The Latino Cultural Center had a full house this past Wednesday, November 29th, when Gabriela Marquez-Benitez and Barbara Suarez Galeano, organizers with the Detention Watch Network, led a presentation and discussion on dismantling the detention and deportation machine in the U.S. As part of the LCC’s Zona Abierta program series, audience members had the opportunity to participate in a communal discussion about the expanding U.S. immigration detention system, its impact on communities, its relation to the UIC campus community and how to dismantle it, but supporting the #DefundHate campaign. Audience members also took action to protect and defend DACA and TPS by writing a message of support to their representatives.

Find out more about the #DefundHate campaign here

Write your own postcard to support immigrant communities here

Watch a video shown at the event, featuring a local politician highlighting immigration funding