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Archive for August 10th, 2017

Chicago Ignores Community Advocacy to Strengthen Sanctuary City Policy, Uses DOJ Lawsuit to Bolster Image

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In response to the lawsuit filed yesterday by the City of Chicago against the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the threat issued to cities that provide common-sense protections to immigrants from deportation, the Chicago Immigration Working Group, a local coalition of organizations that has been working on strengthening Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, issued the following statement:

While the Chicago Immigration Working Group supports efforts to push back against the the Trump Administration’s bullying and overreach of federal power, it is clear that the primary purpose of the lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago is not to defend the rights of undocumented Chicagoans but to preserve federal funding for the Chicago Police Department and bolster Mayor Emanuel’s national image as a champion of immigrants.

Furthermore, the City is utilizing the lawsuit against the Department of Justice as a tactic to end negotiations with community members calling to remove the discriminatory carve outs from the Welcoming City Ordinance in order to protect all Chicagoans. In an email to community organizations inquiring about the lawsuit and the City’s next steps, Seemi Choudry, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Americans — the office tasked with relating to the immigrant community — noted, “As for scheduling a meeting to discuss the Welcoming City Ordinance, we are not in a position to discuss amendments to the ordinance as we are now in litigation with the federal government.”

Over the past two years, immigrant rights organizations in Chicago have demanded that the City remove the categories of individuals exempted from protection under the Welcoming City Ordinance, pointing that they are overly broad and could be in violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In June, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the City to remove the carve outs; over 50 civil rights and immigrant rights organizations have pledged support to strengthening the Welcoming City Ordinance; and thousands have signed petitions urging for the changes. However, for several months the City has cancelled meetings with advocates and stalled progress on removing the carve-outs, leaving a series of amendments to the Ordinance in Committee since February 2017.

Meanwhile, the City continues to embolden its local law enforcement to violate some individuals’ 4th Amendment rights by detaining immigrants beyond the time when they would ordinarily be released. Under the current version of the Welcoming City Ordinance, Chicago police officers are allowed to hold individuals for ICE, putting some community members at risk of deportation during their interactions with the Chicago police. The City proudly declares in the lawsuit, “undocumented individuals will be detained at the federal government’s request only when Chicago has an independent reason to believe they might pose a threat to public safety.”

However, detaining any individual without due process or probable cause is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Jurisdictions around the country have been held liable for violating the 4th Amendment rights when collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in this way. Neither the police nor the City of Chicago has authority to hold someone for immigration enforcement without due process, even if they fall within the exemptions of the Welcoming City Ordinance.  Additionally, the carve outs in the Ordinance reinforce the Trump administration’s rhetoric that immigrants threaten our communities.

If the City of Chicago is truly serious about ensuring public safety and resisting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, then it must take action to protect all individuals’ constitutional rights and amend the Welcoming City Ordinance to protect all Chicagoans without exceptions.

The members of the Chicago Immigration Working Group and the Campaign to Expand Sanctuary, include: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, Arab American Action Network, Chicago Community and Workers Rights, Black Youth Project 100, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos – Immigrant Worker Project, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Community Activism Law Alliance, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Enlace Chicago, Hana Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Jobs with Justice – Chicago, Latino Policy Forum, Latino Union of Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Mijente, Organized Communities Against Deportations, PASO- West Suburban Action Project, Polish American Association of Chicago, SEIU-Healthcare, and the Southwest Organizing Project.

NAACP Challenges President Trump Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

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BALTIMOREThe NAACP vehemently opposes President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity as a thinly veiled attempt to suppress the votes of American citizens, especially those of color. The Commission has requested a wide range of voter data from all 50 states, as well as D.C., under the guise of curtailing fictitious widespread voter fraud. The NAACP is pursuing legal action to prevent voter information from being dispersed in a manner that does not comply with state law and that can harm hundreds of thousands of registered voters. 

Researchers have shown President Trump’s claims that three to five million fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election to be entirely unfounded. According to the Brennan Center, “most reported incidents of voter fraud are actually traceable to other sources, such as clerical errors or bad data matching practices.” With a voter impersonation fraud incident rate between 0.0003 percent and 0.0025 percent, “voter fraud [is] more rare than death by lightning.”  

The politicians that President Trump selected to lead the Commission make its voter suppression intent crystal clear. Vice President Mike Pence will serve as the Commission’s chair, and Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach, known as the “King of Voter Suppression,” will serve as vice chair. Though his claims of rampant voter fraud have been repeatedly debunked, Kobach has dedicated his career to robbing American citizens – namely people of color – of their fundamental right to vote. 

