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Opening Eyes Through Books

April 13, 2012

It started as just a regular project for some of the local volunteers from the Joliet Job Corp. Joliet Job Corps is a local learning institution that partners with the Spanish Center and volunteers with Uniting America. I love having the group from Joliet Job Corp volunteer with us. They have helped with many different programs and find new ways to relate to people that they have never met.

Uniting America Waukegan Park Clean-up

April 12, 2012

Two and a half hours, over 20 trash bags, a shopping cart and several tires later, we were done cleaning Roosevelt Park.  I held my first community service day last Saturday and it was a great success. Forty people came out to help clean up the park. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too cold and spirits were high. F.I.S.T.

Undocumented and Inspiring

April 12, 2012

Sometimes I forget what a blessing it is to be born in the United States, but stories like Carla’s quickly remind me.  Carla came to the US with her parents when she was only two years old.  She says she has no memories of Mexico, or the family that they left behind.  Most of her friends don’t know that Carla is not a US citizen.

Uniting America working with Literacy DuPage

April 11, 2012

I just want to share some amazing news, my host organization, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, is going to participate with one of our partners Literacy of Dupage. They are going to have their annual Human Race which is an amazing cause to help all students that are not sure of themselves and shy away of society because they don’t know the English Language.

Running Brings Everyone Together

April 10, 2012

I decided to help out with our Bunny Run 5k because I knew it was an event that anyone and everyone could help at, and attend. The volunteers that helped for the day were volunteers that I have recruited through Uniting America events. The groups of volunteers were more than happy to help out for the day.

Community Dialogues Strengthen Communities

April 10, 2012

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take part in a very unique opportunity in Waukegan. I went to a community dialog that took place at First Baptist Church. They started these dialogs in response to a homicide that happened down the street from the Church.

SB1070: The Faces

April 09, 2012

“For Immediate Release: Press Conference, Activist from Arizona visiting Chicago Area.” This was on a Tuesday. “My dear friend, can you please do me a favor” began the message that was eventually forwarded to me. Such a personal appeal, and such a great opportunity!

Skokie Sculpture Park Clean-up

April 09, 2012

Last Saturday I was joined by the brothers of Omega Delta Phi from Northwestern University and students from Evanston Township, Northside Prep, Mather and Whitney Young to observe César Chávez Day in a very special way. We spent that chilly morning cleaning up the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park together!

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.

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