Monday, March 12 - Release Immigrant Rights Activist / Get Your Voting Guide / Support Tony Webb's Family

Actions You Can Take Today

Action 1: Release Immigrant Rights Activist Alejandra Pablos

Continuing a pattern of retaliation against immigrant rights organizers, the Tucson office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has taken Alejandra Pablos into custody and have refused to release her, stating that she is subject to mandatory detention without access to a bond. Pablos is a nationally recognized immigrant rights and reproductive rights, activist.

Pablos was a legal permanent resident who was placed in deportation proceedings after a drug-related arrest and spent two years detained at the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona. She is in the process of requesting asylum based on dangers she would face as a political organizer in Mexico.

In early January, as Pablos was leading chants at a peaceful protest in Virginia outside of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she was abruptly detained by local agents. It appears that after the protest in Virginia, one of the ICE agents called her deportation officer in Tucson, Arizona, and sought to get her detained in retaliation for her protest.

When Pablos showed up to her check-in with ICE in Tucson, she was taken into custody. She will not have a chance to be released or to pay a bond until she sees an immigration judge at an indeterminate time.

Please sign a petition calling for the immediate release of Alejandra Pablos.

Organization Support letter: https://tinyurl.com/sampleletterale

Donate: http://paypal.me/AlejandraPablos

 

Action 2: Get Your Voting Guides for the 2018 Primaries

There are a lot of things we do really well in Chicago, but turning out to vote isn’t one of them. The next non-presidential primary is on March 20, and early voting has already begun. Voting and civic engagement is vital for a healthy democracy, and it’s important to cast an informed vote.

The state races are important on issues like funding schools and social services. Cook County races are important on issues like taxation, jail reform, and healthcare services. Local races can be hard to follow, so we’ve compiled a few local guides to make it easier to stay informed as you vote.

Candidate Profiles

  • Ballot Ready, a detailed guide to all of the candidates and initiatives on your ballot, including profiles and lists of endorsements.

  • Chicago Sun Times voting guide with candidate profiles and the paper's own endorsements

Judicial Evaluations

  • VoteForJudges.org, a resource from the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. This resource contains reports the results of 12 bar groups which receive information about candidates’ performance and recommend whether he or she is qualified to be a judge. This includes the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, the Chicago Council of Lawyers, the Chicago Bar Association, and also includes the judicial endorsements of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Injustice Watch judicial voting guide

 

Action 3: TOMORROW - Press Conference to Support Tony Webb's Family

Tony Webb was killed in Humboldt Park on Tuesday, March 6, one day before his 18th birthday.  We want to rally around his family and echo their demands for justice.  They are demanding resources for the community that are long overdue in low income neighborhoods.  They want community revitalization now, which also includes investment in schools, youth job development, mental health care, trauma centers, and community centers that focus on restorative justice. The city and state has the money to fund these initiatives, but they've purposefully ignored communities most impacted by gun violence. It is time to end the violence and change this now.

Please do not wear branded t-shirts or bring banners to this event.  We are supporting a grieving family in our community on an issue we all care deeply about.  Please come out, show solidarity, and be counted as we fill the room.

When: 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13
Where: 121 N LaSalle Dr. 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60602
Press Conference time: 12 p.m.

 

Action 4: Watch the Indivisible Chicago Summit 2018

On Sunday March 11th Indivisible members from all over the state came to Malcolm X college to attend the Indivisible Chicago Summit 2018. Over 20 local Indivisible chapters and partner organizations including Swing Left, Let America Vote, Chicago Votes, Voto Latino, came and spoke.  

Watch the recording on Facebook

 

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Daily Actions Editor