Building a Sanctuary Network
We are acting locally. LSNA is currently working with over 40 of our member groups (churches, schools, and other non-profits) to assure that we uphold the values of love, restoration, connection, culture and empowerment in this barrio as an example to other neighborhoods in this city and country.
LSNA is unabashedly, 100% pro-immigrant. We know and love our neighbors. We also know that our economy is more robust, our democracy is healthier, and our country is stronger because immigrants have endured great personal sacrifices to bring their families here to escape political and economic violence and to embrace opportunity.
LSNA is committed to building a safety network that protects and supports our most vulnerable neighbors. There are three main ideas that currently help guide our efforts in creating a sanctuary network in this neighborhood.
- Raise awareness and support of immigrants and other marginalized groups
- Help vulnerable families decrease their sense of isolation
- Promote and protect their safety
LSNA is currently providing Know Your Rights trainings in order to best prepare both the people most affected as well as their allies. LSNA youth and parent leaders are working with school principals in order to assure that schools are an important part of a network of sanctuary spaces for families. Our faith leaders are also engaging their congregation regarding the significant role that churches can play. Please regularly check our website or Facebook for upcoming events and actions. The work has just begun.
As our friends from the Chicago Religious Leadership Network have taught us, sanctuary is not a given, these spaces have to be actively organized and defended by all of us. Beyond the symbol of sanctuary, we have to create a literal place of refuge.
If your institution, school or church (or business) is interested in working with us please reach out to us at 773 384-4370.
Please consider supporting our Sanctuary Network Builder work by donating HERE!
Affordable Housing, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, News, Lathrop—"I guess I'm confused. Those towers and all of these new developments .... maybe [they're] affordable for a certain demographic, but that's not the demographic that's being displaced..."
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Videos, News, Lathrop—Disfrazados como la escena bíblica en que José y María buscan posada para pasar la noche en Belén, residentes de Logan Square se movilizaron para luchar por vivienda… Continue
Youth, Immigration, News, Education—"Educan a padres de una escuela en Avondale/Logan Square para que conozcan sus derechos y fomenten la seguridad de los niños frente a políticas y actitudes antiinmigrantes"
Videos, Parent Engagement, Education—Ana Centeno y Leticia Barrera llegaron a mostrar solidaridad con los maestros de las es cuelas públicas de Chicago, recaudando firmas para exigir una negociación ahora.
Immigration, Youth, Education—"There were lots of hugs, gift giving and a few tears as we said goodbye to Standing Rock and our hosts at the Lower Brule camp. LSNA students had a better night's sleep because the weather warmed… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, News—"Enough of blaming our teachers, enough of making our children's education a political game" said Ana Centeno, a CPS parent and member of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association."
"The fight… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, News—Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Chicago
In 1995, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) in Chicago developed a program in conjunction with principals and teachers to engage… Continue
Youth, Parent Engagement, News, Education—"Leticia Barrera, a Logan Square Neighborhood Association education organizer, says parents from nine area schools worked for two years, surveying other parents about their interest in dual language… Continue
Youth, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Videos, Health & Open Space, News, Lathrop, Affordable Housing—ADELANTE-Gentrification how it`s affecting residents in Logan Square
Parent Engagement, Videos, News, Education—Exigen fondos para mantener ‘Padres Mentores’
Más de 600 padres de graduaron el día de hoy del programa Padres Mentores y le exigen a los legisladores que los hagan… Continue
Newsletters—Her attitude changed when she joined the Parent Mentors program through the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to volunteer at her children’s school.
“It empowered me, giving me the… Continue
Videos, Youth, Education—We would like to share with you this video of the LSNA programs that take place in after school at McAuliffe Elementary School.
Youth, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, News, Lathrop—"We're at a point where we've lost families, but we don't want to keep losing any more. So I think if we stabilize the amount of property taxes or rent prices to keep everyone where they are right… Continue
Education, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, News, Lathrop—Hundreds marched on Tuesday to protest gentrification in Logan Square along the 606 trail, which they say is contributing to declines in neighborhood school enrollment. "I'm a parent against… Continue
Affordable Housing, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Lathrop, News, Newsletters—The Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a community group which organized the march, offered proposals on how to keep residents from having to move.
“If we’re going to keep working… Continue
Education, Youth, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, News, Lathrop, Newsletters—Hundreds of people marched along The 606 Tuesday night in a protest against gentrification.
