The Forum continues its state advocacy efforts by engaging state elected officials on passage of the following bills:

1) Student Access bill

2) Immigration Safe Zones Act

3) Illinois Trust Act

Each of these bills speaks to the Forum’s commitment to work with all organizations and allies interested in ensuring that immigrants in Illinois, regardless of their country of origin are recognized as valuable and contributing members of society with equal access to equity and prosperity. For more information on how to support the Forum’s efforts on these bills, contact the Forum’s Assistant Director, Martin Torres.  

Through the Impacto Illinois campaign, the Forum cohosted a digital town hall with Univision Chicago and Que Buena... Continue Reading

In January, the Forum welcomed the Vice-Chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners Craig Chico, to meet with the Housing Acuerdo, a coalition of 31 Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations. They discussed Latino participation in CHA programs and the impact of the changing federal landscape on funding for local CHA affordable housing developments.  For more information on the Housing Acuerdo, contact Gypsy Gavia.

Image: Housing Acuerdo members with Chicago Housing Authority Vice-Chairman Craig Chico and the Forum’s Associate Director, Martin Torres.  

April is Fair Housing Month and 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 historic federal Fair Housing Act, which sought to increase access to housing and build... Continue Reading

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will determine the future of public education in America, and the Forum has consistently been entrenched in assisting the Illinois state plan by suggesting recommendations and advocating for English Learners and Latino families so they have equitable access to high quality education.

The Forum’s education team was invited by the Chicago Public Schools’ Bilingual Parent Advisory Council to present on ESSA and school accountability to over 300 parents at several elementary schools across Chicagoland. The workshops featured live polling on a variety of questions and concerns regarding school ratings and evaluations. Thirteen different languages were spoken among participating parents.


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Posted In: Education

By Daniela Bardon

Image: Moderator and panelists. From left to right Sylvia Puente, Latino Policy Forum’s Executive Director, Larry Gonzalez, Principal at The Raben Group, Marty Castro, Chair, US Civil Rights Commission and CEO of Castro Synergies, Colleen K. Connell Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU)

The Forum recently brought together a panel of policy experts with Acuerdos leaders for a frank discussion about President Trump’s first 100 days in office and how changes in the federal environment could affect vulnerable populations and organizations that serve them. In an effort to better understand community concerns, the Forum surveyed the... Continue Reading

Posted In: Strengthening Leadership

Over the last two years, members of the LAC have attempted to work in good faith with Forrest Claypool to address the inequities in the districts. We offered a plan to increase the number of Latino teachers and administrators to better serve all students. Today I am are gravely disappointed at the inequitable treatment Black and Brown students recieve in CPS .  Whether intentional or not, the impact is the same, Latino children and ALL children continue to be short changed in receiving the quality education that they deserve.  It is disingenuous of Mr. Claypool to say that the Governor is treating CPS inequitably when the same pattern is being repeated by him towards our students.

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