - so there’s a need directly in the country […] we hear so much on the news about what’s going wrong in the middle east but we don’t hear a lot about what we do to give back or help directly. So I figured this was a good opportunity for me to step up and take direct action. “
-Bassel Al-Madani,organizer and member of the Supernaturals
Bassel and the Supernaturals are playing as part of a Save Syria show Thursday night along with our good friends Sidewalk Chalk. They’re donating a portion of the door and taking more money for charities that are working directly with people in need on the ground in Syria. Bassel stopped by the studio this morning to talk about his role in raising money for the Syrian community. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to this event, visit their website!