United African Organization

UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.

Sahel Calling: Musicians Defend Human Rights

January 10, 2013SarahBlog

Sahel Calling is an interactive, musical project to raise awareness about the refugees, internally-displaced persons and the people living in the conflict-affected areas of Mali and the Sahel. The Sahel Calling Project works with guidance from Oxfam, UNHCR and Conscience International.

The project is inspired by the musicians in the region who are risking their lives by singing and speaking about the political situation and the violation of human rights.

 

As of October 2012, an estimated 208,000* refugees have fled the north of Mali for other countries due to drought and famine – hardships which were then exacerbated by rebel insurgences which shut down infrastructure and led to a “justice” system that violates human rights.

There are also 203,000* “internally-displaced persons”(IDPs) to consider, who have fled but remain in Mali, as well as all of the people still living in the north of Mali under life-threatening risks from drought and famine and limited infrastructure, including the closure of markets, hospitals, banks, etc.

There has been destruction of cultural and religious landmarks and manuscripts, and the imposition of human rights violations. Among more atrocious violations is the outlawing of the creation of or enjoyment of music.

To find out how YOU can help Sahel Calling, visit their website and donate today! 

Pour la version Français, cliquez ici, s’il vous plaît: http://www.indiegogo.com/lappeldusahel

(Source: Sahel Calling)

Bill Passes for Driver’s Licenses for ALL Immigrants in Illinois!

January 9, 2013SarahBlog

SPRINGFIELD– On Tuesday, January 8th, 2013, Illinois law makers passed bill SB 957, allowing ALL immigrants in Illinois to obtain a Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License. The bill passed through the House on a vote of 65-46 and passed through the Senate (41-14-1) in early December.

When it becomes law, undocumented immigrants in Illinois will be able three-year renewable licenses as long as they provide proof of residency in the state. The new law could impact approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrants drivers in Illinois. Supporters argued that the bill would make the state’s roads safer since applicants would have to pass driving tests and would likely be eligible to purchase insurance. – ABC


 Congratulations to everyone who worked hard in lobbying, and to those in support of this important bill!
Thank you for making highways SAFE in Illinois!


If you have more questions on how this effects you or someone you know,
please call us at: 312-949-9980
and don’t forget to visit Highway Safety Coalition for more information! 

Give Your Fundraising A Boost: Hands-On Grant Writing Workshop!

December 17, 2012SarahBlog

 

 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

9:30am-3:00pm

IIT Tower Building, Floor 6

10 West 35th Street, Chicago, Il 60616

RSVP!

 

 

This workshop is an opportunity for hands-on learning and peer exchange around how to make your group’s overall fundraising strategy more diverse and sustainable by fundraising from a broad range of sources, including individual donors, sale of products, special events/benefits, and fee for service.

The workshop will provide practical insight on writing successful grant proposals.

**This is a FREE event! Call 312-949-9980 to RSVP!**

Citizenship Workshop – December 15th

December 14, 2012AdminBlog

If you have been a Legal Permanent Resident (Green card Holder) for at least 5 years, (or) 3 years and you are married to a U.S. Citizen, then you are eligible to apply to become a U.S. Citizen.

United African Organization in collaboration with the New Americans Initiative holds a workshop every month to assist eligible applicants with their citizenship applications. Our next workshop is on:

Saturday – December 15, 2012 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at  the Truman College Students Cafeteria. 1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL ,60640

At the workshop applicants will receive:

  • Free assistance to complete the application for naturalization
  • Free legal consultation with an immigration attorney
  • Free information on how to apply for application fee waiver
  • Free study materials to prepare for the test and interview

You may qualify to apply for citizenship at no cost if:
~Your family receives public benefits (Link, Medicaid, SSI, TANF)
~Your income is equal to or less than that listed in the table.

Household Size        Yearly Income
1                                      $ 16,755
2                                      $ 22,695
3                                      $ 28,635
4                                      $ 34,575
5                                      $ 40,515
6                                      $ 46,455
7                                      $ 52,395
8                                      $ 58,335

Click Here to find out more, or for individual assistance, please call us at (312) 949-9980

Click Here to read in French

Become a U.S. Citizen!

November 27, 2012AdminBlog

 

CAN-TV April 2013: The Naturalization Process from Alie Kabba on Vimeo.

 

If you have been a Legal Permanent Resident (Green card Holder) for at least 5 years, (or) 3 years and you are married to a U.S. Citizen, then you are eligible to apply to become a U.S. Citizen.

United African Organization in collaboration with the New Americans Initiative holds a workshop every month to assist eligible applicants with their citizenship applications. Our next workshop is on:

Friday – November 30, 2012 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at  the Indo American Center. 6328 S. California, Chicago, IL 60659

At the workshop applicants will receive:

  • Free assistance to complete the application for naturalization
  • Free legal consultation with an immigration attorney
  • Free information on how to apply for application fee waiver
  • Free study materials to prepare for the test and interview

You may qualify to apply for citizenship at no cost if:
~Your family receives public benefits (Link, Medicaid, SSI, TANF)
~Your income is equal to or less than that listed in the table.

Household Size        Yearly Income
1                                      $ 16,755
2                                      $ 22,695
3                                      $ 28,635
4                                      $ 34,575
5                                      $ 40,515
6                                      $ 46,455
7                                      $ 52,395
8                                      $ 58,335

Click Here to find out more, or for individual assistance, please call us at (312) 949-9980

Click Here to read in French

7th Annual Return From Exile Program

November 5, 2012IntervmediaBlog

The 7th Annual Return From Exile Program, honoring Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, will be hosted by the American Murid DAARAH!

This annual program is to honor Cheikh Ahmadou Bamaba for his courageous and tireless effort in protecting Islam in Africa and shielding the Senegalese people from the negative affects of colonization and moral bankruptcy.

Date: November 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Location: IIT Auditorium
10 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

If you’re interested, contact:
Abdoulaye Bamba Mbaye (708)-979-4098
OR Abdoulaye Samb (773)-759-9597

African Cabdrivers Health Survey

November 1, 2012IntervmediaBlog

UAO has started its African Cabdrivers Health Survey in Chicago this month. This survey will examine African cabdrivers’ access to health care services in Chicago. Our organization has identified access to affordable health care as an issue of particular significance to the African community at large. In an effort to examine the particular effects of this issue, UAO has chosen to focus this study on the African cabdriver segment of the community.

This survey includes 25 simple questions, which focus on cabdrivers’ overall health. However, the survey also explores other issues including their educational background, working hours, and county of birth. These questions will allow UAO to gain a comprehensive understanding of the population’s make-up and needs and use this information to advocate on their behalf.

If you or anyone you know is currently working as a cabdriver, please fill out or ask them to fill out the survey online by clicking on this link: African Cabdrivers Health Survey.

Cliquez sur ce lien pour remplir le questionnaire: L’enquête Du Santé Sur Les Chauffeurs de Taxi Africains.

Join UAO & Allies to Get Out the Vote!

November 1, 2012IntervmediaBlog

Join UAO and Allies for Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Rally to Protect Families, WIN Immigration Reform and Driver’s Licenses for ALL!!

WHERE: Teamster Local 705 Auditorium, 300 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:00PM

Come Celebrate with UAO and allies who:

  • Broke a *NEW* record registering 26,488 new voters (42% suburbs, 58% city) in 20 different immigrant communities in Chicago and its suburbs .
  • Contact over 159, 885 immigrant voters for GOTV with door knocks, mail and phones calls
  • Activate thousands of GOTV volunteers in more than 450 precincts on election day

Check out this short GOTV video made by ICIRR!

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We Hope To See You There!

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