Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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.

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

Today, we are thankful to each and every #ProBonoWorks volunteer who helps us fight for racial equity by assisting indiv...
11/25/2021
Pro Bono Spotlight: Shenna Johnson — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Today, we are thankful to each and every #ProBonoWorks volunteer who helps us fight for racial equity by assisting individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, and community groups impacted by racial inequity.

Read about one of our favorite volunteers, @Skadden Chicago Associate Shenna Johnson! Thank you Shenna and ALL volunteers. #CivilRights #Chicago #Thanksgiving 🦃

“It’s just something that was aligned with my values,” Johnson said. “It was a great experience to be able to use my legal training to contribute to that work.”

After 26 hours of deliberation, the jury has ruled Kyle Rittenhouse “not guilty” on all counts. Not guilty of entering a...
11/19/2021
Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted on All Counts: Live Updates

After 26 hours of deliberation, the jury has ruled Kyle Rittenhouse “not guilty” on all counts.

Not guilty of entering a community in turmoil with a loaded AR-15 that he wasn’t old enough to legally purchase.

Not guilty of murdering Joseph Rosenbaum or Anthony Huber, nor of wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.

In other words, not guilty of being Black in America.

Let’s speak plainly: Had a person of color committed the acts that Kyle Rittenhouse did, they would be incarcerated if not executed sooner by police. The court’s failure to hold him accountable is a mockery of our justice system.

Our hearts hurt for all the families and individuals victimized not just by Kyle Rittenhouse, but by daily manifestations of America’s racial hierarchy. May this outcome fuel the movement to end white supremacy and systemic racism.

In a case that fueled debate over gun rights and vigilantism, the jury appeared to accept Mr. Rittenhouse’s explanation that he had acted reasonably to defend himself during demonstrations.

A proposed Nicor pipeline threatens a sustainable Black farming community while risking a rare and unique ecosystem in P...
11/19/2021
Black Farmers in Pembroke, Illinois Fighting to Protect Rare Ecosystem from Nicor — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

A proposed Nicor pipeline threatens a sustainable Black farming community while risking a rare and unique ecosystem in Pembroke, Illinois.

Help us #StopNicor! Tell the Illinois Commerce Commission to DENY the pipeline: https://www.icc.illinois.gov/docket/P2021-0698/comment-on-a-case #RenewablePembroke #PreserveBlackLand

Attorneys at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee this week helped submit a legal challenge on behalf of the Pembroke Environmental Justice Coalition (PEJC), a grassroots coalition trying to halt plans for a new gas pipeline in the historic Black farming community of Pembroke Township, Illinois.

At least 75 percent of homes sold to Black families in Chicago during the 1950s and 60s were sold through racist and unj...
11/17/2021
Black Chicagoans Were Cheated Out Of Owning Homes For Decades. This Englewood Art Project Shows Racism’s Lasting Impact

At least 75 percent of homes sold to Black families in Chicago during the 1950s and 60s were sold through racist and unjust land sale contracts.

Thank you Tonika Lewis Johnson and National Public Housing Museum for this important conversation! #InequityForSale

Land sale contracts charged Black Chicagoans exorbitant prices for homes they'd never be allowed to own. "Inequity For Sale" shows how that practice bred inequity in communities like Englewood.

We are asking a federal court to revise Illinois' redistricting plan in order to protect Black voters’ rights in the Eas...
11/17/2021
Illinois legislators diluted Black votes in Metro East during redistricting. Here’s how the court can fix it. — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

We are asking a federal court to revise Illinois' redistricting plan in order to protect Black voters’ rights in the East St. Louis area.

