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Immigration Agents Accused of Violence During Chicago Raids, Family of Man Harmed by Agents Requests Emergency Medical Release

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The family of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez will be submitting evidence about his severe medical condition, a result of the treatment he received by immigration agents during a recent immigration raid in Chicago’s southwest side. Advocates will also present evidence of use of violence and disregard for civil rights by immigration agents during recent operations in Chicago. ​

There will be a rally and submission of emergency release request for Wilmer Catalan Ramirez. The event will include testimonies from Wilmer’s family, legal representatives, civil rights advocates, and community organizers, as well as evidence of violence committed by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents during other recent immigration raids through Chicago and suburbs.

The rally will be held Thursday April 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m., outside of Immigration Enforcement Office, at 101 West Congress, Chicago.

Celene Adame, wife of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez; Irene Romulo, deportation defense organizer for Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD); Diana Rashid, one of Wilmer’s immigration attorneys with Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC); Maria Gonzalez, witness to recent Little Village raids; Julie Mao, Wilmer’s attorney at National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Mony Ruiz-Velasco, PASO’s executive director, as well as members of ENLACE, La Villita Se Defiende, and The Autonomous Tenants Union, will be at the rally.

On Monday, March 27th, immigration enforcement agents forced their way into the home of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez. In the process of apprehending Wilmer, the immigration agents threw him onto the ground and handcuffed him. At the time of his detention, Wilmer was recuperating from a recent incident of gun violence that caused paralysis to the left-side of his body and requires him to use a leg brace. This exchange left him with a fractured  arm for which he has not received adequate medical care in detention. Wilmer’s family is asking for the release of Wilmer to ensure proper medical care is being provided to him.

As immigration agents are conducting raids in Illinois, individuals are coming forward with evidence of physical violence and potential constitutional violations. Recent victims and the supporting community are looking into all available legal recourses to put a halt to the violent raids and unlawful ICE behavior. In Chicago, they are demanding city council to pass the proposed amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance to expand protections for those targeted by the deportation agents and at the state-level coalitions are working to pass the Trust Act (SB31) to ensure statewide protections  for communities in Illinois under attack by the federal administration.

Organizations:

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), an undocumented-led organization that fights against the deportation and criminalization of Black and brown immigrant communities.

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates working to protect the rights of non-citizens.

West Suburban Action Project (PASO) is a community organization dedicated to the leadership development and civic participation of community members in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

See fact sheet on Wilmer’s case here.

Cook County Board Approves Tax Incentives to Support Economic Growth

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Preckwinkle applauds actions to create, retain jobs

 

Cook County commissioners approved proposals by President Preckwinkle’s Bureau of Economic Development (BED) that will provide tax incentives to business in five suburban communities, as well as save and create jobs.

 

A total of five tax Incentives were approved in the following communities: Bellwood, Bridgeview, Elk Grove Village, Hillside and South Holland.  These redevelopment activities should yield an estimated 72 new private sector jobs created, 46 jobs retained and 41 construction jobs supported.

 

“Helping businesses create and retain good-paying jobs is a major focus of our economic development efforts,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “The companies receiving these incentives have demonstrated their commitment to their communities and our residents, and deserve our assistance in growing their businesses.”

 

Details on the incentives follow:

 

  • Business Name: Best Logistics Group, LLC

Project Address: 10 Davis Drive, Bellwood

Project Description: Best Logistics Group performs warehousing, storage and distribution. The applicant is relocating and expanding to the subject property.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 10 full-time jobs retained

 

  • Business Name: Lifting Gear Hiring Corporation

Address: 7518 West 98th Place, Bridgeview

Project Description: The applicant will substantially rehabilitate and lease the subject property to Lifting Gear, a national rental and sale provider of lifting and rigging equipment.

Type of Incentive: Class 7a

Estimated:  10 full-time jobs created, 13 full-time jobs retained, 10 construction jobs supported

 

  • Business Name: Gorilla Paper, Inc.

