Friday, February 2 - DACA Decision Panel / Cook County Assessor Candidate Roundtable / Report Chicago Cop’s Scam Fundraiser

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Attend the DACA Decision Panel TOMORROW

  • Action 2: Cook County Assessor Candidate Roundtable on Monday

  • Action 3: Report Chicago Cop’s Scam Fundraiser on GoFundMe


Tools You Can Use


Action 1: Attend the DACA Decision Panel on Saturday

Join Protection for All Movement and Indivisible for a panel discussion led by DACA Recipients on Saturday. We will discuss the impact the political turmoil around the Dream Act has had on our friends, families, and neighbors. An unrealized Dream Act has the potential to tear apart families and see our neighbors deported, so the time is now to take action.

Connect with members of your community and learn what actions you can take to fight for undocumented communities and help push for the passage of the DREAM Act and protection for all.

RSVP to attend the panel discussion - The DACA Decision and our Neighbors: Seeking Protection For All on Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Amundson High School (5110 N Damen Ave).


Action 2: Cook County Assessor Candidate Roundtable on Monday

Did you know there's a very important race going on right now that directly impacts your pocketbook and how our schools are funded? Join us over a pint to learn more about the Cook County Assessor position from the candidates running and how we can finally fix this broken system. The election March 20, so now is the time to get engaged and work to change the system!

Come prepared with your questions for the candidates, and stick around afterward to have a pint with your fellow neighbors, resisters, and candidates.

Attend the Cook County Assessor Candidate Roundtable on Monday, February 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N Knox Ave.). Get your free ticket here, and share the event on Facebook.


Action 3: Report Chicago Cop’s Scam Fundraiser on GoFundMe

Officer Robert Rialmo fatally shot Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier in 2015, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended that the officer be fired.  Rialmo is now fundraising for his legal defense on the GoFundMe platform, and two Aldermen on the Northwest Side have donated. When asked if he was concerned that his donation would upset or offend any of his colleagues in the City Council, Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) said: “I can give a rat’s a**.”

Instead of holding an officer accountable for killing two innocent people, our elected representatives are personally donating to defend him. Do we need any more evidence that to many of those in power, black lives don't matter?

Furthermore, Rialmo’s GoFundMe campaign actually violates the site’s policies against fundraising off of violent crimes. Here’s how you can report this campaign to help it get taken down.

1. Go to the page you want to report. In this case,

2. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Report Campaign” button. This takes you to another page. Again, scroll to the bottom and click the “Report Campaign” button.

3. GoFundMe wants to collect your name, email and phone number. They send you a follow-up email but you don’t have to respond or confirm your report.

Lower down, you have to answer a few questions about why you are reporting the page. You should say you are reporting it for violations of the Terms of Service.

Last, there is a field for you to explain your complaint. Use your own words or copy and paste the letter below:

Dear GoFundMe,

I’m writing because I was shocked and offended to see a lawyer for a violent alleged criminal, Robert Rialmo, raising funds on your site. While Rialmo faces legal trouble for shooting two people, this fundraiser claims to specifically focus on raising legal fees for two counts of misdemeanor battery and a theft charge from an alleged bar fight.

Rialmo’s GoFundMe page is:

According to your discretionary terms of service, users of GoFundMe agree not to use the service to support the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race.

 Robert Rialmo’s actions in his alleged bar fight violate your violence policies:

1. Robert Rialmo’s lawyers are raising funds for the alleged violent crime of battery. He received two battery charges. He is alleged to have punched two men in the face. Documentation from the Chicago Sun Times:

2. The Chicago Police Department stripped Rialmo of his police powers right after Rialmo allegedly punched these two men in the face. Documentation from the Chicago Sun Times:

3. Rialmo is seen in a video of the bar fight, confirming his participation in the violent incident he has been charged for. Documentation from CBS News:

4. The GoFundMe for Rialmo has a goal of $50,000, greatly exceeding any legal fees needed for the defense of two misdemeanors. It’s clear this GoFundMe page is being used to fundraise legal fees for Rialmo’s other legal issues, not just for these misdemeanors.

5. The first paragraph of Rialmo’s fundraising page recounts the incident where he killed two people. This makes the GoFundMe look like a fundraiser for legal defense for those deaths, not just for someone facing battery and theft charges.

Thank you for considering my request.


Your Name



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