About L.U.C. IPA's Latino and Immigrant Organizing
Our Values: Family, Justice, Liberty, Solidarity
At IPA/LUC, we believe that all people deserve to be treated with justice, respect, and dignity--regardless of ethnicity or migratory status.
We strongly believe in the power of family, and we oppose policies and practices that actively work to tear families apart.
We stand against those who profit from the incarceration of innocent people.
We stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sister who seek the American Dream.
Our Mission L.U.C. is I.P.A.'s Latino and Immigrant organizing group. We are community members who are united by our values and who seek to bring about progressive, people-centered change. The mission of the group is to educate our community regarding Latino issues, to empower Latino citizens and immigrants to become full partners in the local, state and national dialogue around justice issues that affect them, and to provide them with the training and tools to organize around those issues.
Our Issues Resulting from a process of issue identification with the immigrant community, the current organizing issues include:
On a NATIONAL level: Comprehensive Immigration Reform On a STATE level: Driver's Licenses for Aspiring Americans On a LOCAL level: Stopping the Use of ICE Holds by Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Background of the organization The group began formal organization-building in the summer of 2008 with urban and rural Latinos from varying backgrounds--including students, clergy, educators and workers--coming together to organize around the issues facing the Latino/immigrant community. The initial organizing effort was sparked from a series of grassroots public mobilizations on May 1st of 2006 and 2007 with hundreds of Latinos from all walks of life rallying for immigration reform in downtown Bloomington, IL. The core group of leaders of these mobilizations became the nucleus of LUC de IPA.
In a matter of a few years the group has grown to become the most significant rural/small community Latino grassroots organization in Illinois with a membership approaching 200 leaders. Although the group is rooted in Bloomington/Normal, we are rapidly expanding into a statewide effort by organizing in other cities (Peoria, Springfield, Decatur, etc.).
Winning Driver's License for all in Illinois
LUC student leaders persuaded Illinois State University President, Al Bowman, to endorse the Illinois Dream Act in April 2011. The IL Dream Act passed just a few months later!
LUC/IPA has lead direct actions resulting in thousands of dollars in returned wages to immigrant hotel housekeepers whose labor had been stolen by unscrupulous contractors.
Formal leadership training and education events for nearly one hundred Latinos and immigrant leaders.