The United People of Color Caucus’s Chicago Chapter had our first meeting on October 16, 2012 with the leadership of a couple of committed NLG-Chicago members. Our first event was in January 2013, which commemorated civil rights hero Fred Korematsu. The event was a panel with Rabya Khan from Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago (CAIR), Andy Kang from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, and Bill Yoshino from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In May 2013, we sponsored “From Puerto Rico to Palestine: Colonial Domination and Political Prisoners,” a CLE that explored the commonalities in the Puerto Rican and Palestinian experiences and the intersections between colonization and political repression. In June 2013, TUPOCC Chicago hosted a discussion and meal with Guild history maker Stan Willis about how to organize, lobby and legislate for social change.
While preparing for the 2014 Convention in Chicago, TUPOCC has also co-hosted and -sponsored many events with local organizations, such as Erie Neighborhood House, Mongolian American Student Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Sargent Shriver Poverty Law Center, and CAIR. In January 2014, TUPOCC had the honor of again cosponsoring an event for Korematsu Day, on the first Korematsu Day recognized by the state of Illinois, thanks to the efforts of JACL. For the first time, in April 2014, we co-sponsored a CLE with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF) called “Building Your Arsenal: Tools for Successfully Litigating Workplace Sexual Assault Cases.” In May 2014, following the NLG Proclamation adopted at the San Juan Convention we co-sponsored with Kent Law, NextGen, and the NLG-Chicago Chapter an event that highlighted Puerto Rico’s history and the case of the Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. Most recently, TUPOCC worked with several organization to hold a successful DACA renewal workshop for the Mongolian and Korean communities. We are excited about continuing to organize events with local community organizations and being supportive of one another while working locally and nationally with other TUPOCC members!