JCUA Among Organizations to Rally Against Arizona Law at Chicago City Hall

Say No to Arizona and Say Yes to Civil Rights on Thursday, July 29

By Tom Walsh
JCUA’s Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

With portions of Arizona’s SB1070 now on hold, the fight is far from over.

Arizona-style policies have been appearing around the country, including in Illinois.  In Chicago, we will stand unified for an alternative vision of immigration, one that embraces our common values of family, faith, fairness and civil rights.

JCUA invites you to a special City Hall event where together we will “Say No to Arizona and Say Yes to Civil Rights, to Families, to Education and to Real Solutions.” This is a unity event with leaders coming from all sectors, all religious faiths and all political backgrounds.

Dr. Cheryl Gutmann, JCUA Board member, will be speaking at the event.

Join religious leaders, including Fr. Chuck Dahm and Rev. Slim Coleman; law enforcement officials such as Winnetka Police Chief Joe DeLopez; and Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-Chair Billy Lawless, elected officials, members of the “Chicago 9” immigrant students who risked arrest in Washington, D.C., and dozens of civic leaders to stand united against hate.  At the event, we will welcome home citizen children who are scheduled to march in Washington on July 28 seeking real solutions for their parents.  

Date: Thursday, July 29

Location: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle

11:00 am, City Council Chambers — Special announcement by Ald. Edmund Burke (14th), Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) and Ald. George Cardenas (12th)

Noon (2nd Floor Lobby) — Reception hosted by Chicago Ald. Danny Solis (25th)

A resolution was introduced into the City Council this week that would create a new city policy to refrain from purchasing goods and services from Arizona-based companies, cancelling travel to Arizona for city business and offering incentives for Arizona companies to move to Chicago. The resolution will go to the Finance Committee for further consideration.

The “Say Yes to Civil Rights” event is co-sponsored by:

  • Albany Park Neighborhood Council
  • Celts for Immigration Reform
  • Centro Sin Fronteras
  • Chicago Workers’ Collaborative
  • ENLACE Chicago
  • Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Interfaith Leadership Project
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
  • Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Mosque Foundation
  • New Sanctuary Coalition
  • Northwest Neighborhood Federation
  • Organization of the North East
  • SEIU Local 1
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • TARGET Area Development Corporation
  • The Immigrant Youth Justice League
  • United African Organization
  • United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations
  • West Town Leadership United

Everyone who supports civil rights and fair immigration reform is welcome to attend.

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