What: Press conference and rally in support of protections for all immigrants in the City of Chicago. Groups will present testimony and stories of people who would be left out of the protections provided under Chicago’s Sanctuary city policy, the Welcoming City Ordinance. If the city is to be ‘One Chicago’ as in the face of attacks from the Trump administration, protections should apply to all Chicago residents.
When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Where: Chicago City Hall, 121 S. Lasalle Street, 2nd Floor
Who: Individuals and their families who are not protected from deportation or being targeted by Trump by Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance. Aldermen supporting the amendments proposed to the Ordinance have also been invited to attend. In addition, we will be joined by members of the Chicago Immigration Working Group and the Campaign to Expand Sanctuary.
Why: An unprecedented coalition of groups is coming together on Wednesday to say in one voice that if the city is to be “One Chicago” — as the Mayor’s most recent initiative proclaims — it requires one policy of protection for all.
Since Trump took office, the role of cities in defending the constitution and their residents has become a central focus as the White House accelerates racist rhetoric that threatens Chicagoans and aims to reverse past progress made by cities and states. The groups will push for the city council to support updates to the Welcoming City ordinance that will close loopholes in the previous bill that continued to conscript Chicago in deportation efforts.
At the press conference, individuals attending will address how Chicago as a Sanctuary city means both taking a strong stance against federal deportation efforts as well as addressing the persisting issues of over-policing that channel Chicagoans into mass incarceration and mass deportation. Alongside the closing of loopholes in the Welcoming City Ordinance, groups want the city council to remove the unaccountability clauses in the Fraternal Order of Police contract that are primary barriers to addressing abuse or corruption within the police department. Together the bills serve to make Chicago safer by reducing the police abuse that has gripped headlines.
Organizations involved in the campaign include Arab American Action Network Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the National Immigrant Justice Center, Southwest Organizing Project, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos – Immigrant Worker Defense Project, the Latino Policy Forum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Enlace, Hana Center, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights, the Latino Union of Chicago, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Communities United, and Black Youth Project 100.