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

3415 W North Ave Suite D
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Accomplishments / Victorias

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  • Passage of Driver Licenses for All Legislation: P.A.S.O. worked with a coalition of organizations and in partnership with the IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to pass the Driver Licenses for All legislation, ensuring that undocumented drivers can now drive without the fear of being  stopped and deported simply for coming home from work or picking up their kids from school. Over a period of six months, P.A.S.O. organized in the Western suburbs, training and developing seventy leaders, organizing five lobby visits to Springfield to educate legislators about the importance of legislation and organizing hundreds of calls into legislative offices. Through this work, P.A.S.O. ensured the votes of  two Senators and three state representatives, as well as helped move eleven Republican votes in support. This bipartisan victory marks the first time in thirteen years such legislation is passed in the country! 


  • Prevented opening of strip club next to convent: P.A.S.O.  worked with the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles and community residents from Stone Park (a community of 5,000) to prevent a strip club slated to open next to the Sister’s convent in a residential area. Local community organizing efforts brought together community members and the community of faith, leading to national and local media attention to this issue, a vigil with over five hundred people protesting against this establishment (the largest in history locally) and over three thousand petitions against the strip club. A year later, this place has yet to open.



  • Passage of IL DREAM Act for undocumented students: P.A.S.O and Nuestra Voz Youth Council were 2 of the lead organizations working in passing the IL Dream Act in collaboration with partner community organizations, faith institutions and universities. P.A.S.O. organized 179 parents and students who travelled to the state capitol in Springfield to educate legislators about the importance of this Act. Through these efforts, P.A.S.O. obtained the sponsorship from 5 local senators and state representatives in support. The IL DREAM Act was signed by Gov. Quinn on May 2011.


  • Blocked expansion of “Secure Communities” program in IL: P.A.S.O. worked with the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights to block the expansion of the federal program called “Secure Communities” that has been responsible for the deportations of thousands of people. P.A.S.O. leaders met with key elected officials to educate them on the impact of “Secure Communities” in our community. In May 2011, Gov. Quinn announced Illinois would no longer participate in this program. IL was the first state in the nation to take such step.


  •   Passage of Cook County ICE Detainer Ordinance:  In 2011, P.A.S.O. members worked in support of the passage of the Cook County ICE Detainer Ordinance introduced by Cook County Comm. Jesus Garcia, which blocks cooperation between ICE and county jails. On September 26, 2011 Cook County President Tony Preckwinkle signed the ordinance at St. Pius Parish where P.A.S.O. leaders participated.


  • Fight for Immigration Reform and DREAM Act: In 2010, P.A.S.O. organized four buses, with two hundred local community residents traveling to Washington DC to join 250,000 people in a national mobilization to bring pressure for immigration reform. Locally, P.A.S.O. members have continuously worked to bring light to the inhumanity and impact deportations have on families. In 2010, P.A.S.O. co-organized an overnight vigil and direct action at the Broadview Detention Center to bring light to the 1,100 deportations per day by the current administration and on Mother’s Day 2011, organized a march led by children from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church to the Broadview Detention Center. Over 300 parents and families came together to bring attention to the impact of deportations on families in our community, especially the separation of mothers from their children.


  • Educating and empowering community: P.A.S.O.’s leaders launched a Know Your Rights Campaign to educate community members through presentations in churches, schools and households.  Over twenty P.A.S.O. leaders have been trained using the popular education model and since then have talked to over 450 community residents and provided vital information to families who had relatives detained for deportation.



•    P.A.S.O. has made an impact in civic engagement, ensuring immigrant community members have access to effective integration. In 2010, we established our citizenship program through the New Americans Initiative, a partnership with the IL Dept. of Human Services and the IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Since then, we have outreached 2,600 local residents through our citizenship program, and assisted over 1,200 applicants begin the citizenship process completely free of charge.

•    Through P.A.S.O.’s non-partisan voter engagement project, we’ve registered 4,163 new voters, focusing on new citizens and children of immigrants, and ran Get out the Vote operations on Election Day, effectively increasing the voter turnout in targeted high density precincts. These campaigns have been in coordination with legislative campaigns, including the Driver Licenses for All in 2012 and the national campaign for immigration reform in 2010, to develop political empowerment in the Latino and immigrant communities and raise the importance of issues crucial to these communities.

•    In 2010, P.A.S.O. members ran a targeted door-to-door outreach campaign in Melrose Park with trained bilingual volunteers to inform community members about the importance of participating in the Census. In a three-month period, P.A.S.O. contacted 1,490 households about Census and trained over 40 bilingual volunteers from the community to conduct direct outreach.

•    In 2011, P.A.S.O. worked in partnership with the Latino Agenda and the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (U.C.C.R.O) to ensure the creation of new legislative district boundaries that protect the voting rights of Latino residents and strengthen their political representation. P.A.S.O. worked to draw a minority-majority map for the 77th legislative district that encompassed both Leyden and Proviso Townships, which have had a significant increase in Latino residents. P.A.S.O. members also testified in Springfield in support of the maps presented by the coalition of forty-nine organizations. As a result of our collective work, the new minority-majority legislative district map for the Leyden and Proviso area was passed by the legislature, along with five other majority-minority district maps in Chicago and suburbs.

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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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