Events

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For an extensive list of events in Champaign-Urbana, check out the CU Progressive Calendar.

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March for Support of Immigrants at July 4th Parade

July 4, 2017, 11:00 am @ C-U Immigration Forum

In an effort to demonstrate local support for immigrants in our community, the C-U Immigration Forum is organizing a huge participation in the July 4th Freedom Parade. Our goal is to have 500 people march with us in the parade. If you are free to join us, please do so but also help spread the word among family, friends, co-workers and other organizations or faith communities you are active with. We are encouraging people to sign up so we can track how many folks are participating and also to send out updates about details of the event. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/JoinUsOnJuly4 Show up, speak out in your own unique way for the support of local immigrants and the progress of human rights. You can also join us in raising your voice and showing support in other ways: Join us for a sign-making party on Saturday, July 1st from 2pm-4pm at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street. This is a kid-friendly event with food and plenty of crafty supplies. Immigration Forum t-shirts are also available for purchase to be visible with us at the parade and support our work. You may order your t-shirt here: http://tinyurl.com/IFt-shirts. (Please order your shirt by June 20th to pick up before or at the parade.) Attached here is the flyer for more details. Thanks for your help and support. RSVP on Facebook


Past Event: Warehoused / World Refugee Day

June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm @ The Art Theater

An estimated 12 million people live in refugee camps worldwide and only 0.1% are resettled, repatriated, or integrated into normal society each year. Join us on #WorldRefugeeDay to learn about current advocacy and support programs within the Champaign-Urbana community, followed by the global premiere of Warehoused. This feature-length documentary explores the plight of long-term refugees through a glimpse into the lives of those living in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at the door. All funds raised go to directly support our local programs. Warehoused does not contain any strong language, violence, or disturbing images, but it does tell the stories of people who have lived through difficult and tragic situations. Parents of young children should use their own discretion. RSVP on Facebook


Past Event: Hidden Costs of War panel

June 18, 2017, 1:30 pm @ Champaign Public Library

WHAT: A panel discussion about the financial, social, and environment costs Americans bear to support and pay for the conduct of endless military interventions in Asia and Africa. WHERE: Champaign Public Library, Rooms A&B, 200 W. Green St., Champaign WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 1:30 - 3 PM PANELISTS: * Maryam Ar-Raheem, Chair, Champaign County Democrats; Racial Justice Task Force; founding member, Sister Net; fmr. Dir., A Woman’s Place; fmr. Exec. Dir., UI YWCA; ret. AFSCME union rep at- large. * Morton Brussel, Professor of Physics emeritus, UIUC, nuclear physics research, Union of Concerned Scientists * David Johnson, Host, World Labor Hour; Jobs with Justice; Industrial Workers of the World ( I.W.W.); AFL-CIO of Champaign County * Augustus Wood, UIUC PhD candidate; Co-President, Graduate Employees Organization; Black Students for Revolution; Co-Host, World Labor Hour CO-SPONSORS: Build Programs, Not Jails; Channing Murray Foundation; Central Illinois Jobs with Justice; Eco-Justice Collaborative; People Demanding Action; The People’s Agenda; Food Not Bombs; Prairie Group of Sierra Club; Peace & Service Comm. of the U-C Friends Meeting; Three Spinners. RSVP on Facebook


Past Event: New Americans Initiative: Free Citizenship Info Sessions!

June 14, 2017, 12:00 pm @ University YMCA - UIUC

FOR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES Free U.S. Citizenship Information Sessions Hosted by the YMCA of the University of Illinois LEARN ABOUT U.S. CITIZENSHIP. Stop by ANYTIME during these information sessions to speak one-on-one with a YMCA New Americans representative about the process of naturalization, preparing for the exam, and more. All events are free and open to all interested in getting more information, specifically permanent residents (green card holders) in Illinois who want to learn more about taking the next steps and clear up doubts or concerns about the naturalization process. FREE CHILDCARE is available during the information sessions. BUS STOPS near the Champaign Public Library: Randolph and Healey (1 Yellow Line) Green and State (3 Lavender Line, 5 Green Line, 9 Brown Line) FREE INFO SESSION DATES & TIMES: Tuesday, June 6 • 7:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green, Champaign Saturday, June 10 • 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m. The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green, Urbana Wednesday, June 14 • 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign AT THESE INFO SESSIONS, you will receive resources about: •Requirements to obtain U.S. Citizenship • Naturalization Application, Form N-400 • Current Filing Fees and Processing Times • Materials, Activities, and Resources for studying English and the history and government of the United States for the exam • Information about the next Citizenship events in your area • Suggestions for finding organizations to assist you in your area QUESTIONS? Contact Gloria Yen, New American Program Coordinator at: 217-337-1514; [email protected] (or private message us on Facebook) For assistance in Spanish or French, contact us by calling our La Linea Community Helpline at 217-417-5897. This event is part of the New American Welcome Center initiative. For more information, visit: universityymca.org/welcome RSVP on Facebook


Past Event: New Americans Initiative: Free Citizenship Info Sessions!

June 10, 2017, 9:00 am @ The Urbana Free Library

FOR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES Free U.S. Citizenship Information Sessions Hosted by the YMCA of the University of Illinois LEARN ABOUT U.S. CITIZENSHIP. Stop by ANYTIME during these information sessions to speak one-on-one with a YMCA New Americans representative about the process of naturalization, preparing for the exam, and more. All events are free and open to all interested in getting more information, specifically permanent residents (green card holders) in Illinois who want to learn more about taking the next steps and clear up doubts or concerns about the naturalization process. FREE CHILDCARE is available during the information sessions. BUS STOPS near the Champaign Public Library: Randolph and Healey (1 Yellow Line) Green and State (3 Lavender Line, 5 Green Line, 9 Brown Line) FREE INFO SESSION DATES & TIMES: Tuesday, June 6 • 7:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green, Champaign Saturday, June 10 • 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m. The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green, Urbana Wednesday, June 14 • 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign AT THESE INFO SESSIONS, you will receive resources about: •Requirements to obtain U.S. Citizenship • Naturalization Application, Form N-400 • Current Filing Fees and Processing Times • Materials, Activities, and Resources for studying English and the history and government of the United States for the exam • Information about the next Citizenship events in your area • Suggestions for finding organizations to assist you in your area QUESTIONS? Contact Gloria Yen, New American Program Coordinator: 217-337-1500; [email protected] (or private message us on Facebook!) For assistance in Spanish or French, contact us by calling our La Linea Community Helpline at 217-417-5897. This event is part of the New American Welcome Center initiative. For more information, visit: universityymca.org/welcome RSVP on Facebook