CHICAGO, June 7, 2012 – Two Chicagoans who are champions for immigrant rights have been named the 2012 recipients of the Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award. The award will be presented to Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Chicago immigration attorney Kalman Resnick by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
Garcia and Resnick will be honored at a new JCUA event, entitled “Acts of Change,” at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago.
Author Tamar Manasseh will be the featured speaker, Rabbi Capers Funnye will serve as the program’s emcee. The entire event will be done “in acts” and will include songs from “Soul Sisters, a Multicultural Musical.”
For tickets, visit jcua.org/actsofchange or call 312-663-0960.
“Acts of Change is a fun, celebration of exactly who we are and what we are about,” explains Judy Levey, JCUA’s chief executive officer. “We are very excited to be spearheading a new kind of annual awards event that speaks to a multi-generational audience.”
About the honorees and speakers
► Kalman Resnick, in nearly four decades as an immigration law practitioner, has helped thousands of immigrants deal with the nation’s flawed immigration system. He is counsel to Rigoberto Padilla, an undocumented Chicago college student whose successful defense spearheaded a national movement to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible immigrants. Resnick is a shareholder with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym., Ltd.
► Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, 7th District Cook County Commissioner, introduced the ordinance that effectively ended Cook County’s compliance with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service detainer requests in 2011. Prior to serving on the Cook County Board, he was a Chicago alderman and an Illinois state senator.
► Tamar Manasseh is the author of “Chai-ME: My exploration of Race, Religion, and Spirituality in America.” She is a rabbinical student who is on track to become the first female graduate of the New York-based Israelite Rabbinical Academy.
► Rabbi Capers Funnye, the first African-American member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, is the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago and vice chair of JCUA.
► Rabbi Robert Marx (retired), namesake of the award to be received by Resnick and Garcia, has been a social justice icon in the decades since he founded JCUA in 1964.
About JCUA (http://www.jcua.org)
The mission of the Chicago-based Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities. Guided by prophetic Jewish principles, JCUA pursues social and economic justice for our most vulnerable neighborhoods by promoting a vision of empowering communities from within. Since 1964, JCUA has assisted groups in low-income and minority communities, built coalitions with diverse groups, advocated on issues of poverty and racism and mobilized a Jewish constituency to create a more just city and nation.