United African Organization

How does CIR affect Black Immigrants?

June 27, 2013SarahBlog

The African Ministry of Trinity United Church of Christ will be hosting a panel discussion this Sunday to discuss how comprehensive immigration reform impacts Black immigrants.

Will you have your voice heard?


African Voices is back with episode 19!

June 18, 2013SarahBlog


African Voices Podcast offers the African community in Illinois the opportunity to have their voices heard. In addition to upcoming events and local and global news relevant to the African community, we feature key findings from our African Cabdriver Health Survey and advice on accessing healthcare.


If you would like to contribute news stories, events, issues, interviews or music to our podcast, email us at: podcast@uniteafricans.org or call 312-949-9980.

 Support our work by making a donation today!  


City of Chicago signs Resolution in support of Diversity Visas

May 22, 2013SarahBlog

The Chicago City Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in support of UAO’s advocacy to include Diversity Visa Program in the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill. The diversity visa program is one of the few options available for Africans to come to the US as immigrants. Eliminating the program will have a negative impact on the future flow of black immigration.

In this historic moment, we would like to thank Alderman Will Burns (4th ward) for his tireless effort to have this resolution adopted in the City of Chicago.

Click here to view the Resolution! 

African leaders assemble at City Hall today to celebrate a resolution that promotes diversity visas and an inclusive immigration reform bill.

PHOTO REEL: 7th Annual Chicago African Summit and Resource Fair

May 21, 2013SarahBlog, Photo Reel

Pictured: Rosemarie Tamba (UAO), Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), Alie Kabba (UAO), Ngozi Nmezi (Washington DC), Bakary Tandia (New York).

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On Saturday, May 18th, United African Organization hosted its 7th Annual Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair at the Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies.

At the Summit, attendees had the opportunity to reflect on critical issues that affect the African community. Panel discussions on comprehensive immigration reform, accessing healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, and organizing African immigrants and refugees on the local and national level informed the community on how these policies affect them and the importance of advocacy work to fight African issues.

Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL-1) gave the keynote speech, further motivating the crowd to be advocates for change in regards to African issues.

We would like to thank all of our panelists for providing thought-provoking information and stimulating conversation throughout the day, as well as all of our interns and volunteers for making this event a success.

A special thanks to the organizations that participated in the Resource Fair providing health, immigration, legal, and employment services to the community.

Want more information on our annual Summit and Resource Fair? Contact us today at 312-949-9980

Until next year!

PHOTO REEL: May Day 2013!

May 3, 2013SarahBlog, Photo Reel

On May 1, 2013 UAO and allies rallied together to demand legalization for all undocumented immigrants under the Gang of 8′s proposed immigration reform bill.

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Gang of 8 member Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

7th Annual Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair!

April 29, 2013SarahBlog, Events



NEIU Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies

 700 E. Oakwood Blvd, Chicago IL 60615

 The Chicago Summit on African Immigrants & Refugees is the premier forum of its kind in the Midwest with a special focus on contemporary African issues, public policy advocacy and community empowerment. This FREE forum brings together scholars, legislators, community activists, policy analysts and students, and individuals like you, to engage in constructive dialogue about Africa and the Diaspora.

The Resource Fair offers information and resources on Immigration, Legal Assistance, Employment, Housing, Health, Education, Business, and many more.

Register Today!


How does CIR affect African immigrants and refugees?

April 29, 2013SarahBlog

April04 2013 from ECAC on Vimeo.

Check out Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC)‘s April episode on CAN TV with UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba.


UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba speaks on Advancing Social Justice and Opportunity

April 26, 2013SarahBlog

On April 16, 2013, UAO Executive Director Alie Kabba held a lecture at the American Islamic College on “Advancing Social Justice and Opportunity: Perspectives on Immigrant Activism and Civic Engagement”. 

Lecture Details (provided by American Islamic College):

As the US Senate deliberates on key elements of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that President Obama has promised to sign into law, the fate of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants is now squarely in the domain of public discourse. The journey from the shadows to full inclusion in the fabric of our democracy is a story of immigrant mobilization, engagement and, ultimately, integration as part of the quest to build a more perfect union. The immigrant rights movement, like the civil rights movement, has played a critical role in the struggle for social justice and equal opportunity for all. Drawing on recent experience in Illinois, this lecture will highlight the dynamism of immigrant activism to achieve significant public policy victories at local, state and national levels.


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