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Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights In the summer of 1963, civil rights activists throughout the South risked their lives to end discrimination and segregation in education, housing, employment, and voting.
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At President Kennedy’s request, nearly 250 lawyers met at the White House where the President urged them to use their legal training to move the struggle for the protection of civil rights from the streets to the courts. As a result, the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its regional affiliates were born. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened the northern front in th

At President Kennedy’s request, nearly 250 lawyers met at the White House where the President urged them to use their legal training to move the struggle for the protection of civil rights from the streets to the courts. As a result, the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its regional affiliates were born. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened the northern front in th

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing A...
07/16/2021

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing Amendment virtual legal clinic on July 20 from 6-8pm on Zoom!

Ven y aprende más sobre las protecciones de vivienda justa para los residentes de Cook County con detención y/o condena previa. Regístrate acá: tinyurl.com/jhaclinica #JustHousing #CookCounty

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing Amendment virtual legal clinic on July 20 from 6-8pm on Zoom!

Ven y aprende más sobre las protecciones de vivienda justa para los residentes de Cook County con detención y/o condena previa. Regístrate acá: tinyurl.com/jhaclinica #JustHousing #CookCounty

“Expungement alone doesn’t deal with 20, 30, 50 years of incarceration and destruction to our communities by taking blac...
07/15/2021
'If We Don't Fight, Who Will?': Activists Demand Reparations For Ex-Cons Convicted Of Ma*****na Charges In Illinois

“Expungement alone doesn’t deal with 20, 30, 50 years of incarceration and destruction to our communities by taking black men off the streets,” he said.

“Ex-cons who were taken away for ma*****na need to see our fair share of profit after all we and our families have been through.” #CannabisEquityIL #CannabisJusticeNow

Starting Monday, an activist group plans to stage a weeklong sit-in outside a ma*****na dispensary, demanding reparations for ex-convicts who were put away for a drug that has now been made legal.

TONIGHT: Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi presents on voting rights for the second webinar in a series sponsored by the League ...
07/14/2021
Voting Rights: Bringing History Up to Date — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

TONIGHT: Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi presents on voting rights for the second webinar in a series sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Champaign-Urbana, Epsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. #VotingRights #RacialEquity

Join Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, to learn more about our voting rights—how we got to where we are today, and how we in Illinois can take action to secure our right to vote.

Reformers want Logan shuttered and the state to invest in more community-based carceral solutions; abolitionist organiza...
07/14/2021
First came the sewage, then the hunger strike

Reformers want Logan shuttered and the state to invest in more community-based carceral solutions; abolitionist organizations, like Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, want the women housed there to be freed. No one interviewed for this story was sure what exactly the state's long-term vision for Logan Correctional Center is."

After a plumbing flood at the aging Logan Correctional Center, three women organized one of the first successful hunger strikes in an Illinois women’s prison in years.

TODAY AT NOON: Our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi will join panelists for the annual Supreme Court Term in Review, hosted by ...
07/13/2021
Supreme Court Term in Review

TODAY AT NOON: Our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi will join panelists for the annual Supreme Court Term in Review, hosted by the ACLU of Illinois, the American Constitution Society- Chicago Lawyer Chapter, and Mayer Brown LLP.

Learn about the trends we're seeing in SCOTUS rulings and what it means for civil rights & civil liberties in our era.

Please join the ACLU of Illinois, the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and Mayer Brown LLP virtually on Tuesday, July 13 at 12:00 PM CDT, for our annual Supreme Court Term in Review.

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing A...
07/09/2021

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing Amendment virtual legal clinic on July 20 from 6-8pm on Zoom.

Ven y aprende más sobre las protecciones de vivienda justa para los residentes de Cook County con detención y/o condena previa. Regístrate acá: tinyurl.com/jhaclinica #JustHousing #CookCounty

Spanish speaking community members, housing counselors, organizers, and advocates: Join us for the second Just Housing Amendment virtual legal clinic on July 20 from 6-8pm on Zoom.

Ven y aprende más sobre las protecciones de vivienda justa para los residentes de Cook County con detención y/o condena previa. Regístrate acá: tinyurl.com/jhaclinica #JustHousing #CookCounty

07/08/2021

Read more 👇👇👇 Posted @withregram • @liberaljane ✨ People with disabilities should have the right to marry without losing their income, benefits, or health insurance.

⭐️ In many countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, people with disabilities are discouraged from getting married or are pushed to divorce in order to get or maintain their income, benefits, and health insurance.

📍 In the United States specifically, it's because benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid are needs-based and focus on current assets and income. When someone marries someone not in those programs, their partner's assets and income are combined with theirs. It is because of the combined income that many married people with disabilities lose their SSI and Medicaid benefits. For people with disabilities who are already married, many have been forced to divorce and live separately in order to keep benefits that they need to survive. 

