The Office of New Americans (ONA) works to ensure that Chicago is a welcoming city for immigrants. Here are some resources and news for immigrants:
· Chicago Is Committed To Being A Sanctuary City For Immigrants
“Today I want to be very clear. The City of Chicago is here for you. We are going to ensure Chicago is a safe, secure, and supportive city for all our residents.” –Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Watch the video of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
· Mayor Emanuel Calls for Citywide Actions of Welcoming
“One hundred years ago, the people of Chicago opened their hearts and their homes to my grandfather when he immigrated to this great city, fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe in search of freedom and opportunity. In that spirit, in the coming days, my family and I will host DREAMers attending Chicago Public Schools and Chicago City Colleges for a meal, a conversation, and a recognition and celebration of all that unites us, rather than what divides us. I am asking every interested resident of the City of Chicago to join us by hosting a similar meal in your own homes and at restaurants in your own neighborhoods, or by sharing welcoming words through a phone call or email. At a moment of unease and vulnerability for so many, let’s come together as a city and put action behind our words and the values we hold dear as a welcoming city. Let’s show the world that the City of Big Shoulders is also a city of big hearts.”
More information is attached to this email.
· New CPD Twitter in Spanish
As part of our continuing effort to ensure that our police department reflects the diverse city it serves, the Chicago Police Department has unveiled Twitter in Spanish, @ChicagoPD_Vivo. We are very excited to have taken on this venture and bridge the gap even further with our Latino community.
Como parte de nuestro esfuerzo continuo para asegurar que nuestro Departamento de Policía refleja la diversa ciudad a la que sirve, el Departamento de Policía de Chicago ha develado su Twitter en español, @ChicagoPD_Vivo. Estamos muy entusiasmados en haber asumido este proyecto y aún más en unirnos con nuestra comunidad latina.
· Call to action from Welcoming America
Call your U.S. Senators and Representatives to tell them you welcome refugees, and that our country should live up to its values and remain a welcoming place. Here are ideas for what to tell them.
Sign the MoveOn.org petition
Tell the President that America is a welcoming country and that stopping this program will have profound and detrimental consequences.
Call and thank your mayor and other local officials who are supporting immigrants and refugees, or urge them to do so.
Support local organizations that help immigrants and refugees. They need your help more than ever. Volunteer, donate or support a refugee family.Find volunteer opportunities here.
· Webinar To Discuss Safe Learning Environments for Muslim and Sikh Youth
On February 1, 2017, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will present “E-Module Learning: Creating Safe and Accepting Academic Environments for Muslim and Sikh Youth.” Goals of this webinar are to enhance cultural competency and understanding of Muslim and Sikh youth and explore awareness issues that impact the community, such as anti-Muslim hate and xenophobia.
· Are you preparing for the naturalization test?
Periodically, answers change to reflect the results of federal and state elections and appointments or to clarify content and ensure consistency in terminology. The revised answers to the questions are effective immediately. This information is also in this web alert on uscis.gov and on theCitizenship Resource Center.
· Trump says sanctuary cities are hotbeds of crime. Data say the opposite
The “sanctuary cities” that President Trump has repeatedly characterized as incubators of crime are generally safer than other cities, according to a new analysis of FBI crime data.
· How To Get Involved
Thank you for your concern and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Chicago. The Office of New Americans (ONA) is organizing an effort – the “Chicago Is With You” Task Force – to support Chicago’s immigrant and refugee communities. This taskforce includes numerous public, private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations, but we need all the help we can get. Listed below are the four taskforce subcommittees, along with links to online resources and email lists. Please distribute these resources widely and consider signing up for one or more email lists to receive updates, additional resources, and opportunities to contribute your time and money to this worthy cause.
I. Legal Protection/Services
a. Lead: National Immigrant Justice Center
II. Community Outreach/Education
a. Lead: The Resurrection Project
III. Mental Health/Well-being
a. Lead: Lurie Children’s Hospital
IV. Employer Communications/Diversity Training
a. Lead: Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
· Community Resources on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ from Muslim Advocates are attached to this email
· Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.
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