The march was organized to draw attention to the rising cost of living along the relatively new trail,… Continue
Youth, Parent Engagement, Education, News, LSNA in the Media—'Get up, get down, Chicago is a union town!'...Logan Square backs CTU in April 1 events... Parents, students, teachers mobilize at the Logan Square Eagle on the way to downtown rally...
Affordable Housing, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Lathrop, News, News Archives—"Groups that included the Chicago Housing Initiative, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and leaders from several churches rallied at the Lathrop complex at West Diversey Parkway and North… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—Union President Karen Lewis who said, “parent mentors your daily work in the classrooms is very valuable” … Continue
Education, Parent Engagement, News, LSNA in the Media—“We are all being held hostage by a governor who doesn’t want to work for us,” Lewis told the crowd at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Parent Mentor celebration… Continue
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Youth, Affordable Housing, Lathrop, LSNA in the Media—Además de construir proyectos residenciales extremadamente costosos, algunas compañías podrían estar evadiendo aspectos importantes de la Ordenanza de Requisitos… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, News—"They build stronger communities inside and outside of those schools."
Youth, Immigration, Parent Engagement, News, Education, LSNA in the Media—"The example of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association could teach people in Iraq how to increase community engagement and reduce school segregation along ethnic or religious lines."
Youth, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, News, Lathrop—"Our taxes are going up and our paychecks are staying the same," said Juan Media, who's lived in Humboldt Park for 30 years. "We will be forced to sell if we haven't been already. My neighbors that… Continue
Parent Engagement, Immigration, News—La decisión del martes de la Corte fue recibida con beneplácito por residentes y organizaciones pro inmigrantes, aunque otros sectores no la aceptan.
Affordable Housing, Youth, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Lathrop, LSNA in the Media, Newsletters—"We've been pushed out of our neighborhoods," said Eduardo Cordero, 16."Do you think these buildings are meant for people who've lived here for a long time?"
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Videos, Youth, News, Affordable Housing—Youth join with Grassroots Illinois Action to speak out against proposed Logan Square development along The 606 trail that could displace longtime residents. This program was recorded by Chicago… Continue
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, News—"John McDermott, of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, argued against the plan. He called affordable housing "the fundamental existential issue" for Logan Square, with "a certain demographic"… Continue
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Videos, Youth, News, Affordable Housing—"Members of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association said they are meeting with Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) to discuss ways to keep longtime area residents in Logan Square".
Parent Engagement, Education, News—A group of angry Logan Square moms took their message of state legislators this week in the form of Dia de los Muertos altars.
Education, Parent Engagement, News, LSNA in the Media—Early childhood education piqued Jaqueline Espinal’s interest when her daughter started preschool at Darwin Elementary in Logan Square. She first pitched in as a volunteer, then became a parent… Continue
Education, News, LSNA in the Media—“It’s about making sure our bilingual-bicultural teachers, current and future, get the professional development and support they need,” says Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, who oversees the… Continue
Youth, Immigration, Education, LSNA in the Media—"After learning about the school to prison pipeline from my LSNA and V.O.Y.C.E experiences, I realized that there was a system that had pushed a lot of my friends out of school, and I was almost… Continue
Education, Parent Engagement, News, LSNA in the Media—Trained by LSNA's Parent Engagement Institute: Parent Mentor program starts its 2nd year in Charleston,West Virginia, sponsored by HOPE Community Development Corporation and West Virginia Healthy… Continue
Education, Youth, Parent Engagement, News, LSNA in the Media, Press Releases—The Bright Spots catalog features over 230 programs, models, organizations and initiatives that are supporting and investing in the educational attainment of Hispanics.
Youth, Parent Engagement, Videos, Education, News, LSNA in the Media, News Archives—Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students on Tuesday returned to the classroom amid massive financial woes for the district: an expired teacher contract and a $480 million budget hole .
Education, Youth, Parent Engagement, News, LSNA in the Media, News Archives—"We have no college counselor," Sherilyn Flores, a 17-year-old senior, said outside the Hermosa neighborhood high school. "I'm more worried about college this year than any other senior would be."
Youth, Education—"...the district has kept pretty quiet about how it’s going about making changes to how special education is delivered."
Education—Consejales y padres de familia se quejan de los recortes realizados en escuelas de Logan Square.
