JCUA November Newsletter

November 6, 2014

In the November issue of the JCUA newsletter…

  • Hopeful news for Beatriz Santiago Ramirez.
  • JCUA to present at Limmud Chicago.
  • Interfaith vigil at Broadview Detention Center.
  • Legislation to require safe storage for guns to be discussed.
  • Or Tzedek and hot chocolate.
  • JCUA joins the #GivingTuesday movement in support of teen programs

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Good News for Beatriz Santiago Ramirez

November 5, 2014

beatriz-santiago-ramirezAfter three months of living in fear of deportation while in sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church, we are thrilled that some good news has come to Beatriz Santiago Ramirez.

Beatriz, an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. more than 10 years ago, has been pursued by authorities recently. This occurred even though she is eligible for a U-visa after undergoing a sexual assault and fully cooperating with the resulting investigation. If deported, she would have been separated from her two American-born children.

Last week an immigration judge in Chicago re-opened her case, meaning her application for legal status can be considered. She is no longer in immediate danger of deportation and if her application is approved, she will be authorized to work in the U.S. and may ultimately receive citizenship.

On Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, JCUA Executive Director Judy Levey, along with other religious leaders, spoke in support of Beatriz and the recent good news at a press conference at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission. The press conference was organized by Fr. José Landaverde, who leads the church housing Beatriz and her children; along with Pastor Sara Wohlleb, the Congregational Coordinator at the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America. CRLN oversees the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition (CNSC), a group of religious congregations that house undocumented immigrants in danger of deportation.

This press conference was follow-up to a previous one held at the same location on Sept. 29.

Media coverage:

» FoxChicago

» Vivelohoy


In Support of Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez

October 8, 2014

By Nate Seeskin
AVODAH Organizing Fellow, JCUA

“Do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed.” (Isaiah 1:17)

Judy Levey, at mic, joins other faith leaders in support of Beatrice.

Judy Levey, at mic, joins other faith leaders in support of Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez.

JCUA Executive Director Judy Levey echoed these powerful words recently (Sept. 20) as she stood alongside other religious leaders in a press conference outside the door of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church in Little Village.

Emceed by Fr. José Landaverde, clergy and leaders from different religious organizations expressed their support for an undocumented immigrant and her two U.S.-born children who are all receiving sanctuary at the church while under threat of deportation. Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez, an immigrant from Mexico, is a victim of violence and is eligible for a U Visa, but failure to be certified by public officials has instead left her subject to deportation and separation from her children.

Concluding the event, Rev. John Thomas from the Chicago Theological Seminary led a prayer and then the clergy removed their shoes as a symbol of holiness as they proceeded to walk into the church where they recited additional prayers.

JCUA participated in this event to call attention to the need for humane treatment of immigrants and welcoming the stranger. Numerous lines within Jewish texts voice this sentiment, especially in highlighting the experiences of the Jewish people as slaves in Egypt: “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9).

Many of the congregations represented at this event are part of the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition (CNSC), a group of immigrant-welcoming religious organizations. CNSC is under the umbrella of the Sanctuary Movement, which is currently growing and operates in 12 American cities.

» Read coverage of the press conference in the Chicago Sun-Times


JCUA October Newsletter

October 8, 2014

In the October issue of the JCUA newsletter…

  • Bring social justice into your sukkah.
  • Upcoming JCUA membership meeting to review two important campaigns for justice.
  • Immigration Reform workshops at JRC in Evanston.
  • Or Tzedek teens: The Hot Chocolate’s On Us!
  • Supporting a Mexican immigrant in her quest for a special visa
  • Cantors to sing for expanded trauma care.

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JCUA September Newsletter

September 10, 2014

In the September issue of the JCUA newsletter…

  • Cantors to sing for expanded trauma care.
  • JCUA invests in senior citizen housing.
  • Membership meetings build toward selection of issues.
  • JCUA stands with the striking employees of Golan’s moving.
  • Nate Seeskin joins JCUA as AVODAH organizing fellow.

Read it now!


JCUA August Newsletter

August 12, 2014
JCUA's latest newsletter is now online here.

JCUA’s latest newsletter is now online here.

In the August issue of the JCUA newsletter…

  • Mimi Harris makes the news
  • JCUA members focus on leadership…and change
  • Deborah Goldberg to lead Or Tzedek
  • Rebecca Katz reflects on three years as JCUA’s director of teen programs
  • JCUA supports affordable housing in Albany Park
  • Vigil and coffeeshop discussion at Broadview

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