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SKaiser writesFrom Domenase to Cape Coast: Ghana

Start off the morning with a friendly 4:00 AM wake-up call by a free-roaming rooster outside the window, followed by a bucket shower, breakfast of scrambled egg and onion, and a dusty walk to school hand-in-hand with one of the schoolkids. This was the three-week routine of CHIRP Radio volunteer Shawna Kaiser in Domenase; a village located in Western Africa's Central Region. The July trip offered a chance to observe a healthcare teaching program that partners high schools students from around the globe with local schools. 

For the students who traveled to Ghana the exchange brought an unexpected richness not always experienced in the the modern world. The photos below show no electronics in hand. There is no shopping or Starbucks. Instead you will find joy, love and genuine friendship on the faces of Ghanaians from Domenase to Cape Coast.

Schoolchildren participated in the healthcare curriculum during the day. Later in the program two quiz competitions were held at a local church: one for the primary school and one separately for JHS students. The whole town turned out cheering for their friends, children and classmates.

There are two main roads leading in and out of the Domenase village. This is one. Oftentimes, at night, semi-tucks travel through the village's roads to neighboring towns. There are no streetlights and the trucks often swerve unpredictably due to large potholes in the road. The trucks swerving has caused death in the village and now street safety is part of the primary school's health curriculum.

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The Audible Snail writesGive Up Your Car for New Belgium!

Have you ever dreamed of a car-free life? Of the open bikeways in a big city? Of trading in your car keys for a steel frame on two wheels with all of the love you can muster? New Belgium’s Tour de Fat needs you!

New Belgium is giving away a $2,250 stipend to buy a new bicycle and bicycle gear. Potential commuters must submit a 2-minute video to New Belgium’s Facebook page and Chicago’s Tour de Fat Facebook event by Wednesday, July 6 addressing why you want to go car-free and commit to biking full-time.

Click here if you would like to trade in your vehicle.

CHIRP is proud to sponsor the 2016 Tour de Fat on Saturday, July 9 in Chicago’s Palmer Square. In addition to the car-for-bike challenge, CHIRP volunteers will be supporting New Belgium by riding in the Bike Parade!

CHIRP Volunteer Bicycle Trivia: In 2005, DJ The Audible Snail left her broken down minivan at the bottom of a mountain in Western Massachusetts for what would become a 10+ year commuter bicycle life in the great city of Chicago! Her minivan was impounded of course, not left for dead in the middle of nowhere, but she can attest to the freedom of living a life on two wheels and self-propelled velocity! There is no joy like getting to where you need to go on your own time, nor the simple pleasure of passing cars stuck in traffic along the way.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesThere’s No Place for Workplace Harassment

Recently, the Chicago arts community has been witness to events at the (now closed) Profiles Theatre, whose artistic director engaged in a pattern of bullying and sexual harassment of cast and crew members. All credit is due to the individuals who came forward to talk about what happened, as well as those who organized and provided support for the victims. Illegal actions like the ones at Profiles happen in all industries and professions. But there's strength in community and a network of people willing to help.

Remember, harassment in a workplace is a form of discrimination, which is illegal under Illinois law. If you need more information or help regarding bullying or sexual harassment where you work, the Illinois Legal Aid site is a good place to start. They have a directory of local organizations that can help you if you need it. You have rights...Don't wait.

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SKaiser writesCHIRP Photos: Lincoln Park Conservatory

If you find the city looking fine and would like a chance to share your favorite concert or festival images, or most any other things, on the CHIRP Radio blog, then hop on your nearest internet service provider and send them to Shawna Kaiser at Here is a collection from the historic Lincoln Park Conservatory and surrounding area. 

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