ICE aids and abets femicide in Central America

“A lot of people believe they are free because they are not detained or imprisoned, but they’re locked inside their hearts and minds.”

 –Yesica, 22, detained by ICE since 2016

I first heard the word “gaslighting” in reference to Trump, throwing off scrutiny by denigrating those who question his actions. Like many, once I knew the word I could start identifying countless big and small ways I have let myself be duped, belittled, and lied to, by people close to me as well as by public leaders. I have subordinated my own understanding and knowledge to the claims of authorities. 

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Justice for Women – At Last

Justice was served today in the Bill Cosby trial.  It is our hope that this major victory means a profound difference for women who are victims of sexual assault.  Despite how she was vilified Andrea Constand subjected herself to a second trial in order to seek justice and we are grateful for the other five women who had the courage to testify.

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Stop Separating Families

Last night I walked a labyrinth with my friend Ana. We were in a dark church hall, lit only by candles. Ana wept as she saw her daughter’s name YESICA written lovingly along a curve of the path. The youth of Lake Street Church, where Ana’s family lives, had created an Easter labyrinth.

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Why Courts Matter

If you think that the only Trump court appointments to worry about are to the Supreme Court…think again! Not to demean the importance of the Supremes by any means, but the Supreme Court hears only about 100 cases each year. The lower federal courts consist of 12 Circuits (Illinois is part of the 7th) with 179 appointed Circuit judicial seats and 686 District judicial seats. All (let me repeat that, ALL) of these judicial seats, when there is a vacancy, are presidential nominations with a hearing and vote in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and then a floor vote by the full Senate. And, like the nine justices of the Supreme Court, these judges also hold lifetime appointments. 

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March For Our Lives Chicago: A Young Activist Perspective

I, along with a hundred thousand other Chicagoans, marched this past Saturday at the March for Our Lives Chicago in Union Park. As a young activist, the march reaffirmed my support of gun reform and the need for more resources on Chicago’s South and West sides to combat gun-violence both in and outside of schools. Additionally, Chicago’s MFOL was led by a group of extremely talented teens from around the city, who did an amazing job of making the event truly intersectional and inclusive. 

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CWTA News

CWTA last met on February 20th to discuss: March For Our Lives (happening 3/24/18), action against gun violence, the origins of Black History Month, voter registration details and other items. CWTA’s next meeting will be held on Monday, March 19th at Bar Louie (Dearborn and Polk) from 6:00-8:00 pm. Click…

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Chicago Women’s Agenda: An end of the year request

http://cantv.org/watch-now/womens-gubernatorial-forum/ December 19, 2017 Dear Sisters, Today I am writing to you as co-convener with Ann Breen-Greco of Chicago Women Take Action, the four year old group that initiated the alliances that produced the Chicago Women’s Agenda and the recent Women’s Gubernatorial Forum.  As our mission statement says “We are…

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