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—Leaders with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, which organized the rally, said 10 of the group's partner public schools face a combined $4.7 million in budget cuts for the upcoming school… Continue
Affordable Housing, Education, Youth, News, Lathrop, LSNA in the Media—“Our school budgets are getting chopped at the same time families are struggling to stay in their community," said Jennifer Velazquez, a Kelvyn Park High School graduate and local school… Continue
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—The Logan Square Neighborhood Association, for example, has been pushing Berrios's office to support property tax abatement measures or even offer exemptions to longtime homeowners.
Health & Open Space, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—"There's always the fear that when the assessment comes, my family might not be able to pay the mortgage on the house," said Jennifer Velazquez, 21, has lived in Logan Square her entire life.
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—Según la organización Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), uno de las agrupaciones que organiza a los vecinos, los edificios en el área son propiedad de familias de… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—“One of the major cuts will probably be teachers,” said Jennifer Velasquez, a 21-year-old Kelvyn Park High School graduate, Logan Square Neighborhood Association youth organizer and Logan… Continue
Education, LSNA in the Media—“I am a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools and I can honestly say that … I did not have any Latino teachers,” said Cristina Pacione-Zayas, education director at the nonprofit… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—"...to have a Parent Mentor in their classroom is 33 cents per hour, less than $1.00 a day, while keeping administrative costs down: the administration of the statewide program is 5%, and local… Continue
Health & Open Space, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—As property taxes and rents rise, many longtime Humboldt Park residents have said they’re worried about being priced out of their neighborhoods
Health & Open Space, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—"Even this past Friday, as I sat at my window, as I looked at the for-sale signs, it came to mind, six months from today, my immediate block could look different, unrecognizable," Ramirez said.
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Youth, Immigration, Education, Affordable Housing, Health & Open Space, LSNA in the Media—“I live eight houses away from the elevated train track where the 606 will be, and I’m already starting to see some changes. It’s going to attract a lot of people, so how can I be a… Continue
606 Bloomingdale Trail, Immigration, Parent Engagement, Education, Affordable Housing, Health & Open Space, LSNA in the Media—In a brief keynote address at the end of the event, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle didn't reference any specific policy action but echoed the importance of affordable housing, of which… Continue
Health & Open Space, Youth, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios and recently elected Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr. will be on hand to lead a discussion on how to stabilize the neighborhood around the Bloomingdale Trail… Continue
Immigration, Youth—Hear from teen leaders: Jesus Velazquez (Kelvyn Park High School/LSNA leader/JFON volunteer ), Fhernanda Avila (JFON volunteer), and Jonathan Guerra (Humboldt Park United Methodist Church member).
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—“The Parent Mentor Program is one that completely changed my life,” said Monica Espinosa , parent leader with Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA).
Affordable Housing, Lathrop, LSNA in the Media—"The Chicago Housing Authority's waitlist tops 280,000, with a sizable portion of the city's population hoping for a shot at affordable housing. Ninety-seven percent of the people receiving housing… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—Mama’s right up stairs. Attendance goes up. Homework help goes up. Grades go up. Parents, teachers and the community start to learn to work together."
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—http://www.vivelohoy.com/author/leticia-espinosa El programa de Padres Mentores “es increíble, te cambia la vida de una manera única, invita a los padres a conocer mejor el… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—http://chicago.suntimes.com/author/lfitzpatrick/ “Because of our work in the classrooms, partnering with teachers, principals and other parents, we learned that we all have something to share.… Continue
Parent Engagement, Education, LSNA in the Media—Monday, March 16th, over 600 Parent Mentors from across Illinois communities will help kick-off the celebration at Northeastern Illinois University with the help of Illinois legislators State… Continue
Health & Open Space, 606 Bloomingdale Trail, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—Lucy Gomez-Feliciano owns a house one block from the 606 and says her Logan Square Neighborhood Association is frustrated by what is seen as the unwillingness of the city and Trust for Public Land to… Continue
Deferred Action Services (DACA)—To renew DACA with LSNA you need to call us* to connect to our services. (Because our resources are limited we will give priority to applicants who live in our neighborhood area.) See timetable to… Continue
News—Voter registration 02/26/15 to March 10/15.
Grace period registration and voting 03/11 to April 4.
Early Voting 03/23/15 to 04/04/15.
Youth, Education, LSNA in the Media—"Whose school? Our School!"
Jairon Nunez representing LSNA speaks in support of Bill SB3004 to reform school discipline by reducing harsh punishments and eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline.
Education, Youth, Affordable Housing, LSNA in the Media—The impact of violence is one of many community issues addressed by local students and youth organizers during Logan Square Neighborhood Association's second annual youth community tour Saturday… Continue