Hundreds to Rally at the State Capitol


March 22, 2011 | Chicago, IL

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Megan Granados
New Americans Initiative Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-432-2252

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Lawrence Benito, 312-735-5310 (mobile)

As immigrant and Latino organizations face devastating budget cuts...
Hundreds to Rally at the State Capitol

Latino, Asian, Polish, African, Arab, and Muslim leaders join in a call to restore funds for immigrant and refugee services, support for immigrant integration initiatives, and oppose anti-immigrant hate

WHAT: Hundreds will converge at the State House Rotunda in Springfield to urge for the restoration of funds directed to immigrant and refugees in Illinois at the One Nation, One Dream Rally. Leaders from the Latino, Asian, Polish, African, Arab, and Muslim communities will discuss the importance of issues that directly affect their communities including fair redistricting, a fair budget, English education, access to health insurance for all children, smart enforcement, and the Illinois Dream Act.

Note: Participants are coming from different areas of Chicago, the suburbs, and downstate in 13 buses and 25 vans and cars. They will arrive in Springfield as early as 9:30am. Before and after the rally they will be meeting with legislators to discuss the issues and deliver candy from all over the world to show the diversity of these communities.

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2011 – RALLY at 11:00 AM

WHERE: Rotunda, Illinois State Capitol Building Springfield, IL

WHO: Alie Kabba, ICIRR Board President and Executive Director of the United African Organization; Maria Pesqueira, ICIRR Vice President and Executive Director of Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Eunice Smith from Northwest Neighborhood Federation; Carla Navoa, undocumented student; Jane Ramsey, Executive Director of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs; Mireya Luna from Family Focus Aurora; Ahlam Jbara from Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; and Celena Roldan, Executive Director of Erie House. All state legislators are invited.

WHY: Despite Census data revealing that Illinois’ Asian population increased 38 percent and the Latino population grew 32 percent over the last 10 years, the proposed state budget announced last week would cut immigrant services by 74% from FY2010 levels—by 56% from current (FY2011) funding levels alone. Refugee services would also be cut 69%. If passed, these proposed budget cuts will seriously hurt immigrant and refugee communities in Illinois.

ICIRR wants to make sure that the issues important for immigrant communities and refugees are at the forefront and that legislators take these communities seriously when they make critical decisions regarding funding and concerning initiatives that promote integration or spread hate.

VISUALS: Hundreds of diverse immigrant constituents gathered at the Rotunda. They will be delivering candy in the legislators office before and after the rally.

Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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