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Community Resources

  • Casa Guatemala -- The Casa Guatemala organization is dedicated to organizing our community so that it may, for itself, secure inherent, basic human rights, which include the right to live any where one chooses, free from fear, ignorance, poverty or repression in a society which turns away and does nothing.
  • Centro Romero -- Centro Romero provides opportunities for those community residents with the fewest options. Through education, Centro Romero emphasizes the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community leadership and self-reliance. Centro Romero proudly celebrated 23 years of service to the community in continuous efforts to strengthen and facilitate the integration of immigrants into the social, cultural and political fabric of Chicago with the deepest belief that "Our Families are Our Hope".
  • Illinois Migrant Council (IMC) -- The Illinois Migrant Council is a community-based non-profit organization with the primary mission of promoting employment, educational and other opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability. IMC's central focus is the well-being of the farmworker family. Since 1966, IMC has assisted farmworker families in meeting their needs and attaining their goals in their efforts to make the transition to a new community, home and job -- whether they are working seasonally in agriculture or are settling out of the migrant stream in Illinois.
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Refugee Rights (ICIRR) -- ICIRR is dedicated to promote the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion -- Mujeres Latinas en Accion, a bilingual/bicultural agency, seeks to empower women, their families and youth to become self-reliant and able to take full advantage of available opportunities, and create new opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. Mujeres Latinas en Accion provides comprehensive services with integrated activities to assist in exploring choices, make informed decisions, develop self-esteem, and enhance daily living and problem-solving skills.
  • Organized Communities Against Deportations​ (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that organizes against deportations, detention, criminalization, and incarceration, of Black, brown, and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. Through grassroots organizing, legal and policy work, direct action and civil disobedience, and cross-movement building, OCAD aims to defend our communities, challenge the institutions that target and dehumanize us, and build collective power. They fight alongside families and individuals challenging these systems to create an environment for our communities to thrive, work, and organize with happiness and without fear.
  • Pilsen Alliance -- In 1998, Pilsen community residents, activists and local businesses came together at the first Pilsen Community Congress to address the pressing needs of equitable and accessible public transportation, development and education reform. This platforms was ratified and led to the creation of Pilsen Alliance, a not-for-profit community organizing agency. Today, Pilsen Alliance continues organizing to ensure that the community does not become displaced and that their interests are served. Pilsen Alliance serves to improve the quality of life and preserve the rich Mexican culture of the Greater Pilsen community by supporting local leadership at the grassroots level on advocacy / organizing campaigns that promote self-determination, accountability, inclusiveness and social change.
  • Puerto Rican Chicago -- PuertoRicanChicago.com is a Website dedicated to providing information on the Arts as reflected in Chicago's Puerto Rican community cultural movement. The mission of this newsletter is to disseminate information, as well as promote, the arts and culture taking place in our community.
  • Puerto Rican Cultural Center -- Founded in 1973, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is a non-profit, community-based umbrella institution, which seeks to serve the social/cultural needs of Chicago's Puerto Rican/Latino community. It is built on the following principles: a philosophy of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and critical thought, and an ethics of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, "To Live and Help To Live." It serves as a place where people come together to address the critical problems confronting the community, and to recover their history, and to share in the music, poetry and drama of Puerto Ricans both at home and in the diaspora.
  • Un Nuevo Despertar --  Non-Profit organization in Little Village that works to prevent domestic violence and to support the victims and survivors of domestic abuse.  Their vision is to assist Latino families to rebuild and regain self-confidence, having the opportunity to live in a safe and healthy environment.
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