Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Camp-Out, Peace & Community Unification, ACLU, Your Rights, Your Responsibilities, Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director

     CAMP-OUT: Little Village Camp-Out starts this Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. and ends Saturday 5 a.m. at 2500 S. Sacramento Ave., Promoting peace and community unification. Open to the public. For more information call 773/943-2780.             
      ACLU SAYS: The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] has produced a small brochure in
English and Spanish with information on your rights. This information is not intended as legal advice. The following information is being reprinted from the ACLU brochure.
HERE IS what to do if ICE, police, immigration agents or the FBI stops you:
   You have the right to remain silent. If you      wish to exercise that right, say so aloud.  
       *  You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.
  •             If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  •             You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
  •             Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
  •             Do stay calm and be polite
  •             Do not interfere with or obstruct the police
  •            Do not lie or give false documents
  •            Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested
  •            Do remember the details of the encounter
  •            Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been     violated
            THE ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. 
Colleen K. Connell
ACLU Executive Director
            THESE RIGHTS include: Your First Amendment rights—freedom of speech, association, and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
            Your right to equal protection under the law—protection against unlawful discrimination.
            Your right to due process—fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
            Your right to privacy—freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
            THE ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights. These include people of color, women, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, prisoners, and people with disabilities. “If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled,” says ACLU.
            FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact ACLU of Illinois. Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone: 312/201-9740.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pilsen Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Grand Opening Xilin Association Senior Center, Camp-Out, Increase the Peace Organization, Happy 4th of July

               Left to right: Standing tall. Dr. Bill Liu, Chairman, Board of Directors; Sueylee Chang; Teresa Medina; Guest,  Xiaohui Lu, Head Consul, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of  China in Chicago; Linda Yang, Xilin Executive Director; Yonkan We. 

            ON MONDAY, June 25, 2018, I was invited by my cousin Teresa (Terry) Medina, Chicago liaison, to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the new Xilin Association Chicago Senior Center building located at 2538 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago. It was the official grand opening of the center and I was honored to participate in cutting the ribbon. More than 100 residents of the Latino and Chinese community attended the grand opening ceremony.
              CUTTING THE RIBBON were Dr. Bill Liu, Chairman, Board of Directors; Sueylee Chang, Teresa Medina, OPEN, Xiaohui Lu, Head Consul, The Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Chicago; Linda Yang, Xilin Executive Director; Yonkan We; August Sallas and Carlos Gaona, Finance Officer, Manuel Perez Jr. American Legion Post 1017.
            AFTER THE CUTTING of the ribbon, the grand opening program began with Terry introducing VIP guest speakers. Teresa introduced Director Linda Yang, Xiaohui Lu, Head Consul the Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Chicago, and State Representative Theresa Mah [2nd Dist.], Dr. Bill Liu. Terry also spoke about the center in Spanish. The program was trilingual: English, Spanish and Chinese.
            THE ENTERTAINMENT began with Leonor and Gerardo dancing Danzan followed by Danza Azteca Xochiquetzal Aztec dance group, Maya Cepeda singing a song in Spanish and ending with Thai Chai sword dance by Wai Kuan. Lunch was Mexican and Chinese cuisine.
            THE XILIN ASSOCIATION was founded in 2003 as a non-profit 501(c) 3 IRS tax exempt organization committed to serving the needs of children, seniors, and families. Xilin provides innovative programs and promotes cross-cultural community events and activities for all. The Xilin Association is excited in starting another venture under the name “Xilin Senior Center” within the Pilsen Community.
            THE MAIN FOCUS of the Xilin Senior Center is to provide the much-needed recreational activities and training for seniors in the community. With this new facility, Xilin will be able to provide programs to many seniors from age 60 and above. Xilin Senior Center is opened Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information call 773/741-4743.
CAMPOUT: Steven Valadez, Oneida Bueno and Elizeth Argelles are members of the Little Village Increase the Peace Organization.  Steven Valadez is a community organizer with the
Steven Valadez, Oneida Bueno, Elizeth Argelles
Increase the Peace Organization, specifically the Little Village chapter 
and they are they are coordinating a Campout on Friday, July 13th.
THE PEACE ORGANIZATION has been operating in Little Village and neighboring communities for over a year. They are a new community organization that operates as a pillar of the Rise and Organize committee, formed under the Resurrection Project. Though they are not a tenured organization, their members are life-long residents of their communities and who share the same                                                                                                     vision. 
VALADEZ SAID: “We strive to create safe spaces and opportunities for youth empowerment throughout several Chicago communities through various forms of projects. These include neighborhood beautification, voter registration, leadership training, resource/colleges fairs, and mentor opportunities. We seek to be the catalyst for change not only with the youth but for surrounding communities. We have six chapters in Chicago: Little Village, Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Pilsen, Chicago Lawn/Gage Park, and Englewood.” 
BUENO SAID: “Our campouts embody our purpose: We strive to Increase the Peace throughout Chicago neighborhoods by holding events like the campout in areas where violence is prevalent; "hot blocks." The Campout is open to the public and will be at 2500 S Sacramento Ave., Friday, July 13, 2018 starting at 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.”
ARGELLES: “We will be promoting peace and community unification. We will have resources available that include youth and family services, legal aid services, health and wellness resources on site, clothes drive, sports, music, and great vibes”. 
                        Happy 4th of July!