#Redistricting2021 #Illinois #VotingRights

Last week, the East St. Louis Branch NAACP, the Illinois State Conference of the NAACP, and United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) submitted our proposed revisions to a federal judge - fixes that would cure the legal violations and keep the geographically compact and politi

Residents have been very clear: Moving the controversial shredder to the majority Latinx and Black Southeast Side—less t...
11/16/2021
Hungering to Breathe — City Bureau

Residents have been very clear: Moving the controversial shredder to the majority Latinx and Black Southeast Side—less than a mile from two schools, no less—was environmental racism. #StopGeneralIron

Stories and lessons from inside the Stop General Iron hunger strike

TOMORROW at 7pm, come learn from our attorneys about how voting rights have changed over the last 60+ years and what we ...
11/15/2021

TOMORROW at 7pm, come learn from our attorneys about how voting rights have changed over the last 60+ years and what we in #Illinois can do to protect and expand voter access today.

Register to attend: https://clccrul.org/events/2021/11/16/voting-rights-bringing-history-up-to-date-with-a-focus-on-illinois

#VotingRights #RacialEquity

TOMORROW at 7pm, come learn from our attorneys about how voting rights have changed over the last 60+ years and what we in #Illinois can do to protect and expand voter access today.

Register to attend: https://clccrul.org/events/2021/11/16/voting-rights-bringing-history-up-to-date-with-a-focus-on-illinois

#VotingRights #RacialEquity

11/12/2021
Political Action - Redistricting : 2021 NAACP Conference

Across the country, state lawmakers are using the redistricting process to block communities of color from political power for the majority of a decade.

Tune in to hear our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi discussing the issue with Indiana NAACP. #RacialEquity #Redistricting2021 #Indiana

Our livestream benefit #UntilVictory is starting NOW! 🎬We are beyond excited for tonight’s conversation between Laura Wa...
11/12/2021

Our livestream benefit #UntilVictory is starting NOW! 🎬

We are beyond excited for tonight’s conversation between Laura Washington and Jesmyn Ward, some local jams with Ricjaz, and giving awards to some of our civil rights heroes: Chicago Votes, Dechert LLP, and Chuck Smith of Skadden Arps. 🏆

Thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous foundation, any donations tonight will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 – help us reach our goal by scanning the QR code and making a gift! ❤️

Our livestream benefit #UntilVictory is starting NOW! 🎬

We are beyond excited for tonight’s conversation between Laura Washington and Jesmyn Ward, some local jams with Ricjaz, and giving awards to some of our civil rights heroes: Chicago Votes, Dechert LLP, and Chuck Smith of Skadden Arps. 🏆

Thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous foundation, any donations tonight will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 – help us reach our goal by scanning the QR code and making a gift! ❤️

We are standing up with United Congress and NAACP today to defend the right of Black people to elect representatives of ...
11/10/2021

We are standing up with United Congress and NAACP today to defend the right of Black people to elect representatives of their choice.

As our lawsuit shows, the 2021 Illinois redistricting map dilutes the rights of Black voters in the East St. Louis area, in violation of their legal rights. We are asking the judge to freeze the redistricting plan and allow us to revise it in order to protect voters’ rights.

Read more: https://www.clccrul.org/blog/2021/10/18/illinois-redistricting-plan-undermines-the-rights-of-black-voters-in-east-st-louis #Redistricting #Illinois #RacialEquity

We are standing up with United Congress and NAACP today to defend the right of Black people to elect representatives of their choice.

As our lawsuit shows, the 2021 Illinois redistricting map dilutes the rights of Black voters in the East St. Louis area, in violation of their legal rights. We are asking the judge to freeze the redistricting plan and allow us to revise it in order to protect voters’ rights.

Read more: https://www.clccrul.org/blog/2021/10/18/illinois-redistricting-plan-undermines-the-rights-of-black-voters-in-east-st-louis #Redistricting #Illinois #RacialEquity

Our 2021 livestream gala #UntilVictory is just TWO DAYS AWAY!Join us Thursday at 7pm on YouTube to recognize hometown he...
11/09/2021

Our 2021 livestream gala #UntilVictory is just TWO DAYS AWAY!

Join us Thursday at 7pm on YouTube to recognize hometown heroes like Chicago Votes, Dechert LLP and Chuck Smith; discuss racism and storytelling with lauded author Jesmyn Ward; and jam out to some local tunes.

