Ahmed Rehab to speak at ICIRR Immigrant Integration Summit – February 4, 2012

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at the ICIRR “One Nation, One Dream” Immigrant Integration Summit at Malcolm X College this Saturday. The 2nd annual summit will feature 18 different workshops ranging from issues such as health care and deportations to politics and citizenship.

WHAT: Summit for Immigrant Integration hosted by ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)
WHEN: Saturday, February 4th, 2012 from 9AM-1PM.
WHERE: Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL 60612
COST: All workshops are free to the public.
WHO: Speakers at the summit will include:

• CAIR-Chicago Executive Director and ICIRR Board Member, Ahmed Rehab
• Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez
• County President Toni Preckwinkle
• House Majority Whip Eddie Acevedo
• Rep. Lisa Hernandez
• Rep. Robyn Gabel
• Rep. Greg Harris
• Commissioner Jesus Garcia
• and many more! 

House speaker Michael Madigan, Governor Pat Quinn, and Senator Richard Durbin will also be attending the summit.

Below are detailed descriptions of the Summit workshops:

TRACK 1: Uniting America:
• Citizenship Workshop 9:00 to Noon: You and your family can apply to become U.S. citizens.
• Volunteer Fair 9:00 to Noon: Learn how you can volunteer in immigrant-serving communities throughout Illinois – ESL tutoring, citizenship aid, etc.
• Youth Civic Leadership Academy 9:40 to 10:40: Gain valuable leadership skills: story-telling, volunteer recruitment, and mobilization.

TRACK 2: Keeping Families Together – Stopping Deportations:
• What My Family Needs to Know: Prosecutorial Discretion, Family Unity Waiver Workshop – Spanish 9:40 to 10:40: Hear from an attorney what options your family has for receiving immigration relief.
• What My Family Needs to Know – English 10:50 to 11:50
• Deportations 2012: Training for Advocates – 9:40 to Noon: Get connected to the information you need to help families in deportation.
• Training for Mental Health Professionals on Working with the Undocumented 9:40 to Noon: Experts and undocumented youth will discuss the mental health challenges facing undocumented people and how to address them.

TRACK 3: Education is Power:
• Ready for College: The Illinois DREAM Act, MAP Grants, and Financial Aid 9:40 to 10:40: Hear from a college counselor, a policy expert, and undocumented youth about where the Illinois DREAM Act stands and how to fight for increased funding.
• Running for Local School Council – English 9:00 to Noon: Learn how and why you should run for your Local School Council and improve education in your neighborhood.
• Running for Local School Council – Spanish 9:00 to Noon
• Early Childhood Education through Parent Engagement (Bartow, SWOP; Brown, LSNA) 9:40 to Noon: SWOP and LSNA report on their nationally-recognized, innovative program to engage parents in local schools

TRACK 4: Building our Political Engagement:
• Strategy Session: Mobilizing the New American Vote Primary and General 2012 9:40 to 10:40: Get a high-level briefing on the demographic shifts and political opportunities of 2012.
• GOTV (Get Out The Vote!) Training for Primary, General 2012 10:50 to 11:50: Learn how you can join ICIRR’s efforts to mobilize voters in the crucial 2012 primary elections on March 20th.
• Ride the bus! Effective citizen advocacy in Springfield 10:50 to 11:50: Get ready for ICIRR’s major advocacy day in Springfield on February 29th!
• Framing the Message: Preaching Beyond the Choir 9:40 to 10:40: Presentation by pundit and activist Ahmed Rehab about how we can use media and messaging to reach a wider audience.

TRACK 5: Keeping our Community Healthy
• Health Care Policy and the Immigrant Community 10:50 to 11:50: How healthcare reform will affect immigrant communities, and how we respond.

TRACK 6: Strengthening our Economy
• Defending Low Wage Workers 9:40 to 10:40: Protecting low wage workers and the health and safety of all workers.
• Immigrants are the Engine of the Economy 10:50 to 11:50: Preparing our workforce for the future, by attracting and supporting immigrant entrepreneurs and workers.