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National Immigrant Solidarity Network
4th National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
& Immigrant Rights Film Festival

April 10-12, 2009 UIC Student Center West
828 South Wolcott, Chicago, IL

Conference Hotline: (773)942-2268

Travel and Housing

For a complete lists of conference housing, please visit HERE


Information About the Conference Site:

UIC Student Center West
828 South Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Direction to UIC
Campus Information | Campus Map (Full Campus Map 36 X 60 in) | Campus Map (West Side Campus Map, includes our conference building 909, 8.5 X 11 in)

Directions to Campus

Direction to UIC Student Center West
Take CTA (Chicago Subway) Pink Line to Polk stop, go two block west at Polk Street (corner of Wolcott Ave.)

Campus Parking


Csas Aztlan
1831 S. Racine, Chicago, Il 60608 Map

Direction to Casa Aztlan
- Take CTA (Chicago Subway) Pink Line to 18TH STREET stop (just one stop south from POLK stop), go approx 9 blocks east at 18th Street, or take 18 bus, to Racine, turn right (or south).
- Take 60 Bus to 18th Street, go 3 blocks east to Racine, or take 18 bus from CTA Pink Line 18TH STREET stop to Racine [Bus Map, 18 Bus Info, 60 Bus Info]

Getting to Chicago:

By Air:

Southwest Airlines:

Jet Blue:

(good site to find discount tickets)

Airports serving Chicago:

By Bus:

Mega Bus:


Ride Share:

Ride Share Board

Craig's List Chicago Rideshare:

Match Commuter:

Pickup Pal:



Getting Around Chicago:

Mass Transits

Taxi Service


Tourist Information:

Wiki Travel Chicago:

Timeout Chicago:

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

Chicago Chinatown:

Weather for Chicago:


Information, Government, History About Chicago:

City of Chicago Offical Site:

Federal Government Offices in Chicago (Google Search)

Wikipedia Chicago:

Google News from Chicago

Chicago Tribune (Largest newspaper in Chicago):


Progressive, Immigrant Rights, Activist Resources For Chicago:

Chicago 1886 -- The Birth of First May Day International Workers Day

It all began over a century ago when the American Federation of Labour adopted an historic resolution which asserted that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1st, 1886". In the months prior to this date workers in there thousands were drawn into the struggle for the shorter day. Skilled and unskilled, black and white, men and women, native and immigrant were all becoming involved.

In Chicago alone 400,000 were out on strike. A newspaper of that city reported that "no smoke curled up from the tall chimneys of the factories and mills, and things had assumed a Sabbath-like appearance". This was the main centre of the agitation, and here the anarchists were in the forefront of the labour movement. It was to no small extent due to their activities that Chicago became an outstanding trade union centre and made the biggest contribution to the eight-hour movement.


Chicago 2006 -- The May Day Immigrant Rights Movement

Chicago - home of the original May Day. Although the 1st of May is not a holiday in the US, thousands of workers and school students walked out today to take part in a huge pro-immigration march across the city. 120 years ago immigrant workers speaking a mixture of European languages struck to demand a 8 hour day. Today workers from another continent are coming together to demand that they be treated as equal citizens to the descendants of those who won that right.

Chicago: Twenty thousand march for immigrant rights May 1, 2008
Fight Back!

On May Day 2007, call rings out for immigrant rights
May 5, 2007 People's Weekly World

May Day 2006: El Pueblo Unido... A historic May Day in Chicago
Chicago Independent Media Center


Other Useful Chicago Actvism Resources

Chicago Independnet Media Center:

Acme Artworks
2251 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-7677

Lichen Spiritual Archives
1921 S Blue Island Chicago IL

Women & Children First Books
5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

CCAWR: Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 2075
Chicago, IL 60604

Interfaith Workers Justice
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 728-8400

CAIR - Chicago
28 East Jackson Blvd, Suite 405
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 312-212-1520

AFSC - Chicago
637 S. Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 427-2533

Mexico Solidarity Network
3460 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 583-7728

National Lawyers Guild - Chicago Chapter
637 South Dearborn Street, Third Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605

St Elizabeth Catholic Worker
8025 S Honore
Chicago IL 60620

St Francis of Assisi House of Hospitality (Catholic Worker House)
4652 N Kenmore
Chicago IL 60640

Video Machete
3460 W. Lawrence Av. 
Chicago, Ill 60625

Chicago Food Not Bombs
(773) 304 - 2959

Rainbow Push Coalition
930 E 50th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 373-3366

The Nation of Islam
7351 South Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60649

ANSWER Chicago
3334 W. Lawrence #202
Chicago, IL 60625

The World Can't Wait / Drive Out the Bush Regime - Chicago Chapter



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