July 24th, 2019 Newsletter: Speaking Out About Hate

Dear Neighbors,

You may have seen that a few days ago, the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association posted an incendiary and offensive image depicting four members of Congress as violent terrorists engaged in "political jihad."

Two days later, after intense criticism, they removed the post and issued a half-hearted apology for its content.

As you've probably noticed, I don't often use this space to comment on the political news of the day. But I felt an obligation to speak up about this, situated as it is in the context of the "Send Her Back" chants and a growing debate about who has a place in our country.

I've been writing you a lot about the situation at the border and the threats to our immigrant neighbors. We are facing a question at this moment about who we are as a nation. When people come to this country fleeing oppression, violence, and poverty, can they expect to be welcomed? To find safe harbor? To have a chance to become a part of the fabric of America, to maybe some day become a citizen, even to participate in our democratic institutions and find their way to the hallowed halls of Congress? Or should they expect to be torn mother from child, detained, interrogated, to live in constant fear, under never-ending threat of agents of our government kicking in their doors and destroying their lives?

This debate shouldn't be a political or partisan one in my view, but it has become one. The denigrating and taunting of these Congresswomen of color — even by my own colleagues — is racist, Islamophobic hate speech that serves only to turn our neighbors' hearts away from immigrants, refugees, and anyone who doesn't look or think like they do.

We have to call this out when it happens. But we also have to keep working to win that more just and loving version of America we believe in. Protect and care for your immigrant neighbors. Lift up the voices of women and nonbinary people, people of color, people of different faiths. And do your part to make sure that your elected officials hold the same values of decency and compassion.

Sincerely,

-Will


Events:

We're co-hosting a back-to-school fair with Senator Iris Y. Martinez at Avondale/ Logandale School on August 8th from 10am-1pm. We're providing free immunizations, physicals and school supplies, while supplies last. Hope to see you there and please RSVP at the link below!

RSVP Back-to-School Fair

If you can't make it out to the back-to-school fair on August 8th, join me at the Avondale Coalition's Community Health Fair on August 14. At this event we'll also provide free physicals and school supplies to families in need. 

Avondale Community Health Fair

Come out to meet neighbors, buy fresh produce and chat with Team Guzz, August 4th at the Portage Park Farmer's Market! We'll be there from 10am-1pm.

Portage Park Farmer's Market


Services

Chicago Public Schools are hosting back to school fairs across the city in the next few weeks. Click the link below to find one nearest you.

CPS Back-to-School Events

Senior citizens are owed as much as $45 million in unclaimed Cook County property tax exemptions. Click the link below to find out if you or your family members are owed money!

Cook County Assessors Office

We've had an incredibly hot summer so far. Click the link below to find cooling centers across Cook County, and please share widley so our neighbors know where to go if they're in need of a cool place on the hottest days to come.

Cooling Centers


Employment

The State of Illinois is Hiring Forensic Scientists. Click the link below for information on how to apply!

Forensic Scientist

CTA is hiring bus drivers right now. Click the link below to find out how to apply!

CTA Bus Driver