paso west suburban action project : proyecto de accion de los suburbios del oeste

3415 W North Ave Suite D
Melrose Park, IL 60160

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    Fighting For Our Rights, For Our Families
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    Taking Action Through our Faith and Values
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    Tomando Acción por Nuestros Valores y Fe
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    Youth Empowerment and Leadership
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    Luchando por Nuestros Derechos,por Nuestras Familias
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    Fortaleciendo a la Juventud- Lideres de Hoy y Manana

PASO – West Suburban Action Project

is a community-based social justice organization that works to engage community members to act through their faith and values to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors with the mission to build stronger communities where all residents can live dignified lives regardless of their race, socioeconomic or immigration status.

PASO – Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste

es una organización comunitaria con el propósito de luchar por la justicia social en nuestras comunidades. Nuestra misión es involucrar a miembros de la comunidad a que actúen por medio de su fe y sus valores para hacer frente a los asuntos que les afectan, y así lograr cambios positivos en nuestra comunidad. Nuestra visión es construir, de manera colectiva, comunidades fuertes donde todos los residentes puedan tener acceso a una vida digna sin importar su raza, estatus migratorio o nivel socioeconómico.

Jan 06 2016

WELCOME, New Executive Director Mony Ruiz-Velasco / BIENVENIDA, Nueva Directora Ejecutiva Mony Ruiz-Velasco


It is with excitement P.A.S.O. welcomes Mony Ruiz-Velasco as its new executive director. Mony comes to P.A.S.O. with nearly twenty years experience as an attorney, activist and committed advocate. Mony served on the board of P.A.S.O. for almost three years and has extensive experience working alongside communities and activists. She is a dynamic and committed leader. Most of her career has been in the not-for-profit sector where she managed and implemented legal services programs as the legal director at the National Immigrant Justice Center. Over the past three years, Mony has been actively involved with P.A.S.O. Mony volunteered to provide community empowerment trainings, pro bono legal consultations and information to the community in the West Cook Suburbs.

P.A.S.O.’s strengths come from a strong and organized group of community leaders and staff, a deeply committed and diverse Board, and funders who have over the years made an investment in P.A.S.O.’s mission and work. P.A.S.O. is grounded in community organizing, leadership development, community education and civic engagement as methods to build community power. P.A.S.O. is currently working on issues relating to immigrant justice, education, citizenship and immigrant integration, foreclosure prevention and access to healthcare. With a solid foundation from where to grow and develop, P.A.S.O. seeks to implement a community based comprehensive membership model that engages in leadership development, education and empowerment through intersectional approaches including organizing, civic engagement and the provision of legal services and education.

The Board, staff and community, look forward to working with Mony to expand P.A.S.O.’s reach and amplify its impact. We look forward to deeper collaborations with you working together to help build an empowered community in the upcoming year!


Con mucha emoción, P.A.S.O. da la bienvenida a la abogada Mony Ruiz-Velasco como la nueva directora ejecutiva. Mony se une a P.A.S.O. con casi veinte años de experiencia como abogada y activista de los derechos de inmigrantes. Mony fue parte de la mesa directiva de P.A.S.O. por casi tres años y tiene experiencia extensiva trabajando con la comunidad y con organizadores y activistas. Es una líder dinámica y comprometida. Ha trabajado la mayor parte de su carrera en organizaciones sin fines de lucro en donde supervisaba los programas como directora legal del Centro Nacional De Justicia para Inmigrantes (National Immigrant Justice Center). Por los últimos tres años Mony ha estado involucrada con P.A.S.O. Mony ha donado su tiempo para proveer entrenamientos de empoderamiento, consultas legales y talleres de información a la comunidad de los Suburbios de Oeste.

La fuerza de P.A.S.O. nace de la fuerza, el compromiso y el liderazgo de el equipo, la mesa directiva y los voluntarios de P.A.S.O. P.A.S.O. trabaja para organizar a la comunidad, proveer entrenamiento de liderazgo, educación, educación cívica para elevar el poder de la comunidad. P.A.S.O. esta trabajando en temas relacionados con inmigración, educación, ciudadanía, integración de la comunidad inmigrante, prevención de juicios hipotecarios y de acceso a cuidados de salud. P.A.S.O. ahora implementara un modelo de membresía para involucrar a la comunidad en crecimiento de liderazgo, educación y empoderamiento usando métodos interseccionales incluyendo organizar, educación cívica y servicios legales.

La mesa directiva, el equipo y la comunidad están emocionados de trabajar con Mony para llevar a P.A.S.O. a esta nueva etapa. Esperamos seguir trabajando juntos para desarrollar una comunidad mas empoderada en este próximo año!


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Apr 05 2016

We have moved! Nos cambiamos!

Please come visit us at our new address // Por favor visitenos en nuestra nueva direccion

3415 W North Ave, Suite D

Melrose Park, IL 60160

Nov 24 2015

Consul Móvil en CASA JALISCO Melrose Park, IL


Casa Jalisco, en conjunto con P.A.S.O. y el consulado Mexicano traen a nuestra área

El Consulado Móvil

Usted podrá obtener su cita, información y orientación sobre los requisitos para el trámite con el Consulado Móvil marcando al (877)-639-4835.



