The Fair Tax Resolution: A matter of economic justice for ALL our people

The Fair Tax resolution, SJRCA1, has passed the Senate and is in the House — let’s go all out to bring our Representatives on board now for this initiative -- making more equitable the state income tax structure AND easing the state's fiscal crisis.

A state-wide call-in is happening now and here’s an easy way to get the ear of your Representative: CALL 888-412-6570 and enter your zip code to be connected with your representative (or their voicemail). Here’s a suggested script:

“I’m a resident of Representative [fill in the blank]’s district, and I support the Fair Tax. A Fair Tax will make more equitable the state income tax structure, easing the fiscal burden for our most vulnerable families, while providing a long-term solution for the Illinois budget crisis.

A graduated income tax can mean that 97% of people in Illinois will pay the same or lower taxes, while wealthier constituents will pay a fairer share.

A Fair Tax referendum will give us voters the chance to decide for ourselves. Please vote yes on SJRCA1, recommending a referendum for a Fair Tax Amendment for Illinois.

Thank you!”

This is the closest we have ever been to passing a resolution for a Fair Tax amendment and giving the people of Illinois the power to choose a fair tax system, so let’s finish strong!

P.S. Double your impact and send an email HERE

Get more info HERE.

Actions of Immediate Witness for our people struggling with the criminal justice system: Strengthening the interdependent web of which we are ALL a part

Three bills on the UUANI/UUPMI legislative watch for racial justice which just passed the House are being considered by the Senate committee for Criminal Law this Wednesday, May 1, at 5 pm. That's tomorrow! Register a witness slip to help move the bills out of committee with a DO PASS recommendation.

HB2045 (Ammons/Sims) eliminates the $5 copay for medical or dental services in prison. Register a witness slip HERE.

HB2444 (Cassidy/Collins), The Best Interest of the Child Act, addresses the needs of arrested parents facing pre-trial detention: “at the initial bail hearing or any subsequent hearing, the defendant shall be released on recognizance if the judge finds that the defendant’s pre-trial detention will harm any infant or child in the defendant’s custody at the time of arrest,” unless defendant’s release will harm the community. This includes a defendant who is responsible for the care of an elderly parent. Register a witness slip HERE.

HB1587 (Harper/Sims) Reducing length of sentences allows judges to choose not to levy mandatory minimum sentences against offenders in some areas of crime, such as drug possession and retail theft. A beginning to change harsh mandatory minimums. Register a witness slip HERE.

Instructions for creating a witness slip:

Section 1: Fill in your ID info, under “business,” you may cite UUANI or “self” — or UUPMI

For title, we suggest "supporter"

Section 2: “self” or UUANI

Section 3: tick “proponent”

Section 4: Check “Record of appearance”

Bottom left, agree to the ILGA terms of agreement

Bottom right, tick “Create slip.” You’re done!

You might want to create an account with ILGA that will allow you to automatically fill in your info when you register a witness slip. Here’s the LINK to do that.

Thank you! Together we can!

Partnering with the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois

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UUANI Campaign for Justice 2019: New Actions for Illinois Senators

Our Illinois legislators are home in their districts for the next two weeks, mid-term break. There are new opportunities for our senators when they return to Springfield. Four bills on our UUANI Campaign for Justice slate passed the House and were sent to the Senate last week, and the Senate has a strong bill for the Fair Tax.

Make a date to meet with your Illinois Senator to ask their support for these bills:

Immigrant Justice:

HB 2040 (Cassidy/Peters): Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act

Extends current law barring private prison detention facilities in Illinois to include holding facilities for civil detention of immigrants and refugees. Fact sheet HERE.

HB 2691 (Hernandez/Lightford): Retaining IL Students & Equity (RISE) Act

Ensures equal access to state financial aid for students in higher learning institutions who are currently ineligible for federal aid (undocumented students, transgender students, those who have exhausted funding). Fact sheet HERE.

(partnering with Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois & UUSC)

Racial Justice:

HB 2045 (Ammons/Sims): Healthcare in Prison

Eliminates the $5 co-pay for medical or dental services in prison. Fact sheet HERE.

HB 2444 (Cassidy/Collins): Best Interest of the Child Act

Prevents unnecessary harm to children caused by separation through parental incarceration by requiring a Family Impact Plan that provides community-based placements or sentences whenever possible. Fact sheet HERE.

(partnering with UU Prison Ministry of Illinois)

Economic Justice:

SJRCA 0001 (Harmon): Fair Tax

Proposes a graduated income tax for Illinois, which allows lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher tax rates for higher incomes, reducing income inequality and providing adequate revenue in support of the common good. Fact sheet HERE.

(partnering w/Community Renewal Society & Responsible Budget Coalition)

Environmental Justice

SB2132: Clean Energy Jobs Act: CEJA

Puts Illinois on track for 100% renewable energy by 2050, elimination of fossil-fueled vehicles, a carbon-free economy by 2030 and creation of jobs and opportunities in the energy sector. Fact sheet HERE.

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And a shout out! to Governor Pritzker, who signed into law HB531 (held over from last year), allowing criminal offenders who are imprisoned as youth to be considered for parole after serving 10 years.