Protect the safety of refugee children

We in Illinois have been working tirelessly this spring to protect the rights and ensure the safety of immigrants and refugees in our state:  we have passed HB2040 extending the prohibition against private detention facilities to include facilities holding immigrants and refugees; we passed HB1637 prohibiting ICE from operating in public and publicly-funded places and prohibiting collaboration between state law enforcement and ICE. 

NOW let's ask our US Senators Durbin and Duckworth to show their support of our work in Illinois by cosponsoring two Senate bills promoting the safety and rights of immigrants and refugees on a national level:

S397 Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act, which would end the use of unlicensed  emergency detention facilities for refugee children such as Tomillo Texas and Homestead Florida (News flash -- we just shut down Homestead!  A massive win for grass roots advocates!

S388 The Families not Facilities Act, which would reduce the ability of ICE to engage in inappropriate civil immigration enforcement actions that harm the safety of unaccompanied children and prevent reunification of families.

The administration’s policies have resulted in a humanitarian crisis by overcrowding the facilities that detain unaccompanied immigrant minors.  Many children have been separated from their adult relatives at the border and funneled unnecessarily into separated custody.  Others have been blocked from reuniting with family members due to ICE raids targeting sponsors of unaccompanied minors.

Our Senators' support of the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees on a national level will reflect our efforts in Illinois to create safe haven in our community.  Let them hear from us now!  CLICK HERE.

While they are home in-district in August, make a date to visit with your legislators -- HERE are talking points to share with them.

Partnering with the UU Service Committee

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The Clean Energy Jobs Act is on its way!

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) is gaining momentum in Springfield!  We are building support in the legislature to pass CEJA in the short “veto” session this fall.  We have a majority of the senate now,  but we need ten more cosponsors in the House to guarantee a majority there.  

CEJA mandates a strong policy and practice to develop clean energy options by replacing fossil-fuel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles, developing a carbon-free power sector for Illinois by 2030, and providing 100% renewable energy for Illinois by 2050.  CEJA provides a workable plan for job growth and training, especially for economically disadvantaged communities of color, communities impacted by pollution, and former fossil fuel workers.

Check HERE to find out if your representative is a co-sponsor.  (Find out who represents you HERE).  If they are a co-sponsor, say “Thank you” HERE.  If not, urge them to cosponsor this important initiative HERE.

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air Tax passes! Illinois legislators voted to let the people of Illinois decide whether to distribute the tax burden on its citizens more equitably through a graduated income tax. The referendum for the Fair Tax amendment will be on the ballot November 2020. Then we may stand with our legislators in support of fair and equitable responsibility for the fiscal well-being of our Illinois, by voting "yes" ourselves.

Opposition to the graduated income tax was fierce and for many legislators this was a difficult vote. It is important to thank them for doing the right thing.

If your legislator voted "yes," say thank you! If "no," let them know that you are voting yes when your turn comes -- making more equitable the tax burden for the citizens of Illinois. (Check HERE to learn who your legislators are).

Your senator: Check HERE to see how they voted. If they voted yes, say "thank you!" HERE. If they voted "no," let them know HERE that you're going on to vote "yes" when your turn comes.

Your representative: Check HERE to see how they voted. If they voted yes, say "Thank you!" HERE. If they voted "no," express your disappointment HERE with gratitude that you are now able to weigh in yourself on the next public ballot.

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