The Girl Talk with Jen Sabella, Erika Wozniak & The Monthly Squad

The Girl Talk with Jen Sabella, Erika Wozniak & The Monthly Squad

Ruth Lopez-McCarthy, Ahlam Jbara, Erendira Rendón

Tue, February 28, 2017

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$5 at the Door

The Girl Talk with Jen Sabella, Erika Wozniak & The Monthly Squad
The Girl Talk with Jen Sabella, Erika Wozniak & The Monthly Squad
For our Feb. 28 show, The Girl Talk will continue to highlight women who are resisting the Trump agenda and have been fighting for social justice long before he became president.

Thousands of Chicagoans are currently worried about being deported, or afraid of leaving the country since they might not be let back in. How can we support immigrant and refugee communities at home? What do these new executive orders mean for our neighbors? And what is it like coming to this country from somewhere else? We’ll tackle these subjects and much more at The Girl Talk.

What is The Girl Talk, you ask? It's a monthly show on the fourth Tuesday of the month hosted by DNAinfo’s Deputy Editor Jen Sabella and award-winning teacher and activist Erika Wozniak featuring Chicago women you should know. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll drink the signature Girl Talk cocktail, we'll mock sexism, and we will celebrate one another. Join us!
Ruth Lopez-McCarthy
Ruth Lopez-McCarthy
Ruth Lopez-McCarthy is a managing attorney with the Legal Protection Fund Project at the National Immigrant Justice Center. Ruth holds over 14 years of experience in the immigration movement both locally and nationally. After working as an organizer in her local community in Chicago, Ruth obtained her J.D. from Chicago- Kent College of Law. Ruth has served as deputy field director with the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign, coalition coordinator for the Northern Borders Coalition, and as the deputy legislative associate/legislative liaison for Field for the Alliance for Citizenship campaign in Washington, D.C. She joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights as the comprehensive immigration reform implementation director in 2013 where she built the IL is READY Campaign in preparation for administrative relief. Ruth has worked as a consultant for national immigration advocacy organizations coordinating immigrant focused programs across the country. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Ahlam Jbara
Ahlam Jbara
Ahlam Jbara is a Palestinian-American mother from Bridgeview, IL. She was born in Palestine and immigrated with her family to Chicago in 1974. She is a local Bridgeview celebrity, well-known for her work on immigrant integration and civic engagement. Until recently, she served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and previously the Director of Family Programs at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights; the largest immigrant coalition in Illinois. She also comes from the heart of the Palestinian community in the southwest suburbs and is a subject-matter expert on the multiple challenges related to integration, youth alienation, and violence faced by the local community in Bridgeview several years ago as well as the steps and programs the community undertook to successfully address those challenges. Previously, Ahlam was the Family Empowerment Program Director at the Arab American Action Network. Ahlam has worked for over 20 years on creating and administering programs that help women and children become self-sufficient and independent; programs that will make change in the lives of women and children and that will empower them to use their voice and find their inner power. Additionally, she has led the voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns on the Southwest Side of Chicago in the Muslim-American community, has trained youth and adults on civic engagement and organizing, and sits on several other boards, commissions and committees to serve the community and especially women and children.

Ahlam also served as the Interim Executive Director for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, a statewide Muslim umbrella organization which brings together Mosques, social service, civil rights and advocacy organizations to coordinate efforts to integrate our youth and families.
Erendira Rendón
Erendira Rendón
Eréndira "Ere" Rendón is the Director of National Partnerships at the Resurrection Project where she has served as the organization’s lead strategist and manager on local and statewide campaigns impacting the lives of immigrants. Ere is a DACAmented immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico and has played a leading role in the successful passage of many pro-immigrant pieces of legislation in Illinois, including driver’s licenses for the undocumented and the renewal of All Kids. Ms. Rendón holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com