Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  IDENTITY

LGBTs at Immigrant Rally
2007-04-01

This article shared 4533 times since Sun Apr 1, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


by Emmanuel Garcia

On March 10, over 3,000 people congregated at the Loop's Federal Plaza for the one-year anniversary of the megamarches that took place across the country last spring.

Attendance was dramatically lower than last year's monumental march that put Chicago traffic at a standstill.

With Congress saying it is coming close to immigration reform, many want the current administration to suspend the ICE ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement ) raids currently taking place in small and large numbers in factories across the U.S. Most of the signs read 'No more raids, no more deportations!'

Chicago's LGBTQ community also came out—flying rainbow flags and holding signs that read, among other things, 'Comunidad de Gays Latinos Presente' ( 'Gay Latino Community Present' ) . Many feel that the representation of gay organizations in the current movement is setting the standard for fair representation of all that encompass the immigrant community. Many have complained of being shunned at marches and rallies for the display of pride flags. A couple of LGBT organizations have formed in response to the need for support that immigrant gays and lesbians have expressed.

ALMA [ Association of Latino Men for Action ] Executive Director Carlos Castillon was invited to speak to the cheering crowds. 'I am an immigrant, a Latino and I am gay,' he said. 'I come to represent ... We are sons and daughters of Latino families; love your children as they are.' The crowd responded with applause.A familiar voice in the Latino gay community, Tania Unzueta, spoke about the needs of thousands of undocumented youth in our educational system and the displacement that happens after graduating from colleges and universities across America. She concluded her speech by saying, 'We demand—as students, as youth, as woman, workers, the gay community, indigenous people, immigrants—unconditional legalization that includes the rights [ for ] all of us.'

Each voice echoed the call for a May 1 boycott and invitation to march. On May 1, 2006, over 500,000 marched from diverse areas around the city to Grant Park in support of immigrant rights.

The number of immigrants in the United States ranges from 28.4 million to 31.1 million, according to AFSC.org .


This article shared 4533 times since Sun Apr 1, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

1.3 million adult immigrants in the US identify as LGBT 2021-02-23
--From a press release - LGBT immigrants are more often male and younger compared to all immigrants in the country An estimated 1,274,500 LGBT foreign-born adults live in the U.S., including 289,700 who are undocumented and 984,800 who are documented, according ...


Gay News

Cook County Board unanimously approves immigration resolution 2021-01-29
- On Jan. 28, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved resolution #21-0495, which calls upon the federal government to implement policies to protect the immigrant community and strengthen the immigration system in the United States. ...


Gay News

Calif. court blocks Trump administration's asylum rule 2021-01-09
- In response to a request from Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order on Jan. 8 blocking, in its ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal, others challenge Trump administration's asylum rule 2020-12-22
- Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP filed a federal lawsuit, Immigration Equality v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, challenging the Trump administration's recently published ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality to challenge asylum ban 2020-12-10
- On Dec. 10, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice announced they will soon publish a new rule that Lambda Legal said "eviscerates the United States asylum system," according to a joint press release ...


Gay News

Largest survey of undocumented immigrants finds acute economic distress 2020-12-07
- LOS ANGELES — The members of the California Immigrant Relief Assistance Coalition announce the release of one of the largest surveys of undocumented immigrant needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 91,000 Californians participated in the ...


Gay News

Judge orders restoration of DACA 2020-12-05
- Judge Nicholas Garaufis, of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, ordered the Trump administration to fully restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—an Obama-era initiative that protects undocumented immigrants brought ...


Gay News

'Lives at Stake' virtual panel Oct. 19 2020-10-14
- On Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Rainbow Railroad, joined by the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Chicago chapter, will present a unique and timely virtual panel discussion entitled, "Lives at Stake: Implications of the U.S. Election ...


Gay News

Rainbow Railroad panel to discuss election implications for displaced LGBTQIs 2020-10-07
--From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Rainbow Railroad, joined by the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, will host a virtual panel discussion Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m , CT, focusing on the life and death implications ...


Gay News

ICIRR, coalition of immigrant rights groups sue over the unlawful fee rule 2020-08-21
--From a press release - [Chicago] — The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) today announced that it has joined a coalition of nine of the nation's leading immigrant rights organizations in filing a lawsuit ...


Gay News

81,000 'Dreamers' identify as LGBT, 39,000 of them have participated in DACA 2020-06-18
- There are an estimated 81,000 LGBT Dreamers in the U.S., including 39,000 who have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to an updated report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. ...


Gay News

NCLR cheers court ruling invalidating attempt to end DACA 2020-06-18
- WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Trump Administration's attempt to end the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides relief ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Lawsuit against ICE, election items, Rufus Gifford, Puerto Rico killings 2020-05-04
- A coalition of LGBTQ and immigration activists filed a class-action lawsuit demanding the immediate release of all transgender detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, NBC News reported. The ...


Gay News

COVID-19 First cases confirmed at ICE facility in Illinois 2020-04-10
- Chicago, IL — In response to the news of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Pulaski County Detention Center, community organizers with Organized Communities Against Deportations offered the following statement. "It was only a ...


Gay News

Trump administration suspends asylum processing, elected officials respond 2020-04-10
- Washington, D.C. — Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) issued the ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.