Join us Thursday, March 1 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for
You Are My Neighbor: Immigration
We're discussing immigration, who is affected, why you should care and what you can do.
Join us at St. Barnabas Church, 10134 S. Longwood Drive.
Hosted by Southside Catholic Peace and Justice and
ALIANZA AMERICAS • ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES • ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO PRIESTS BETHANY UNION • BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN • BEVERLY HILLS / MORGAN PARK COMMUNITY OF CHURCHES • BEVERLY UNITARIAN SOCIAL ACTION • CHICAGO CELTS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM • CHRIST THE KING • EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE HOLY NATIVITY FAITH UNITED • GRACE SEEDS MINISTRY • INNER-CITY MUSLIM ACTION NETWORK (IMAN) INTERFAITH COMMUNITY FOR DETAINED IMMIGRANTS (ICDI) • MORGAN PARK BAPTIST MORGAN PARK PRESBYTERIAN • MORGAN PARK UNITED METHODIST • MOST HOLY REDEEMER PRECIOUS BLOOD MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION • QUEEN OF MARTYRS • SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY ST. AILBE • ST. BARNABAS • ST. CAJETAN • ST. CHRISTINA • ST. GEORGE • ST. GERALD ST. JOHN FISHER • ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND • ST. WALTER • TRINITY UNITED METHODIST
You are My Neighbor Speakers
Mary Meg McCarthy is the executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation’s leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations. Under Mary Meg’s leadership, NIJC has become a leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organization, contributing to national and international analysis, debate and reform of immigration law, policy, and practices. She has built a network of 1,500 pro bono attorneys who are essential to providing legal services to thousands of individuals each year. An expert in immigration law, Mary Meg has testified before Congress and is quoted often in major news outlets such as MSNBC, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining NIJC, she practiced civil litigation and was an NIJC pro bono attorney. Earlier in her career she worked in local communities in Chile to help safeguard the rights of individuals under a dictatorship. Mary Meg has been honored with several awards including: American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter Ruth Goldman Award (July 2015), Chicago Inn of Court 2015 Don Hubert Public Service Award, Pax Christi 2013 Teacher of Peace Award, and the Damen Award from Loyola University (June 2015).
Sister Mumbi Kigutha was born and raised in Kenya. She has worked with diverse, vulnerable populations including stints with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Most recently, she has worked with newly resettled Congolese refugees in Dayton, Ohio. Mumbi currently resides on the southside of Chicago as she seeks to add a Master’s Degree in Justice Ministry to her previous MBA in Marketing. Mumbi is also active in Restorative Justice in conjunction with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation.
Father Don Nevins attended St. Mary's grammar school in Des Plaines and then attended the archdiocesan seminaries. His years of service include time at St. John Fisher, St. Ann (Leavitt), teaching at Niles College, serving as pastor of St. Procopius, director of the Department of Ministry Formation for the archdiocese, pastor of Holy Family, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi and presently pastor of St. Agnes of Bohemia. During these years he has also served as vice-chair of the Presbyteral Council, vice-chancellor of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, interim vicar of Vicariate III, and dean and archdiocesan vocation director. He is a member of Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Catholic New World. He serves on the board of The Resurrection Project, Amate House and The Vincent.
Irakere Picon is a staff attorney with National Immigration Justice Center's Legal Protection Fund. Prior to joining NIJC, Irakere worked with the Community Activism Law Alliance and the Chicago Law and Education Foundation providing legal services to immigrant families across several Chicago neighborhoods including Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards as well as in several Chicago high schools. Irakere earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and Italian from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) College of Law. Irakere and his parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was two years old. He is a DACA recipient.