Erase the Database: Day of Action

November 13, 2019 - 9 AM – 12 PM

219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603, United States

Supporting Organizations: Erase the Database, ewish Council on Urban Affairs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations

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[En español abajo] On June 18, 2018, the members of the campaign to Erase the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, announced a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD), targeting CPD’s unconstitutional gang database, and urging City Council to take action.

On November 13, 2019, plaintiffs and defendants will appear in court where the judge will determine whether this lawsuit will move forward.

For months, the City and CPD have tried to get the Judge to dismiss this lawsuit but we are not backing down from exposing and holding the City and CPD accountable for the use of this racist tool.

CPD’s gang database is known to be used by Police to harass and falsely detain people. In addition, CPD provides its incorrect and inconsistent database to third parties, which can trigger further repercussions that can include job loss, denial of access to public housing and public education, inability to secure certain licensure, ineligibility for bond, and possible deportation.

Help us pack the court room on November 13. Join us in showing the judge that the CPD should be held accountable for the harm caused on communities of color.

On the same day, the Chicago City Council will meet and the Erase the Database coalition will deliver a letter asking aldermen to hold public hearings to discuss the report released by the Office of the Inspector General.

Join us for the day of action on November 13, 2019! Let’s hold the CPD for using a racist tool to target and surveil Black and Brown Chicagoans.

El 18 de junio de 2018, los miembros de la campaña para Borrar la Base de Datos de Pandillas, una coalición de individuos y organizaciones comunitarias, anunciaron una demanda de clase federal contra la Ciudad de Chicago y el Departamento de Policía de Chicago (CPD), por el uso se la base de datos de pandillas inconstitucional de CPD, e urgiendo al concilio de la ciudad que tome cartas en el asunto

El 13 de noviembre de 2019, los demandantes y los demandados comparecerán en la corte donde el juez determinará si esta demanda avanzará.

Durante meses, la Ciudad y el CPD han tratado de convencer al Juez que termine la demanda. Pero continuamos con la meta de exponer y responsabilizar a la Ciudad y al CPD por el uso de esta herramienta racista.

Se sabe que la base de datos de pandillas de CPD es utilizada por la policía para hostigar y detener falsamente a personas. Además, CPD proporciona su base de datos incorrecta e inconsistente a terceros, lo que puede desencadenar más repercusiones que pueden incluir la pérdida de empleo, la denegación de acceso a la vivienda pública y la educación pública, la incapacidad de asegurar cierta licencia, la inelegibilidad para la fianza y la posible deportación.

Ayúdenos a llenar la sala del tribunal el 13 de noviembre. Únase a nosotros para mostrarle al juez que el CPD debe rendir cuentas por el daño causado a las comunidades de color.

El mismo día, el Consejo de la Ciudad de Chicago se reunirá y la coalición organizaciones entregará una carta pidiendo a los concejales que tengan audiencias públicas para discutir el informe publicado por la Oficina del Inspector General.

¡Únase a nosotros para el día de acción el 13 de noviembre! La policia de Chicago tiene que rendir cuentas por usar una herramienta racista para atacar y vigilar a las comunidades de color the Chicago.

Rekia Should Be Alive Today! Pack the Courtroom!

November 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

26th and California Cook County Circuit Court, 2650 S California Ave, Chicago, Illinois

Supporting Organizations: Black Lives Matter Chicago

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Seven years ago off-duty cop, Dante Servin, shot and killed Rekia Boyd from the window of his car. After her family and organizers led a campaign to get him fired and convicted, he quit. Now, he wants the courts to clear his public records of the case.
Rekia was 22 years old, a loved Black woman and her family can’t remove her loss from their lives. So Servin shouldn’t be allowed to remove the evidence of her murder from his life.

