ACE Holds Panel on Illinois Criminal Justice and Police Reform Bill

There’s been a lot of talk on both sides about Illinois H.B. 3653, which Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law on February 22, 2021. Some say it’s good for the state and increases accountability and transparency in law enforcement, while others think it will lead unsafe streets. The reality lies somewhere in between. ACE hosted a panel discussion with a state representative, members of law enforcement, and community activists to talk about this bill on 3/21/21 on Zoom. Anne Stava-Murray (IL-81), Regina Brent and Paul Scott from Unity Partnership, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, and Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall were panelists.

ACE Founder Talks with State Senator Ellman on H.B. 3653

ACE Founder Beverly George hosted a Facebook Live conversation with Illinois State Senator Laura Ellman (D-21) about Illinois H.B. 3653, the criminal justice and law enforcement legislation, on 2/4/21.


What’s the Current Status of the Equal Rights Amendment?

The U.S. House has a joint resolution that would “remove a deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” according to CNN. Read more about this crucial step in the fight for equal rights for women here.


What Can We Do to Be Allies?

Read ACE Leader Beverly George’s Speak Out, Where Do We Go From Here?, for action items, including advocating for Vote by Mail to decrease voter suppression, encouraging criminal justice system reform, and filling out your Census 2020 so communities get the funds they deserve.

Tell Congress to protect black-owned businesses at the Color of Change.org.

Learn about The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Learn about filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s LEAP Project and watch her criminal justice documentary, “13th.”

Read Jennifer Eberhardt’s Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.

Read Stacey Abram’s blueprint to end voter suppression, Our Time is Now.


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