Illinois: Pilgrimage of Hope
|In 1980, the people of Gwangju took to the streets to fight for democracy in the face of a US-backed dictatorship in Korea, risking their lives for democracy. 30 years later, we face a different type of oppression in Illinois with the threatened deportation of immigrant families that would separate parents from children, and friends from their loved ones. McHenry County’s Secure Community program would allow local police to enforce immigration law.Similarly, Arizona state government is planning to profile people for their immigration status. This type of racial profiling is unacceptable and the spirit of Gwangju demands us to stand up for the fight. We need to do something to bring justice for immigrants. Six to seven activists from Chicago’s Korean American Resource & Cultural Center are participating in the 50-person pilgrimage being organized by several community groups. They will walk from Chicago to the Immigration Detention Center in Woodstock IL to call for an end to deportations of law-abiding immigrants and the inhumane separation of families. They preceded their journey with a presentation at the Chicago Freedom School.
Support these activists as they set off on the pilgrimage to bring hope back to our families, communities, and nation.
What: Kick-Off for the Pilgrimage of Hope
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