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by Matthew Blake
Thu May 17, 2012

Latino Leaders Meet In Chicago To Talk Voter Mobilization, Immigration Reform

NATO is not the only policy summit in Chicago this weekend – the three-day National Latino Congreso started today with local and national Latino leaders focused on voter mobilization, at a moment in Chicago when many Occupy protesters are focused on street marches, rallies, and sit-ins.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu May 10, 2012

Occupy Chicago Outlines NATO Protests (VIDEO)

Occupy Chicago says thousands of protesters will go to Chicago next week before the city hosts the NATO summit, May 20 and 21. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel views the summit as raising Chicago’s profile, Occupy thinks the event will call attention to their concerns and invigorate the Occupy Wall Street movement that started last fall.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Wed May 2, 2012

Latino Political Leaders Plot 2012 Election Strategy

Latino leaders Wednesday lamented their community’s economic struggles and lack of a voice in national politics, while expressing hope they could make a difference in this year’s election.

“We have to educate folks on how you do politics,” said Jesse Rios, the executive director of the Chicago Metro Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, adding that more Latino residents must “knock on the door of their Congressman; knock on the door of their Senator.” Read more »

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Fri Apr 6, 2012

State Legislation Could Halt Federal Immigrant Detention Center

A bill in Springfield could preempt a proposed federal immigrant detention center in the Chicago south suburb of Crete.