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As we march one step at a time towards the end of a tumultuous year, I’d like to take a moment to talk about next steps.  

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the heightened civil unrest that have defined 2020, many have brought the conversations of structural racism and equity to the forefront of the public agenda. Now, it’s time to move forward from the rhetoric. It’s time to put concrete metrics of equity in place.  

For example: When philanthropy was developing its coronavirus response plan back in the spring, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund raised about $30 million to address basic needs. The good news is that philanthropic leaders understood... Continue Reading

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La Ley HEROES podría garantizar que todos los individuos, incluidas aquellas familias con estatus migratorios mixtos, tengan acceso a cheques de estímulo, así como a otras ayudas esenciales.

Por Sarah Cartagena, Analista de Inmigración, y Fanny López Benítez, Gerente de Participación Cívica

La exclusión de empleados indocumentados y de sus familias del reparto de ayudas de estímulo económico contempladas en la Ley CARES ha tenido un impacto negativo en la recuperación de la economía y la salud de nuestra nación. Illinois perdió $706 millones en ayudas económicas de estímulo por la decisión categórica de... Continue Reading

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The HEROES Act could ensure stimulus checks and other essential relief for all individuals, including mixed-status familes. We can't afford to fail these families again.

By Sarah Cartagena, Immigration Analyst, and Fanny López Benítez, Civic Engagement Manager

The exclusion of undocumented workers and their families from stimulus relief in the CARES Act has been detrimental to the recovery of our nation’s health and economy. Illinois lost $706 million in federal stimulus relief because of the categorical exclusion of these mixed-status families (i.e. families with at least one undocumented member).

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Dear friends and neighbors,

I hope that you’re finding some slivers of light in this trying year. In the spirit of helping each other, I thought I’d share a couple that I’ve found for myself.

Over the past few months, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the changes to our societal landscape that this moment has catalyzed. There are two reflections in particular that have filled me with optimism and hope. Both of these lessons came from young voices in the street, and both have to do with bringing important, previously taboo subjects into mainstream conversation.

I’ve spent my entire career—nearly 50 years, if I go back to my youth as an activist—in pursuit of... Continue Reading

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Los datos no dejan lugar a dudas: Las comunidades de color de Illinois se han visto afectadas de manera desproporcionada por el COVID-19. La pandemia ha asestado un golpe devastador especialmente a la comunidad latina. En la actualidad, los latinos suman el mayor número de casos reportados, así como el porcentaje mayor de resultados positivos en las pruebas realizadas. 

Sólo hace falta observar los números relativos al empleo para entender cómo hemos llegado a esta situación. Sólo el 16 por ciento de los latinos puede trabajar desde casa, la tasa más baja de entre todos los grupos étnicos y raciales. Esto supone un... Continue Reading

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