June "Dream for All" Rally for Immigration Reform Brings Together Hundreds to Call for Change
Nearly 300 clergy, elected officials, lay leaders, union members and concerned citizens joined together t at QCI 's "Dream for All" Rally in Rock Island this summer to call on Congress to pass humane, comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship. Casa Guanajuato, World Relief Quad Cities, QC Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and the QC Federation of Labor all lent their voices to this call to justice and action and
we thank them for their support.
Leadership Actions and Events
Transportation and Jobs Equity
The next meeting of the Transportation Equity/100 Ready Workers Project will be Wednesday September 11th at 900 am at St Johns Lutheran Church - 4501 7th Avenue in Rock Island.
We continue to develop the 100 Ready Workers project, and have developed a survey tool to asses what skills potential participants may have an may need to work on. We are working with community groups and congregations to create a pipeline of workers who want to prepare themselves for jobs in construction and other fields.
If you or your organization is interested in helping mentor participants or if you have potential candidates for this job preparedness project, please contact us at the QCI office - 563.322.4910. Join us in recruiting organizations that want to help identify potential candidates in the area for job preparedness training, including the HCCTP through BlackHawk College, and creating a criteria for participating in 100 Ready Workers project. More information will be rolled out this month on 100 Ready Workers....
Tod Rowe from the Illinois Community College Board joined IDOT and BlackHawk College at QCI's 100 Ready Workers Community meeting in July at Church of Peace, Rock Island. They discussed the Highway Construction Careers Training Program coming to the QCA that will recruit more minorities and women into construction careers and prepare them for a path to good paying jobs! Work it QCI!
On August 15th,QCI leaders presented our Congressional Representative's local offices with "anniversary" half cakes to commemorate the First Anniversary of DACA - or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals- the Executive Order signed by the President in 2012, giving youth who were brought to the United States by their parents without documentation, a discretionary grant of relief from deportation and so they may then apply for papers to work in the US.
The half cake to celebrate the progress made on immigration reform but to also symbolize that the work for immigration reform is only "half finished" and to call on our elected officials to finish the job and pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Cakes were delivered to members of Congress' local offices in 17 states on that day as part of the Dream for All Campaign of the Gamaliel Foundation.
Immigration Task Force next meets on Tuesday September 24th at 530pm at the new QCI Office at 601 Brady Street Ste 208 . Join us.
"Half" Cake to Commemorate DACA's First Birthday. Lets finish the job and pass immigration reform!
The Task force continues to work with the local health systems to ensure equitable access to medical translation services for those whose first language is not English. In July Health Equity Task Force members were invited by Genesis Heath Systems to tour their emergency rooms
facilities in the Iowa and Illinois locations and to provide feedback and ideas. By working together, our community is removing barriers to access to professional medical translations services for those in our community. Call Karen if your congregation would like more information about our work and ways you can help. 563.322.4910
QCI Leadership Assembly meets Tuesday , Sept 10th at 6:30pm at St. Mary's Church in Davenport - 516 Fillmore.
Friday, Sept 6th -Sunday Sept 8, 2013. Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour / The Loving Kindness Tour- An Exhibition of Sacred Relics of the Buddha and other Buddha Masters.
At the Figge Art Museum - 225 W. 2nd Street Davenport Iowa. Admission is FREE.
Opening ceremony at 6:00 pm Friday. For more information visit www.buddharelicsqc.com
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Political Activism and Civic Responsibility - Quad City Federation of Labor.
9:00 am -3:00pm.
UA Local 25 Hall 4600 46th Street in Rock Island. Presented by the Labor Center, University of Iowa with support from the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Send your reservation to
with your name, local phone number and email.
Saturday - September 21st, 2013 6pm. NAACP #4019 Davenport's Freedom Fund Banquet - "We Shall Not Be Moved,"
at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport. Tickets are $40.00 a person and $450.00 for a reserved table. Keynote speaker is Kameron Middlebrooks, NAACP Region IV Director.
Call Ms. Shirleen Martin at 563.340-0011
to purchase tickets.
QCI is On the Move - Really! Office Relocation!!
The QCI office has relocated to the Priester Building - 601 Brady Street Suite 208 in Davenport. Just three blocks up on Brady Street from the old office - more office space and still close to downtown IL and Davenport!
We do have a few needs - we are in need of a bookcase to replace the built in we had to leave behind, and a medium sized meeting table - round or rectangular . Please call the QCI office at 563.322.4910
if you'd like to help.... Also would appreciate anyone who is especially good at hanging pictures....
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