Friday, January 25 - Healthcare Forum / Cook County Gang Database / Support Shutdown Workers

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: TOMORROW - Toward Healthcare for All Forum Saturday

In 2017, almost 10% of people nationally and almost 900,000 thousand Illinoisans remained uninsured. Our healthcare system is fragmented, complicated, and still too costly for most of us. Increasing numbers of Americans and elected officials are calling for “Medicare for All”—where healthcare is a human right, guaranteed by health insurance for all, and accessible and free at the point of service. We have much to do to get to this system, and here in Illinois we have an opportunity to move forward, given the election of a Governor who ran on a platform of expanding healthcare coverage in our state.

Chicago Women Take Action, Healthy Illinois Campaign, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Protect our Care Illinois, and SEIU Healthcare are hosting a forum to explore how we might work toward healthcare for all in our state and the nation. We invite activists, community members, health professionals, and others interested in healthcare access and health equity to join us at this free event!

When: Saturday, January 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: SEIU Healthcare IL, Member Hall (2229 S. Halsted Street)
RSVP for a free ticket

Action via Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Action 2: Uncover Cook County's Gang Database

In Cook County, the sheriff's department has managed a database of at least 25,000 people called the Regional Gang Intelligence Database (RGD) since the early 2000s. According to a ProPublica investigation, the list includes “hundreds whose gangs aren’t known and hundreds who are dead.”

Authorities from 371 different agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have access to the data, and could potentially use it to target individuals. The inclusion of a person's name on the database can adversely affect employment, housing, bail/bond and parole decisions, and lead to false arrest, deportation, citizenship, and other life devastating consequences.

Individuals are never notified when their names have been placed in the database and therefore never have an opportunity to challenge the charges or provide evidence in their defense. The lack of notification, judicial process, or opportunity for self-defense and review, create an environment ripe for civil rights violations and abuse of power.

In December 2018, Commissioner Alma Anaya introduced an ordinance to protect the rights of Cook County residents by prohibiting the use of the county's gang database until the completion of the Inspector General's investigation into the use and impact of the database. The ordinance is supported by community organizations across the county that pushed for such to be included on the agenda at the next meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

On January 22,  advocates were alerted when the ordinance was taken off the agenda by Commissioner Stanley Moore with support from the Sheriff's office. As the Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, Commissioner Stanley Moore has the power to call the ordinance up for a vote at the next meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Call Commissioner Stanley Moore: 312-603-2065
Sign the petition

Script: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am a member of Indivisible calling from [ZIP CODE]. I am deeply concerned about the Cook County Gang Database. I am calling to ask that Commissioner Moore call for a vote on an ordinance introduced by Commissioner Anaya that would to expose the use of the county's gang database.  Will the Commissioner add the ordinance to the agenda again? Thank you.

Action via Organized Communities Against Deportations

Action 3: Donate to Help Workers Affected by Shutdown

The Trump Shutdown is in its fifth week and 800,000 workers are struggling immensely. Trump’s cabinet of millionaires can’t even comprehend the suffering. In an interview with CNBC, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that he didn’t understand why federal workers who have missed paychecks during the government shutdown would need food banks, saying, "there's no real reason why they shouldn't be able to get a loan against it."

It is unfathomable that these Americans have to suffer and even work without pay for a racist campaign promise that Trump couldn’t keep.

Please continue to call your Senators daily, and if you can afford to, please consider donating to a fund that is dedicating to helping these workers:

Daily Actions Editor