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From the The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board in support of HB 2553: "In a world where nothing online is safe from hack...
05/07/2021
We need to rein in the electronic snoops | Editorial

From the The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board in support of HB 2553: "In a world where nothing online is safe from hackers, should we have to worry about our private data falling into nefarious hands? The Protecting Household Privacy Act would help shut the door on electronic nosiness. It should be made law."

In a world where nothing online is safe from hackers, should we have to worry about private information falling into nefarious hands?

Join this event, and sign a petition calling for an end to qualified immunity in Illinois!
05/06/2021

Join this event, and sign a petition calling for an end to qualified immunity in Illinois!

Celebrate Mother's Day morning at the Mother & Son March! Join us this upcoming Sunday. Be sure to wear your mask and bring a sign. We hope to see you there!

Learn more at motherandsonmarch.org.

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The City of Chicago must show it is serious about addressing degrading home raids that result in unequal justice and las...
05/05/2021
Anjanette Young Calls On Aldermen To Support Search Warrant Changes In Her Name: 'Do The Right Thing'

The City of Chicago must show it is serious about addressing degrading home raids that result in unequal justice and lasting trauma by truly engaging with the Black and Brown communities harmed by these abuses. We support this ordinance and urge the City Council to act now.

Young, who was left naked and handcuffed for 40 minutes as police conducted a wrongful raid on her home, is pushing for reform. But her supporters face an uphill battle without Mayor Lightfoot's support.

From 2016 to 2018, 20,000 people in Illinois were convicted of felonies for possessing small amounts of drugs, and 7,500...
05/05/2021

From 2016 to 2018, 20,000 people in Illinois were convicted of felonies for possessing small amounts of drugs, and 7,500 were imprisoned. On this episode, we are joined by a panel of experts and survivors to discuss why it is time to unwind the War on Drugs and install a public health approach to reducing the harms associated with drug use. We are joined by Sheriff John D. Idleberg (Lake County IL Sheriff's Office), Elizabeth Cruz with the The Women's Justice Institute - WJI, Alex Mathiesen with Live4Lali, and Dr. Juleigh Konchak with the Cook County Department of Public Health. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/war-drugs-reducing-barriers-recovery

From 2016 to 2018, 20,000 people in Illinois were convicted of felonies for possessing small amounts of drugs, and 7,500 were imprisoned. On this episode, we are joined by a panel of experts and survivors to discuss why it is time to unwind the War on Drugs and install a public health approach to reducing the harms associated with drug use. We are joined by Sheriff John D. Idleberg (Lake County IL Sheriff's Office), Elizabeth Cruz with the The Women's Justice Institute - WJI, Alex Mathiesen with Live4Lali, and Dr. Juleigh Konchak with the Cook County Department of Public Health. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/war-drugs-reducing-barriers-recovery

This powerful piece comes from Communities United leader Roxanne Smith: "In the wake of the shooting deaths of Adam Tole...
05/05/2021
Mayor Lightfoot, Listen to Mothers Like Me: We Must Fix Policing in Chicago

This powerful piece comes from Communities United leader Roxanne Smith: "In the wake of the shooting deaths of Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez, many in Chicago are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to adopt a new foot chase policy. I have been waiting for nearly two decades for such a policy — as have other mothers who lost children to these chases. But mothers like myself, from many parts of the city, continue to wait...The leadership for ending biased and violent policing in Chicago must come from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The Mayor needs to bring communities together with police for real solutions. Until then, there will be more Black and brown people shot and killed by police or suffering from police raids on their homes."

Seventeen years ago, my son Seneca was shot six times by Chicago Police after being chased on foot. The police officers even fired upon and injured an innocent bystander after chasing Seneca into an occupied building.In the wake of the shooting deaths of Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez, many in Chic...

Four families — out of thousands — is just the beginning. Every separated family must be reunited with resources and car...
05/04/2021
Migrants Separated From Their Children Will Be Allowed Into U.S.

Four families — out of thousands — is just the beginning. Every separated family must be reunited with resources and care to address the harms they've endured.

A handful of parents from Mexico and Central America who were deported under the Trump administration’s family separation policy are the first of up to 1,000 who will eventually be reunited.

The City of Chicago should focus on protecting people, not property.
04/28/2021

The City of Chicago should focus on protecting people, not property.

The City of Chicago should focus on protecting people, not property.

