Friday, April 14th - Town Halls, phone banking for Ossoff, and police accountability
Congresswoman Schakowsky is keeping very busy, announcing a Town Hall for the day after her town hall with Indivisible. Good for her for making so much time to listen to the people. Head on out there and represent!
Monday, April 17th - Town Hall, Hosted by Indivisible in cooperation with Senator Durbin, Reps Quigley and Schakowsky
In case you didn't see, Senator Durbin was a late add to our town hall and will be joining Congressman Quigley and Congresswoman Schakowsky. We are done taking RSVPs for this event, but check out our live stream here and set a reminder for when we go live. Also, you can follow @IndivisibleChi on twitter for more info.
Phone Bank for Jon Ossoff (4.15.17 @ 3pm)
Join fellow volunteers to phone bank for Jon Ossoff, a Democrat running for the open seat in Georgia’s 6th District.
This is the district recently vacated by Tom Price, Trump’s appointee for Health and Human Services Secretary. Jon Ossoff has been polling very well, early vote numbers look promising, and his fundraising numbers are off the charts.
This is a huge opportunity to win back a seat in the house and send a powerful message to GOP members of congress walking in lock step with the Trump agenda.
We’ll be calling into Georgia to help push turnout in the crucial days before the special election on April 18th.
Please bring a cell phone and a laptop and chargers for both. We will be calling from digital lists on the computer. If you don’t have a laptop, come anyway and we’ll share! Feel free to brings snacks, but nothing is required.
5517 N Paulina Street, Apt 2
Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, April 15th
3pm - 6pm
Contact Jamie if you have questions at (773) 208 - 5533
or email Jason at email@example.com
Call to Ensure Police Accountability
The new contract for the police unions has drawn some concerns. From The Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability:
The Current FOP and PBPA contracts make it too hard to identify police misconduct. The contracts require an affidavit to investigate a complaint.3 The police contracts require people who wish to make a complaint about a police officer to sign an affidavit. An affidavit is a legal document. In it, you state the facts about the complaint, swear the facts are true, and sign in front of a notary. While some see the affidavit requirement as a way to weed out false complaints, many people do not trust the discipline system, or the criminal justice system and do not want to sign an affidavit that could lead to a potential charge of perjury.4 This barrier leads to many complaints that are closed or never investigated. A full 58% of the 17,700 complaints filed over a four-year period were not fully investigated because they were tagged as having “no affidavit.”5 The police department and City lost valuable information about the conduct of police officers because they could not consider the information in those complaints. The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) also raised concerns about this requirement in its investigation of the Chicago Police Department and recommended that this requirement be changed.
The contracts limit the investigation of anonymous complaints. The police contracts do not allow anonymous complaints to be investigated. Many people fear retaliation from police officers and do not want to give their name when they make a complaint.
The contracts allow officers to delay giving a statement after a shooting. Officers involved in a police shooting do not have to testify about the shooting for 24 hours. During that time, there is no requirement that officers be separated.
And much, much more. Take a look at all the concerns here. Call your alderman and ask that they do not vote for this contract without it being modified to follow the suggestions of CPCA. You can find your alderman's number here
Script: My name is _________ and I am a constituent. This summer, the Fraternal Order of Police Union contract will expire. This contract contains many provisions that shield misconduct, hamper accountability, and impede justice. As my alderman, I call on you to not vote for the FOP contract unless it includes recommendations outlined by the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA)
(thanks to Melissa Sterne for bringing this to my attention)