Human Rights

THE ISSUES

  • 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

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.


Join ACE as we lobby with ERA Illinois and NOW in Springfield on 4/12/18. Click here for more details.

Why do we need an Equal Rights Amendment? Read our November Speak Out. The U.S. only needs 2 more states to ratify the ERA for it to be added to the Constitution. Let’s make Illinois one of them! Contact your Illinois state representative and urge them to support SJRCA0004, the Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment on Equal Rights Amendment before April 10. Click here to find your legislator’s phone number. Call. Email. Text RESIST to 50409 for Resistbot to send a FAX. Even write an old-fashioned letter. They are not in session right now, so call their district offices.


ARTICLES

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.

 

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.