Every ticket purchased goes to our programs and services fighting systemic discrimination through litigation, legislation, and community-based advocacy. It's not too late to get yours: https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

Our 2021 livestream gala #UntilVictory is just TWO DAYS AWAY!

Join us Thursday at 7pm on YouTube to recognize hometown heroes like Chicago Votes, Dechert LLP and Chuck Smith; discuss racism and storytelling with lauded author Jesmyn Ward; and jam out to some local tunes.

Every ticket purchased goes to our programs and services fighting systemic discrimination through litigation, legislation, and community-based advocacy. It's not too late to get yours: https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

“By allowing more jails to becoming polling places, this landmark legislation strengthens our democracy for all of us wh...
11/08/2021
Advocacy group works to register voters being held in Will County jail

“By allowing more jails to becoming polling places, this landmark legislation strengthens our democracy for all of us whether we are in pretrial detention or whether we are on the outside,” said our Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi .

“If we want to protect and expand the fundamental right to vote, we need to first listen to those people most directly impacted by those barriers.” #VotingInJail #RacialEquity #Illinois

Pam Fort, a coordinator for Speak Up and Vote, a nonpartisan, grassroots, voter advocacy organization, said the process to register disenfranchised voters is not easy, but it is worth it.

This year we are giving our Law Firm Pro Bono award to Dechert LLP for their efforts to end felony disenfranchisement in...
11/05/2021

This year we are giving our Law Firm Pro Bono award to Dechert LLP for their efforts to end felony disenfranchisement in Illinois! Dechert has a longstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations. In 2020 alone, Dechert’s bono docket included 1,500 active matters and the firm’s attorneys provided over 105,000 pro bono hours covering a broad range of issues.

Thank you, Dechert, for helping to protect the civil rights of all.

This year we are giving our Law Firm Pro Bono award to Dechert LLP for their efforts to end felony disenfranchisement in Illinois! Dechert has a longstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations. In 2020 alone, Dechert’s bono docket included 1,500 active matters and the firm’s attorneys provided over 105,000 pro bono hours covering a broad range of issues.

Thank you, Dechert, for helping to protect the civil rights of all.

Rep. Ford is right: Restoring the right to vote in prison is very, very good for democracy. Help us fight to pass Senate...
11/05/2021
Ford vows to renew push to let prisoners vote after bill stalled in veto session

Rep. Ford is right: Restoring the right to vote in prison is very, very good for democracy.

Help us fight to pass Senate Bill 828 - call your state legislator and let them know you support #VotingInPrison in #Illinois!

While the legislature passed several major bills during the two-week fall session, one bill from Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) fell short. In January, he plans to renew his push for a bill to allow prisoners to vote.

“It is a commonsense thing that you should not be able to be put out of your apartment without cause,” La Spata said. “T...
11/01/2021
Tenants and advocates call for Just Cause Ordinance to end no-fault evictions

“It is a commonsense thing that you should not be able to be put out of your apartment without cause,” La Spata said.

“This really is a foundational issue and ordinance if we’re going to be serious about racial justice in the city of Chicago.” #JustCause #FairHousing #RacialEquity

An ordinance in Chicago City Council would protect renters from no-fault evictions.

We're excited and proud to be giving this year's Power to the People Award to our community partner Chicago Votes for th...
10/29/2021

We're excited and proud to be giving this year's Power to the People Award to our community partner Chicago Votes for their work and dedication to restoring the vote to incarcerated citizens in Illinois. Join us as we celebrate their work at our virtual Gala on November 11th! https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

We're excited and proud to be giving this year's Power to the People Award to our community partner Chicago Votes for their work and dedication to restoring the vote to incarcerated citizens in Illinois. Join us as we celebrate their work at our virtual Gala on November 11th! https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

This week, our petition on behalf of the Pembroke Environmental Justice Coalition to intervene in Nicor’s quest to build...
10/29/2021
In Kankakee County’s Pembroke Township, race, poverty, farming, Nicor gas pipeline converge

This week, our petition on behalf of the Pembroke Environmental Justice Coalition to intervene in Nicor’s quest to build a gas pipeline through Pembroke was granted.

