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Chicago Coming Out of the Shadows Rally, Sunday March 10th, 1pm

On Sunday March 10th, we will be holding our fourth National Coming Out of the Shadows Day: Out of the Shadows Into the Streets. We will be meeting at Federal Plaza at 12:30 PM for pre-rally music with Quinto Imperio, poetry, and drum performance by the Korean American Resource Center. At 1pm we will be welcoming the marchers coming from Union Park, and begin the story-sharing. This year, those ‘coming out of the shadows’ will not only include youth and students, but also relatives of those in detention, immigrants facing deportation, and children whose parents have been deported, as we say together that DEPORTATION, DETENTION, DACA will not stop us.

Sunday March 10th, 2013 Day schedule:

  • 11 AM Marchers gather at Union Park
  • 12 PM March step-off, 45 min expected walking time
  • 12:30 PM Pre-Rally music and performances begin at  Federal Plaza
  • 12:50 PM Welcoming of the marchers
  • 1:00 PM National Coming Out of the Shadows rally begins, 30 min duration

As nationally the Senate, House, and the White House are proposing immigration reform plans and discussing immigration enforcement measures, families continue to be broken up by deportation and detention. With a record-high 409,000 deportation, organizers of the march and rally believe there needs to be a moratorium or suspension of deportations as a first step to immigration reform.

Undocumented young people are urging others to be part of the National Coming Out of the Shadows rally because they believe it is a strategy that works. After undocumented young people began to be eligible for work permits and relief from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, their focus turned to defending the rights of their parents and other family members against deportation, and for supporting an effective, non-punitive, and reasonable path to citizenship. Coming out of the shadows and fighting individual cases has been one of the most successful strategies of the youth movement nation-wide, and youth want to bring it to those most vulnerable.

This event is part of a month-long series of ‘Coming Out of the Shadows,’ which includes a rally for the first time in Addison, Illinois on March 16th at 2pm. More information and full calendar of events at www.iyjl.org/comingout2013

The National Coming Out of the Shadows rally and March 10th March is a collaboration between the Immigrant Youth Justice League, the Latino Youth Action League DuPage, Undocumented Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, La Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Chicago Community and Worker’s Rights, the Latino Organization of the Southwest, and Centro Sin Fronteras.

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