Tag: immigrant rights

Eyes on the prize: Immigrant rights activists fight Juan Crow

On March 7, 1965, more than 500 demonstrators set off on a 54-mile march through the segregated South from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in response to the murder of a civil rights activist. The march called for African Americans to be given the right to vote and an end to violence and intimidation. Fast... Read more »

Will the lame ducks pass the DREAM Act?

With state and local governments rummaging between the couch cushions for loose change, they might want to consider a measure that would also please immigrant activists: the DREAM Act. Because the bill would give young people who were brought here illegally as children access to higher education, it would also give government access to their... Read more »

More federal foreclosure aid coming to Illinois

Illinois will receive another $30 million in foreclosure relief under the federally funded Neighborhood Stabilization Act. Of that, $7.8 million will go to Cook County. Local governments can use the funds to buy up and fix up vacant properties that bring down properties values and cause problems in communities. Also in the news… Unemployment has... Read more »

Student starts scholarship for children of incarcerated parents

Children of incarcerated parents in Illinois may be headed downstate, for college this time. One Southern Illinois University student established a scholarship fund for children who’s parents are incarcerated. The first fundraiser is next week. The Chicago Reporter‘s in depth investigation into challenges facing children of incarcerated parents shows that their needs are not addressed... Read more »

Latino youth speak out against Arizona immigration law

This weekend, organizers from the Chicago-based student group Immigrant Youth Justice League took their message of “undocumented and unafraid” back to the streets, this time in Pilsen, to protest Arizona’s newest immigration law. “It’s something that’s never been seen before,” the group’s founding member José Herrera told The Chicago Reporter, “youth coming out and saying... Read more »