North Park University Action on Immigration & Mass Incarceration
North Park University in Chicago, together with churches and community organizations, is putting on a campaign this spring called People Are Not Illegal. It is a campaign to raise awareness and support around the issues of immigration and mass incarceration in our city and our country. We are seeking to unite students, communities of faith, and organizations that are working on these issues to stand in solidarity with those who are dehumanized by injustice in the legal system and in immigration policies.
The campaign kicks off on Sunday evening, April 13th, at 8 pm. The former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois, will be speaking at the College Life service. The next day, April 14th, we will have a worship service, a march to Cook County jail, and rallies downtown where we will show public officials how many people care about reforming our systems of mass incarceration and immigration. Our worship service begins at Anderson Chapel at 2:30, our march downtown starts at 3:30, and our final rally ends around 8:30 pm at the Cook County Jail.
Many different organizations, churches, and schools are involved in this event as well, as we’ve made an effort to collaborate with those who are already leading and working in communities that are hit hard by these issues. Also, we wanted this campaign to build stronger connections between our university, these community organizations and churches, and public officials who can help us change unjust policies.