Human Rights


  • Women’s Rights
  • Ban on Muslim immigration from select countries and pending court cases
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Immigration and the Reunification of Families, especially at the Texas-Mexico border
  • Supreme Court nominations

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

ACE Health, Education, and Welfare Team Member Janice Podolski reports on what happened in Virginia and what can be done to further the ERA in Congress. Read more here. 



Don’t believe all the fear mongering of the current administration. Attorney and former prosecutor, Hunter Wiggins, reports here on asylum seekers and children separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border.


Column: How the Word “Whore” Came to Shape a Judicial Race in McHenry County

Judicial candidate shamed for being a single mother. Read more about it here. Posted 12/9/19.

Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City

New tent city built in Tornillo, TX, and children returned there at night. Read the full article here. Posted 11/9/18.

Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court

More children than ever are under custody of the U.S. government. Read the case study of a two-year-old separated from her parent. Posted 11/9/18.

Why Sex is Not Binary

Why the Republicans should not legislate to reduce the category of sex to a binary choice—it’s 2018, not 1940, and science has come a long way. Read the full article herePosted 10/26/18.

‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration

According to this article, “the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.” Read the full article here. Posted 10/22/18.

The Rage of the Incels

Writer Jia Tolentino explores “a subset of straight men calling themselves ‘incels’ (involuntarily celibate) have constructed a violent political ideology around the injustice of young, beautiful women refusing to have sex with them.” What’s really scary is they’re really looking for absolute male supremacy. Click here to read the full New Yorker story. Posted 5/23/18.

First case of federal charges of female genital mutilation in the U.S.

Read about this landmark case and what it could mean for potential American victims here. Posted 8/15/17.

From an NPR broadcast Sunday morning, the history of abortion in the U.S. and how the arguments have been framed   

Click here to listen. Posted 8/6/17.

Last resort: Women from other midwestern states are coming to Illinois for abortions

This is another reason why we need to keep abortion legal in Illinois. Click here to read the article. Posted 7/18/17.

Immigrant ally tool kit

Indivisible is offering an “Immigrant Ally Tool Kit” on its website. Click here for more information. Posted 6/22/17.

Providing sanctuary in Chicago

Read about Chicago’s long-standing history as a sanctuary city here. Posted 6/14/17.

Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and what they lose in a divorce

A woman tells her story of losing her son in a kingdom of men. More details here. Posted 6/11/17.




The Chicago Racism Syllabus, an introduction to understanding Chicago’s history of racism, features articles that explore the city’s past and present problem with racism.

Showing Up for Racial Justice-Chicago is a national network of groups and individuals organizing people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, training, and action, SURJ-Chicago empowers people to participate in a multiracial coalition organizing people to show up for racial justice in solidarity with those most affected.

The Human Rights Campaign advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to be embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Click here for five things you can do right now to help.

“Every Other Hour” is a podcast offered on NPR, WBEZ 91.5 FM. It features insightful stories on  victims of gun violence in Chicago. Click here to listen to their stories.