In the July 29 edition of Wednesday Journal, CJPIP [Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine] placed an ad, as part of our Step Up for Justice campaign, calling on our neighbors to oppose a Trump Administration plan to establish a Chicago ICE “Citizens Academy.” ICE had planned this effort to train citizens to aid in its harassment, arrest, and deportation of members of immigrant communities.

We are delighted to report to Wednesday Journal’s readers that this effort has been postponed for at least a year. We want to congratulate the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repressio n, and the Organized Communities Against Deportations, as well as Oak Park and other Chicago-area residents who organized to oppose the “Academy.” Of course, we will remain vigilant — and CJPIP will let community members know about further efforts as they are needed.

CJPIP advocates for full equality in Israel and Palestine as well as in the U.S. We have supported Oak Park’s sanctuary city status and have marched with tens of thousands of Chicago-area residents against family separation and child detentions at the U.S. border, just as we have organized against the incarceration of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons for many years.

CJPIP Steering Committee

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