Why The Supreme Court Turned a Blind Eye

This week, The Supreme Court compromised its own integrity.  Today the Supreme Court joined the Trump administration to override our most precious safeguards in the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Travel Ban has allowed the Trump administration to discriminate based on religion, violate the establishment clause of the Constitution and ignore intent that lays outside of the document it reviews.

“A complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” 

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Do Not Be Distracted

Even though An executive order has been signed to end separation of families, Chicago Women Take Action will continue to work against any attempt to re-institute such a policy and we will fight for the reunification of families for children who have been separated from their parents. Continue to stay focused and know the issues.

Underlying Context and Substantive, Relevant Facts:

1.Where are Immigration detention centers located?

According to federal government data, Texas (15,852), California (6,527), Arizona (3,869), Georgia (3,717), and Louisiana (3,143) are the top five states with the largest number of people in U.S. immigration detention per day.

In Illinois we have the following Detention Centers :

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Witness Slips 101

You’ve seen the calls to file a witness slip, but what are they, exactly? Witness slips are an effective tool that show the support or opposition to a piece of legislation. When you file a witness slip, your name and your position are officially recorded and considered. How to find…

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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 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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