Immigration – Now’s The Time to Tell The Story

Can you think of another time when immigration was so important?

I can’t and neither can most folks who work on behalf of Chicago’s immigrants.

That’s why we are holding a workshop for the ethnic media from 10 am to noon  on Tuesday, May 7th.

The meeting is at Room 101, 33 East Congress (Congress and Wabash) Columbia College, Chicago.

If you want to learn about the latest developments involving immigration in Washington and Springfield, about the impact of new federal immigration policies, about everyday issues that concern and sometimes trouble immigrants, you’ll learn about them at our workshop.

If you want to know who are the best sources and best community organizations and contacts to fill out your reporting, you’ll get that from our workshop. If you are looking for voices to bring your reporting alive, we’ll help you get them.

With the help of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), we will have experts on hand from a number of organizations that represent Chicago’s truly diverse immigrant community. They will provide you with background information and guidance on how to do reporting that today’s carries more significance than any time I can recall.

Adolfo Hernandez, head of the city of Chicago’s Office of New Americans, will be one of those who will explain why immigrants today matter to Chicago.

Talk of breaking news about immigrants, ICIRR will be ready with a press conference as soon as immigration legislation is announced by Congress. This can happen in the coming days and  you want to miss updating this story for your community.

ICIRR officials will offer their analysis of the legislation and what it means to immigrants. They also have immigrant families available for interview. And interviews will be possible as well in Polish, Arabic and Chinese.

If you want to arrange interviews in advance or for more information, contact Monica Trevinoat ICIRR at cell (773) 573-8667 or

So, see you on May 7th. Questions? Suggestions? Talk to me.

Steve Franklin,, office 312 369 6400, cell 773 595 8667




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