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Lawsuit targets Berrios over biased residential assessments in Cook County

A group of public-interest lawyers filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios violated state and federal civil rights and housing laws by knowingly producing inaccurate assessments that punished poor and minority homeowners across the county. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, contends the county's "residential property tax scheme is neither accurate nor uniform" and is "perpetuating institutional racism" by shifting the tax burden from wealthier, majority-white neighborhoods to poorer, minority neighborhoods. The lawsuit also alleges a lack of transparency in the office, contending the "secrecy is antithetical to democratic accountabil

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council to apply for Illinois State Board of Education Grant Funding

This February, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) will apply for Illinois State Board of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funding to support the agency’s Full-Service Community School Initiative (FSCSI) partnerships at Brighton Park Elementary and Curie Metropolitan High School. The 21st CCLC grant program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The purpose of the program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools, to meet State an

Statement on Trump's Immigration Policy

Once again, the Trump administration fails to comprehend the complexities of immigration reform. Last night, Trump proposed a xenophobic immigration policy that cuts family-based migration, ends the diversity visa, and increases funding for ICE. Trump’s immigration policy pits DACA recipients with other immigrants. This is unacceptable! “I and the other 11 million undocumented people deserve a pathway to citizenship. We deserve the opportunity to study, travel, and work without fear of deportation. Anything other than a clean DREAM Act supports the Trump administration’s xenophobic agenda.” - Nancy, BPNC Youth Leader We will not allow Trump’s administration to use xenophobic tactics to

Últimas Noticias Sobre DACA Enero 2018

El 19 de enero, el Senado votó para reabrir el gobierno federal sin el DREAM Act. La nueva fecha límite para el presupuesto federal será el 8 de febrero, pero ya no tenemos tiempo. Cada día, 122 jóvenes pierden su estatus de DACA. Nuestros oficiales electos fallaron una vez más en respaldar a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes. Los jóvenes inmigrantes necesitan soluciones reales ahora y necesitan seguridad. Trump eligió terminar con DACA. Trump causó el cierre del gobierno. Necesitamos que nuestros funcionarios electos luchen por una solución permanente para las personas indocumentadas. ¿Eres un beneficiario de DACA? ¿Eres padre de un beneficiario de DACA? ¡Aquí hay algunos importantes punt

DACA Update January 2018

On January 19, the U.S. Senate voted to reopen the federal government without the DREAM Act. The new budget deadline is now February 8 but we are out of time. Every day 122 youth lose their DACA status. Every day 122 youth are at-risk of deportation. With this vote, senators voted for more deportations. Our elected officials failed once again to stand up for our immigrant community. Immigrant youth need real solutions now, and they need security. Trump chose to end DACA. Trump caused the government shutdown. We need our elected officials to fight for a permanent solution for undocumented people through inclusion in a CR agreement. Are you a DACA recipient? Are you a parent of a DACA reci

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