Human Rights


  • Undocumented immigrants: ICE and deportations
  • Ban on Muslim immigration from select countries and pending court cases
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Women’s rights in the workplace and elsewhere
  • Supreme Court nominations

An ongoing human rights issue that hasn’t gone away and must remain on our radar.


Our next meeting, featuring an update on Immigration and the reunification of separated families, will be October 21 at 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the 1st Congregational Church-UCC, 25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Stephanie Schweitzer from the Texas Civil Rights Project will discuss the situation at the Texas border, a representative from the Heartland Alliance and National Immigration Justice Center will talk about reuniting children with their parents in Chicago, and local activist Karen Peck will tell us why she stands by Dandelion Fountain on Naperville’s Riverwalk every day between 6 and 7 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Why do we need the Equal Rights Amendment? Click here to read our November Speak Out

For more information on passing the ERA, visit The Equal Rights Amendment: Unfinished Business for the Constitution.

Read ACE’s official position statement on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Illinois ratified the ERA on 5/30/18. Only one more state is needed. 



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.