Chicago’s Jewish Community to Hold Rally on Feb. 26 to Defend Immigrant Rights

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) brings the Jewish community of Chicago together for a Purim-themed action to defend immigrants, demand a DACA Fix.

CHICAGO, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 23, 2018

By: Hannah Wolod

On Monday, February 26, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs will lead a Jewish community rally and action to defend immigrants and call on legislators to pass permanent solutions for DACA and TPS recipients, co-sponsored by Avodah, Protected by Faith, National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore, Reform IL, Silverstein Base Hillel, and JCUA’s community partner, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. This event will kick-off a Purim week of actions in solidarity with our immigrant siblings, and in righteous protest of our legislators’ failure to enact a permanent solution for the community members with DACA and TPS whose lives hang in the balance.

The Jewish community will gather in front of the Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Street in downtown Chicago, to speak truth to power and act on our Jewish values, in the spirit of the Purim holiday. Speakers will call on Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to take action with just one week before families and communities are torn apart following the March 5th DACA deadline. A contingent from the rally will enter the Federal Building to disrupt business as usual and call on federal legislators to act with urgency.

The rally will take place on Monday, February 26 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Speakers Include:

  • Jane Charney, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Rabbi Paul Cohen, Temple Jeremiah
  • Rabbi Bruce Elder, Congregation Hakafa
  • Rabbi Megan GoldMarche, Silverstein Base Hillel
  • Rabbi Lauren Henderson, Mishkan Chicago
  • Aaron Lawee, Immigration Attorney
  • Judy Levey, JCUA Executive Director
  • Ere Rendo­n, VP of Immigration Strategy and Advocacy, The Resurrection Project
  • Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director

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JCUA is the Jewish voice for social justice in Chicago, combating poverty, racism and antisemitism in partnership with diverse communities. With our members, we advance systemic change that addresses the root causes of disparity in our city through community organizing campaigns, youth leadership training and investing in affordable housing and economic development projects.