The NAACP refuses to stand idly by while those in power seek to take the country back to era of Jim Crow voting laws, and we have taken our disapproval to the courts.  

The NAACP’s Indiana State Conference, Texas State Conference, and Salt Lake City Branch have each joined lawsuits challenging their respective chief elections officers’ unlawful disclosure of voter information to Trump’s Commission. In each of these states, production of some of the types of information requested by the Commission is either limited or prohibited by state law, and in some cases, state law provides limitations on how such information can be used. Each lawsuit seeks an injunction forbidding the production of confidential voter information as part of President Trump’s unlawful scheme to rob Americans of their constitutional right to vote.

The health of our nation depends upon an inclusive democracy. The NAACP is staunchly committed to encouraging civic participation and thwarting anyone who seeks to prevent it.  

State Rep. Harper: Gov. Rauner’s Phony Education Funding Plan Robs Local Children to Reward Wealthy Schools

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CHICAGO, IL – Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to rewrite fair education funding legislation to favor his wealthy schools at the expense of local students, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, said Monday:

 

 

“Our area is home to some of the most under-funded schools in the country. There’s no reason our children shouldn’t have the same opportunities as students in Bruce Rauner’s wealthy suburbs. That’s why I fought for legislation that provides fair funding to every school in the state, not just the select few. But Governor Rauner is trying to rewrite the bill to actually make the system less fair for local students and funnel even more money to his wealthy school districts.

 

 

“The state’s education funding formula isn’t working for our families, and Bruce Rauner’s plan is actually worse than the status quo. He is pitting one child against another. While my plan was a permanent guarantee of more funding for every school, his plan picks winners and losers. Within a few years, schools like ours will lose even more money, only to see it funneled to the wealthy suburban districts that Bruce Rauner and his rich friends send their children too.

 

 

“This is the clearest and most heartless indication yet that the governor simply does not care about our students.”

 

Madigan Opposes EPA’s Proposed Illegal Delay of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions

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Madigan & Coalition Say Rule Prevents Greenhouse Gas Emissions

from New Sources in Oil & Gas Sector

 

CHICAGO, IL – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 13 other attorneys general, the state of Colorado, and the city of Chicago to submit comments in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule designed to limit new sources of methane emissions by encouraging the use of emerging technology to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.

 

The rule on new sources of methane is expected to prevent 300,000 tons of methane emissions in 2020 and 510,000 tons of methane emissions by 2025. The controls required by the rule are also expected to reduce emissions of other pollutants, including volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants. Before putting the rule in place, the EPA analyzed the costs and benefits of the rule, including the revenues from recovered natural gas that would otherwise be vented, and determined that the rule would result in a net benefit estimated at $35 million in 2020 and $170 million in 2025.

 

In the comments, Madigan and the coalition point out that the EPA’s delay of the rule is unlawful for three reasons: It exceeds the EPA’s statutory authority under the Clean Air Act; it is arbitrary and capricious; and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the delay is improper because it would achieve the result he sought in his lawsuit challenging the rule when he was the Oklahoma Attorney General.

 

“The U.S. EPA should immediately reverse course and do its job to eliminate dangerous toxic pollutants from our air,” Madigan said. “Methane pollution is a proven contributor to climate change, and I will continue to fight delays and decisions by the EPA that put the public and our environment at risk.”

 

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, warming the climate about 34 times more potently than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The oil and natural gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions and accounts for one-third of total methane emissions in the U.S.

 

The rule on new sources of methane became effective on August 2, 2016. Shortly after it became effective, the rule was challenged in court by several industry groups. Several states, including Illinois, led by Attorney General Madigan, intervened in the case to defend the rule. On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump’s EPA issued its first three-month delay of the methane new source rule without giving notice or taking comments, arguing that the industry’s challenges raised new issues that were not addressed during the rulemaking process. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals promptly found that the delay was unlawful and terminated it. On June 16, 2017, the EPA published for notice and comment two additional proposed delays, totaling 27 months.

 

Joining Madigan in submitting the comments were the attorneys general of California, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The State of Colorado and the City of Chicago also joined in submitting the comments. A copy of the comments can be found here.

