The Proviso 209 Board of Education meeting is 7/11/17 at PMSA. The meeting begins at 6:00PM, but the open session begins at 7:15PM.
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The Proviso 209 Board of Education has a special meeting TONIGHT at PMSA. The meeting begins at 6:00PM. This meeting is unique in that the agenda items listed are a public discussion of the Board’s mission, vision, core beliefs, and goals. This is an excellent opportunity to see how the district will be ran at a high level for the near future.
Attached is the draft version of the welcoming resolution that was presented at the Forest Park Diversity commission at the June 8th meeting. This resolution is planned to be presented at the June 12th Village Council Meeting, but not voted on until a subsequent meeting.
RESOLUTION NO. R-___________-17
A RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE VILLAGE OF FOREST PARK’S CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO EQUAL, RESPECTFUL AND DIGNIFIED
TREATMENT OF ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR IMMIGRATION
STATUS AND TO REMAINING AN OPEN AND WELCOMING COMMUNITY
WHEREAS, the Village of Forest Park (“Village”) has long welcomed and embraced individuals and families of diverse racial, ethnic, religious and national backgrounds, recognizing that these persons are valued members of our community and a source of strength and security for our nation; and
WHEREAS, immigration has been the cornerstone of the development of our region, State and nation throughout our history, and the contributions of immigrants and their descendants living in the United States of America have produced immeasurable good for the American people, and have renewed and strengthened the very fabric of our Republic; and
WHEREAS, newly-arrived immigrants bring their professions, their skills, and their enthusiasm to the community, making an immediate positive impact on the economy and the well-being of all Americans; and
WHEREAS, the Village desires to reaffirm and protect the tradition of welcoming and embracing immigrants who chose to leave their homes for a better life; and
WHEREAS, the Council acknowledges that we are a nation of laws, and that as elected officials we are bound by oath to uphold the Constitutions and laws of our country, our State and our Village; and
WHEREAS, the Village devotes resources to law enforcement for the purpose of assuring the safety of all persons who reside in or visit our community and should be used for local priorities and not for participation in federal immigration enforcement; and
WHEREAS, the Council recognizes and praises the efforts of the Village Police
Department to build relationships of trust and respect between the Police Department and the
community, and to preserve and enhance these relationships while performing its mission to keep
the Village safe and enforce the law; and
WHEREAS, the Council recognizes and supports the procedures of the Village Police
Department to support an individual they discover to be a foreign national in the course of
discharging their duties, by providing a document that instructs them to contact their consulate.
Additionally, the Council supports the procedures of the Village Police Department to not contact
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) unless they discover a criminal warrant for
that individual’s arrest from ICE or except as may be required by law; and
WHEREAS, this trust, respect and cooperation between the community and local law
enforcement officers is essential to promoting and maintaining public safety, especially in
encouraging residents’ willingness to report crimes, and to request assistance from and provide
assistance to the police, making the community safer for all of us; and
WHEREAS, the power to regulate immigration is reserved to the federal government and
the enforcement of immigration law is a function of the federal government that currently resides
with ICE; and
WHEREAS, in acknowledging and reaffirming our commitment to the rights of all
persons, regardless of immigration status, it is important to reassure our residents and visitors that
the Village, through its officials, employees, and uniformed services, presently conducts itself
according to the principles of equal, respectful and dignified treatment for all persons, and provides
assistance and services to those in need without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin,
citizenship or immigration status, and has always done so.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Village of Forest Park,
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are a material part of this Resolution and are
incorporated herein as if they were fully set forth in this Section.
Section 2. The policy of the Village shall be to welcome and treat all persons entering
or living in our community with the same respect, fairness, and dignity, and to continue providing
municipal services and enforcing the law on an equal basis to all people, regardless of their
ethnicity, religion, or nation of origin or descent, or of federal immigration status.
Section 3. As a matter of policy, the Village affirms that it promotes policies and
programs to foster inclusion for all, and serves its residents regardless of their immigration or
refugee status, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status,
parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, disability, homelessness,
low-income or veteran status, and reaffirms the Village’s continuing commitment to advocate and
support the wellbeing of all residents.
Section 4. The policy of the Village shall be that all Village employees shall continue
to serve all residents and make Village services accessible to all, regardless of religion, ancestry,
race, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
political ideology, physical or mental disability, homelessness, low-income or veteran status,
immigration or refugee status.
Section 5. No Village employee, official or department of the Village shall inquire into
nor collect information regarding the immigration status of residents or condition the provision of
Village benefits, opportunities or services on matters related to citizenship or immigration status,
unless required to do so by state or federal law or by a court order.
Section 6. This Resolution shall not create or form the base for any cause of action
against or liability on the part of the Village, its elected officials, officers, employees, consultants
or agents, in any manner.
Section 7. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon its passage, approval
and publication as provided by law.
RESOLVED by the Council of the Village of Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, this
_______ day of ________________, 2017.
Mayor Anthony T. Calderone
Vanessa Moritz, Village Clerk
The FPAC recently reached out to the candidates for the Proviso District 209 Board of Education with some questions regarding the campaign, the school district, and themselves. The Proviso Together slate has graciously agreed to respond; while the Proviso First slate has ignored requests via email and in person. Here are the replies from Samuel Valtierrez, of Melrose Park. Thank you for your time Sam!
The FPAC recently reached out to the candidates for the Proviso District 209 Board of Education with some questions regarding the campaign, the school district, and themselves. The Proviso Together slate has graciously agreed to respond; we are still waiting for comment from the Proviso First slate. Here are the replies from Amanda Grant, of Westchester. Thank you for your time Amanda!