Solidarity & Resistance: Finding My Strength Ally


Razan & Tania at the No NATO Rally in Chicago on May 20, 2012.  By Razan Abu-Hashish My confession: I have a dying need to emulate people in my life. Once upon a time, I imitated everyone I admired. Next step down the road…conversations about them…I genuinely feel okay having. Tania Unzueta A.  A moment […]

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Closing of Chicago Clinics Affects Undocumented Immigrants

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Members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League have been supporting the movement against the closing of mental health clinics in Chicago. This blog was written by Xanat Sobrevilla and Sean McClellan, two IYJL organizers. For more information and to get involved visit or send an email to When you have mental health you […]

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Not The Token Undocumented Asian American

By: Carla Navoa, IYJL Organizer This past weekend, I attended the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Collegiate Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. A mere week after submitting my application, I received a call from the Chicago JACL Chapter director about being selected to attend the conference (along with 13 other Asian American students from all-across […]

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Illinois Dream Act: The Facts

Update: The Illinois Dream Act was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn on Monday August 1st, 2011. The ceremony took place in Chicago’s Benito Juarez High School, on the anniversary of the introduction of the federal legislation, also known as the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. This legislation makes Illinois […]

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Our first legislative victory: The Inside Story

By Carla Navoa, IYJL Organizer Editor’s Note: On Monday May 31st the state house voted in favor of passing the Illinois Dream Act (SB 2185), soon to be signed into law. At no tax-payer cost, this bill would create a private scholarship fund for undocumented students, provide trainings for school counselors on opportunities for immigrant […]

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The Labor and Immigrant Movement

In commemoration of international worker’s day 2011, a speech made by IYJL organizer Lulu Martinez, at the re-dedication of the Haymarket Memorial, in Forest Park, IL We’re here celebrating the history of the labor movement and honoring the Haymarket monument and what it stands for today- our right to freedom of speech, our right to […]

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