We are proud to fight alongside community members who are seeking a renewable energy future rooted in a local history of Black-led land stewardship and sustainable agriculture. #RenewablePembroke #PreserveBlackLand

Hopkins Park’s mayor and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for a new pipeline that some oppose in what once was called the largest Black farming community in the Northern U.S.

Good morning! Today is the FINAL DAY of the veto session, and it's a beautiful day to pass #VotingInPrison.Let's end rac...
10/28/2021
Ask your lawmaker to co-sponsor SB828, Voting in Prison

Good morning! Today is the FINAL DAY of the veto session, and it's a beautiful day to pass #VotingInPrison.

Let's end racist felony disenfranchisement in #Illinois and restore the right to vote for thousands of community members behind bars by passing #SB828! bit.ly/SupportSB828

In Illinois, there are over 30,000 people incarcerated in state prisons, unable to vote but still impacted by the decisions of elected officials. Of those incarcerated, 55 percent at Black and 43 percent are between the ages of 18 and 35. We are disenfranchising our young, Black Illinoisans. In coal...

"Those of us who are incarcerated do not leave our humanity at the prison gate." This is a must-read for anyone who care...
10/26/2021
Restoring voting rights is Illinois voters’ business — not the Board of Elections’

"Those of us who are incarcerated do not leave our humanity at the prison gate."

This is a must-read for anyone who cares about racial justice and voting rights here in #Illinois. It's time to restore the right to vote to incarcerated citizens - call your legislator today and tell them to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 828 / Voting in Prison! #SB828 #VotingInPrison

The authors outline why the IL State Board of Elections has no legal authority to weigh in on whether or not rights restoration is constitutional or legally sound.

"Rather than further ostracizing people in prison — the majority of whom will return to their communities someday — soci...
10/25/2021
The Right to Vote Should Be Available to Everyone -- Including Prisoners Like Me

"Rather than further ostracizing people in prison — the majority of whom will return to their communities someday — society should work to increase people’s attachments to society."

📲 Call your legislator today and tell them to vote yes on #SB828, Voting in Prison.

Find your legislator: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ #VotingInPrison #Illinois #UnlockCivics

Prisoners’ inability to vote means we can’t vote for fair-minded judges who will protect our rights in civil court.

We'll be presenting Chuck Smith our Champion of Justice Award for removing barriers in Illinois' Automatic Voter Registr...
10/22/2021

We'll be presenting Chuck Smith our Champion of Justice Award for removing barriers in Illinois' Automatic Voter Registration law that prevented Black, brown, and non-English speaking citizens from registering to vote. Learn more about his work at our gala: https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

We'll be presenting Chuck Smith our Champion of Justice Award for removing barriers in Illinois' Automatic Voter Registration law that prevented Black, brown, and non-English speaking citizens from registering to vote. Learn more about his work at our gala: https://www.clccrul.org/until-victory-is-won

10/22/2021
Enabling Youth to Learn Safely

Why have we returned to in-person learning? Are schools required to offer a virtual schooling option? And how can I advocate for changes to my student's return to school?

Last night our education attorneys answered these questions and more with COVID Equity Response Collaborative: Loyola - check it out! #EducationEquity #COVID19 #Illinois

Some lawmakers and election officials who don’t agree with restoring the right to vote in prison have argued that the Il...
10/20/2021
Four Reasons Why The Illinois Constitution Allows Voting in Prison — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Some lawmakers and election officials who don’t agree with restoring the right to vote in prison have argued that the Illinois constitution doesn't allow it.

That argument is a red herring, and we can show you why. #SB828 #VotingInPrison #UnlockCivics #VotingRights

Some lawmakers and election officials have mistakenly argued that the Illinois constitution does not allow for voting in prison. To assess the constitutionality of Senate Bill 828, we worked with the law firm of Dechert LLP to produce a legal memo laying out our legal findings.

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