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Dear Friends,

The past year has seen the Latino Policy Forum mature into an organization helping make real, positive change in Latinos’ lives. We need your help to continue that mission! 

So today, on #GivingTuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Forum.

The Forum’s education team has worked extensively on helping develop portions of Illinois’ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to expend the focus on English learners and address the shortage of culturally competent teachers in public schools. The team also led a successful effort to increase funding for English learners resulting in a total of $102 million, an increase of $38... Continue Reading

Posted In: Strengthening Leadership

Dear Friends,

This Fall feels as if it’s a time of wonderful and frightening transitions. The days grow shorter, the skies get darker, the weather gets colder and the kids are back in school. The worlds challenges are difficult and testing our resolve.

Many of us have had family or people we know impacted by the hurricanes that have devastated Caribbean Islands, Texas and Florida, the California wildfires and the earthquakes causing widespread havoc in Mexico. As of this letter’s writing, we’re keeping our brothers and sisters in Caribbean in our hearts as Hurricane Maria bears down on Puerto Rico.... Continue Reading

By Forum Staff

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth took part in a roundtable discussion with Latino community leaders hosted by the Latino Policy Forum in Pilsen recently. The discussion covered a variety of issues, including immigration reform, education, small business development and healthcare. 

“From Gage Park to Pilsen and from Little Village to Humboldt Park, Chicago’s Latino population is an integral part of this city,” said Duckworth. “It is important that their voices are sought out and heard, so I am grateful to have spoken directly with Latino business owners and community leaders today about how I can help their communities in Washington. America is at... Continue Reading

Posted In: Leadership

By Angelica Rivera

Guest Blog Commentary

I value the opportunity of being able to have participated in the Multicultural Leadership Academy because it gave me the time to reflect on the people in my life who shaped my leadership style.  I was also able to meet other leaders in both the African American and Latino communities who are making a positive impact in their communities. 

I was able to reflect on our shared histories of oppression and our shared desire to transform the world into a better place from a place of respect and solidarity. 

I feel a strong bond... Continue Reading

Por Julián Lazalde, Civic Engagement Manager

La rescisión del Programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha dejado en el aire la vida de casi 800,000 menores y jóvenes por todo el país, incluidos 42,376 beneficiarios en Illinois. El Latino Policy Forum está en completo desacuerdo con la decisión adoptada por la administración, y ni nuestros aliados ni nosotros mismos desistiremos en nuestro deseo colectivo de lograr políticas justas y humanitarias que impacten positivamente a la comunidad inmigrante y a sus aliados en Illinois y en el conjunto del país. Una vez la decisión acaba de adoptarse, entendemos la necesidad de información y recursos fiables que ayuden a aquéllos que se... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration Reform & Policy