Martes 1 de diciembre                               |  1pm a 4pm

              Miercoles a viernes diciembre 2 al 4   | 8:30 am a 4:30 pm

       Sabado diciembre 5                                     | 8:30 am a 1 pm


Lugar: Casa Jalisco

1600 W. Lake Street

Melrose Park, Il 60160


Ademas, obtenga informacion sobre DACA/DAPA

Embargo de casa, Ciudadania, y sus derechos!

Para mas informacion marque al 708-410-2000




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Rally for Sanctuary in Oak Park: No Loopholes, No Collaboration

February 4, 2017, 12:00pm - February 4, 2017, 2:00pm

At the last Village Board Meeting in January, community members packed the chambers of Village Hall to ask the Oak Park Village Board to work to pass a strong and inclusive Welcoming Village Ordinance. The initially proposed policy was rejected because it contained problematic deportation loopholes. Under the proposed policy, collaboration with ICE would have been permissible if an immigrant is a defendant in a case. This would mean immigrant residents could be turned over to ICE even before getting their day in court. Village officials could also turn a resident over to ICE if their name appeared in a suspected gang database, which is problematic given the discretionary and unreliable nature of such databases. Across the country, children younger than 10 have been on these lists for wearing pants that were “too baggy.” In California, 42 people were placed on the list before turning one year of age. The Oak Park Trustees agreed it was imperative for Oak Park to revisit its policy and to work with community and immigrant advocacy organizations to ensure Oak Park passes the most progressive policy possible. Since then, immigrant advocacy, legal organizations, and Oak Park community institutions have presented the Village with policy that can ensure protection and which removes the loopholes that would open the door for collaboration. The Village now has an opportunity to ensure Oak Park lives up to its progressive values by taking bold and courageous action to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at 7:30 PM. Join us this weekend to call on the Village of Oak Park to pass a strong Welcoming Ordinance without loopholes that can ensure protection, not collaboration! Immigrant, Muslim, and refugee communities are under unprecedented attacks. Last week, the Trump administration passed Executive Orders which essentially make all immigrants subject and priority for deportation. Now more than ever Oak Park must remain true to its principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. --------- Sponsoring organizations: The Arab American Action Network (AAAN), the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine - Oak Park, Community of Congregations, the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County, the Democratic Party of Oak Park (DPOP), the Oak Park Progressive Women for Action, the Oak Park Community Relations Commission, the Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA), and the West Suburban Action Project (PASO). To add your organization’s name to the list of supporting organizations email

January 31st, 3:40 pm  ·  

Unase a PASO para seguir la resistencia a las pólizas destructivas en contra de comunidades de color, inmigrantes, Musulmanas, LGBTQ, mujeres, y otras comunidades vulnerables! ...

Day 5 of the Resistance:Protest & Press Conference at DHS office

February 1, 2017, 4:30pm - February 1, 2017, 7:00pm

Day 5 of the resistance to Trump's executive orders: press conference and protest at Chicago's Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, February 1st #NoMuslimBan #Not1More #RealSanctuary Mexican Consulate confirms that Mexican travelers are also being held for more stringent questioning at customs WHAT: Press conference and protest in response to the Trump Administration's executive orders signed last week that threatens federal funding to sanctuary cities; and effectively bans all refugees, plus citizens of seven Arab, African, or Muslim countries, from entering the U.S. WHERE: Outside the Department of Homeland Security, 525 W. Van Buren Street, downtown Chicago WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, at 4:30 PM CST CHICAGO - This past weekend, thousands of members of Chicago's immigrant communities and their supporters descended on O'Hare airport for two consecutive nights, calling for the release of Arabs, Africans, and/or Muslims who were being detained at the airport in response to Donald Trump's executive order on Friday. That order effectively bans ALL refugees, plus citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan (including legal residents of the United States with green cards), from entering the country. The orders were enacted while many refugee families were in transit to the United States. Federal judges in Brooklyn and other districts ruled for a stay of the executive order, rejecting the policy as unconstitutional, but Trump's Department of Homeland Security has ignored the federal injunction and continues to detain. Channel 5 News in Chicago has reported that the individuals in secondary detention are being asked a series of questions related to their faith and political beliefs, including "Do you hate the United States?" "What do you think about Trump?" and "Where is the mosque in which you pray?" In addition, there are reports confirmed by the Mexican Consulate that non-U.S. citizen Mexican travelers are also facing increased scrutiny and questioning. On Wednesday, February 1st, outside the offices of the Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, thousands again will take to the streets calling on Trump to rescind his executive order, for the release of all detainees in Chicago and across the country, for the city to remove the deportation and other carve outs from its Welcoming City ordinance, for an end to the criminalization of Black and other people of color, and for an end to all detentions and deportations. Conveners and supporters: Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United African Organization, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Teachers Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Syrian Action Network, Arab American Family Services, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Anakbayan, Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, United Electrical Workers (UE) Western Region, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, United Working Families, Fight for 15-Chicago,Enlace Chicago, Student and Graduate Activists (SAGA)-UIC, Pilsen Alliance, The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - Illinois, Indo-American Center elected and appointed officials, and many other advocacy, immigrant rights, and legal groups.

January 31st, 12:35 pm  ·  

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