Ahmed Rehab to speak at ICIRR Immigrant Integration Summit - February 4, 2012
CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at the ICIRR "One Nation, One Dream" Immigrant Integration Summit at Malcolm X College this Saturday. The 2nd annual summit will feature 18 different workshops ranging from issues such as health care and deportations to politics and citizenship.
WHAT: Summit for Immigrant Integration hosted by ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) WHEN: Saturday, February 4th, 2012 from 9AM-1PM. WHERE: Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL 60612 COST: All workshops are free to the public. WHO: Speakers at the summit will include:
• CAIR-Chicago Executive Director and ICIRR Board Member, Ahmed Rehab • Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez • County President Toni Preckwinkle • House Majority Whip Eddie Acevedo • Rep. Lisa Hernandez • Rep. Robyn Gabel • Rep. Greg Harris • Commissioner Jesus Garcia • and many more!
House speaker Michael Madigan, Governor Pat Quinn, and Senator Richard Durbin will also be attending the summit.
Below are detailed descriptions of the Summit workshops:
TRACK 1: Uniting America: • Citizenship Workshop 9:00 to Noon: You and your family can apply to become U.S. citizens. • Volunteer Fair 9:00 to Noon: Learn how you can volunteer in immigrant-serving communities throughout Illinois – ESL tutoring, citizenship aid, etc. • Youth Civic Leadership Academy 9:40 to 10:40: Gain valuable leadership skills: story-telling, volunteer recruitment, and mobilization.
TRACK 2: Keeping Families Together – Stopping Deportations: • What My Family Needs to Know: Prosecutorial Discretion, Family Unity Waiver Workshop – Spanish 9:40 to 10:40: Hear from an attorney what options your family has for receiving immigration relief. • What My Family Needs to Know – English 10:50 to 11:50 • Deportations 2012: Training for Advocates – 9:40 to Noon: Get connected to the information you need to help families in deportation. • Training for Mental Health Professionals on Working with the Undocumented 9:40 to Noon: Experts and undocumented youth will discuss the mental health challenges facing undocumented people and how to address them.
TRACK 3: Education is Power: • Ready for College: The Illinois DREAM Act, MAP Grants, and Financial Aid 9:40 to 10:40: Hear from a college counselor, a policy expert, and undocumented youth about where the Illinois DREAM Act stands and how to fight for increased funding. • Running for Local School Council – English 9:00 to Noon: Learn how and why you should run for your Local School Council and improve education in your neighborhood. • Running for Local School Council – Spanish 9:00 to Noon • Early Childhood Education through Parent Engagement (Bartow, SWOP; Brown, LSNA) 9:40 to Noon: SWOP and LSNA report on their nationally-recognized, innovative program to engage parents in local schools
TRACK 4: Building our Political Engagement: • Strategy Session: Mobilizing the New American Vote Primary and General 2012 9:40 to 10:40: Get a high-level briefing on the demographic shifts and political opportunities of 2012. • GOTV (Get Out The Vote!) Training for Primary, General 2012 10:50 to 11:50: Learn how you can join ICIRR’s efforts to mobilize voters in the crucial 2012 primary elections on March 20th. • Ride the bus! Effective citizen advocacy in Springfield 10:50 to 11:50: Get ready for ICIRR’s major advocacy day in Springfield on February 29th! • Framing the Message: Preaching Beyond the Choir 9:40 to 10:40: Presentation by pundit and activist Ahmed Rehab about how we can use media and messaging to reach a wider audience.
TRACK 5: Keeping our Community Healthy • Health Care Policy and the Immigrant Community 10:50 to 11:50: How healthcare reform will affect immigrant communities, and how we respond.
TRACK 6: Strengthening our Economy • Defending Low Wage Workers 9:40 to 10:40: Protecting low wage workers and the health and safety of all workers. • Immigrants are the Engine of the Economy 10:50 to 11:50: Preparing our workforce for the future, by attracting and supporting immigrant entrepreneurs and workers.