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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The Cannabis Equity Act: Equity for communities devastated by the War on Drugs

The criminalization of cannabis, even for simple possession, has crippled the lives of people of color disproportionately for more than four decades. It is time to move to a system of legal, regulated and taxed adult-use cannabis in Illinois.

Current cannabis laws, fines, and arrests are carried out with staggering racial bias. The illicit market, which prohibition makes inevitable, continues to breed violence in our poorest communities all across Illinois.

Regulation would make Illinois a safer state. It would allow us to educate adults, informing them about what a product contains and enabling them to make informed decisions. Banning sales by law to those under 21 would help to limit access to our youth. Under prohibition, these measures are not possible.

If the possession of cannabis is legalized, further legislation being considered in Springfield would permit the expungement of cannabis arrests and convictions and allocate funds to communities ravaged by the War on Drugs.

We cannot wait any longer to make this the law of the land in Illinois. Click HERE to ask your legislators to vote yes on the Cannabis Equity Act, SB7, for a regulatory system that works for all of Illinois.

Partnering with Clergy for a New Drug Policy

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**Here's a shout-out for the referendum on a FAIR TAX, which passed both houses and was signed by the governor this week!! Well done!

Our work for immigrant justice is bearing fruit!

Our work for Immigrant justice in Illinois has been rewarded with passage of RISE, HB2691, mandating that Illinois state financial aid to students not be denied immigrant and refugee students in higher education who are not eligible for federal aid. Furthermore, HB2040 just passed, barring state and local governments from contracting with private prison companies to run detention facilities for civil detention of refugees.

One important bill remains on our docket -- the Keep Illinois Families Together Act - HB1637 - KIFTA. KIFTA protects Illinois residents from ICE activity in public places and limits collaboration between state or local law enforcement and ICE -- it creates safe space in public schools, state-funded health facilities, libraries, state offices and courthouses. Public institutions including schools and colleges will be prohibited from collecting information regarding citizenship status, and law enforcement agents may not inquire about citizenship or immigration status or place of birth of any individual.

KIFTA comes before the House this week for a vote up or down. Let's get this one over the top this time!

Check HERE to find out if your representative supports KIFTA. If yes, click HERE to say thank you and remind them to vote this week. If not, urge them to support HB1637 HERE.

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