Project Address: 1125 Lunt Avenue, Elk Grove Village

Project Description: Gorilla Paper, Inc. will occupy the property for warehousing and distribution of business machine paper, thermal paper rolls, credit card paper rolls and manual imprinters.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 12 full time jobs created, 3 full time jobs retained, 3 construction jobs supported

 

  • Business Name: Alliance Co. and Alliance Door and Hardware

Project Address: 225 Fencl Lane, Hillside

Project Description: Applicant intends to purchase and rehabilitate the subject property and lease to Alliance Co. and Alliance Door and Hardware, related entities, for their operations. Alliance Co. is a full-service commercial carpentry contractor which was formed in 2005, and Alliance Door and Hardware is a commercial door supplier formed in 2013.

Type of Incentive: Class 6b

Estimated: 20 full time jobs retained, 8 construction jobs supported

 

  • Business Name: Panera, Sprint, other commercial tenants

Project Address: 300 East 162nd Street, South Holland

Project Description: The applicant owns the subject property and will be occupying vacant property with various commercial uses. Retail strip center with various tenants.

Type of Incentive: Class 8 Tax Incentive

Estimated: 50 full-time jobs created, 20 construction jobs supported

 

For additional information about the tax incentive programs offered by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, go to www.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment.

 

 

Illinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for Progressive Agenda, Responsible Budget

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Women and their allies from across Illinois are expected to join forces to push for a responsible budget and progressive agenda of bills in Springfield Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Individuals representing a wide range of issues and more than 50 organizations will march around the state capitol and lobby for legislation.

The list of bills people can choose to lobby state reps and senators on include women’s health and choice, labor issues including the Fight for $15, immigration, homelessness, criminal legal reform, the environment, LGBTQ, gun safety efforts, economics, education, the ERA and passing a responsible budget in Illinois.

More than 30 elected officials have also signed on to support the march, and some of them will be addressing the crowd at the Noon rally at the Lincoln Statue in front of the Capitol Building April 25. Other speakers will include those most impacted by the delayed budget and proposed legislation in Springfield.

The complete agenda, with more bills expected, is available on the March website: http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org.

“This march represents a huge, intersectional slate of issues,” said organizers. “While many groups have their own individual agendas, this is an effort to build bridges and lobby across interest lines. Together we are more powerful.”

Illinois Women March on Springfield is co-chaired by Jaquie Algee (SEIU Healthcare and Women’s March on Chicago); Tracy Baim (Windy City Times and Pride Action Tank); Jennifer Camille Lee (Action Illinois and Women Rising-Illinois); and Jessica Scheller (Women’s March on Chicago).

The program will start at noon with a rally in front of the Lincoln Statue at the Capitol Building, followed by a march around the capitol complex, and lobbying elected officials inside. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a final rally in the rotunda, including next steps on organizing support for the legislation still pending in Springfield. People are encouraged to make April 25 appointments now with their representatives and senators, and lobby for legislation from now until the end of May, when this session ends.

Available on site April 25 will be thousands of pink post cards, which individuals can use to send or drop off a message to their elected officials on legislation they support. The website has printable and shareable post cards and social media, so people can lobby in advance for bills.

The website also has a process where organizations and elected officials can join the effort. The site also has transportation suggestions, and legislative tips.

The Champion partners of the march are: Action Illinois, Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Foundation for Women, Crossroads Fund, Indivisible Illinois, Pride Action Tank, SEIU-Healthcare IL and IN, Windy City Times, Women’s March on Chicago, Women Rising – Illinois.

Other partners for the March include the Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Illinois NOW, CAIR-Chicago, Chicago Women Take Action, Chicago Teachers Union, Equality Illinois, Amalgamated Transit Union 308 (ATU), AFSCME, G-PAC, Citizen Action, OFA, Mujeras Latinas en Accion, Fight for $15 Chicago, National Immigrant Justice Center, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Women Employed, Women’s March Illinois, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Lambda Legal, and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. See many more online.

Website: http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org/ .

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Illinois-Women-March-on-Springfield-1293918460687078/ .

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411568288899392/ .

