Human Rights

THE ISSUES

  • Women’s Rights
  • Racial Justice
  • 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 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.

Join and/or donate to Black Lives Matter.

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

Read about the beginnings of slavery in the United States through the 1619 Project, an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

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

Read Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist.

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.

 


 

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.


RESOURCES

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. 


ARTICLES

Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration’s Attempt to End DACA

This decision allows the 650,000 young people, called the Dreamers, to stay in the United States under the Obama-era program DACA. Read the full article here. Posted 6/18/20.

Supreme Court says Federal Law Protects LGBTQ Workers from Discrimination

“The landmark ruling will extend protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation.” Read more here. Posted 6/18/20.

What the George Floyd Protests Have Achieved in Just Two Weeks

The Guardian reports on what the protests for the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin have achieved thus far. Read the article here. Posted 6/18/20.

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.

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.

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.

Providing Sanctuary in Chicago

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