“Breaking the Ice” in 40th Ward

New alderman sends mixed message.

(7/16) In response to the escalated ICE activity in the 40th Ward we have developed a Rapid Response team to assist in informing undocumented neighbors of their rights.

People should know their rights. Of course.

In conjunction with canvassing to distribute “Know Your Rights” information, the volunteer run coalition will observe and report any ICE activity they witness in the ward.


The team has been dubbed the 40th Ward ICEBreakers and I spent much of Tuesday morning strategizing next steps and training models for this effort with our staff.

For what?

Over 200 people have reached out to express their interest in joining ICEBreakers, and it’s our goal to continue growing this volunteer effort.

We’ll see.

If you or your neighbors are interested in joining us, please sign up here. Training begins this Saturday, July 20th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the 40th Ward office, located at 5620 N Western Ave.

Announcement is part of excellent rundown on events, services, where and whom to call with ward problems, etc.

Trouble is, the Facebook announcement features a worrisome shot:

Not helpful, to say the least.

via 40th Forward Issue 6: Breaking the Ice

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