For the second time in weeks, the people of Chicago are presented with video footage of a young Latino man being shot an...
04/28/2021

For the second time in weeks, the people of Chicago are presented with video footage of a young Latino man being shot and killed by police during a foot pursuit. The investigation must be complete and transparent. The people of Chicago deserve meaningful changes to policing.

We mourn this loss of Anthony’s life and the repeated trauma experienced by Chicago communities.

https://www.aclu-il.org/en/news/aclu-illinois-responds-anthony-alvarez-video

For the second time in weeks, the people of Chicago are presented with video footage of a young Latino man being shot and killed by police during a foot pursuit. The investigation must be complete and transparent. The people of Chicago deserve meaningful changes to policing.

We mourn this loss of Anthony’s life and the repeated trauma experienced by Chicago communities.

https://www.aclu-il.org/en/news/aclu-illinois-responds-anthony-alvarez-video

Hear from ACLU of Illinois staff and advocates on why we need to repeal PNA!
04/26/2021

Hear from ACLU of Illinois staff and advocates on why we need to repeal PNA!

Don't miss this!! Join the Young Democrats of Illinois & us for a panel discussion on repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA). Hear from State Rep. Margaret Croke (IL-12), State Sen. Mike Simmons (IL-7), Student Activist Hannah Baity, & ACLU Attorney Emily Werth. YDI President Arielle Maffei will provide introductions and context to this conversation. RSVP today! bit.ly/ydirepealpna #RepealPNA

To remedy the harm its policies have already caused, and to prevent future discrimination, we urge Effingham High School...
04/26/2021
ACLU urges Effingham schools to change headwear policy

To remedy the harm its policies have already caused, and to prevent future discrimination, we urge Effingham High School to allow students to use durags as cultural and purposeful pieces of headwear, retract the current disciplinary infractions imposed on Colin and any other students of color because of headwear policy violations, remove all mention of relevant disciplinary action in Colin’s student records, and issue an apology to all students of color, including Colin.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois is pushing Effingham Community Schools Unit 40 to change its headwear policy. In March, Newschannel 20 and FOX Illinois reported that an Effingham student wore a durag to school and was asked to take it off, as it was breaking school policy. Nanc...

From ACLU of Illinois legal advisor Peter Hanna in the Washington Post: “Qualified immunity is this gigantic barrier tha...
04/24/2021
Opinion | The problems with policing are vast. Ending qualified immunity should be just the start.

From ACLU of Illinois legal advisor Peter Hanna in the Washington Post: “Qualified immunity is this gigantic barrier that does not allow people to even have their claims heard." Call your state legislator in support of HB 1727 at 1-866-581-7519! https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/hb1727-bad-apples-in-law-enforcement-accountability

Far-reaching reforms and rethinking are essential if the United States is going to end the impunity of law enforcement that has damaged countless lives.

A student of color was confronted by Effingham High School personnel and asked to remove his durag - despite other stude...
04/24/2021

A student of color was confronted by Effingham High School personnel and asked to remove his durag - despite other students in the overwhelmingly white facility being allowed to wear items like baseball caps and bandanas. This school policy must be changed.

A student of color was confronted by Effingham High School personnel and asked to remove his durag - despite other students in the overwhelmingly white facility being allowed to wear items like baseball caps and bandanas. This school policy must be changed.

From retired CPD officer David Franco: "That is why I support Illinois House Bill 3447, which would reduce many drug pos...
04/23/2021
Take it from me, a retired Chicago cop: CPD spends too much time arresting petty drug offenders

From retired CPD officer David Franco: "That is why I support Illinois House Bill 3447, which would reduce many drug possession offenses from a Class 4 felony to a misdemeanor. This bill would allow police to focus resources where their expertise can be most useful: investigating and interrupting serious crimes. As the primary agents of public safety, police time and energy should be spent responding to those urgent and life-threatening situations." The Chicago Sun-Times

One way to give police officers more time to focus on more serious problems is to reclassify low-level drug possession offenses as misdemeanors.

Trump’s family separation practice caused irreparable trauma to over 5,500 families. While we will never fully right the...
04/23/2021

Trump’s family separation practice caused irreparable trauma to over 5,500 families. While we will never fully right these wrongs, the Families Belong Together Act is a step toward repairing the harm, especially through a path to citizenship for the families.

Trump’s family separation practice caused irreparable trauma to over 5,500 families. While we will never fully right these wrongs, the Families Belong Together Act is a step toward repairing the harm, especially through a path to citizenship for the families.