⭐️ People with disabilities shouldn't be forced to choose between the benefits they need to survive and their partners. 🌙

[Digital illustration of a woman with brown skin and curly black hair. She is disabled and is sitting in a grey wheelchair looking at the viewer. The woman is wearing a cream color linen dress, pink and blue flower print go-go boots, pink and blue pom pom earrings. There's a text bubble that reads, 'there is NO marriage equality until people with disabilities can marry without losing benefits']


#DisabilityPrideMonth #TheBodyIsNotAnApology #TBINAA #RadicalSelfLove

Our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi has been honored with a Ruth Goldman Award, recognizing Chicago-area women who have made s...
07/08/2021

Our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi has been honored with a Ruth Goldman Award, recognizing Chicago-area women who have made significant contributions to advance the status of women and progressive legal values.

Congratulations Ami and all the local legends honored by the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter! #CivilRights #LegalLegends #Chicago

Join the American Constitution Society- Chicago Lawyer Chapter *virtually* on Wednesday, July 21 for the Annual Legal Legends Luncheon. Hear from keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and celebrate the 2021 Abner J. Mikva and Ruth Goldman Honorees! FREE with RSVP: https://www.acslaw.org/event/acs-chicago-annual-legal-legends-luncheon/

Yesterday we joined Hoosiers advocating in the streets for Congress to protect voting rights and restore our democracy b...
07/07/2021
Hoosiers urge U.S. Senators to pass voting rights bill

Yesterday we joined Hoosiers advocating in the streets for Congress to protect voting rights and restore our democracy by passing HR 1.

Thank you Common Cause Indiana for leading this movement. #ForThePeopleAct #RacialEquity #VotingRights

INDIANAPOLIS – Dozens of Hoosiers of various backgrounds gathered outside of U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s office in downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday with one goal: persuading him to push forward voting

A new interactive research project documents nearly 200 years of displacement in Uptown, from the time Indigenous reside...
07/06/2021
Fighting Displacement In Uptown Has Gone On For 200 Years. A New Project Tells The Story Of Those Who've Been Pushed Out

A new interactive research project documents nearly 200 years of displacement in Uptown, from the time Indigenous residents were removed to modern day development and gentrification. Check it out at https://anna-guevarra-5np2.squarespace.com/ #EquitableDevelopment #Chicago

Two UIC professors charted the history of displacement in Uptown and the movements to stop such actions.

The Supreme Court just re-interpreted the 1965 Voting Rights Act to let states disproportionately keep people of color f...
07/01/2021
Conservative high court upholds Arizona voting restrictions

The Supreme Court just re-interpreted the 1965 Voting Rights Act to let states disproportionately keep people of color from voting.

This ruling is just plain wrong.

We must all now fight harder than ever to protect voting rights - inside and outside the courtroom. #VotingRights #RacialDiscrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld voting restrictions in Arizona in a decision that could make it harder to challenge other states' voting limits put in place by Republican lawmakers following last year's elections.

“These may seem like technical fixes, but they add up to countless eligible voters who will now be able to register and ...
06/29/2021
Illinois secretary of state’s office settles lawsuit that alleged automatic voter registration rollout was botched

“These may seem like technical fixes, but they add up to countless eligible voters who will now be able to register and cast their ballots in Illinois — if implemented correctly,” said Abe Scarr, director of Illinois PIRG, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. #AVRinIL #VotingRights #twill

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has reached an agreement with a coalition of advocacy organizations to settle a lawsuit that alleged his office violated federal and state laws by botching the rollout of automatic voter registration.

At a time when other states are restricting voter access, we're proud that this agreement signed by our coalition partne...
06/28/2021
Voting Rights Advocates Settle Claims with IL Secretary of State — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

At a time when other states are restricting voter access, we're proud that this agreement signed by our coalition partners at Just Democracy Illinois and the Secretary of State's Office will allow many voters who've been left out of the civic process to finally access the ballot. #AVRinIL #twill

“While AVR was intended to expand Illinois’ voting rolls in a fair, accurate, and secure way, the law’s implementation fell short of that,” said Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which is representing the advocacy groups.

52 years ago today, #LGBTQ people rioted against police during a raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in NYC.  They were le...
06/28/2021
American Experience | Stonewall Uprising | Season 23 | Episode 9

52 years ago today, #LGBTQ people rioted against police during a raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in NYC.

They were led by unhoused youth and trans people of color, gender outlaws who were routinely and violently targeted by politicians and police. To this day, trans and gender nonconforming people face unrelenting discrimination that pervades every facet of life, from education and housing to employment and the criminal legal system.

We honor #Stonewall and #Pride2021 by committing ourselves to fighting for true liberation for all LGBTQ people.

The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.

“I’m hoping and praying that I will no longer have to sacrifice my children to make sure we have clean air, water and so...
06/25/2021
Illinois coal plants closing even as energy bill stalls | Energy News Network

“I’m hoping and praying that I will no longer have to sacrifice my children to make sure we have clean air, water and soil,” Ortiz said.

“It’s time once and for all for legislators to pass a comprehensive bill that cites equity." #FossilFreeIL #EnvironmentalJustice #RacialEquity

NRG said it would close its Waukegan and Romeoville coal plants, but the community impacts are unclear as “just transition” provisions remain held up.

