World Refugee Day Celebration + One Human Family March

June 29, 2019 - 12 PM

Pottawatomie Park, 7340 N Rogers Avenue, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: World Refugee Day Chicago, Heartland Alliance, RefugeeOne, Iraqi Mutual Aid Society الجمعيه العراقية للتعاون المشترك, GirlForward, Refugee Education & Adventure CHallenge - REACH

Contact Info: Shannon Ericson (sericson@heartlandalliance.org) or David Helfand (david.helfand@iraqimutualaid.org)

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Join us on Saturday, June 29th at Pottawatomie Park (7340 N Rogers Avenue) for our 2019 #WorldRefugeeDay Celebration! Event details listed below:

Soccer Tournament: 8:00am – 4:00pm (break at 12pm to join One Human Family March)

Multi-cultural performances & speakers: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (line-up TBA)

One Human Family March: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Youth Activities: 10:00am – 2:00pm

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the event or would like to get involved, please email Shannon Ericson (sericson@heartlandalliance.org) or David Helfand (david.helfand@iraqimutualaid.org)

Interested in supporting the event? Donate to our GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/7c45tr-world-refugee-day-2019

Sign up to volunteer: http://bit.ly/2Mg0uDE

No #WalkAway Bigotry and Racism!

June 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

T.B.A.

Supporting Organizations: Democratic Socialists of America West Suburban IL Chapter, Friends Who March, Refuse Fascism Chicago Chapter

Contact Info: chicago@refusefascism.org

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An extremely bigoted campaign called “#WalkAway” is publicizing a “town hall” in Chicago this Saturday evening, June 29, on the eve of Pride Parade. The venue is supposed to be announced on June 26 but they claim it will be held in Boystown. We are calling on everyone who opposes the openly white supremacist, transphobic, and thoroughly bigoted views this “movement” promotes to protest this event, and to demand that whatever venue in Boystown would rent to them cancel the contract.

The stated goal of “WalkAway” is to draw LGBTQI+ people to the right, away from the identity politics of the Democratic Party. However, as a cursory search of the speakers’ public statements shows, they are far-right provocateurs who share responsibility for incitement to violence against trans people, black people, women, immigrants, Jews, and Muslims, and who publicly associate themselves with prominent, violent members of the “Alt Right” white supremacist and fascist movement. (Photo above of Milo Yiannopoulis promoting WalkAway)
For more documentation of panelists: http://bit.ly/2CwS1oi

When #WalkAway attempted to hold a similar “town hall” in New York last March, the LGBTQ+ community mobilized to shut it down and succeeded. Why? Read here:
https://airtable.com/shrt0OXnx26se5DQp?fbclid=IwAR0ZO2teb3xxJIazVWZefsvApXuZkJDDS1XllYPuQZy_X4aMKLH5AmWqYQU

This movement, formed in 2018, has backing from some of the same forces that prepared the ground for Trump to occupy the White House, and it defends and promotes the lies that prop up the fascist spirit and practices this regime thrives on. Speakers announced for the June 28 Town Hall, Brandon Straka, Blaire White, and Mike Harlow, espouse openly white supremacist, transphobic, xenophobic, and otherwise bigoted views that are dangerous to all of humanity. They openly support Trump and his “MAGA” fascist agenda, denouncing caravans of “invaders” from Mexico and abortion as “genocide,” and declaring that “non-binary isn’t real.”

Straka, the organizer of the #WalkAway Campaign, has been on the programs of Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Alex Jones, and on the front page of the Breitbart website, all of whom are mouthpieces for Trump and his fascist agenda. They engage in and promote violently anti-immigrant, racist, sexist, and queerphobic ideologies. Straka and Harlow even appeared on Gavin McInnes’s CRTV show to talk about #WalkAway two weeks after McInnes’s violent Proud Boys gang attacked counter-protesters on the Upper East Side of New York, kicking and punching young queers while yelling ‘Faggot!’ (http://gothamist.com/2018/10/13/proud_boys_beating_video.php)

We invite everyone reading this and all groups who oppose this agenda to endorse, promote and participate in this protest.

NOTE: Location Change! Lights for Liberty: Chicago

July 12, 2019 - 7 PM - 10 PM

McHenry County Jail

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In light of the Take Action to End Criminalization, Detentions, and Deportations event rescheduling to the 13th, we are no longer having a Lights for Liberty event in Chicago on the 12th. We respect and acknowledge the tireless work of those organizers and ask that you attend their event on Saturday the 13th from 11am-1pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/693145914482339/

If you’re looking to show solidarity and participate in a Lights for Liberty event on the 12th, there is one at the McHenry County Jail, which is also an immigrant detention center.
https://www.facebook.com/events/693145914482339/

Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL — at McHenry County Jail

July 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McHenry County Jail, 2200 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock, Illinois 60098

Supporting Organizations: Lights for Liberty

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A rally and vigil outside the McHenry County Jail which serves as a Federal Immigrant Detention facility. One of the Nationwide events at border detention center–concentration camps–and other facilities holding immigrants as part of Lights for Liberty for Liberty campaign.

We will rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Rt. 47 in Woodstock between Ware and Seminary roads. Parking will be available in the Northwood Junior High school lot across Rt. 47.

Gathering at 7:30 for a rally with speakers to be announced. Candle light vigil begins at 9 pm. Bring friends, signs, candles.

Organizational sponsor to be announced soon

Read more about the nationwide call to action here: https://www.lightsforliberty.org (this event will be listed there soon)
#lights4liberty#dontlookaway#endusconcentrationcamps

Lights for Liberty ~ Nationwide

July 12, 2019 - 7 PM

Nationwide

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NOTE: There are lots of local actions; we’ll try to post them all. Regardless of location, you can take part. See the organizer’s website for more detail.

Our Mission

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.