DuPage United Fall Assembly - Press Release

DUPAGE UNITED

41 North Park Boulevard Ÿ Glen Ellyn, IL  60137

NOVEMBER 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Reverend Mike Solberg, Senior Pastor, Union Church of Hinsdale msolberg@uchinsdale.org 630-590-6695

Reverend Jim Honig, Senior Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn pastorjkh@faithonline.org (630) 469-2361

DuPage United holds assembly at Islamic Center of Naperville:

County mental health officials to answer questions, and residents of multiple religions and ethnic backgrounds pledge solidarity with one another at November 17th public meeting

On Thursday, November 17th at 7:00PM, at the Islamic Center of Naperville, 2844 W. Ogden Ave, Naperville, DuPage United will hold a public assembly asking for commitments to action from key County officials, and asking members of the diverse population of DuPage to pledge solidarity with one another and zero tolerance for hatred and xenophobia.

Through organized citizen action, DuPage United has successfully fought for better treatment for individuals with mental illness by compelling the County to establish and fund Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for DuPage police officers. Similar police training in cities and counties nationwide has led to significantly more efficient and effective treatment for those with mental illness while also saving money by diverting individuals from hospital emergency departments or jail into crisis centers.

At the November 17th assembly, DuPage United leaders will discuss progress toward their goal of organizing funding for the construction of crisis diversion centers to serve as cost efficient, life-saving alternatives to incarceration by providing support to families and first responders as they seek effectively respond to daily crisis situations.  DuPage County Health Department Chair, Karen Ayala and Kara Murphy of DuPage County Health Coalition will appear at the rally to answer questions about the project.

Results of the presidential election have heightened uncertainty and concern for many DuPage County residents. In February of this year, members of DuPage United responded to campaign rhetoric denigrating those of Hispanic heritage and members of the Islamic faith as well as other groups by launching the Solidarity Campaign. At the February Solidarity event, more than 800 DuPage County residents pledged to support one another as “We, the People” and not allow themselves to be divided by religion, race or ethnicity.

Since February, DuPage United leaders have expanded this campaign to include a rapid response team to address crisis situations of hatred or discrimination, and outreach and engagement of residents who are refugees. At the November 17th assembly leaders will discuss this work as well as the new challenges the Solidarity Campaign faces.

For more information on the DuPage United Fall Assembly, please visit dupageunited.org/events/.

DuPage United was founded and exists today to change systems and structures that are unjust. Affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest network of community organizations in the world, DuPage United builds relational power by developing institution-based leadership, building relationships within and between institutions, identifying and researching issues of mutual interest, and taking disciplined, organized action. Leaders become citizens in the fullest sense: participants in democratic decision-making and change agents for a more just society.
DuPage United is an independent, self-funding organization which receives no government money.