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Uniting America: Mingling with Chicago's German Community

March 21, 2012

"She's too young to do jigsaw puzzles!

Uniting America Service Project in Joliet

March 20, 2012

This week the Spanish Community Center participated in an AmeriCorps Service Week Event with a few other AmeriCorps members from St. Francis University. Lucy Smith, a Uniting America Fellow, also came down to Joliet to participate in this wonderful event. St.

Uniting America in Alabama

March 20, 2012

I traveled to Alabama with the UA Fellows and some other enthusiastic Chicagoans- parents, students, and even a six and seven year old- for the Selma to Montgomery March.

Under the Alabama sun, everyone is colored

March 19, 2012

I have never been one to take sleep lightly. Having gotten little to no sleep on the bus ride to Alabama, I was mentally preparing myself for long day.

Inspiring Youth in Alabama

March 19, 2012

Alabama has become one of the most hostile states for immigrants in the United States, so what better place to strive toward Uniting America.  After a long night on a coach bus, 46 participants stepped onto the highway in Alabama to join the commemorative march from Selma to Montgomery.  It was such an empowering feeling to be a part of this diverse group.

Tracing the Footsteps of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

March 16, 2012

“But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together…” –Lila Watson


10 Questions

March 16, 2012

10 questions can make or break it for some members of our community.

Same Math Different Language: Volunteering in a G.E.D. Class

March 15, 2012

This past weekend I got the opportunity to be on the other side of the table and take part in one of my volunteer opportunities.  The opportunity that I took part in is a very specific position. It is to help an elderly man, Francisco, take notes during his Spanish GED math class.

Montgomery as I Know it; from a Retail Store to a Historical Giant!

March 15, 2012

When I first came to this country, I did not know much about it. For instance, other than its reference to a retail store in Dearborn Michigan (Montgomery-World, a store that is no longer around), the word Montgomery did not mean anything to me. I had the vaguest idea about the history of that name, its resonance in our communities and why would such a store-name be of any significance.

Uniting America: Potluck and Movie Night in Aurora

March 13, 2012

Hail and possible snow accumulation. Not necessarily the best conditions for the first Uniting America cultural event. The two weeks prior to the event I had been talking up this great event, emailing my contacts, putting up fliers, and working it into almost every conversation I had.