It is time to demand more police accountability, including lifting blanket immunity for law enforcement officers that vi...
04/23/2021

It is time to demand more police accountability, including lifting blanket immunity for law enforcement officers that violate someone’s constitutional rights. Call your state legislator in support of HB 1727 at 1-866-581-7519.

Find out more about HB 1727 and more ways to take action: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/hb1727-bad-apples-in-law-enforcement-accountability

Photo: Justin Barbin Photography

It is time to demand more police accountability, including lifting blanket immunity for law enforcement officers that violate someone’s constitutional rights. Call your state legislator in support of HB 1727 at 1-866-581-7519.

Find out more about HB 1727 and more ways to take action: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/hb1727-bad-apples-in-law-enforcement-accountability

Photo: Justin Barbin Photography

HB2553 places modest regulations on if, when, and how law-enforcement can access intimate data collected by household el...
04/23/2021

HB2553 places modest regulations on if, when, and how law-enforcement can access intimate data collected by household electronic devices. Today's vote represents the Illinois House of Representatives' commitment to protect personal privacy and ensure our residents can enjoy new, developing technology, without sacrificing their privacy. Thank you Ann M. Williams - State Representative for your sponsorship of this bill, and all the members who supported this legislation. Find out more about HB2553: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/phpa

HB2553 places modest regulations on if, when, and how law-enforcement can access intimate data collected by household electronic devices. Today's vote represents the Illinois House of Representatives' commitment to protect personal privacy and ensure our residents can enjoy new, developing technology, without sacrificing their privacy. Thank you Ann M. Williams - State Representative for your sponsorship of this bill, and all the members who supported this legislation. Find out more about HB2553: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/phpa

The sad truth is the vast majority of women in prison were previously victims of violence, including domestic violence, ...
04/22/2021
Making Sure the Law Listens to Domestic Abuse Survivors in Illinois

The sad truth is the vast majority of women in prison were previously victims of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. A crucial part of the effort to end mass incarceration includes recognizing and accounting for this unfortunate reality. A fair chance at re-sentencing for Laura Bowers would be one small step in that direction.

When Laura Bowers was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 in connection with the death of her abusive husband, neither society nor the legal system understood the ramifications of surviving domestic violence.

Thank you to the Illinois House for their vote! HB 2542 would repeal and amend restrictions and outdated provisions cont...
04/22/2021

Thank you to the Illinois House for their vote! HB 2542 would repeal and amend restrictions and outdated provisions contained in Illinois’ name change law - one of the most restrictive in the nation. The current law creates yet another barrier for people living with felony records, and has an especially harmful impact on vulnerable communities who face mistreatment and identity based discrimination, including survivors of human trafficking, transgender individuals, and poor people of color who occupy one, or both, of those identities. Thank you to chief sponsor State Representative Kelly Cassidy for her leadership - you can contact your State Senator in support by clicking here: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/hb-2542-name-change

Thank you to the Illinois House for their vote! HB 2542 would repeal and amend restrictions and outdated provisions contained in Illinois’ name change law - one of the most restrictive in the nation. The current law creates yet another barrier for people living with felony records, and has an especially harmful impact on vulnerable communities who face mistreatment and identity based discrimination, including survivors of human trafficking, transgender individuals, and poor people of color who occupy one, or both, of those identities. Thank you to chief sponsor State Representative Kelly Cassidy for her leadership - you can contact your State Senator in support by clicking here: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/legislation/hb-2542-name-change

We applaud the Illinois House vote today sending House Bill 3447 over to the Senate. This bill reduces penalties for sim...
04/21/2021

We applaud the Illinois House vote today sending House Bill 3447 over to the Senate. This bill reduces penalties for simple drug possession from a felony - which includes the risk of prison time - to a misdemeanor. This approach not only strengthens communities across Illinois but addresses fundamental problems in our criminal legal system, rejecting decades of failed policy under the moniker of the War on Drugs. We thank State Representative Carol Ammons for her sponsorship of this bill, and thank all of the members who supported the measure today. Illinois has suffered for too long under these failed policies. We can do better. We will do better. aclu-il.org/en/news/aclu-applauds-illinois-house-passing-house-bill-3447-reducing-barriers-recovery

We applaud the Illinois House vote today sending House Bill 3447 over to the Senate. This bill reduces penalties for simple drug possession from a felony - which includes the risk of prison time - to a misdemeanor. This approach not only strengthens communities across Illinois but addresses fundamental problems in our criminal legal system, rejecting decades of failed policy under the moniker of the War on Drugs. We thank State Representative Carol Ammons for her sponsorship of this bill, and thank all of the members who supported the measure today. Illinois has suffered for too long under these failed policies. We can do better. We will do better. aclu-il.org/en/news/aclu-applauds-illinois-house-passing-house-bill-3447-reducing-barriers-recovery

