What: Press Conference about the passage of Shorewood’s Resolution for Justice and Dignity
Who: Voces de la Frontera, Shorewood Solidarity Network, Shorewood Village Trustee Tammy Bockhorst, immigrant community members, supporters
When: Wednesday, July 12th, 11:30am
Where: Shorewood Village Hall (3930 N Murray Ave in Shorewood)
The Shorewood Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to pass the Resolution for Justice and Dignity, which declares the village will stand against discrimination and defend the constitutional rights of people under attack from the Trump Administration, including immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, African-Americans, women, and others. On Wednesday at 11:30, Village Trustees and leaders of the organizing effort to win the resolution will hold a press conference to discuss the new measures.
“It feels great to know that the village has adopted a resolution that aims to protect me,” said Voces de la Frontera member Alejandra Gonzalez, an undocumented college student who works as a nanny in Shorewood. “We applaud the leadership of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees in standing with communities threatened by the Administration. Extreme poverty pushed my parents to take the risk and bring their children to unknown lands for the sake of giving us a better life. Their efforts are reflected in the careers my brother and I have chosen. He’s currently serving our country overseas, and I attend Alverno College and plan to advocate for accessible health care after graduation. I’m grateful to the Village Board of Trustees and to the people of Shorewood and organizations like Shorewood Solidarity Network and Voces that made this victory possible. My story is not unique, and we will continue to advocate for immigrants and other marginalized community members in our city.”
“We elected officials owe it to our residents to ensure they feel respected, are safe, and have opportunities to thrive,” said Tammy Bockhorst, a Shorewood Village Trustee. “I am proud that the Shorewood Board of Trustees unanimously voted to pass the Resolution for Justice and Dignity. I hope that through our combined action we can encourage other communities to take similar action that pushes back against the unconstitutional, discriminatory and anti-family practices threatened by the the federal government that can lead to unnecessary tensions between police and the community. We believe that families should stick together, that we should look out for each other, and that hard work should be rewarded. I look forward to working with Voces and the Shorewood Solidarity Network to ensure that our community continues to welcome aspiring Americans.”