Let’s pack the courtroom in solidarity with Rekia and all victims of police and state violence!
#JUSTICE4REKIA#JUSTICE54THEMALL

Shut Down Heartland’s Annual Gala

November 20, 2019 - 5 PM – 8 PM

Swissotel Chicago, 323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Supporting Organizations: Little Village Solidarity Network / Red de Solidaridad de La Villita and Rogers Park Solidarity Network

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Heartland Alliance runs seven detention centers for migrant children in the Chicago area. These are not “shelters”, they are prisons. Heartland claims to be a Humanitarian organization rescuing children, while in reality they are hired by the federal government to detain the children, investigate their families and extract information that is shared with ICE. This is a lucrative contract for Heartland. Between 2017-2020, Heartland was awarded $97, 689,604 in federal grants to lock up migrant children.

Heartland also raises Millions in donations through their fundraising campaigns. This is their annual fundraiser Gala, where Heartland and their philanthrocapitalist friends gather to celebrate their white savior accomplishments — all the while disavowing their role extracting profit from the bodies and lives of immigrant children.

Come help us ruin their dinner!

More info:
https://www.facebook.com/LaVillitaSolidaridad/photos/a.1914710601905412/1977794955596976/?type=3&theater

A short Primer on Migrant Detention:
https://www.facebook.com/LaVillitaSolidaridad/photos/a.1962123210497484/1962123190497486/?type=3&theater

Chicago is a major hub in the national network of child detention centers, which is a $1.7 Billion industry in 2019. We are ground zero in the fight to end the detention of migrant kids — Heartland is the second largest operator of permanent child detention facilities, in addition to several facilities operated in the metro region by the Catholic Archdiocese. We are pushing Heartland to END their contract with the federal government and instead to boycott and divest from all forms of cooperation with border enforcement. This would shift the ground in the national struggle to end the detention of migrant children and to abolish ALL forms of incarceration.

Heartland’s enormous political power is used to normalize the detention of migrant children, and leveraged to disinform communities about the realities of the child detention business. Over 100 child detention centers operate around the US, holding over 14,000 children on any given day. All of these facilities are calling themselves a form of “shelter”, and all are gaining legitimacy in the wake of Dump’s increased assault on migrant children. Compared to the massive influx “tent camps”, facilities like Heartland’s are supposed to look like a good alternative. But this masks the cycle of so-called “border crises” the US government has been producing, intentionally creating “capacity shortage” by capturing and prosecuting more and more migrants, using overcrowding “limited capacity” as excuses to expand detention. Children have repeatedly been used as pawns in this political game. The solution to the capacity crisis is not “nicer” prisons. It is an end to migrant detention and the policies that make it possible in the first place.

Chicago Veterans Day for Worker Rights, Peace and Justice

November 11, 2019 - 11 AM - 12 PM

44 E Wacker Drive (River Level), Chicago, IL 60601

Supporting Organizations: About Face: Veterans Against the War, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War

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Join veterans, students, and union members as they speak out for workers and the future of the planet. Speakers will be followed by a flower ceremony to remember all those lost.

Following the program people are invited to Taqueria Moran (2226 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) for lunch and drinks.


SPONSORS
About Face: Veterans Against the War
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Chicago Climate Strike

December 6, 2019 - 11 AM - 1 PM

Crown Fountain, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Supporting Organizations: Illinois Youth Climate Strike, Rising Tide Chicago, Sunrise Movement Chicago

Contact Info: illinois@youthclimatestrikeus.org

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On September 20th, over 5000 Chicagoans shut down the streets to demand climate justice. On December 6th, we are doing it again.

Details:
Meet at Crown Fountain downtown Chicago at 11AM. From there we will march to Federal Plaza, where we will hold a rally. It will end at about 1PM.

All ages are welcome! This is a very safe, peaceful action.

Our demand is for the city of Chicago to declare a climate emergency.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates! Our handle is @climatestrikeil !

Students: To connect with your school ambassador, either dm us @climatestrikeil or email us at illinois@youthclimatestrikeus.org!

We are in need of photographers/videographers: if you are interested in helping out, please email us at illinois@youthclimatestrikeus.org!

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STAND with Alejandra

November 14, 2019 - 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM

536 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605

Supporting Organizations: The Resurrection Project, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Indo-American Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, United African Organization, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Enlace Chicago, HANA Center

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Please support Alejandra Cano at her next check-in with immigration!

