Wednesday, April 19th - Support the Black Caucus' call for police union contract reform

Last week Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police elected as its president Kevin Graham, who has opposed the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the Chicago Police Department initiated after the killing of Laquan McDonald. Graham has praised U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' unwillingness to hold local police accountable for brutality and civil rights violations. Graham will now be in charge of negotiating a new police union contract with the City to replace the one expiring on June 30.

Since Graham's election, the City Council Black Caucus has announced that it will refuse to support any police contract that has insufficient reforms to prevent police brutality and civil rights violations. The Department of Justice Report issued in January specifically blamed the existing union contract for fostering a culture of collusion among police to cover up bad behavior.

Call your alderman and the Mayor's office and demand that they support the Black Caucus' call for a contract that includes all of the Department of Justice's recommendations for reform.

You can find your alderman's number here

as for the Mayor, I kid you not, the only number listed is 311. Which is crazy. You can also email him at rahm.emanuel@cityofchicago.org

Script: My name is _________ and I am a constituent. This summer, the Fraternal Order of Police Union contract will expire. This contract contains insufficient reforms to prevent police brutality and civil rights violations. As my alderman, I call on you to not vote for the FOP contract unless it includes all of the Department of Justice's recommendations for reform

(this action written by Ben Kidder)

 

Jason Rieger