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by Progress Illinois
6:52pm
Tue Jan 29, 2013

Op-Ed: Immigration Reform Must Include Workers' Rights

The following was written by Amy B. Dean, a fellow at the Century Foundation and principal of ABD Ventures LLC, an organizational development consulting firm that works to develop new and innovative organizing strategies for social change organizations.

At this moment, various plans to reform America's broken immigration system are working their way through Congressional debate. On Monday, a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers unveiled a plan that includes what they call a "tough but fair" path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Last Friday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with President Obama to discuss the issue, and this caucus' input will be influential in shaping any final legislation.

In the current political climate, immigration reform is broadly popular, with both parties eager to win over the Hispanic electorate in 2014 and 2016. But that doesn't mean that a bipartisan effort will pass a good law -- especially if long-time opponents of immigration reform are only cynically vying for votes. We have every reason to doubt the sincerity of conservatives such as Senator Marco Rubio, who is leading the charge from the Republican side of the aisle with an eye on his own bid for president.

For the Democrats, the challenge will be to avoid simply jumping at the first deal offered by newly converted conservatives. Instead, for the first time in decades, promoters of reform have the opportunity to hold America to its promise of being a land of liberty and justice for all.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
2:21pm
Fri Jan 25, 2013

Senators Poised To Propose Immigration Bill Next Week

A bipartisan group of senators is set to propose a comprehensive immigration bill next week, according to The Hill.

The legislation would address a group of immigrants that President Obama mentioned in his inaugural speech on Monday; those "bright young students and engineers" that he would like to see "enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country."

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
1:19pm
Mon Jan 21, 2013

Obama Kicks Off Second Term With Speech Addressing Progressive Issues

President Barack Obama kicked off his second term today with a speech that covered a plethora of progressive issues, including same-sex marriage, preserving the middle class, sustainable energy and climate change.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
1:47pm
Fri Jan 18, 2013

Obama Parlays Campaign Machine Into Grassroots Group (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama's well-oiled and successful grassroots-style campaign machine for election, and then re-election, will not fall fade into the ether now that he is set to be inaugurated on Sunday.

Instead, the heavily tech and social media dependent campaign will be turned into a grassroots non-profit called Organizing for Action with the aim of moving forward the issues and policies that united his supporters in the first place.

"We have the power to do even more to change our politics and our country for the better," President Obama wrote to supporters in an email announcing the new organization. "With Organizing for Action, you'll have every resource you need to do it. But it starts with you. This new organization is in your hands."

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
3:59pm
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Chicago Parent Mentor Program Expands Across The State (VIDEO)

Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Parent Mentor Program is expanding to 45 low-income schools across Illinois this spring, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and a partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and other state-wide community organizations. Progress Illinois was there for the kick off the program's expansion. 

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