Friday, 22 - Reduce Electronic Monitoring / Help Elect Fair Redistricting Judges / Support Consent Education

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: URGENT 10 a.m. DEADLINE - Reduce Electronic Monitoring

Illinois frequently subjects people in the court system to electronic monitoring, which can help reduce prison populations, but can also unfairly punish innocent people with overly punitive restrictions.

The State of Illinois has an extremely broad felony called “Escape” from electronic monitoring, which criminalizes much more than what the average lay person would consider “escape.” Rather than only criminalize those who become fugitives after violating Electronic Monitoring, or those who commit new crimes while in the program, this statute makes it a Class 3 felony to violate ANY terms of the electronic monitoring program while on pre-trial release for a felony.

The Cook County Sheriff’s electronic monitoring program requires individuals to remain in their homes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, unless they receive specific permission for some activities by the Sheriff’s department. Even relatively minor, non-criminal acts like getting locked out of one’s house and needing to stay elsewhere for an evening or attending school or work without official approval could violate the statute and add 2-5 years prison time to the individual’s underlying charge if convicted.

The state judiciary committee is holding a hearing on this issue TODAY at 10 a.m., and you can make your voice heard by filling out a witness slip in support of a motion from Representative Ammons that would reduce electronic monitoring for people who have been released from Illinois prisons on mandatory supervised release. 

Sign the witness slip TODAY before 10 a.m. (proponent)

 Witness Slip Instructions:

Click here to view the witness slip

I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

III. POSITION: select "Proponent"

IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

 Action via Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

 

Action 2: Help Elect Fair Judges in Wisconsin

When our neighboring (swing) state Wisconsin draws new Congressional districts after next census in 2020, we'll want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to have fair, impartial, and independent justices upholding the law.

It starts now by helping Democratic voters turn out for Judge Lisa Neubauer to elect her to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 2. Judge Neubauer currently sits on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and you can help elevate a fair judge by writing postcards to help get out the vote.

Text JOIN to (484) 275-2229 to get started!

Action via @DemocratWit

 

Action 3: Support Consent Education in Illinois

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to RAINN. It is more important than ever to teach consent at a young age.

 Per data reported in Bustle:

32 percent of college men said they would have “intentions to force a woman to sexual intercourse’” if ‘“nobody would ever know and there wouldn’t be any consequences.” Only 13.6 percent of these men said they would have “any intentions to rape a woman” in the same situation. This suggests that when we teach people to recognize rape as rape, they're less likely to do it.

HB 3550, recently introduced in the Illinois House require “course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on the meaning of consent.” Please call on your rep to sign on to support this bill!

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Script:Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to ask [REP] to support HB 3550, which would require that consent be taught in Illinois schools. I support teaching young people about consent to help reduce sexual assault and rape in our country. Will [REP] commit to supporting this bill? Thank you.”

Daily Actions Editor