Posts tagged "immigrant"

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations
Three young immigrants are risking their lives in the United States to bring attention to an issue they say has gotten woefully little play in the immigration debate – deportations. As part of a campaign called Bring Them Home, led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a trio of undocumented U.S.-based activists, including Chicago-based Lulu Martinez,... Read more »

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... Read more »

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market
Days after a Saturday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a popular flea market, immigrant rights advocates are calling for an end to federal operations in their neighborhoods that they say only incite fear – and could make immigrants mistrustful of immigration reform. At 10:30 a.m. on June 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland... Read more »
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Labor fights back from one-two punch

Labor fights back from one-two punch
The numbers say it all. The unionized workforce has shrunk  because manufacturing jobs have been going overseas and the job growth in sectors like retail and service, where there are few unions. Organized labor has tried to reverse the trend. The unions’ methods range from welcoming immigrant workers into their ranks to having large demonstrations when state... Read more »

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature
For hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, getting behind the wheel just got a little less scary. The Illinois House has passed legislation that will allow an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants get a valid drivers license. The vote on Tuesday was followed by applause and celebratory shouts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “This is... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act

Undocumented Life:  Activist Dolores Huerta pushes for renewed focus on Violence Against Women Act
  The abuse started only months after Irma Duran married him. He became controlling. Dictating her every move, including not letting her sleep. And the abuse only got worse. “He threatened me when I asked him for a divorce,” Duran said. “He said, ‘I’m going to cut each one of your eyes out with a... Read more »
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Signed into law: harsher penalties for selling heroin; mandated evaluation of bilingual programs

At the end of each session in Springfield, a pile of bills that pass the legislature end up on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature. We’ll keep track of those that make it into law. Mandating evaluation of bilingual programs in public schools at the state level – HB 3819 requires the Illinois Advisory... Read more »

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites
Leila Mendez took a moment to compose herself after she was handed the microphone and told it was her turn to comment. “I’m a little emotional because this is a personal issue for me,” she told the Mayor Rahm Emanuel-appointed Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force in Pilsen. The panel held two meetings last week... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Mexicans in U.S. watched presidential election, but few participated

When Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday, it was to vote in one of the most contentious elections in years, marked by allegations of fraud and media bias. It was a vote closely watched by Mexicans around the world, not least in the United States, the country with the largest Mexican immigrant population. But... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: Goodman's "Fish Men" mixes racism, genocide, class, poverty and chess

Barber Shop Show preview: Goodman's "Fish Men" mixes racism, genocide, class, poverty and chess
On a blistering hot day in New York City’s Washington Square Park, a Native American, a former convict, a down-and-out immigrant, a genocide survivor and a proctologist come together to play some chess. It sounds like the opener of a bad joke, but “Fish Men”, the play by Candido Tirado now at the Goodman Theatre,... Read more »