NAACP Announces Potential Legal Challenge to DOJ Rollback on Consent Decrees

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Group questions legality of modifying agreements after the fact

 

Baltimore —The NAACP issued a letter to Attorney General Sessions questioning the legality of announced attempts to modify consent decrees between the Department of Justice and a number of municipalities across the country and their police departments. The organization is prepared to pursue litigation to challenge attempted modifications.Today’s letter to Attorney General Sessions urges DOJ to support the policing reform efforts reflected in the consent decrees: “It is not enough, we submit, that the current administration might have chosen not to include certain provisions in the consent decrees or not to have instituted a pattern or practice investigation in the first instance. The investigations have been conducted, the facts have been found, and the agreed-upon remedies are being implemented. The current leadership of the Department of Justice should support the meaningful progress that has been made in reforming policing practices in these jurisdictions rather than deliberately impeding that progress.”

The letter goes on to state: “[S]hould the Department of Justice seek changes to the terms of existing policing consent decrees, it would be required to justify the changes based on something more than a shift in priorities. It would have to demonstrate a significant change in the facts or the law. Based on the justifications put forth by the Department thus far in its public statements on the subject, we doubt that the Department could satisfy this test.” The letter promises NAACP opposition to any changes to the consent decrees that fail to satisfy governing legal standards.

Currently, the Department of Justice is party to 14 consent decrees with municipalities and law enforcement agencies regarding their policing practices. This week, after the Attorney General ordered a review of all policing consent decrees entered by the Department of Justice across the nation, the Department of Justice unsuccessfully sought to postpone a hearing on its proposed consent decree with the city of Baltimore.

“The Attorney General’s attempts to re-litigate or eliminate policing reforms designed to address systemic misconduct represents a morally bankrupt step that could have disastrous results regarding the protection of Black lives,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

“The NAACP is prepared for protests in the streets and action in both the courts of law and the court of public opinion against any attempt by the Attorney General to normalize race-based misconduct by law enforcement officers,” he added.

 

Jewish Voice for Peace Condemns Illinois Politicians’ Exploitation of Anti-Semitism to Defend Israeli Policies

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Rauner, Mendoza and Zopp’s use of anti-Semitism to justify their support of Israeli repression of Palestinians, including through Islamophobe-funded trip to Israel, cheapens struggle against bigotry.

CHICAGO, IL Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago condemns two recent examples of Illinois politicians conflating support for Israel’s repression of Palestinian rights with combatting anti-Semitism and hate crimes. Israel is a nation state, not a religion or ethnic group, and is subject to criticism like any other nation. It relentlessly violates the human rights of Palestinians through home demolitions, illegal land grabs, humiliating checkpoints, and extra judicial executions. ”Solidarity” with Israel does nothing to discourage hate crimes, and opposition to Israeli policies is not antisemitism.

On March 8 in remarks at the  Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards dinner, Governor Rauner pledged to strengthen Illinois’ law targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights by “prohibiting state contracts for companies that boycott Israel.”

Last week Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Deputy Mayor of Chicago Andrea Zopp participated in an Israeli government-sponsored “Women in Leadership” delegation to Israel. Comptroller Mendoza justified her participation by pointing to Governor Rauner’s March 8 statements regarding “an uptick in anti-Semitic threats and acts of vandalism…in Illinois and around the country,” adding that “Illinois’ leaders ‘cannot stay silent on hate’” and therefore it is important to “reaffirm our state’s strong cultural, religious, political and economic ties to Israel.”

We agree that anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and ethnic bigotry require action, yet we do not accept that visiting Israel, or criminalizing peaceful opposition to its numerous human rights violations, is in any way a stance against hate. Nor is solidarity with Israel equivalent to support for Jews.

By targeting supporters of Palestinian human rights, public figures both feed into the worsening climate of hatred toward Arabs and Muslims and distract from the key role the Trump administration continues to play in fanning hatred towards Muslims, Arabs, Jews, People of Color, LGBTQIA people, women and immigrants.  

It is ironic, given the stated aims of combatting bigotry, that the trip was co-sponsored by the American Israel Friendship League (AIFL), an organization which includes notorious Islamophobes and right-wing extremists on its board, as well as Jewish leaders who have excused President Trump’s racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic actions due to his support for Israel. Some examples include:

Legitimizing Israel’s repression of Palestinian rights by participating in this trip in no way combats anti-Semitism. It is perfectly legitimate to criticize the State of Israel’s systematic oppression of Palestinians.  It is not legitimate to equate criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Expressing solidarity for the state of Israel is a poor way to indicate a stance against ethnic hatred.

