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Trump ends DACA, AAFS fights back.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his policy decision to officially terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months, putting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation if a deal isn’t made to protect them. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program enacted in 2012 under the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Through this program, DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” can obtain valid driver’s licenses,...

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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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AAFS is Accepting Applications for Fellowships. Could You be Our Next Fellow?

Interested in learning more about Arab American Family Services while gaining hands-on experience? You’re in luck! We are now accepting applications for our 2017-20018 Fellowship, sponsored by National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). If you are a college student or recent graduate, interested in a fellowship opportunity with an Arab American non-profit organization, apply today at: https://goo.gl/forms/45n5h8kIaJJ4orhl2 Deadline is August 1, 2017! Check out the link below to learn more information about the...

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Scholarship Opportunity!

School can be expensive, but there is power in knowledge and because of that, we are constantly encouraging others to enrich themselves through education. Arab American Family Services is delighted to share with you a new scholarship opportunity available through the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). The Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship Fund for Muslim Women provides financial assistance to American Muslim women pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States.   is anticipated...

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The Last Potluck Before Ramadan

Did you notice that we open up at 11 am on Friday’s? No, we are not sleeping in, we’re working on strategies to improve our programs for you! It is the last Friday before Ramadan and because many staff members are participating in Ramadan, the staff decided to put together a potluck. For those of you who many not know, Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, because it is the month that Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk and increase prayer and charity during this time....

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