 

 

Personal PAC and Men4Choice Join Forces to Recruit Men in Fight for Women’s Access to Safe, Affordable Reproductive Health Care

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Campaign designed to engage men to join fight to protect women’s reproductive rights, calling out anti-choice politicians and policies

 

CHICAGO, IL – On August 9, the Illinois-based pro-choice advocacy organizations Personal PAC and Men4Choice have partnered to launch “CallBullshit” or “CallBS,” a first-of-its-kind campaign that employs provocative, creative tactics to empower men to join the fight to advance women’s reproductive health rights.

The campaign and website callbs.org employ creative content to depict an alternate reality in which male reproductive health is under attack, posing the question: “Men don’t have to put up with this BS – why should women?”

Three out of four Illinois men believe that abortion should remain legal and a private matter between a woman and her doctor, according to an April 2017 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. But that figure has not always translated into grassroots action.

“We built this campaign to engage directly with the 75 percent of Illinois men who support women’s reproductive health access,” said Terry Cosgrove, President and CEO of Personal PAC. “We hope this campaign sparks men to take action and hold our elected officials accountable, creating a bigger wave of support for women’s reproductive rights here in Illinois, across the Midwest and even nationwide.”

In addition to social media engagement strategies, the campaign is organizing men to attend phone banks, canvass for women’s health issues and help raise funds for pro-choice candidates.

“When we talked to men here in Illinois about the challenges women face when they seek reproductive health care, their reaction was, ‘That’s BS,’” said Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Men4Choice. “Our campaign strives to build upon that disgust and the disbelief many man share around these unfair polices and scare tactics that rob women of their bodily autonomy and access to abortion.”

The CallBS campaign launches as the General Assembly prepares to send House Bill 40 (HB40) to Governor Rauner’s desk. HB40 would ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois even if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill also would ensure that Medicaid and state employees’ health insurance policies provide coverage for abortion care.

Each year, thousands of women travel to Illinois to access safe reproductive health care unavailable in their home state. Even so, 92 percent of Illinois counties do not have abortion providers.

Launched in 1989, Personal PAC is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights for all women by recruiting, electing and holding accountable pro-choice candidates to state and local office in Illinois. Men4Choice is a political action committee created in 2015 to create an entry point where men can get engaged, get educated and take action to support women in the fight to protect reproductive health rights.

Rep. Stratton Urges Gov. Rauner to Stop Politically Posturing, Enact Fair School Funding Reform

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CHICAGO, IL – State. Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding to benefit wealthy schools at the expense of local students:

 

“The governor’s attempt to rewrite fair education funding is really an attempt to rob local students and further enrich wealthy school districts. The governor’s plan allows currently wealthy school districts to gain even more off the backs of underfunded school districts. This is not a plan I am prepared to support, and will not do so.

 

“The bill I helped put on the governor’s desk provided a long-term guarantee of equitable funding and quality educational opportunities for children in Chicago and across the state. The governor’s changes return to picking winners and losers, and rely on phony mathematical gimmicks to continue underfunding schools in the greatest need.

 

“He falsely labeled our proposal as a ‘Chicago bailout,’ a claim which has been debunked by an independent fact-checking group, Politifact. Now he has turned the debate on Senate Bill 1 into a political game, pitting students against each other.

 

“Time and time again, the governor is proving who he could not care less about: Chicago Public School students. The carelessness speaks volumes about his disdain for Chicago and its students, and his disregard for the legislative process. He claimed the bill only needed a simple majority to adopt his veto when in fact it requires a supermajority to adopt.

 

“This crisis he is perpetuating is something I will fight against, because Illinois needs to continue down the path of reform. We have been making good progress, by overriding the governor before, and we should not stop now. I will continue to negotiate with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to adopt a funding formula that is fair for Chicago Public Schools and will refuse to give in to the governor’s demands that double-down on the failed status-quo.”

 

National Urban League Statement on Justice Department Intent to Undo Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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WASHINGTON, DC – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, intends to challenge the application of affirmative action in college admissions:

“Once again, we in the civil rights community find our progress under attack by the Sessions-led Justice Department and the current administration.  News reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions intends to challenge the 2016 Supreme Court ruling upholding the consideration of race in the college admissions process, coupled with all the other assaults waged on civil rights that he was sworn to protect just six months ago, crystallizes Sessions’ disdain for the advancement of communities of color.  We fully condemn any effort by the current Department of Justice to undermine affirmative action in college admissions, taking us back to a period when African Americans did not have equal and fair access to higher education.  The National Urban League will do all it can to support our legal defense partners to ensure that our progress and civil rights are and continue to be protected.”