The best way to combat anti-Semitism is to do so as part of the struggle against all forms of hate – in particular the ongoing onslaught against the U.S. Muslim community, expressed not only in random acts of violence, but through municipal, state and federal actions targeting “sharia law”, the use of highly paid anti-Muslim extremists as “experts” in government circles, and of course federal executive orders and Illinois policies targeting Muslim and Syrian immigrants. Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago encourages our elected officials to join that struggle, rather than exploiting fears of anti-Semitism to undermine  the liberation  movement of the Palestinian people.

JVP-Chicago is the local branch of Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jvp.org), a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

Federal Program Offers $35,000 to Assist Seniors Struggling with Reverse Mortgages

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Illinois’ Reverse Mortgage Assistance Program helps senior homeowners with reverse mortgages avoid foreclosure

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) launched the Reverse Mortgage Assistance Program to help senior homeowners with a reverse mortgage pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure. Starting April 3, IHDA will provide up to $35,000 in federal assistance to qualifying borrowers with reverse mortgages to pay overdue property taxes, eligible property expenses and future property taxes so they can avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes.

“There is a real need for this kind of assistance in Illinois,” said IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik. “Many of these seniors are on fixed incomes and took out a reverse mortgage to help with healthcare or everyday living costs. They don’t have the resources to weather an unexpected home repair, medical event or loss of household income. This program offers the help they need to get back on track with their payments before they lose their home.”

Reverse Mortgages allow homeowners 62 and older to borrow against the equity they have built up in their home. The proceeds the borrower receives from the reverse mortgage must be repaid when the house is sold or the homeowners move. The borrower is still responsible for paying property taxes and homeowner’s insurance, and if they are unable to keep up with their payments, they may lose the home to foreclosure.

The Reverse Mortgage Assistance Program offers up to $35,000 to reinstate a homeowner’s delinquent property expenses and pay future taxes and insurance for up to two years. The assistance provides a window of opportunity for the homeowner to develop a financial recovery plan with a certified housing counselor without the immediate threat of foreclosure. To qualify, the homeowner must have taken out an FHA Reverse Mortgage secured to a property located in Illinois and experienced a qualifying hardship. The homeowner must live in the property as their primary residence and have a household income lower than 120 percent of their county’s median income, or $73,920 for a household of two in Cook County.

The Reverse Mortgage Assistance program is funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program, a resource created in 2010 to provide targeted assistance to states deemed hardest hit by the economic and housing market downturn. The program was designed to leverage the expertise of state and local partners by funding locally-tailored foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization solutions. In addition to the new reverse mortgage program, IHDA uses HHF funds for temporary mortgage payment assistance, refinance assistance, blight elimination and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers. Together, the programs cater to the specific needs of homeowners, homebuyers and entire communities.

Interested homeowners can apply through one of the housing counseling agencies below:

Housing Agency

City Phone

H.O.M.E DuPage

Wheaton (630) 260-2500
CCCS of Northern Illinois Woodstock (815) 338-5757

Mortgage Education Foundation

Palos Heights

(708) 761-6264

Neighborhood Housing Services  of Chicago

East Hazel Crest

(773) 329-4222

Chicago – 2609 W 63rd St

(773) 434-9632

Chicago – 1279 N Milwaukee Ave

(773) 329-4010

Chicago – 11001 S Michigan Ave

(773) 568-1020

Elgin

(847) 695-0399
Northwest Side Housing Center

Chicago – 5233 W Diversey Ave

(773) 283-3888
Restoration America, Inc.

Crystal Lake

(847) 783-0232
Will County CCC

Joliet

(815) 722-0722

NAACP Warns, “We Will Remember” Those Senators Who Bypassed the Normal Confirmation Process to Confirm Judge (Neil) Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court

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NAACP statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court

 

Baltimore—NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

 

“The recent ill-considered decision by Republican-led and partisan inspired Senators to bypass our normal confirmation process represents an ill-considered moment by the world’s greatest deliberative body.

