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Chicago '17

From February 25th to March 1st, Wesley students traveled to the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago, IL to be in service with the people of the neighborhood and the congregants of Lincoln United Methodist Church. The Pilsen Neighborhood is notable for being the home of a large Hispanic and Latinx community, some of whom currently face discrimination for being undocumented immigrants.

During their time there, Wesley students helped with cleaning projects at Lincoln UMC and aided in a workshop at Lincoln UMC, where those who are undocumented can come to the church and get help with legal papers. Lincoln UMC is known for often providing Sanctuary for those who fear being taken by ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement).

The pastor of Lincoln UMC, Rev. Emma Lozano, has been very involved in the fight for immigrant rights for over 30 years. She and her husband, Rev. Walter Coleman, are dedicated to supporting the people of Pilsen through faith and spiritual leadership, alongside their political activism

Activist Emma Lozano stirred up the crowd around her during the Women's March in Chicago, which drew 250,000 on Saturday, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Activist Emma Lozano stirred up the crowd around her during the Women's March in Chicago, which drew 250,000 on Saturday, according to The Chicago Tribune (Credit: Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

Want to learn more? Read Elvira's Faith and Barack's Challenge: The Grassroots Struggle for the Rights of Undocumented Families by Rev. Walter L. Coleman




Pictures from the Spring Break Crew!

Spring Break 2017

 
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