March apart, strike together:
Building coalitions to advance a Latinx educational agenda
Friday, April 19, 2019
University of Illinois, Chicago
Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum
725 West Roosevelt Rd. Chicago IL
This year’s conference theme is March Apart, Strike Together: Building Coalitions to Advance a Latinx Educational Agenda. As educators and advocates, ILACHE is strongly committed to providing strategies to assist students, faculty and staff during this difficult time in state and national politics. Our work is vital in these times of increasing budget challenges, shrinking enrollments, changing demographics, as well as legislative attacks on those who are often marginalized in society.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Luis Urrieta, Jr.. He is (by courtesy) affiliated faculty in the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program (NAIS), and the Lozano Long-Benson Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Dr. Urrieta's research interests center around 1) cultural and racial identities, 2) agency as social and cultural practices, 3) social movements and collective action related to education, and 4) learning in family and community contexts. He is specifically interested in Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous (P'urhépecha) cultures and identities, activism as a social practice in educational spaces, in oral and narrative traditions in qualitative research, and Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies.
We look froward to seeing you soon at the University of Illinois at Chicago to connect with colleagues and return to campus with the tools necessary to continue to redefine the future of Latino higher education.
Statement on Separation of Families
ILACHE joins with many other educational and social organizations across the country that have denounced the inhumane treatment of immigrant families and youth. The precipitous deterioration of democratic culture, processes, and institutions is alarming. This disconcerting conservative wave is characterized by heightened imperial ambitions abroad, the diplomacy of arrogance in foreign affairs, and the demonization of immigrant workers and refugee seekers, many of whom are the victims of past and current policies of economic and political destabilization.
Nowhere is the outcome of rightwing populism more evident than in the demagogic projection of all immigrants, particularly Latino/as as thieves, rapists and drug dealers. The dehumanization of people is the necessary first step to enact policies and procedures that violate basic human rights and dignity that should be respected by any civil society. The separation of children from parents, their incarceration in cages, the abuse of power, including the violation of women and children, is not the practice of democratic and civilized societies.
The torture of children, which is what the separation from mothers and their families constitute, is being done without regard for the long-term consequences of these actions. These are mainly children of color and their wellbeing and their futures hold no worth for those who promulgate policy on the basis of prejudice and fear. ILACHE was founded on aspirations of hope and opportunity for all. It urges all people of conscience to reject the appeal to racism and support campaigns to put an end to inhumane and undemocratic policies of hate.
We urge you to act today to protect Illinois immigrant communities by calling Governor Rauner at 217-782-0244 and ask that he sign SB 34 (VOICES Act), SB 35 (Safe Zones Act), and SB 3488 (No Registry Act). The VOICES Act will help immigrant survivors of domestic violence and trafficking; the Safe Zones Act will protect immigrant families while they’re learning at school or getting care at a hospital, and the No Registry Act will prohibit Illinois from participating in any federal registry program that singles out any group based on religion or national origin.
On behalf of the ILACHE Board
ILACHE Statement on the Repeal of DACA
Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA has six months while Congress works on immigration legislation and some form of the Dream Act.
Affirming our Agenda