 

The Supreme Court is a critical nonpartisan instrument of our democratic system designed to check executive and legislative abuses of power, not a partisan extension of the others. In reducing the needed approval for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to just 51 votes, the Senate has ensured that future candidates, even those of a severely partisan nature, can now be confirmed to our nation’s highest court without a single vote of bipartisan support.

 

This sets a dangerous trend, particularly for those citizens and communities traditionally left outside the halls of power. In turn, it reinforces to those with power and access that their access and influence will only increase.
There are democratic moments when a leader faces a choice between a patriotic excellence and partisan expediency, this day a misguided Senate majority chose the latter.

 

The undemocratic action now creates a situation where all presidential nominees for federal courts and executive branch positions can now be confirmed with a mere 51 votes. This is a major blow to the system of checks and balances within our government. It also means that an administration which lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes can now recreate the government in their own partisan image, which leaves the overwhelming majority of us vulnerable.
To those Senators who voted for this option and Judge Gorsuch… “WE WILL REMEMBER.”

 

State Senator Raoul Measure Targeting Repeat Gun Offenders Passes Senate

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SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) secured passage of legislation aimed at taking a comprehensive approach to criminal justice reform and reducing the unacceptable gun violence in Chicago and across the state.

“The step we took today is a continuation of my record of criminal justice reform efforts focusing on individualized treatment of offenders,” Raoul said. “It is vital that we distinguish between repeat offenders and those who just picked up a gun for the first time.” 

Raoul has also introduced legislation, SB 592, that recognizes the impact of trauma in communities and creates diversion options for first time gun offenders.

The measure that passed the Senate is targeted towards repeat gun offenders, recommending that judges sentence them on the higher end of the existing sentencing range. It does allow judges to deviate from the higher sentencing recommendation if they find circumstances indicate departure is appropriate. 

It also puts in place a series of criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing the prison population and providing low-risk offenders with better access to rehabilitation programming and opportunities after release. These reforms include:

·         Increases access to educational, vocational and re-entry programming for individuals incarcerated for truth-in-sentencing offenses, allowing eligible individuals to reduce their sentence up to 15 percent.

·         Reduces the protected area for drug crimes from 1,000 to 500 feet, removes public housing as a protected area and requires prosecutors to prove a connection between the crime and the protected area before a felony can be enhanced.

·         Expands the eligibility for the Offender Initiative Program, Second Chance Probation and all other drug probation programs.

·         Allows the Prisoner Review Board to terminate a person’s mandatory supervised release after a risk assessment tool determines the person is considered low-risk and need.

SB 1722 passed 35-9-4 in the Senate and is headed to the House for consideration.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Criticizes Attorney General for Review of Consent Decrees

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In letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CBC states, “As you may recall, we opposed your nomination… It is clear by your recent actions that our opposition was well founded.”

WASHINGTON – The Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing him for his decision to review consent decrees between the Department of Justice and police departments found to have a “pattern and practice” of violating civil rights.

The Chairman also criticized the Attorney General for his decision to waste taxpayer resources on reviewing all DOJ activities and his decision to emphasize data collection on crime and criminals but not on police and community interactions.

The letter is attached. Excerpts from the letter are below.

Consent Decrees/Police Accountability

“While we agree that the vast majority of our nation’s law enforcement officers serve their communities honorably, the ‘misdeeds of individual bad actors’ cannot explain away department-wide practices that discriminate against African Americans, such as trespass arrest forms with ‘black male’ pre-filled, as was the case in the Baltimore Police Department. Despite your incorrect notion that ‘it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies,’ it is clearly your responsibility to ‘ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.’  Consent decrees are a critical tool in the Department’s role of overseeing local and state law enforcement organizations and they must be utilized aggressively to protect the civil rights of all Americans.

