Thursday, March 15 - Vigil for Detained Immigrants / Free Tyrone Williams / Gun Violence Congressional Democratic Forum

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TONIGHT - Vigil/Rally in Support of Families Separated in Immigration Detention

Community groups, religious leaders, immigration advocates, and others concerned with fair and humane treatment for immigrants in detention are calling on all Chicago-area residents to join them at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Participants will demand that the federal government stop separating mothers and small children while in immigration detention.

The vigil and rally come after news reports – and a lawsuit – revealed that a Congolese woman has been separated from her daughter for months, after the two arrived in November to Southern California seeking asylum. The child, age 7, has been held in a detention facility in Chicago while her mother remains in San Diego.

Government reporting on conditions in detention centers is extremely limited and opaque. However, immigration advocates across the nation report that more mothers and families have been separated in detention. Last week, a nationwide class action lawsuit was filed to address the issue.

Speakers at the event will include religious leaders, immigrant advocates, leaders from Chicago’s Congolese community and others. Speakers will be available for interviews after the event.

When: TONIGHT, Thursday, March 15 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: at Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
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Action 2: Call for Immediate Bail for Tyrone Williams

Last Thursday at the pre-trial hearing of Jason Van Dyke (the police officer who killed Laquan McDonald), community activist Tyrone Williams was arrested and is currently being held without bail in Cook County Jail.

Why was Tyrone arrested? He uttered "What?" in the courtroom of Judge Gaughan in disbelief that Judge Gaughan took a defendant, clearly confused and disoriented, into custody for contempt of court. Judge Gaughan immediately cited Williams for contempt and took him into custody. He has been denied bail, and the case is not scheduled to be heard by Judge Gaughan until April 4.

Previously, Williams himself was tortured in an Illinois Department of Corrections prison. Since his release he has become a community leader, has been employed, and is reuniting with his family. This treatment by Judge Gaughan has caused Tyrone to lose his job and is in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution and also violates General Order 18.8A regarding bail in Cook County. Tyrone is being denied his right to make bail!

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression has been hard at work trying to Free Tyrone, but they need help from fellow Chicagoans to raise this issue with the judge.

Call the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court Timothy C. Evans and ask that he intervene on behalf of setting bail for Tyrone Williams


Action 3: Gun Violence Congressional Democratic Forum

Join Indivisible Oak Park Area, Indivisible: IL-7 Near West Side, and many other groups at a forum on gun violence -- a critical opportunity for the IL 7th Congressional District community to hear from Democratic candidates broadly on the topic and related issues before the Democratic Primary on March 20th.

Both Democratic candidates are invited: Anthony V. Clark and Danny K. Davis. The event is free and open to the public.

Daily Actions Editor