- We see the new law as a positive step towards the safety of all
- The general population will benefit from more insurance coverage
- Local police departments and sheriff will have a way to verify people's driving eligibility and insurance coverage
- We do not know how many people are affected locally, but they include many ethnicities and it includes students.
- Everyone benefited will have to pass a written and a practical test and pay regular fees.
- The bill will take effect on November 27th and the rules are not out yet, people should check CUimmigrationForum.org
- We will hold trainings on the driving regulations through IF
- The cooperation involves the governor but all legislators, including our own senator and assembly people supported the bill and we thank them for the reasonable support.
- This measure makes sense for driving issues in our state but a better solution is to support immigration reform at the national level, much as the federal legislators and president are talking about
- IF is composed of...and we meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the University Y
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Faith Allies and October Immigration Justice Month
In an effort to foster greater dialogue about immigration within our congregations, the Allies of Faith of the CU Immigration Forum have launched the second annual Immigrant Justice Month for this October. Events are planned throughout the community, in congregations and public forums, to raise awareness of issues surrounding immigration and the immigrant experience. The calendar below offers the community opportunity to join in conversations approaching the immigration debate from a perspective of faith and justice.
5:00 pm Sunday, October 6 at UniPlace Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., Champaign.
Beginning of 8-week seminar on Understanding Strife in the Congo. This class will meet weekly on Sundays and will increase understanding of Congolese immigration to our community. Open to the public. Go to unip lace.org for more information.
6:30 pm Monday, October 7 Harvest of Empire: film screening/discussion at Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon, U. This new feature-length documentary, "Harvest of Empire," examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Monday, October 14 Fast Day Called: The Allies of Faith of the Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum have called for religious leaders and others in the community to join in a day of fasting as we pray for successful Comprehensive Immigration Reform for the sake of justice in our community.
7:00 pm Monday, October 14 abUSed: The Postville Raid: film screening/discussion at Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green, Urbana. This film weaves together the personal stories of those directly affected by the largest, most brutal and expensive Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the history of the United States. This event took place in Postville, Iowa, in 2008. The documentary presents the human face of immigration, the socioeconomic forces that fuel it, and serves as a cautionary tale against government abuses.
Saturday, October 19 at First Mennonite Church, 902 W. Springfield, Urbana 61801. Food Security Forum: Food for Today, Food for Tomorrow, Food for All. Program is free and includes an evening meal. Interactive shopping and cooking on a Food Stamp Budget begins at 10 am. Information and discussion sessions run from 1:00 – 7:30 pm. Details and meal registration at www.fmc-cu.org.
7:00 pm Monday, October 21 at Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon, U.
Justice in Motion: Responding to Changing Needs with Nicaragua’s Poor Presentation and Craft Display. Craft items will be available for sale.
12:30 pm Sunday, October 27 Food will be served from 12:30-2:00 pm at our Immigration Justice Fair held at University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright, Champaign. Faith groups and civic organizations will highlight ways they welcome the stranger and show hospitality to immigrants in Champaign-Urbana. A great networking event. Reserve an info table through https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QXFNUh7yOd1QCRMVY7fI0KrXEdVR1pSBQVW4Hp0EXQ0/viewform
2:00 pm Sunday, October 27 Interfaith Worship Service at University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright, Champaign led by faith leaders from many distinct congregations. It will be a moving conclusion to a month-long effort to lift up the needs of our immigrant neighbors today even as we celebrate the immigrant history of our past.
6:00 pm Wednesday, October 30 University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign. Dia de los Muertos celebration with live music and light refreshments. A festive celebratory event lifting up immigrant contributions to our community.
7:00 pm Thursday, October 31 “Our View From the Border,” an interactive presentation at
Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green, Urbana. Desert aid workers Kate Morgan-Olsen and Ricky Cheney from No More Deaths will offer firsthand accounts of trends in migration; human rights abuse documentation in Nogales, Sonora; migrant support in the Sonoran desert; and allied movement building in communities throughout Arizona with emphasis on a model for organizing that can be replicated in Champaign-Urbana. No More Deaths is a ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Posted by Jenni@theY at 3:32 PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
On Wednesday, April 10th more than two dozen local organizations and congregations will hold a candlelight vigil and march to underscore the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). The event, which is entitled "Light the Pathway to Citizenship - Don't Block It" is just one of dozens of events taking place on that day as part of a National Day of Action across the country to build support for CIR in communities throughout the nation.
