National Coming Out of the Shadows Month 2013

National Coming Out of the Shadows started in Chicago, Illinois on March 10th, 2010 when undocumented youth declared to be “undocumented and unafraid” at Federal Plaza, facing the immigration and federal office building. Around the country, other undocumented youth did the same, some times escalating to civil disobedience in support of immigrant rights.

This year we continue this work, this time focusing on those being criminalized by the federal government and immigration enforcement: people in deportation proceedings, people in detention, those who do not qualify for deferred action, and those with past interactions with the law. We know that these are our parents, our brothers and sisters, our classmates, our community members, and we know deportations need to stop. Find out more:

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Upcoming Events

  • March 1, 2013
    • Broadview Detention Center: Coming Out Undocumented
      Starts: 7:00 AM
      Location: Broadview Detention Center
      Description: Broadview Immigration Detention Center near Chicago is the last stop for immigrants before they are deported. Buses full of fathers, mothers, workers, young people, and other undocumented migrants arrive in the middle of the
  • March 2, 2013
    • Know Your Rights Outreach and Door Knocking
      Starts: 2:00 PM
      Location: Meet at Chicago Community & Worker's Rights, 3200 S. Kedzie, 2pm.
      Description: Undocumented-led organizations from around Illinois are coming together to organize a series of community door knocking to reach out to people in our neighborhoods who may not usually come out to marches and events.
  • March 14, 2013
    • Coming Out at Dominican
      Starts: 2:00 PM
      Location: Dominican University
      Description: Come listen to stories of undocumented students and families affected by deportation and immigration policy.

      Every year, the national coming out of the shadows day helps highlight the unheard stories in our immigrant communities,
  • March 16, 2013
    • Du Page County Out of the Shadows
      Starts: 2:00 PM
      Location: Shave Legends 432 W. Lake St. Addison, IL 60101
      Description: Come listen to stories of undocumented students and families affected by deportation and immigration policy.

      Every year, the national coming out of the shadows day helps highlight the unheard stories in our immigrant communities,
  • March 19, 2013