Alejandra is a legal permanent resident and has been in the U.S. since she was an infant. She is a single mother of two U.S. Citizen children and helps take care of her U.S. Citizen parents. She is involved in her community and is a spokesperson for addiction recovery groups.

If detained, she will be subject to mandatory detention for the length of her case. We are asking that you stand by Alejandra! Your support is crucial!

Abolish TIFs! Pop-Up Protest!

November 7, 2019 - 2 PM

Cortland Street two blocks west of Clybourn Ave

Supporting Organizations: The CivicLab TIF Elimination Project

Contact Info: tom@civiclab.us

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Join us in front of the Lincoln Yards Construction siste at 2PM Thursday! Cortland Street where you see the red star on the graphic below, just two blocks west of Clybourn Ave.

Will you stand with us at 2pm on Thursday, November 7 on Cortland Street in front of the Lincoln Yards site for a protest photo? A newspaper is doing a story on the campaign.

The Security March: Remembering a Hero Jemel Roberson

November 11, 2019 - 12 PM

201 E. Randolph, St. Chicago, 60602

Supporting Organizations: New Life in Christ Fellowship, Team String, Worship Free Ministries, Tabernacle Radio,

Contact Info: justice4jemel@gmail.com

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On November 11th 2018, Jemel Roberson, a 26 year old black man, was killed by police while working as a security guard in a nightclub in Robbins, IL. That night while working his shift, an active shooter entered the club. Jemel risked his life to stop the gunman and was killed by Midlothian police when they arrived on the scene.

Jemel was a devoted father, a talented musician and was cherished by his community. Jemel died a hero and he and his family deserve justice.

Police across our nation are targeting innocent black and brown people and must be held accountable for their actions.

On November 11th at 12 noon, to honor his heroic deed, we are peacefully marching from 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602 (‘The Bean’) to State Attorney, Kim Foxx’s Office to demand Officer Ian Covey be indicted.

Unite with us on the anniversary of his untimely death as we demand #JusticeforJemel
For more information please email JUSTICE4JEMEL@GMAIL.COM

Pack Courtroom 604 FreeTheHernandezBrothers FreeGeraldReed

November 8, 2019 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

George N Leighton Criminal Court, 2650 S California Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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Pack Courtroom 604 – Support Freedom Fighter Mothers bring their sons home. Stand with Police Torture Survivors and their fight for freedom and justice.
Cook County Courthouse, 26th & California, Chicago

THIS FRIDAY 9:30am NOV 8th RM 604
#FreetheHernandezBrothers
Wrongfully convicted, framed by infamous corrupt CPD officer Detective Reynaldo Guevara, suffered 22 yrs of torturous incarceration for crimes they did not commit

9:30am Wed Nov 20th RM 604
#FreeGeraldReed
Gerald Reed, a political prisoner was tortured into false confession by Jon Burge’s “midnight crew”, he suffered 29 yrs of torturous incarceration for crimes he did not commit. In Dec 2018, Judge ruled that the false confession was coerced by Chicago police and his conviction was overturned, despite this ruling Gerald has since been held in Cook County Jail.

Show your love & solidarity for all police torture survivors, the wrongfully convicted and their families – PACK THE COURTS
#FreeEmALL
For more info:
Gerald Reed – caarpr.org/freegeraldreed
The Hernandez Brothers – innocentdemandjustice.com

City Budget Hearing Takeover

November 4, 2019 - 3 PM - 6 PM

Chicago City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 121 N La Salle St, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Supporting Organizations: Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, City Grassroots Collaborative, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United Working Families

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CTU and SEIU73 got their victory now let’s keep the pressure on! Monday, 11/4 at City Hall Mayor Lightfoot plans to present the budget for CPD. She wants to increase their budget by $121 million, PLUS an additional $33 million for police in schools! This is far from acceptable when our communities are suffering! We need jobs for youth! We need our public mental health centers reopened! We need affordable housing, we need care! We don’t need more police!
Join us in mass at City Hall, Monday at 3 PM to demand that this city reinvest in the health and futures of our people, not criminalization.