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH Today I am convinced that the Granite City Police Department is involved in the hate crime against my life. My primary Dr. faxed a statement to the Granite City police about the poison that is being sprayed from the attic, but no police has come to this building to get the people out of the attic. For six months of living in Granite City I have begged the police for help, but I am told lies that the police will stop this hate crime. Minister ShandyeMarie Lampkins
IT'S TIME TO TAKE TRUMP TO COURT! Donald J. Trump was put on trial by a politically biased U.S. Senate with Republicans who equate acquitting Trump with exonerating the GOP / Republican Party. What is needed is indicting and dragging Trump into a FEDERAL COURT on the charges of trying to extort the Secretary of State of Georgia (Brad Raffensperger) AND for inciting his followers to commit insurrection at the nation's Capitol. What's needed are the following organizations/agencies to unite and bring these charges against Trump: The ACLU, NAACP, Black Lives Matter, The Lincoln Project, The Democratic Party, Latinos for Biden, and many others (a class-action lawsuit). Then Trump needs to face additional CRIMINAL charges in separate courts for income tax evasion AND being a sexual predator like Harvey Weinstein. The Manhattan D.A.'s Office AND other attorneys can deal with Trump's other criminal charges. IF Trump is in jail/prison, he won't be able to promote himself on his own TV show, inspire his domestic terrorists (Trump Troll & Trump-ka-Teers), and run for political office again.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH Today I am afraid to call the Granite City Police in fear that I may be arrested for repeatedly begging them for help against a hate crime and being poisoned while inside of my home, as well as, I am being spayed with poison when I leave my home and go into public places. I heard one of the people who is living in the attic and who is forcing in poison say, " I want you to call the police today". A lot of poison is being forced into my home when he said the above statement to me. I know that the Granite City Police refuse to help me, but I won't believe that the police is involved in this hate crime. I have not broken any laws and I am a United States citizen who grew up in a home with authority figures living in my home. I ask that this hate crime against my life and many others be stopped and the police departments across the United States be reformed. This hate crime against my life should have been stopped in 2016 when I first reported it in Greenville, Illinois. Minister ShandyeMarie Lampkins
FREEDOM OF SPEECH WOW! Not another day of poisoning! Last night I noticed that the people who has been poisoning me with poison for five years did not spray poison on me from the holes that is made in the attic right over my apartment, but I noticed, as well as my dog noticed that poison is sprayed into my apartment from the bottom of my front door. This mourning the hatters are back in the attic. My landlord Jimmy Mundloch has security cameras in the hallway pointing towards my door, so when checked you can see the people crouching down at my door forcing in poison into my home. If you need evidence that will show poison being forced into my apartment the DVR that is located at Jimmy’s home in Richmond Heights Missouri can be placed into evidence against him. This is attempted murder! Minister ShandyeMarie Lampkins
FREEDOM OF SPEECH Poison is still being forced in on me by the people who are living in the attic even though my Dr has sent a statement to the Code Enforcement Department of Granite City, Illinois. Why is this allowed to go on? I am told when I called the Code Enforcement Department yesterday that an inspector will show up today to check the attic but no show so far. The people who are living in the attic knows that an inspector is suppose to come today, but they are still in the attic, so this tells me that the people who are living in the attic knows that the police and inspector wasn't coming today. Last night I called the Granite City police and requested that the police come with the inspector today and I asked that the police request the copy of the Dr statement, but no show today.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH The Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution’s Fifth Amendment says that no person shall be “…subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb...” I Shandye Lampkins is arrested in Greenville, Illinois for calling 911 for help due to this hate crime and reporting that I am being poisoned. I am evaluated by a phycologist and deemed stable, but the court of Bond County wanted me to spend time in a State Hospital and I was sent to another phycologist that agreed with Bond County Court. The problem with this is the fact that Bond County courts helped me get a Medicaid card to pay the psych evaluation that took three days shy of a month to complete, but Bond County Court paid a psychologist for the second evaluation that stated that I needed a year in the state hospital. I researched, wrote letters, sent out emails and I talked with a woman at the state hospital and the state hospital rejected me from being admitted. I have already been convicted for calling out for help and reporting what I have been reporting, so to say that I am crazy is definmential of character. Everything that I have been reporting is true. Minister ShandyeMarie
