YLC hosts Activism Fair 2012

February 3, 2013 in Featured

On April 20, 2012 nearly 40 activist organizations from around the country participated in the 2012 Activism Expo hosted by the Youth Labor Committee at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, IL. A variety of causes were represented at the fair and presentations were made by some of the groups present as well as a phone conference with world-acclaimed MIT professor, Noam Chomsky.
The fair was set up similar to WBEZ’s annual Global Activism Expo. Issues represented at the YLC’s fair included feminism, civil rights, the environment, animal rights, gay rights and the diminishment of poverty in underdeveloped countries.
The Skype conference with Professor Chomsky was provided for students, teachers, and activist groups that wanted to attend. They had the opportunity to ask questions of a variety of topics like the election, drug trafficking, the rebellion in Syria, and North Korea’s failed mission launch.
To help further reach students and increase awareness on world issues, groups handed out buttons, pamphlets and stickers. Some groups sold merchandise like shirts, jewelry and even vegan cupcakes.
Students from another school in the district came and provided acoustic music for the fair.
Throughout the day, hundreds of students came to the fair. Due to this success and the request from many groups to do it again, the YLC plans to make this an annual event.

Students visiting Allowance for Good booth at Activism Fair

Students visiting PETA's booth at the Activism Fair

Students visting Nicaragua Direct's booth at the Activism Fair

Groups that were in attendance:
Free the Slaves
Amnesty International
Jorge Mujica
Alex O’Neal
Chicago Veggie Pride
Friends of the Fox
Outdoor Club
Rainforest Rescue Coalition
Working Bikes
Riders for Health
Mercy for Animals
PETA
Allowance for Good
Secular Students Association
National Youth Leadership Council
Operation Teen Safe Driving
Relay for Life
Reach Out
To Write Love on Her Arms
Equality Illinois
Fox Valley Coalition for Justice and Peace
Making Change to Walmart
Chicago Workers Collaborative
United Food and Commercial Workers
CanG8
Occupy Chicago
Citizens Foundation
Chicago Solidarity Journal
Hearts of Honduras
Matanya’s Hope
Nicaragua Direct
Rise Pakistan
Tasmania Development
Zakat Foundation