“Nonetheless, if you are reviewing all agency activities, we implore you to give all due consideration in review of officer-involved shootings, deaths in custody, and reports of police brutality or excessive force. No American should be afraid to call the police for fear of becoming victimized by the very people sent to protect them. Unfortunately, for far too many African Americans, this is exactly the reality they face.  The relationships between African-American communities and their police departments across the nation have hovered in a state of constant volatility for generations.  These tensions have grown in recent years following the high-profile shootings of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police, many of which have been recorded for the world to see.  To add insult to an unbearable injury, few officers are held accountable for their actions. To mend the broken bond between police and communities, there must be accountability. That accountability cannot just be local, as you have suggested. Instead, communities need to know they can rely upon the Department of Justice to investigate civil rights violations wherever they may occur, including among the ranks of the men and women in blue.”

Data Collection

“In that vein, the Department of Justice must collect data to shed light on the interactions between police and the communities they serve – from searches and arrests to police shootings and allegations of misconduct. Ironically, you call on the collection and analysis of data around ‘crime and criminals,’ but you make no such request for analysis of the actions of law enforcement.  You may be interested to learn that the CBC recently hosted a forum discussing policing and criminal justice reform. In that discussion, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, aptly shared the analogy that if an individual is serious about improving their personal finances, they set a budget. If you are serious, at all, about addressing the racial disparities in policing across this country, you will lead the Department of Justice in collecting and analyzing data to shed light on the state of interactions between police and communities.”

30-Year Record/Russia

“As you may recall, we opposed your nomination to serve as Attorney General because, over more than three decades of public service, you have developed a questionable record on issues of justice, equality, and civil rights. It is clear by your recent actions that our opposition was well founded, as you have demonstrated a complete disregard for your responsibility to protect the rights of all Americans.  It is worth noting that your actions are now clouded by your sworn testimony that you never met with Russian agents, but in fact did meet with Russian agents. Accordingly, we are skeptical of your oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is our sincere hope that you reverse course and prove us all wrong.”

Victims of Notorious Frame-Up Cop Face Critical Court Date Today

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Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara Allegedly Caused the Wrongful Convictions of Dozens

States Atty Foxx Refuses to Allow New Trials for Guevara’s Victims

“Innocence Does Matter” Rally & Press Conference Precedes the Court Date

12 Noon, Monday, April 10 in front of Cook County Courthouse,

2650 S. California, Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Closing arguments in the two-year-long evidentiary hearings of Roberto Almodovar and William Negron, who were allegedly framed by Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara, will begin at 1:30 PM, Monday, April 10 at the Cook County Courthouse, 2650 S. California Avenue, Courtroom 700.

 

Attorneys for Almodovar and Negron will make their final pleas to the judge, asking that he grant new trials for their clients who they allege were framed in 1994 and wrongfully imprisoned ever since.

 

Supporters of the two men, who were recently featured in a lengthy BuzzFeed article about Guevara’s alleged frame-ups, will rally outside the courthouse beginning at 12 noon on that day.

 

Asserting his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, Guevara has refused to answer any questions about his investigation in this case and scores of other cases, many of which are currently pending in the circuit court. When asked whether he framed Robert Almodovar and William Negron, Guevara repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege on the grounds that his responses might incriminate him.

 

Only five months ago, the Chief Judge of the Criminal Division granted Certificates of Innocence to two of Reynaldo Guevara’s victims, Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez, both of whom served 23 years in prison for crimes they did not commit after being framed by Guevara. Even the City of Chicago, which conducted its own independent investigation, concluded in 2015 that Almodovar is most likely innocent.

 

Notwithstanding overwhelming evidence showing that Almodovar and Negron are innocent, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx refuses to consent to new trials. Foxx’s position comes as a shock to many since she ran on a reform platform promising reviews of the cases handled by Guevara. To date, her office has not voluntarily released a single man wrongfully convicted by Guevara.

 

“We are beginning to wonder whether innocence matters in this town,” said Almodovar’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean of the Bonjean Law Group, PLLC, a criminal defense and civil rights litigation firm. “If the Cook County criminal justice system is content with Robert Almodovar and William Negron dying in prison given everything that is known about Reynaldo Guevara, it would seem that innocence simply does not matter.”

 

William Negron is represented by Attorney Russell Ainsworth of The Exoneration Project, a free legal clinic at the University of Chicago dedicated to representing the wrongfully convicted.

 

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