Monday, August 26 - Reform Felony-Murder Laws in Illinois / Protect the Amazon / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Support HB 1615 to Reform Felony Murder Laws

In Illinois, a person can be charged and convicted of first-degree murder—a conviction that carries a minimum sentence of twenty years and, under certain circumstances, a maximum sentence of natural life—even if they did not actually kill the victim or intend to commit the murder.

Tragically, this law has been enacted against five teenagers who are charged with felony murder of a 14-year-old boy who was shot by a 75-year-old man. The man who killed the boy has not been charged with any crime.

Introduced by Rep. Justin Slaughter, HB 1615 would bring Illinois into alignment with the majority of states and that have a felony murder statute. The bill:

  • Ensures that only defendants that the felony-murder rule was designed to hold accountable are actually charged with and found guilty of murder;

  • Ensures individuals who do not personally inflict an injury during the course of an underlying felony would not be charged with or found guilty of first-degree murder; and,

  • Ensures someone is truly culpable for murder if they are to be given our state’s harshest possible punishment.

Call on your state rep to support HB 1615. 

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge [NAME] to support HB 1615, a bill to reform the felony murder laws in Illinois. Illinois has one of the broadest felony-murder statutes in the country. Forty-four states, as well as Washington, D.C. and the federal government, have codified some form of the felony-murder rule. Illinois must pass HB 1615 to ensure citizens aren’t charged with murders they did not commit. Thank you. 

Action via Restore Justice


Action 2: Find Out How You Can Protect the Amazon

The Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, roughly half the size of the United States, is key to the health of the entire planet. Its trees produce an estimated 20% of the world's oxygen, while putting an enormous amount of water into the atmosphere at a time when cities are drying up. The Amazon is sucking in carbon and greenhouse gases while slowing the rising temperatures. But it's now burning at a record rate -- with images from space showing the smoke covering much of Brazil.

There are ways you can make an impact to protect this precious natural resource:

Action via CNN

Action 2: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Chuy Garcia

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: What do Hong Kong, Kashmir, El Paso and the someday-state of New South Illinois have in common? Tom thinks about borders and ambiguity after reading Joshua Keating’s Slate article, "The Grim Worldview Behind Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Push, the Hong Kong Protests, and the Kashmir Crisis."

Segment: This week, a conversation about the current president’s cruel immigration policy, the horror of gun violence, and how the two collided tragically recently in El Paso, a town that holds special meaning to this week’s guest, Representative Chuy Garcia. Tom and the Congressman talk about immigration, sensible gun policy, how the honeymoon may be over for Mayor Lightfoot, the state of the 2020 presidential race, and more.

Daily Actions Editor