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Statement on the Mayor’s Comments Regarding Mansueto Charter School

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the grand opening of Mansueto Charter High School. This new charter school is minutes away from Kelly High School, Brighton Park’s neighborhood high school. Mayor Emanuel’s comments are insulting to our leaders and community residents who have for years fought for more funding for Kelly High School and for a clear and transparent process for public school funding throughout the district. Even though the Mayor continues to champion the construction of new charter schools throughout the city, he has left CPS with a more than $100,000,000 deficit this year. This deficit is on top of the more than $500,000,000 in budget cuts that he has made to CPS schools thro

Mental Health Support for DACA Recipients and their Families

DACA is under attack. Since 2012, DACA has help 800,000 people work without the fear of deportation. We will continue to #defendDACA and demand a clean DREAM Act. #HereToStay. United We Dream created a useful Mental Health Emergency Toolkit. Read it today! In collaboration with the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health, the Department of Behavioral Health of Sinai Health System is providing mental health support for DACA and TPS recipients and their families. Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00pm Sinai Behavioral Health 2653 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL Second floor To make an appointment, please call 773-257-5300 Apoyo de Salud Mental para Jóvenes de DACA y Sus Familias En colaboració

Nancy's City Council Testimony #defendDACA

DACA is under attack. Since 2012, DACA has help 800,000 people work without the fear of deportation. We will continue to #defendDACA. Nancy testified in front of Chicago City Council on a DACA and DREAM Act resolution. Hello, my name is Nancy. I'm with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. I found out I was undocumented when I was six years old. My dad moved to Chicago to have a better life. My mom and I followed a year later. I have two younger brothers who are U.S. citizens. I have seen the difference first hand in the kinds of opportunities they have compared to the options I have. My brothers are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Before I applied for DACA, I didn't have thes

How to pay for DACA renewal?

DACA is under attack. Since 2012, DACA has help 800,000 people work without the fear of deportation. We will continue to #defendDACA. The Trump administration's decision on DACA has causes DACA recipients with a sudden financial hardship. Are you having trouble paying for your DACA renewal? ICIRR created a handy list of organizations that provides Illinois DACA recipients assistance in paying the USCIS fee of $495 to renew DACA. Mission Asset Funds has secured funding to cover every DACA renewal in the U.S. for free. DACA recipients can apply at http://lc4daca.org/. MAF will send a check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. "This is not a loan and no one will be asked to

BPNC Responds to Trump's Decision to Rescind DACA

DACA is under attack. Since 2012, DACA has help 800,000 people work without the fear of deportation. We will continue to #defendDACA. The Trump administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is just the latest in a series of racist policies put forth by this administration that criminalize communities of color and separates families. The DACA program gave youth the opportunity to work and pursue their education. Without DACA, hundreds of thousands of young adults will lose their jobs. Their access to higher education will be limited. In Brighton Park and throughout the entire country, families are struggling to understand what this

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