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Community Garden

April 09, 2012

The past few weeks, I had been toying around with the idea of creating a community garden.

Immigrant struggles = human struggles; LGBT struggles = Human struggles; Immigrant struggles = LGBT struggles

April 09, 2012

While the premise of the work I am doing is to connect the LGBT native born Illinoisans with their immigrant neighbors to develop a partnership that otherwise is not explicit, the question of how to accomplish that remains somewhat ambiguous.

Uniting America Fellow at Lambda Legal

April 04, 2012

Lambda Legal works on a variety of civil right issues that pertain to the LGBT individuals and those living with HIV.

Volunteers Help with Citizenship

April 04, 2012

I just want to share with all the people that read our blogs that I just recently got an e-mail from Thalha, he is a student from Benedictine University that is going to be helping Uzzair pass his citizenship test. Since he has been a permanent resident for 20 years, the biggest challenge he is going to face is that he does not know how to read or write.

Uniting America Expresses the Importance of Art

April 04, 2012

The Polish Museum of America (PMA) is located on a North side of Chicago, in a former hub of Chicago’s Polish community surrounded by three historically significant Polish churches. Today PMA finds itself  in a geographically diverse community than decades ago.

Volunteerism is what makes life worth living

April 04, 2012

Take a moment and think about the people who have meant the most to you in your life.  Of course, your family and friends will probably take several spots at the top of that list, but I would also wager that you have a few other mentors that made the cut.  Of those mentors, how many volunteered their time to work with you?  Again, I would guess that several did.  

April 7th: The Interrupters Uniting America Screening

April 03, 2012

On April 7th one of the Uniting America fellows and my coworker, Sara, is hosting a community event. She will be showing the documentary, The Interrupters, at a high school in Palos Park. Following the event one the Violence Interrupters from the documentary, Eddie Bocanegra, will be speaking along with Bilaal Evans from the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.

Commemorative Event at Cambodian American Heritage Museum

April 02, 2012

The recent commemorative gathering of the Cambodian genocide experience at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, a community with the most diverse population of immigrants, was the first Cambodian Day of Remembrance. I attended the gathering to represent Uniting America, and as usual, I was warmly welcomed. 

Precious Knowledge with Eren McGinnis

April 02, 2012

With only two days prior knowledge I hit the road to make the 30 mile journey out to DeKalb to visit some lovely ladies at Northern Illinois University. Seeing some of the members of DREAM Action NIU again is wonderful, what a progressive, far-thinking group!

IFRP Partners Complete 40 Hour Interpreter Training

April 02, 2012

Last month 35 partners of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ (ICIRR) Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) participated in a 40 hour Interpreter training sponsored by ICIRR and the Language Access Resource Center of the DuPage Federation on Human Services Ref

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