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Community Resources

  • ASPIRA of Illinois -- ASPIRA, Inc. of Illinois is a Puerto Rican not-for profit organization committed to the self-determination of Latinos through education, leadership development and cultural awareness.
  • Casa Aztlan -- Acknowledging the strengths of Mexican families, Casa Aztlán seeks to sustain the strong cultural identity of the Pilsen community by organizing and educating residents and providing supportive services in order to combat social violence, discrimination and poverty.
  • 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.
  • League of United Latin American Citizens -- With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Primer Acto Production -- Primer Acto is a unique theater troupe at DePaul University committed to bringing together actors and theater practicioners from the University community with those in Chicagoland to create original works and adaptations.  The company focuses on works that share its own mission of educating and entertaining with a particular dedication to themes relevant to the Latin American, Latino , Caribbean, and African Diaspora, as well as a message of social responsibility and political consciousness.
  • Puerto Rican Chicago -- 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.
  • Strictly Flow -- Poetry and spoken word submissions from throughout Chicagoland are narrowed down to ten finalists chosen by a panel of poets, professors and artists. Writers between the ages 18-35 are asked to consider the contemporary significance of Dr. Martin Luther King statement in 1967: "Today there is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." The Strictly Flow Champion and two runner-ups will receive a trophy and cash prize as well as an opportunity to have her or his work published.