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Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

With over 300 activists and community members rallying outside the Palos Township office and a meeting room at over-capacity, this Monday’s Take on Hate rally had an inspiring turnout. Now, the Palos community is bracing itself for a second rally at the next Palos township meeting to continue putting pressure on Brannigan to resign. Organized by the Take on Hate campaign in partnership with several other organizations including AAFS , this rally aimed to hold Trustee Sharon Brannigan accountable for her anti-Muslim remarks on both her...

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AAFS wishes you a happy Juneteenth!

June 19th, 1865- also known as Juneteenth: a celebration of the end of over 200 years of slavery in the United States. While this day is lauded as the mark of an effective end to slavery, it is sad to say that systematic oppression continues to persist under different names. We see modern slavery in police brutality, mass incarceration, hate speech, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia and more in minority communities everywhere. On this day, we honor those who struggled before us and paved the way towards the continued mending of our...

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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED

Support the Illinois TRUST Act- call Gov. Rauner NOW. URGENT ACTION: We need your help- Support the TRUST Act! The Illinois Trust Act would prevent state law enforcement agencies in assisting in immigration actions unless there's a warrant. It would also offer protections for places like schools and other safe havens.To voice your support, we need you to make TWO phone calls: one to Gov. Rauner's Springfield Office, and one to his Chicago office:Chicago: (312)-814-2121Springfield: (217)-782-0244CALL SCRIPT:"Hello, my name...

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AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

This past week, a team of three Gwendolyn Brooks Academy students qualified to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning showcase, winning first place for their app design. Ambrelyn Rodriguez, Jaquelyn Romero, and Mareanna White collaborated to design an app that would serve the needs of AAFS clients.     “We created a multi-language accessible app with an event calendar and a hotline that would allow the clients to be assisted when needed,” said Jaquelyn Romero. “Our app is...

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Looking Back | A Fellows’ Reflections

Reflection by: Helwa Saleh   “I went from a naive girl to an independent and strong woman. Going into this fellowship I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited. I had a lot of ups and downs, but it was the most impactful nine months of my life. It was hard to navigate around, trying to find out all of the services AAFS had, but once I was on the floor I became shocked at all that we offered. I learned valuable leadership, outreach, and organizing skills. With those skills, I was able to create a new and expanding young adults...

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Ramadan While School is in Session

Ramadan while school is in session Saturday, May 27, 2017, marked the first day of Ramadan this year. Ramadan is the sacred month for Muslims across the world. For those of you who may not know, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days (depending on the moon sighting). Because it has been over 5 years since Ramadan took place during the school year, school administrators and faculty were not sure what to expect or how to approach this year’s, Ramadan.   With long days of fasting, it can be challenging for all ages,...

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