Lights for Liberty Vigil

All human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps will bring thousands of Americans together across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Kankakee will be joining this movement. Join members of your community and Kankakee Connect in the parking lot where Kankakee Farmers Market meets. We will hold a short program followed by a silent vigil.

Event details
Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm
250 S. Schuyler in Kankakee
Meet at gazebo in parking lot
Please bring signs and candles.

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How will the 2020 Census impact Kankakee?

Come learn how the census impacts our community and what we can all do to make it work for us.

Jay Young, Illinois Director of the national organization Common Cause, will be the main presenter.  Mr. Young works in Illinois to facilitate state funding to help local communities do outreach related to the census. He will address what is at stake for the state in terms of representation and the data suggesting Kankakee is at risk for being undercounted.

Meeting details
Saturday, June 29th at 10am
St. John United Church of Christ
1045 W River St, Kankakee, IL

Rally to End Ice Expansion

ONE LESS: Who Will Fill These Shoes?

Rally to End ICE Expansion

One Less: Who Will Fill These Shoes?
When: Saturday, September 1st, 1 PM
Where: Kankakee County Courthouse
450 E. Court St. Kankakee, IL

What is this about? Kankakee County’s Jerome Combs Detention Center houses on average 150 ICE detainees per day. Now the Sheriff wants to expand 32,000 additional square feet AND improve the Kankakee airport to expedite deportations, making Kankakee one of the largest ICE detention centers in the state.

LEARN WHAT’S GOING ON … This rally will inform the community and hold county officials accountable. Immigrants without proper documentation, ICE detainees, who have otherwise demonstrated respect for the law and contributed to their community should not be held in prison indefinitely, and Kankakee County should not build financial solvency on the backs of those suffering from today’s aggressive ICE tactics.

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Renting Our Jail: Who is ICE detaining in Kankakee County?

12 Noon to 2 PM – Saturday 28 April 2018

Feed Arts & Cultural Center
259 S Schuyler Avenue, Downtown Kankakee


Have you ever wondered what goes on at the Jerome Combs Detention Center? It’s not simply a place to keep those arrested in Kankakee County behind bars. This facility offers beds to other governmental organizations for a price. Among those organizations is ICE, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm.

According to the Detention Watch Network (DWN) website, ICE’s track record of abuse is long-standing, well documented and overwhelming. Under an explicitly anti-immigrant and racist federal administration, ICE has been emboldened to be less transparent, less unaccountable and to act with increased impunity. This is an agency that actively hides and falsifies information and retaliates against those who speak out.

On April 28th, Connect Kankakee and DWN will hold ICE accountable for its culture of secrecy and systemic abuse, by presenting the true stories of people who are being detained by the agency at the Jerome Combs center. We’ll also be discussing the economic and moral issues surrounding Kankakee County’s participation in ICE activities by providing detention service to the agency.

Come join us for this informative and interactive session on April 28th.

Harvest of Empire

Skyline with Statue of Liberty

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 PM

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Harvest of Empire reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Come join us at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Downtown Kankakee for a screening of this informative film. A discussion led by Patricia Santoro-Marin follows the screening.

This event is free and open to the public.

Becoming Immigrant Allies

On Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 we hosted a session on “Becoming Immigrant Allies: Understanding the Complexities of our Broken Immigration System” at Feed Arts & Cultural Center in Downtown Kankakee.

Mireya Luna, Immigrant Advocate with The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) helped us to explore the history of immigration and our current immigration laws. A packed house learned to move towards becoming an ally for change.

You can always find the list of upcoming events here on our website, or in the events tab of our Facebook page.