Immigration and Organizing in Chicago

Chicago Social Movements: Immigration and Community Organizing at the Albany Park Autonomous Center  - One, two, or three week programs available

Immigration reform is on the political agenda.  Politicians, news media, religious leaders, non-profit organizations, labor unions, Tea partiers and Arizona sheriffs make their views known daily, but one voice is missing from the debate - immigrants themselves.

Come to Chicago for your Spring Break, J-term, May-term, Fall break or Summer vacation to learn about the dynamics of immigration and the process of community organizing directly from immigrant communities. Chicago is where the famous 2006 immigrant rights demonstrations began, the largest demonstrations in US history. Students will learn about immigrant rights organizing throughout the city, with a focus on social movements in Albany Park.  The Albany Park Centro Autonomo, located in Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood, is a center for popular education and organizing in the Latino immigrant community.  Students live and work with immigrant families for one, two or three week programs.


Workshops include immigration history and dynamics, labor issues, cross-cultural communication, community organizing, formation of cooperatives, popular education, and more. Workshops are led by community members and professors from the Autonomous University of Social Movements. The Autonomous Center’s cooking cooperative keeps students well-fed with some of the best home-cooked meals from Mexico and Central America that you can imagine.  Immigrant families provide housing with one or two students per home.  Students give back to the community by teaching ESL, yoga or computer classes using popular education techniques developed during the program.

“Chicago Social Movements - Immigration and Community Organizing” programs include:
     • meetings with Centro Autonomo members, cooperatives, and allies
     • program and readings tailored to group needs
     • housing with immigrant families
     • three meals a day
     • ground transportation within Chicago

Students groups of ten or more are invited to submit an application for one, two or three week programs. Program cost is $600-$800 per week per student and includes food, lodging, and local transportation (not including transportation to and from Chicago).

For more information, contact AUSM [at] MexicoSolidarity [dot] org or call 773-583-7728.


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