Dream Across America Stops in Chicago for Weekend of Events on Way to DC for June 19!

National Immigration Tour to Stop in Chicago - Dreamers Push to Resurrect Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill Hundreds to gather on Father’s Day for events across Chicago and suburbs WHAT: The Dreams Across America Tour kicked off today in Los Angeles. In eight days (June 13th- 20th) via ten cities, the tour will bring together one hundred diverse individuals from throughout the country, referred to as Dreamers, to Washington D.C. to share their dreams. Fifteen dreamers from the Chicago area will join the tour, with the objective of dispelling myths, sharing their compelling stories and reinforcing what still holds true today - no matter our backgrounds, immigrant or native born, we all cherish the values that make this country prosper.

WHEN: Saturday June 16, 2:30pm Two trains will arrive in Chicago’s Union Station, where a welcoming delegation of 50 people including Chicago-area dreamers will meet them.

       SUNDAY, JUNE 17, activities involving dreamers are planned throughout the day in the Chicago area including:

11 AM – CELEBRATION OF IMMIGRANT JOURNEY Holy Family Catholic Church, 450 Keeler Ave., Waukegan, IL

Contact: Ricardo Rosas: 847.338.6219

11:30 AM – COMMUNITY EVENT AT CONG. EMANUEL DISTRICT       Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4640 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL

Contact: Patricia Islas: 773.444.8650

12:30 PM – MASS AND BLESSING FOR DREAMERS Mision Juan Diego Catholic Church, 2323 N. Wilke Rd., Chicago, IL

Contact: Miguel Hernandez: 847.521.2012

1 PM – INTERFAITH BLESSING AND COMMUNITY EVENT             440 E. Briarcliff Ave., Bolingbrook, IL

Contact: Ashley Wooten 773.987.7767


SEND-OFF AND PROCESSION             Hundreds of immigration reform supporters will gather at Old St. Patrick’s Church followed by a send off procession led by Korean drummers to Union Station             3:00 PM Old St. Patrick’s Church. 700 W. Adams St. Chicago, IL             4:15 PM Procession starts to train station             4:45 PM -5:15 PM Send off rally and blessing outside Union Station, (corner of Adams St.     and Canal St.)

            5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Media Availability for Dreamers, Dream Students and supporters

In addition a bus with 50 “Dream Students” will depart from Union Station at the same time the dreamers’ trains leave.   WHO: Chicago-area participants include: 

Timmy Ray Berry, an African-American hotel worker who works side-by-side with immigrants. Rev. Mie Hae Rhee, Ph.D., who immigrated to the United States 40 years ago from Korea and now is a minister who counsels new immigrants E. Melissa Garcia, a U.S. citizen whose parents are immigrants. Tony Wasilewski, a Polish immigrant whose deported wife and U.S. citizen son recently left to Poland.  

ENDORSERS: SEIU Local 1, SEIU Local 4, SEIU Local 73, UNITE-HERE Local 1, Interfaith Worker Justice, Chicago Workers Collaborative, UE Western Region, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Priests for Justice for Immigrants, Jobs with Justice Chicago, UNITE-HERE Midwest Regional Joint Board, CONFEMEX, March 10th Committee, UFCW Local 881, United African Organization, Polish American Association, Faith and Justice Leadership Alliance, Northwest Neighborhood Federation, Korean American Resource and Culture Center, Rainbow Push Coalition.

For more information and updates on the tour, please visit http://dreamsacrossamericaonline.org/

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