Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Since 2006, Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) has received four grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) totaling $140,000, including the most recent grant of $30,000 for FY 2020-2021.
At issue is the fact that the executive director of LSNA is radically pro-abortion, and LSNA is a member of the pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ Hispanic Federation.
The LSNA website shows that the executive director is Juliet de Jesus Alejandre.
On June 25, the day after the Supreme Court overturned the dreadful Roe v. Wade decision, Alejandre posted an image of a map showing states where access to abortion is “protected” and states where access to abortion are “being expanded.” The caption beneath the map says, “Just putting this here. there are states that will welcome you, should you need it.”
The same day, Alejandre posted a “poem” attacking pro-life measures to ban abortion.
On June 26, Alejandre posted links to several abortion funds.
On March 31 of 2022, Alejandre posted a pro-trans message on facebook.
Membership in Pro-Abortion, Pro-LGBTQ Organizations
In addition to having an executive director who actively promotes abortion on social media, LSNA is a member of at least two organizations that are actively promoting abortion and homosexual and transgender ideologies; the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Hispanic Federation.
The CCHD absolutely forbids organizations from membership in organizations acting against Catholic teaching. In an FAQ on the USCCB website, the CCHD directly answers the question about whether grantees may be members of coalitions that oppose Catholic teachings. In answer, the CCHD firmly stated, “CCHD will not fund groups that are knowingly members of coalitions that have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.”
Given that, there is no way LSNA can both receive CCHD grants and be members in the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Hispanic Federation.
The Hispanic Federation identifies Logan Square Neighborhood Association as a member.
The Hispanic Federation is not only pro-abortion, but its promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism borders on the pornographic.
On the Hispanic Federation’s website is a list of advocacy programs engaged in by the Federation itself. One of those program areas is “health,” wherein the Hispanic Federation states its goal to advocate for sexual and reproductive health “and rights.”:
“Hispanic Federation has taken a national leadership role in raising awareness of Latino health disparities and promoting strategies to improve Latino health as well as increasing Latinos’ access to affordable and quality healthcare.
Our portfolio is anchored by three central goals:
Scrolling down to the “Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” portion of this page reveals that Hispanic Federation is explicitly working to promote unrestricted access to abortion, contraception, and comprehensive sex education.
The Hispanic Federation’s advocacy for abortion goes back to at least 2016, when it published an article titled “Latina Reproductive Health on Trial.” In the article, Hispanic Federation complained about medical quality standards being imposed on abortion facilities, saying that such legislation would “make it impossible to secure an abortion in” Texas. The president of the Hispanic Federation, José Calderón, commented on the attempt by Texas to restrict access to abortion, saying:
“The fact is that anti-choice activists are getting bolder and savvier in their attempts to curtail how women control their bodies … Reproductive health is critical to our families and communities and we can’t allow legislatures to circumvent the law of the land.”
In May of 2022, the Hispanic Federation directly called on Congress to pass pro-abortion legislation. In the press release, the current president and CEO of the Hispanic Federation said:
“Hispanic Federation calls on Congress to pass legislation that will uphold our reproductive rights and represent the majority of American voters who believe that access to reproductive abortion healthcare should be legal. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will cause immeasurable damage to our civil rights. … Hispanic Federation will continue to fight for access to comprehensive reproductive care with dignity and justice for everyone in our communities, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides.”
On June 24, 2022, the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the Hispanic Federation “Vowed” to fight for women’s “right” to have an abortion. Stated in the first paragraph of the press release the “Hispanic Federation condemns this decision and once again calls on Congress to immediately pass federal protections for abortion rights.” The opening line of Hispanic Federation president Frankie Miranda’s statement declares:
“We are outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision today, which ended nearly 50 years of federal constitutional protections for abortion rights.”
In addition to fully committing itself to the promotion and decriminalization of abortion, fighting to create absolute, unrestricted access to the murder of preborn children, the Hispanic Federation is also deeply committed to the promotion of the vilest forms of sexual debauchery. The Hispanic Federation runs an annual LGBTQI+ festival called “Fuerza Fest,” which is full of the most disgusting displays of degeneracy imaginable. On the Fuerza Fest website, in the upper left corner is a logo showing that it is a project of the Hispanic Federation. And on the bottom of the page, it shows that the website is the property of the Hispanic Federation and indicates the Hispanic Federation as the contact point for the program.
The “About” page for Fuerza Fest says that the annual festival was created by the Hispanic Federation in 2016.
A few screen captures from the Fuerda Fest “memories” page (which contains video of various performances throughout the years) is enough to illustrate just how thoroughly disgusting this activity is. Some of the images contained in these videos were so bad, we couldn’t put them in this report.
LSNA is also a member of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).
Membership in ICIRR isn’t free, either. ICIRR’s “become a member” page shows a membership fee schedule.
According to LSNA’s tax form 990 for FY 2019, LSNA had $2.5 million in expenses, making its annual membership fee in ICIRR $1,500.
ICIRR is Pro-Abortion
Following the Scotus decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 2022, the ICIRR decried the SCOTUS decision as “an attack on … the reproductive rights of people who can become pregnant.”
This was immediately followed by a tweet in support of “reproductive freedom,” calling for people to “follow the Chicago Abortion Fund for ways to take action.”
This support includes a funding page and explicitly linked to the Chicago Abortion Fund. The Instagram message from the Chicago Abortion Fund explicitly compels viewers to take a stand for Abortion Access in Illinois and beyond.
ICIRR on LGBTQ
In May of 2013, ICIRR issued the following formal statement in favor of same-sex “marriage.”
In February of 2014, ICIRR hosted a workshop covering “marriage equality” and “LGBT rights.”
In June of 2020, ICIRR again boasted of its support for homosexual and transgender ideologies.
Logan Square Neighborhood Association is in direct violation of CCHD grant guidelines by maintaining membership in two known, radically pro-abortion and pro-LGBTQ organizations. In addition to this, the executive director of LSNA is pushing abortion on social media. LSNA should never have received a grant, and if CCHD had done its due diligence in investigating its formal relationships, it should have been immediately denied a request for funding. And yet, the CCHD is continuing to provide Catholic funds to this organization anyway.