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Bystander Intervention 101 – A Training Outline | The People’s Response Team

Access the full training document here: https://www.afsc.org/sites/default/files/documents/bystander_intervention_final.pdf

From The People’s Response Team

Goals of the Workshop This training will focus on ways to intervene in public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. In addition to group discussion, participants have the opportunity to use role-plays as a tool in practicing intervention techniques, and learning new ways to protect ourselves and our communities. We do not believe anyone is an expert on bystander intervention as different situations and one’s own risk factors will influence how they intervene; however, we seek to hold space for people to share skills and experiences in a safer and affirming environment.

AAJC: Black and Asian Solidarity in American History

“Asian and Black communities’ histories have always been intertwined, their struggles connected, and their collective liberation dependent on their unity. Asian and Black communities have been strongest when they’ve sought to dismantle White supremacy together. In fact, there have been countless examples of powerful and moving coalitions between Asian and Black communities in the last 200 years that have led to major leaps forward in racial justice. The following are notable examples of Black and Asian solidarity throughout American history — a testament to the power of communities of color when unified.”

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–Anika Raju

Bystander hate incident intervention trainings for community members

To combat the current rise in harassment and discrimination and to also proactively prepare for the future increase of hate incidents, Advancing Justice | Chicago is partnering with New York-based nonprofit Hollaback! and CAIR-Chicago to plan and implement an aggressive scaling up of locally-led bystander hate incident intervention training for community members.

Attend a Training

Thursday, April 1, 4:00PM: Register here
Wednesday, April 7, 10:00AM: Register here
Thursday, April 8, 1:00PM: Register here
Tuesday, April 13, 5:00PM: Register here
Wednesday, April 21, 3:00PM: Register here
Thursday, April 22, 4:00PM: Register here
Wednesday, April 28, 2:00PM: Register here
Thursday, April 29, 2:00PM: Register here

If your organization or community group would like to learn more or sign up for a training, please email antihate@advancingjustice-chicago.org.

 

 

Resources During COVID-19 – HANA Center

During these difficult times, the HANA Center reminds us that social services are critical and that advocacy and civic engagement continue to be necessary tools in defending the rights of immigrant communities and those who are most vulnerable. To continue supporting our communities, the HANA Center has complied this list of COVID-19 resources in Chicago and Illinois.

Check out their list of resources here

If you need assistance, you can call HANA Center at 773-583-5501, and a staff person will answer and direct you to the appropriate program areas. You can also email them at info@hanacenter.org.

 

Our Community Support Amid COVID-19 – HANA Center

During these difficult times, the HANA Center reminds us that social services are critical and that advocacy and civic engagement continue to be necessary tools in defending the rights of immigrant communities and those who are most vulnerable. The HANA Center has been actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and is taking steps to keep our families, community, and staff safe. They have also outlined some critical program information/updates for our community members.

Read more about the work HANA Center is currently engaged in

Community members needing assistance can continue to call HANA Center at 773-583-5501, and a staff person will answer and direct you to the appropriate program areas. You can also email them at info@hanacenter.org.  All appointments will be handled by phone or video conferencing.

 

Know Your Rights During COVID-19

COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of our society, including how, when, and where we live and work. Now more than ever, being informed about our rights is critical as immigrants and workers. Please review and practice Know Your Rights and Know Your Worker Rights and have active safety plans. And please remember, if you are concerned about ICE activities or deportation, you can call the HANA/NAKASEC 24-hour Korean language hotline at 1-844-500-3222.

Read HANA Center’s statement in English, Korean, and Spanish

 

 

HANA Center’s Get Support Form

Fill out this form to get support and assistance from the HANA Center on topics such as:

  • Citizenship, Immigration, Legal & Housing Service
  • Crisis Intervention & Community Wellness
  • Workforce Empowerment
  • Senior Services, Public Benefits & Housing
  • Community Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Community Organizing
  • Youth Empowerment (Middle School – College)

Check out the form here

 

HANA Center – Citizenship, Immigration, Housing & Legal Services

Visit the HANA Center website for more information on all of their citizenship, immigration, housing & legal services: https://www.hanacenter.org/ihls

As a DOJ recognized organization, the HANA Center assist immigrants at varying stages of the immigration process, providing a wide array of application services: citizenship, adjustment of status, Consular processing, family petition, re-entry permit, and the smaller steps in between (passport, interpretation and “Green Card” renewal and replacement.

As a Housing and Urban Development-certified housing counseling agency, HANA Housing Services address barriers to affordable housing faced by Korean and other immigrants through one-on-one counseling, information, and referral services. We also host workshops in related areas. The goal of the program is to aid immigrants with limited English proficiency (LEP) to access affordable housing resources and understand tenant-landlord rights & fair housing law. HANA Housing Services help low to moderate income families remain in their homes via financial planning or even post-purchase education. Our housing program also assists LEP seniors in exploring housing options through public housing lists and aids in completing their senior housing applications.

HANA Center administers the IDHS’s Welcoming Center’s Housing and Utility Assistance Project, which was established to provide temporary emergency assistance to immigrants, refugees, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals who have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.

FREE LEGAL CLINIC – Our free legal clinic volunteer attorneys provide initial direction and advice in Spanish, Korean, and English. Immigrants have great difficulty in accessing or understanding the United States legal system. In addition to the significant monetary barrier for low income families, immigrants also face difficulties in securing legal services that are linguistically and culturally competent. They are often left with no option but self-representation, despite having no legal training or support. This situation too often results in individuals unable to communicate with court officers, and being unable to read and interpret court documents/notices. To address this base language barrier, they often bring friends or their children to provide translation. Nevertheless, because these translators are also unfamiliar with legal terminology, interpretations are often fraught with errors. While low-income immigrants have a great need for legal services (particularly in the areas of immigration, housing, credit and finance, domestic violence, and employment law), they are unable to meet these challenges.

 

 

COVID-19 Resources/Reference Guide

Understanding that this is a difficult time for many people in our city and around the world, organizers at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago put this together to keep our communities up to date on the information and resources available about COVID-19. There’s a lot circulating on the internet, and social media at large, so they hope this living document can serve as a trusted resource that centers the needs of communities connected to Advancing Justice. This is a living document that will be updated as they learn of more resources/information.

Access the COVID-19 Resources/Reference Guide here