2020 Election Resources

Here at CWTA, we want the women of Chicago to be as informed as possible as they head to the polls in the coming weeks. We have assembled a list of resources and voting guides below, including resources for judicial evaluations. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization League of…

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Not a great day with the loss of two long time women stalwarts (McCaskill and Heidcamp) – but still a very good day for women and their families

The federal House of representatives was wrested away from those who would end women’s control of reproduction and oppose equal and a raise in minimum wages to a livable amount For the first time in history 100 women will serve in the house of representatives…Not yet representative of the half…

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Zero Tolerance of Family Separation Is Un-American: A Call To Action

The Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy contradicts and undermines America’s stance in the world as a bastion of democracy and opportunity.

The Trump administration’s policy and practice on border entries has turned asylum seekers into law breakers; the criminalization of a non-criminal act has resulted in the separation of families that is itself a criminal violation of human rights.

The separation of children from their parents during prosecution and jailing is both a violation of due process and, as testified by the Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, “state sanctioned child abuse.”

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3 Things YOU can do to help reunite Families right NOW

The separation of young children from their parents during detention is a Trump administration policy. While it is true that children are not to be prosecuted with adults, there is no law that states the family unit must be separated. In fact it can be argued that separating them is unconstitutional.

According to the Constitution, The 5th amendment Due Process of law applies to any “person” not just citizens. This is also supported by the Supreme Court in the 1982 case of Pyler v. Doe “Aliens, even Aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments”. The Supreme Court went further to say in the 1982 case of Santosky v.Kramer that separating families is a violation of due process of law, “There is a fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody and management of their child.”. The ACLU recently made this argument in its lawsuit ACLU v ICE. 

Things You Can Do: 

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