Dr. Zell's Community Service
Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, IL (2005): Volunteer
Developed a questionnaire to survey the Brazilian community in Chicago. Volunteer at cultural activities held by the Center.
Equity Committee, Sauk Village, IL (February 2004 to 2005): Member
Community-wide school committee formed to collect information on the race and national origin of all students disciplined, expelled, refused enrollment, or denied a fee waiver or excluded from school.
Friends of the MST - Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL (March 2004 to present): Founder and Member
Co-organizes demonstrations, international tours, and fundraising activities for The Friends of the MST (FMST), and international human rights organization that supports the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) in the struggle for agrarian reform, social and economic justice, and human rights in Brazil.
Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), Chicago, IL (March 2004): Radio Interview
Interviewed by Jerry Mead of Labor Express on WLUW – 88.7 FM: “The MST Comes to Chicago."
American Friends Service Committee’s Beyond Conflict Project, Chicago, IL (2004): Volunteer Researcher
Conducted on-line and archival research and wrote an overview report regarding the armed conflict in Colombia.
Instituto TOPOS, Santos, Brazil (January 2003 to present): Consultant
Collaborates with the Instituto TOPOS to launch the program “Healthy Cities” in Santos, Brazil, as part of the World Health Organization campaign to promote healthy life styles, sustainable development, and sound public health policy.
1100 Darrow Block Watch, Evanston, IL (2003 to 2004): Block captain
In partnership with the Evanston Police Department, organized residents to reduce gang activity and improve community living. Activities included convening monthly community meetings, organizing summer neighborhood parties, circulating petitions to request city services (alley paving, speed bumps, etc), and organizing residents to participate in the Annual National Night Out Against Crime.
Chicago Social Forum (CSF), Chicago, IL (2003 to present): Organizer and Co-convener
The Chicago Social Forum is an open meeting space that brings together peoples from a wide variety of struggles and interests to discuss the social, economic, political and environmental issues that affect our local and global community. Activities include organizing monthly meetings, conducting extensive outreach, reviewing of proposals for presentation at the forum, and securing guest speakers and cultural performances.
Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), Chicago, IL (April 2003): Collaborator and Translator
Served as translator to Rosmeri Witcel, a representative of the MST, who spoke at a number of public education venues in Chicago. Coordinated several events that featured Ms. Witcel, including presentations to community groups and an interview at “Worldview," with host Jerome McDonnell, at National Public Radio.
Friends of the Landless Workers Movement (FMST), Chicago, IL (April 2003): Founder and Member of Chicago Chapter.
Jubilee Chicago, Chicago, IL (2000 to 2002): Member
Led discussions and organized workshops for community groups regarding the effects of globalization and neo-liberal economic policies on poor families, indigenous minorities, and developing countries.
Comite Latino, Chicago, IL (1993): Board Member
Organized activities aimed at addressing housing discHDRnation toward Latino families.
Uhlich Children's Home, Chicago, IL (1990): Mentor/Visiting Resource
Provided recreational activities for children involved with the child welfare system.
Paróquia De Vila Dalila, São Paulo, Brazil (1977 to 1982): Community Organizer
Active member of church groups affiliated with the Liberation Theology movement. Organized fund raising, food drives, assistance to homeless individuals and families, and immunization and child care programs in the community. Assisted in the development of community programs such as living skills and literacy programs. Organized discussions, based on popular education principles, relative to community problems such as poverty, unemployment, political oppression, and minority rights.