Extension of DACA and Approval of DAPA by the Supreme Court
by Robert Giles, UAO Intern-2016
With President Obama’s executive action for the implementation of DAPA and the expanded DACA having been blocked and returned to the lower court due to a 4-4 split decision by the Supreme Court Justices, much is at stake regarding the upcoming presidential election and the future appointment of a 9th Justice. Many in the African immigrant communities will fully understand and appreciate the implications that such programs, or lack thereof, could possibly have on them and their families regarding temporary protection from deportation and newly permitted work authorization. With the recent deadlocked decision and the impending termination of the Obama Administration, there is much to be concerned about regarding the livelihoods of such immigrant families and the policies concerning deferred action that directly affect them.
The Zambian Heritage Association in Chicago (ZHAC) is unique in its engagement with Chicago’s Zambian community and integral in its growing voice. ZHAC aims to promote all aspects of Zambian heritage, from its cuisine to its fashion, by encouraging and promoting the professional and personal ventures of local Zambians. Every year, ZHAC organizes numerous opportunities for the local community to get involved. These events range from “family gatherings” like picnics or barbeques on holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, to a business expo where Zambians can rent space and display their talents, from fabric-making to cooking. ZHAC is also responsible for a Zambian soccer team that plays in tournaments during the season.
In all aspects of the work that ZHAC accomplishes, an ultimate goal is to make aware the surrounding Chicago community of Zambia’s history and culture, so as to not only benefit Zambians themselves, but to also achieve unity with all members of the local community. It is, thus, critical in ZHAC’s efforts to include and involve “Zambians and their friends,” meaning any and all people interested in learning about the Zambian presence in Chicago.
As a relatively young and small organization, ZHAC is working to “spread its wings” through Facebook and word-of-mouth outreach, and through fundraising and donations. For more information on how to get involved with this growing community, please visit the ZHAC website at http://zhac.weebly.com/, or contact the ZHAC Chairperson, Tamiwe Helen Sichinga, at +1 733 398 9160.
By Vickie Casanova Willis
AfriCaribbean ArtsConnections (formerly known as West Side Story AfriCaribbean Drums & Dance) is a cultural education After School Matters program incorporating dance, music, and textile art to help teens connect to their roots from the West Side of Chicago, throughout the city, to Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Founder and Director Vickie Casanova Willis created this program nearly 10 years ago, to help teens discover the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the arts in an apprenticeship program that provides dance and drumming experiences, global engagement, life skills, and training in various arts techniques of the African diaspora. Activities each semester include guest speakers, performances, and collaborative events within the community plus college connections.
The talented teen apprentices in this unique After School Matters program recently spent a day visiting the continents of Africa and South America without ever buying a passport or leaving Chicago! They did this all during a special Saturday field trip to one of their favorite annual events, the African Youth Forum hosted by the United African Organization (UAO) on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, at 35th and State Street on the city’s South Side. Read more →
HACC WAIT LIST OPENING
The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) will begin accepting pre-applications for the public housing wait list for (2) two (3) three (4) four and (5) bedroom units at the following Family Development:
Vera L. Yates
Ford Heights, IL 60411
Walking into UAO that first day and meeting everybody, I knew this internship was going to make this summer my best so far. Everyone was so nice and I felt really relaxed from the beginning which normally doesn’t happen much because I would usually take like a week or two to feel relaxed at a new place not to mention a new place in a different country.
Being my first internship, I wasn’t so sure what to do and how to go about doing some of the stuff but it was no bother because everyone made it all seem so easy and walked me through whatever I needed to do. I learned a lot of things ranging from data entry down to U.S. immigration law and it was wonderful. Read more →
Important Information for Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year* Work Authorization: Fact Sheet
If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.
Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, afterthe February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. Read more →