Tuesday, May 7 - Dream and Promise Act / Strengthen School Councils / Chicago Gang Database
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell your MoC to pass a strong Dream and Promise Act
Action 3: Submit a public comment against the new Chicago gang database before Saturday, May 11 (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
Action 1: Tell Your MoC to Support the Dream and Promise Act
Family separations happen every day in the U.S. -- not just at the border.
Dreamers and TPS holders remain at risk of deportation due to Trump’ elimination of protections for these groups. This bill would provide permanent relief to Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders. Read more here.
The House Judiciary has scheduled a "markup" of the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) for May 8, where they will make substantive changes to the bill. There is a real risk that the Committee will severely weaken the bill by narrowing the eligibility rules. If they do so, it would mean fewer Dreamers and TPS holders getting the permanent relief they deserve.
Call your MoC and tell them you want them to pass a strong H.R. 6 bill -- without watering it down.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to vote for H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, and to commit to rejecting any amendments in committee or on the floor that would narrow the eligibility rules. Will [MoC] commit to voting for this legislation, and voting against any amendments that would narrow the eligibility rules?
Action and script via Indivisible
Action 2: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Witness Slips for SB 453
SB 453 reduces barriers for parents and community leaders to serve as Local School Council (LSC) members in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). LSCs are elected in each school to approve the school budget and school-based academic plan and hire and evaluate the principal. LSC members are closely supervised by school staff at all times while on school property. The bill allows CPS to match the LSC member screening process to that of lower-level (“Level II”) volunteers. LSC members will continue to be screened for offenses that would bar a person from working or volunteering in CPS. They will also be checked against the Sex Offender and Violent Offender Against Youth Databases.
This initiative is in response to community requests, about which CPS tweeted in August 2018: “We are supportive of a legislative change that would allow the district to revise our volunteer policy to classify Local School Council members as Level II volunteers.”
Witness Slip Instructions:
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
Never miss another slip! Join The Witness Slip Project and make sure you turn your notification settings to All Posts.
Action via Raise Your Hand Action
Action 3: Speak Out Against New Gang Database
On the same day that the Office of Inspector General confirmed that the Chicago Gang Database has been a tool for criminalizing Black and Latinx communities, the Chicago Police Department announced that they were creating a new gang database.
The "Criminal Enterprise Database" will continue to be shared with agencies like ICE, it will be used to cover up the harm and mistakes still on the record of the old gang database, and goes against the recommendations of the OIG.
The CPD has an "open comment" period for Chicagoans to submit your thoughts through May 11 (Scroll down to the bottom of the page). Please take a moment to say that now NO new gang database should be even considered in Chicago, including that:
The Criminal Enterprise Database goes around a fair legislative process, and cuts out City Council and community experts from giving real input
A new gang database does not address violence in our neighborhoods--we need funds for schools, mental health providers, violence interrupters programs, and local organizations.
CPD should stop the creation of the Criminal Enterprise Database right now and instead focus on collaborating with City Council for a full audit of the Gang Database and evaluating whether maintaining databases is an efficient way to increase community safety.