2nd Annual ASN Comedy Showcase Fundraiser on August 19th

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Seats Are Limited. Make Sure to Buy Your Tickets Now!
Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Come join the Alternative School Network for an evening of laughter at our 2nd Annual Comedy Show Fundraiser. We have a night full of Chicago’s best comedians, cash bar, and a silent auction. Comedians include WildcatLeon Rogers, Jeremiah Frazier and others! Grab your friends and join us for a night out that supports Opportunity Youth in Chicago.
Make sure you are there on time to enjoy the silent auction, running from 7:30 to 8:30 PM! Prizes include Chicago Cubs World Series memorabilia, Chicago White Sox tickets, Medieval Times tickets and so much more!
Seats are limited so make sure to purchase your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Must be 21 and over to attend
  • Cash Bar
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Street parking
For more information, please call Alternative Schools Network at (773) 728-4030 or send an email to info@asnchicago.org.

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Attorney General Madigan and 32 Other Attorneys General Reach Settlement With Nationwide Over Data Breach

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CHICAGO, IL– Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the attorneys general of 31 states and the District of Columbia announced a settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company (collectively, Nationwide) over an October 2012 data breach.

 

The data breach was allegedly caused by Nationwide’s failure to apply a critical security patch. The breach resulted in 1.27 million consumers having their personal information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information and other personal data, stolen or compromised.

Much of the personal information compromised through the data breach belonged to consumers who were never insured by Nationwide. The company collected prospective customers’ personal information in order to provide insurance quotes to applicants and kept that personal information even if consumers did not purchase insurance through Nationwide. The settlement requires more transparent data collection practices by mandating that Nationwide disclose to consumers that their personal information will be retained, even if they do not become Nationwide customers.

“People have the right to know how their sensitive personal information is being used and retained by companies,” Madigan said. “This settlement requires Nationwide to inform consumers the extent to which their information will be kept on file and also requires the company to implement better data security measures.”

The settlement also requires the company to take a number of steps to update its security practices and ensure the timely application of patches and other security software updates. Nationwide must also hire a technology officer responsible for monitoring and managing software and application security updates. The technology officer will also supervise employees responsible for evaluating and coordinating the maintenance, management and application of all security patches and security updates to software and applications.

 

Additionally, as part of the settlement, Nationwide must take steps during the next three years to strengthen its security practices, including:

 

  • Updating its procedures and policies relating to the maintenance and storage of consumers’ personal data;
  • Conducting regular inventories of the patches and updates applied to systems used to maintain consumers’ personal information (PII);
  • Maintaining and utilizing system tools to monitor the health and security of the systems used to maintain PII; and
  • Performing internal assessments of patch management practices, and hiring an outside, independent provider to perform an annual audit of Nationwide’s practices regarding the collection and maintenance of PII.

 

Under the settlement, Nationwide will pay $5.5 million to the states included in the settlement, and Illinois will receive more than $280,000.

 

In addition to Illinois, the settlement was joined by the attorneys general of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

 

The settlement was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Yangsu Kim and Matthew Van Hise for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

 

Cook County Statement on SNAP

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The Cook County Department of Revenue has been in collaboration with the retail community since the approval of the Sweetened Beverage Tax last November.  We have worked with the retail community to address their concerns and have implemented regulations to provide further guidance.  

 

The regulation addressing Sweetened Beverage purchases made with SNAP benefits was put in place to further address the tax-exempt nature of sweetened beverage purchases made with SNAP benefits.  In drafting the regulation, the Department of Revenue discussed the regulation changes with the USDA on June 27th.   After speaking with USDA on June 27th, the County was not aware that Regulation 2017-3 was unacceptable. We believed that USDA was taking our regulations under consideration and would communicate back with the County if there was a concern.

 

If we were specifically told that the Regulation 2017-3 was unacceptable, we would have worked with USDA, just as we had been doing since January, to further modify as needed.  It was never our intention in drafting the sweetened beverage regulations to put federal SNAP funding for the state in jeopardy, nor do we think Regulation 2017-3 jeopardizes the State’s participation in SNAP.  At this time, we believe we are in compliance with existing SNAP rules.  We do however recognize that USDA’s powers against the State in this regard are substantial and we will work collaboratively with both the State and USDA to address USDA’s concerns. 

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