Tuesday, April 11th - Jeff Sessions ends forensic science commission; Senator Duckworth town hall

Jeff Sessions ends forensic science commission

The Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is moving to end the National Commission on Forensic Science, a panel of about 30 independent forensic scientist enlisted by former President Obama to raise forensic standards. They will be replacing this with an internal department crime task force. What made them want to make this change? My guess is that the old task force had the work "science" in it, and not enough "crime". This gets us closer to the Trump administration's desired standard that everyone that is accused of a crime is probably a criminal and we don't want to let forensic science get in the way of a conviction.

Investigating improving forensic science, a science that can tip the scale of justice, should continue to be independent, and not controlled by those looking to prosecute. We need to stop whittling away at every independent research institution put into place by President Obama. Call your members of Congress and ask them to denounce this change.

Script: Hi, my name is _______________ and I am a constituent of Congressman/woman/Senator ____________. I'm calling to ask the Senator/Congressman/woman to speak out of the elimination of the National Commission on Forensic Science by the Attorney General. Having an independent view of forensic science is an integral part of protecting people from wrongful prosecution.

Senator Duckworth Town Hall Tonight

This town hall with Tammy Duckworth popped up pretty last minute and is in Palatine, IL, so getting to this town hall from Chicago is certainly going to be tough. It would be great if we had some Indivisible Chicago representation, but getting out to Palatine at 5:30 is certainly tricky. 

Let's give Senator Duckworth a call and let her know that, if she really wants to hear the voice of all the people, she should give more notice. What she's done seems like an attempt to suppress the crowd.

Chicago office: 312-886-3506

Join U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth for a town hall meeting at Harper Community College. Entry cannot be guaranteed without a ticket. One ticket per attendee. Seating is limited. No food, drinks, promotional materials or signs of any kind will be permitted at the event.

Where: J Theatre at Harper Community College
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5:30 pm CT - 6:30 pm CT

RSVP here


Jason Rieger