"We want to demonstrate to our elected officials that there is broad community support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform," explained Ricardo Diaz, a member of the Steering Committee of the C-U Immigration Forum who is organizing the event. "There is growing consensus in our country that the time has come to fix our broken immigration system and provide a pathway to citizenship to the many undocumented immigrants living in and contributing to the vitality of our community."
Details: The event will begin at 5:30 PM at the University Y (1001 South Wright Street). From there we will march to the Unitarian Universalist Church, home of the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual
Assistance Center (ECIRMAC) at 309 West Green, Urbana for a brief rally before proceeding to
the federal Courthouse in downtown Urbana.
Background: The November elections reset the national debate on immigration reform forcing even the most ardent opponents of immigration reform to reconsider their position. As a result there is a narrow more window of opportunity to make Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) a reality and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of our family, friends and neighbors. The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is a group of immigrants, students, clergy, service providers, labor union representatives, residents and community organizations concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community works to:
- celebrate the diversity and culture that immigrants contribute to our community;
- educate the public about issues that affect local immigrant communities;
- advocate for the rights of immigrants and encourage their full participation in civic, cultural, social and political life in our community;
- promote permanent and positive changes that will improve the quality of life for immigrants in our community; and
- organize for policies that lead to just and humane treatment to all immigrants that are part of our community.
Posted by Jenni@theY at 5:36 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Immigration reform is about creating opportunities and unlocking America's future. Economic reports show that granting citizenship for 11 million immigrants would add $1.5 trillion to our economy over the next ten years. Unfortunately, Republican leaders are trying to convince us that citizenship is an extreme proposition.
Where would we be if our past generations had been denied citizenship?
When policymakers reject citizenship, they reject immigrants as equals in society and reject the American values we hold dear. It means creating a permanent group of second-class citizens. It means turning away our neighbors, friends, and co-workers whose children attend our schools, who contribute to our economy, who provide us support when we are in need.
Congress needs to know that a path to citizenship must be included in immigration reform – and they need to hear from us right away. Thousands have joined our Time Is Now campaign and now it's your turn.
1. Call Congress today and tomorrow at 1-877-848-8289.
2. Share this message with your friends, families, and neighbors.
Tell them that denying citizenship is wrong and unacceptable. A half-baked solution without citizenship is no solution at all – it’s not what this country expects or needs. What we need is a 21st century immigration system for our 21st century economy.
The time is now for Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion to pass a fair, commonsense immigration reform, one worthy of our values and aspirations.
Exercise your political muscle and join hundreds of thousands calling Congress to make their voices heard. Tell your representative: Support fair immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship.We will not forget the policymakers who vote the wrong way. They need to remember, we vote, too.
Make the call today and support immigration reform: 1-877-848-8289
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Monday, January 7, 2013
The bill that would grant temporary driver licenses to the undocumented in Illinois has taken a step forward today by moving through the transportation committee. SB957 now needs a vote on the floor of the Illinois General Assembly. If it passes there, it would go to the governor for final approval.
Remember that passage of the bill improves safety for everyone. The Chicago Tribute states, that:
"The proposal would allow an estimated 250,000 illegal immigrants in Illinois to get three-year renewable license to drive a vehicle. They could not officially be used for other identification purposes, such as for boarding a plane, buying a gun or voting.To become eligible, a person would have to live within Illinois for at least a year, a provision that would require applicants to provide a copy of a lease, utility bills and the like."
-Join in contacting your representatives to ask them to vote YES on SB957. To easily contact your representative, see this link to and enter your zip code at the bottom of the page.
-Easily sign this petition asking the leader of the General Assembly to move SB957 to a floor vote.
-Join in the organizing:
The CU Immigration Forum agreed last year that we would work towards the improvement of immigrants' lives by helping get driver licenses. We joined the statewide coalition that organized to get sponsors for a bill and then for its passage. The Highway Safety Coalition http://highwaysafetycoalition.org/ welcomes all kinds of organizations and individuals so make sure to Like their page.
Hospitals, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, churches agree that this inclusion of safe drivers is good for all.
The leadership of local churches have also joined in this effort through the Allies of Faith (they meet on the first Tuesdays of the month at 9 AM. For more information on how congregations can get involved contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org.