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2/21/2017 1:07:00 PM
Seminar on Protecting Our Civil Liberties
Submitted by the Office of Rep. Gabel

State Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, is inviting area residents to join her, State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, and State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, for a public seminar to discuss major concerns, challenges and threats to civil liberties and learn what you can do to protect your rights under the new federal administration. The seminar will take place on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave. in Evanston.

“Since taking office, Donald Trump has worked to advance policies that pose serious threats to individuals based on their race, religion, gender and socio-economic status,” Rep. Gabel said. “These extreme actions have left people in our communities worried about their families and their futures. Now more than ever, it is important for us to come together and learn about what we can do to protect our rights.”

Rep. Gabel and her colleagues will be joined by representatives from various civil rights organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights, Equality Illinois and Planned Parenthood.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is strongly encouraged to ensure a seat. To RSVP, please call 847-424- 9898 or email

Who: State Reps. Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine and State Sen. Daniel Biss

What: Protecting Our Civil Liberties Seminar

When: Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Comment by: Deborah Wolen

Regarding mass deportation planned by the Donald Trump administration: Donald Trump and the Republican party exhibit extreme irresponsibility toward the 11 million economic immigrant Mexicans to living in the USA for decades. To now suddenly pounce on them as their favorite scape goat, for all of the USA's problems, and to deport them is shameful and immoral.
Over the past 40 years of my work life I have known thousands of Mexican economic immigrant workers living in the Chicago area, and each and each and every one of them has supported 1-5 people in back home in Mexico through their jobs here, while living extremely modest and conservative lifestyles here in the USA. They left their villages because there was not enough to eat in their villages, because they could not watch their parents and children go hungry. They left their Mexican villages to work in the USA out of economic desperation.

Many of my generation angrily assert: "My grandparents immigrated to the US LEGALLY!" Yes, when my grandparents came from Naples in 1905, there was legal immigration to the USA available to illiterate Italian peasants. That program ended around 1920.
But, in the last 5 decades, there has been no such legal immigration program available to Mexican and Latin American low skilled immigrants. With a hugely rich USA bordering impoverished Mexico over the last 5 decades, when faced with the choice to starve or seek work in the north, millions of economic immigrants have traveled north, to the USA, to work. I know, if my family were starving, I would have made that journey, too.

All leaders of all political parties, have and allowed, tolerated, enjoyed and exploited the fruit of the Mexican economic immigrant workers labors for decades. The fruits and vegetables served at state dinners in Washington DC probably were picked by Mexican economic immigrants, your home improvement project may have been reasonably priced due to the labor of Mexican economic immigrants, your children or ill elders may have been well cared for by Mexican economic immigrants. The relatively "cheap eats" that allow many us to enjoy restaurant foods 2-5 times a week are probably prepared by a Mexican cook back in the kitchen.

The Republican Party should be ashamed of itself for allowing this massive deportation program to move forward.

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