FREEDOM OF SPEECH This is a written complaint to the Granite City Police Department Chief of Police Richard E Miller: Dear Chief of Granite City, Illinois Richard Miller, I Shandye Lampkins has been calling the Granite City police department for for months begging them to stop a hate crime against my life and the poisoning that is being forced into my home from the people my landlord Jimmy Mundlock has allowed to live in the attic in an attempt to force me out of my home. Many of my downstairs neighbors have warned me of what my landlord does to people by falsely forcing them out and now it is happening to me. The difference is that the same people who poisoned me starting in Greenville, Illinois are the same people who are living in the attic located at 2118 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, Illinois 62040. But what remains the same is the woman in apartment number 11, the woman in apartment number 9, and the male who lives in apartment number two is involved in fraud ratly forcing people out. When I called the Granite City Police Department complaining about the person living in apartment number two banging on the ceiling making loud noises, the police responded and the man living in apartment two is caught in the act of banging, but a Granite City police dispatcher told me that no police report is made by the responding officer and I am denied public records. One day over two months ago a Granite City Police knocked on my door and I stepped out to talk with him. The officer who knocked on my door promised me that there will be an investigation and if the people are seen living in the attic, the landlord would be fined. I waited a whole month before contacting the Granite City police Department again and when I called, I was told by an officer that no code violation has been broken by the landlord for allowing people to live in the attic. The woman in apartment 11 has come out of her apartment and harassed me four times by going off on me and calling me names. I am also told by a Granite City Police Dispatcher that the police won't help me. This became a police matter at the point when poison is being forced into my home and my health is being affected by it. The landlord trying to force me out is a civil case and I got this one under control by going to court and winning. Is the reason why the Granite City police department refuses to help me is because I am a black woman? I have never broken the law in Granite City nor have I spoken bad words to your officers, as a matter of fact, my step dad is a retired Illinois State Police and I always adored officers because of him. My father is a US vet who went to the vietnam war to give us all freedom and my father is shell shocked and PTSD set in, but my father went on to accomplish a great career that did an excellent job and stayed with the same job until he did. I have been through a lot of trauma that caused me to suffer from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury. But I am not crazy! I graduated from college with honors while having PTSD and a traumatic brain injury. I am high risk of Covid-19 because the poisoning has damaged my respiratory system beyond repair causing me to lose my underwater welding career. What has been done to my resportory system is called attemted murder and I am deemed permaontly disabled because of the damaged done to my health. Why has no one been arrested? This complaint has been made verbally by leaving a message on the Granite City Police voicemail twice, and I am publicly exposing this because I have not received a response from the Granite City Chief of Police. I am at high risk of Covied-19 and I rather not come into the police department to make a complaint about the Granite City Police refusing to help me. Shandye Lampkins
FREEDOM OF SPEECH This horrific hate crime and poisoning that has hurt me and many others has been allowed to go on for over four years. It is said that I am crazy and out of my mind because I exposed this hate. I am not crazy and I am a woman of God who speaks truth. To allow this crime against me and many others to continue means that the criminals will continue to hurt people, but they are growing more dangerous because the police wont stop them. The state hospital has rejected me and I have won two fraudulent cases against me in Greenville, Illinois by going Pro Se and the power of God by my side. I am a college graduate who graduated college with honors with a TBI (traumatic brain injury) . I am not going to stand by and be silent and watch many people be hurt. I have a voice and I use it very well without incriminating myself. This hate crime and poisoning did not just start in Granite City, Illinois. This hate crime started in Greenville, Illinois 2016. I have watched my grandson be poisoned by poison that is forced in and my baby has seizures because of it. The Greenville, Illinois police did not respond to my call to help my grandbaby, but instead I was arrested for calling 911 in Greenville for help. Even though the State Attorney Dora Mann of Greenville, Illinois knew that poison is in my body, she ordered my arrest. I am arrested in 2019 in an attempt to keep me quiet. But that did not work because God led me to fight back and win in court. Two people have died as a result of the poisoning, two of my grandsons are poisoned, I lost my underwater welding career because my respiratory system is damaged beyond repair because of the poisoning, poisoned is sprayed in four different Walmart including the Walmart in Granite City, Illinois... The two police departments that I have contacted repeatedly (Greenville, Illinois Police and Granite City, Illinois Police) have refused to help. Where is order? If the police are on the side of criminals, who is keeping peace and order? It is time for police reform! We need police departments that will bring order not chaos. Where there is no order there is chaos. Minister ShandyeMarie