Friday, June 22 - March for Families / Press Conference for Safe Zones Bill / New Report on Chicago's Gang Database

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: March for Families on Saturday

Although Trump released his executive order yesterday to halt family separation, at least temporarily, there is still NO PLAN in place to reunite the 2,300+ children who have been ripped from their parents.

There’s still plenty of work to do, and we can’t let up the public pressure now. Join us this Saturday to raise your voice against the inhumane immigration policies that have caused so much suffering.

March for Families in Lincoln Square on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Giddings Plaza (4731 N Lincoln Ave)

Families United Rally in Rogers Park on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Action 2: Press Conference for Safe Zones Bill on 6/26

With Trump and Jeff Sessions at the helm of ICE, families across the country are in constant fear of deportation. There have been sharp increases in the detainment of immigrants in places that many would consider safe, such as hospitals and courthouses. This recklessness undermines the foundations of our society. People seeking medical attention or protection from domestic abusers should not be afraid that they will face deportation as a consequence for seeking help.

Illinois’ proposed Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant prior to investigating, detaining or arresting people for violating the federal immigration law. The bill would designate places such as medical facilities, schools, and courthouses as safe zones from immigration raids and harassment.

SB 35 is waiting to be signed by Governor Rauner, but he has not committed to doing so yet. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is holding a press conference on Tuesday to put the pressure on Rauner. Can you join them?

 When: Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m.
Where: Rush Hospital, in the Brennan Pavilion (1620 W. Harrison St.)


Action 3: New Report on Chicago's Gang Database on 6/26

Chicago's Gang Database is an "Expansive and Focused" system of criminalization and discrimination. Join Mijente for a city-wide teach in on June 26 for the release of a new report on Chicago's Gang Database co-authored by the the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Research group on Policing in Chicago and community organizations.

On February 2018, the UIC Research group on Policing in Chicago released a comprehensive report along with community organizations exposing Chicago's Gang Database as a tool for racial profiling and surveillance of black and brown Chicagoans. The report also proved that there were many inconsistencies and errors with the data.

The initial report documented 128,000 Chicagoans are in the database but new data shows that 195,000 people are in this list. Community groups and researchers have worked to gather more information about this system and the way it is used to target black and brown communities in the city. Lean more at a teach-in on this new report on Tuesday!

When: Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m.
Where: Arturo Velazquez Institute (2800 S. Western Ave.)
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