"The revisions to the student code of conduct policy come in the wake of years of lobbying by student activists, a renew...
06/24/2021
Chicago Will Limit When Schools Call Police. Do Changes Go Far Enough?

"The revisions to the student code of conduct policy come in the wake of years of lobbying by student activists, a renewed urgency sparked by protests for racial justice, and some high-profile cases at campuses." #EducationEquity #CopsOutCPS

Under the student code of conduct approved Wednesday, school administrators should only dial 911 when there is an immediate threat of danger or harm to those on school grounds.

06/24/2021
Advancing Equity in Emerging Industries: Creating Wealth and Opportunity in Disinvested Communities

On June 22, we hosted a panel with diverse local voices representing cannabis, tech, government, and the green economy to discuss the pitfalls and the promises of racial equity in emerging industries – and the resources available to help you gain access.

Panelists:
• Alma Campos (moderator), journalist and writer
• Anton Seals Jr., Grow Greater Englewood (GGE)
• Rev. Tony Pierce, Illinois People's Action (IPA)
• Manny Mendoza, Herbal Notes
• Jeff Gamble, Rezilient Health
• Stacey Berdejo, Office of US Senator Tammy Duckworth

"It becomes clear that the continued disenfranchisement over time has been a tool to hold people back from having a voic...
06/23/2021
Attorney says constitutional amendment not needed to restore voting rights to prisoners

"It becomes clear that the continued disenfranchisement over time has been a tool to hold people back from having a voice and influencing elections,” says Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi.

It's time for #Illinois to pass legislation that restores #VotingInPrison.

(The Center Square) – Legislators may take another look at legislation to allow prisoners to vote.

We're excited that our Chief Strategy Officer Julie Justicz will join Norman White from the Chicago Commission on Human ...
06/22/2021

We're excited that our Chief Strategy Officer Julie Justicz will join Norman White from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) for this important training presented by Vietnamese Association of Illinois.

RSVP to attend: https://tinyurl.com/HateCrimeTraining #EndHateCrime #Racism #Illinois

We're excited that our Chief Strategy Officer Julie Justicz will join Norman White from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) for this important training presented by Vietnamese Association of Illinois.

RSVP to attend: https://tinyurl.com/HateCrimeTraining #EndHateCrime #Racism #Illinois

We're starting in 25 minutes! Tune in at http://bit.ly/EmergingIndustriesHear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #go...
06/22/2021

We're starting in 25 minutes! Tune in at http://bit.ly/EmergingIndustries

Hear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #government, & the #GreenEconomy on the pitfalls & promises of racial equity in emerging industries – and the resources available to help you gain access! #RacialEquity #Illinois

We're starting in 25 minutes! Tune in at http://bit.ly/EmergingIndustries

Hear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #government, & the #GreenEconomy on the pitfalls & promises of racial equity in emerging industries – and the resources available to help you gain access! #RacialEquity #Illinois

While more than 100 IL CleanJobs members rallied outside the Capitol, fossil fuel companies tried to kill the #CEJA bill...
06/18/2021
Coal Makes Play To Save Itself While Business Groups Throw Cold Water On Energy Deal

While more than 100 IL CleanJobs members rallied outside the Capitol, fossil fuel companies tried to kill the #CEJA bill.

We still have a chance to pass a comprehensive climate bill that protects overburdened communities, but we need our legislators to stand with us. Tell them to take action! bit.ly/fossilfreeil

#FossilFreeIL #RacialEquity #EnvironmentalJustice

The General Assembly is back in Springfield on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to take up business left undone when lawmakers adjourned on June 1, chiefly a major energy deal that aims to put Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050. In the two weeks since lawmakers left Springfield witho...

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are looking for rising 3L students or other qualified candidates, such as current judicial clerks or LL...
06/17/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are looking for rising 3L students or other qualified candidates, such as current judicial clerks or LLM students, who are interested in pursuing a post-graduate public interest law fellowship to begin August/September 2022!

We have openings in Voting Rights & Civic Empowerment and in Equitable Community Development & Housing. Learn more and apply by June 30: https://www.clccrul.org/fellowships

#LegalFellows #Chicago #CivilRights #NowSeeking #ApplicationsOpen

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are looking for rising 3L students or other qualified candidates, such as current judicial clerks or LLM students, who are interested in pursuing a post-graduate public interest law fellowship to begin August/September 2022!

We have openings in Voting Rights & Civic Empowerment and in Equitable Community Development & Housing. Learn more and apply by June 30: https://www.clccrul.org/fellowships

#LegalFellows #Chicago #CivilRights #NowSeeking #ApplicationsOpen

NEXT TUESDAY: Hear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #government, & the #GreenEconomy on the pitfalls & promises of...
06/16/2021

NEXT TUESDAY: Hear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #government, & the #GreenEconomy on the pitfalls & promises of racial equity in emerging industries – and the resources available to help you gain access!

RSVP: http://bit.ly/EmergingIndustries

NEXT TUESDAY: Hear from local voices in #cannabis, #tech, #government, & the #GreenEconomy on the pitfalls & promises of racial equity in emerging industries – and the resources available to help you gain access!

RSVP: http://bit.ly/EmergingIndustries

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