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Here’s how you can help

We are seeking donations for displaced families housed in hotels. You can drop off new and like-new items with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) donation location at Casa Michocan at 1638 S. Blue Island Ave. The CTU Center at 1901 W. Carroll Ave. is also a drop-off location.

For kids, the most asked-for items have been new underwear and socks, boys clothing (all sizes), diapers and other baby-care items, medicine, shoes (sizes 4-11), strollers, Pack-n-Plays, toddler plates and sippy cups, and toys.

For adults, the most-needed items are adult clothing (size SM-LG), gift cards for Walgreens/CVS/Target, gym shoes (men 9-11, women 5-8), and reusable water bottles.

To make online donations of items, you can visit the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants’ wishlist on Amazon.

You can make a monetary donation to the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation here. Write “displaced immigrants” in the additional comments section.

UPDATED: September 9

In 1985, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington first declared Chicago a sanctuary city. Thirty-one years later, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States on a platform of hate, bigotry and racism, and the need for sanctuary was never greater.

During our historic contract campaign in 2019, the Chicago Teachers Union won sanctuary language in our agreement with the Chicago Board of Education for the first time — after years of working in partnership with community organizations to demand protection for Chicago’s immigrant families. Some of this language includes guaranteeing high quality public education to all students regardless of their immigration status, declaring CPS buildings and campuses sanctuary spaces, and denying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents access to CPS buildings without proper documentation.

We are now called upon again to do more as the 75 Central and South American migrants sent to Chicago by Texas governor Greg Abbott will need basic resources as they settle into life in our city. This includes food, clothing and shelter in a city that already lacks affordable housing for many of its undocumented families. For migrant children, it means schools already lacking in bilingual ed/ESL-endorsed teachers, and culturally competent lessons and curriculum — a direct result of disinvestment in public education in Black and Brown communities.

We regularly hear from members about the impact of receiving newcomers in the middle of the school year and not having enough time and resources to support them. So amplifying and enforcing our contract language is an important first step in providing for our newest neighbors from Texas.

Please fill out this form and let us know how you are able to help. With the city sharing little information thus far on migrant family needs that have gone met and unmet, our union is ready to respond in partnership with anyone who wants to offer assistance.

We we will reach out again once we have more information on donations, supply drop off and next steps. If you have any questions, please email CTU organizer Linda Perales at lindaperales@ctulocal1.org.