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by Aricka Flowers
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
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. 

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Nov 16, 2012

Illinois Immigrant Detention Center Makes List Of Top 10 Worst Facilities

Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois is one of the 10 worst immigrant detention centers in the country, according to a report issued yesterday by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

The report, which claims U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lack oversight of the nation’s detention facilities, sites a 350-mile distance from Chicago and a depleted communication infrastructure, including broken phones and expensive calling cards, as causes to consider Tri-County an unacceptable place for housing immigrants.

Because of “ICE’s failure to hold the facility accountable and the ongoing human rights and due process violations” the report, part of the National Immigrant and Justice Center’s “Expose and Close” campaign, recommends that Tri-County be closed.

Quick Hit
by Nathan Greenhalgh
Mon Nov 12, 2012

Latino, Immigrant Voter Registration Drive Pays Off As Turnout Fuels Immigration Reform Efforts

In a true display of people power, President Barack Obama’s heavy support from Latino and immigrant voters on November 6 is already prompting bipartisan action on immigration reform.

On Sunday, both parties called for immigration reform. In the U.S. Senate, where Republicans filibustered the federal DREAM Act into defeat, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced that they are working on an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The same day House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged Obama to take the lead on immigration reform. Just before the election, President Obama said he was confident immigration reform would pass Congress in 2013, predicting that Republicans will switch previous votes against immigration reform after seeing the consequences of alienating the voter demographic.