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Interfaith Vigil on Immigration: Building a Welcoming Chicago

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm

The purpose of the vigil will be to gather a diverse group of faith-
based organizations and communities together to re-discover and re-
affirm the power and importance of interfaith work around immigration
in Chicago, and to recommit ourselves to keep working together in
light of new challenges with a new Congress.

The one hour program will include brief faith reflections on
immigration from leaders in numerous diverse faith communities
throughout Chicago, stories from leaders in Chicago's immigrant

Comentario de AFSC sobre el Acta del Sueño

(Also available in English)

El Acta de Desarrollo, Alivio y Educación para Menores Extranjeros (DREAM, por sus siglas en inglés) abre una oportunidad para propiciar el diáogo entre los grupos que luchan por los derechos de los inmigrantes, para que las esperanzas y aspiraciones de los jóvenes y de los estudiantes indocumentados no queden limitadas solamente a prestar su servicio en las fuerzas armadas.

International Human Rights Day Forum

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

A public forum to discuss human rights implications of the new federal initiative Secure Communities. For more information, please see flyer.

Suggested Resources on Immigration Issues

Below are items of interest on immigration suggested by Iowa Immigrants Voice Program staff:

Guatemalan Families Reunite in Postville
http://ncronline.org/news/justice/guatemalan-families-reunite-iowa

Fight Inequality, Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants

http://dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=263

By Mark Engler

The emergence of vast inequalities between the wealthy and the rest of us may be the biggest change in American society over the last fifty years. And it’s hardly a change that we should welcome.

Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

http://www.fpif.org/articles/immigration_economics_an_interview_with_professor_giovanni_peri

Doesn’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.

By Mark Engler

Screening of the movie "Papers"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Approximately 2 million children who were born outside the U.S. have been raised in this country, share our language and values, and know no other home. Over 140 such students graduate from RI schools each year.  Yet upon graduation from high school they find the door to their future slammed shut.  Papers documents their stuggles.  Some of these students will share their personal stories after the screening.

Immigrant Rights Program, Newark NJ

Jocelyn family

Joceyln and her family

Joceyln (bottom row, middle), her father, and five siblings in front of their home in New Jersey.

At the Immigrant Rights Program (IRP) in Newark, N.J., our goal is to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy.

The Immigrant Rights Program’s successful integration of legal services, advocacy and organizing has made a dramatic difference in the lives of immigrants in New Jersey and beyond by ensuring that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates, by assisting immigrants with challenging immigration cases, and by changing the narrative about immigration issues to influence policy.

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