WHAT ARE TODAY’S MOST SIGNIFICANT
CIVIL RIGHTS CHALLENGES?

How equitable is access to Civil Justice in
Illinois, and how is that related to civil rights?

Do the results of Illinois’ criminal justice
system create a civil rights issue?

How do we make fair housing and fair work
environments attainable for all Illinoisans?

Civil Rights

We still have a long way to go in the struggle for civil rights. What are today’s most significant civil rights concerns, and how can Illinois address them?

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Merita BushiErika adds that judge elections aren't emphasized as much #corruptionsolutions #gotv

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Merita BushiNatalie talked about funding for #neighborhoodschools instead of opening more selective schools and shutting neighborhood schools down

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Merita BushiCameron thinks #policebrutality and #profiling can be solved by having someone to talk to with the same amount of power as he police that has trust in the community

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Zachary F.#raceincrime Victoria says that the police can open up a trauma centre(s) on the south side so that POC have an equal chance of recovering after being victims of violent crime.

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Anna NathansonSebastino says schools should require students to take a class on diversity #racialdiscrimination

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Merita BushiErica says a #femalepresident would help with corruption because they have #compassion #empathy

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Merita BushiCortes says #moreguidelines for judges will help with corruption

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Merita BushiCortes thinks there should be judge #termlimits or #citywideefforts

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Merita BushiDiamond adds that #agelimits on judges would help them relate to youth and promote fairness with #trainings

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Merita BushiAdan thinks a #minimumwage for schools would help with the disparities in school findings and help youth who need resources reach them

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Merita BushiKorynna talked about a #pointsystem to track schools who are more in need to provide #schoolfunding

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Merita BushiAlso police should be #harsherpunishments equivalent to others that would be charged for the same crime

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Zachary F.#racialdiscrimination #raceincrime

2 years, 11 months ago
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Anna NathansonWe're discussing #racialdiscrimination #violencepolicyinschool

2 years, 11 months ago
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Zachary F.#racialdiscrimination #raceincrime

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Sara RennSao says that children born and raised in segregated communities aren't exposed to different cultures. #racism #gentrification

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Sara RennJessica says that there are unequal opportunities for different races. #racism #gentrification

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Sara RennSao says we need to make schools more diverse- look at opportunities, what can each school afford and offer thier students and encourage students and staff to be open minded. #racism #gentrification

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Anna Nathanson#violencepolicyinschool Sebastino says: when there's an altercation, school officials should isolate the situation; don't assume people are guilty because they have a history of discipline problems.

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Katie Page#Education #RacialEducation - Group2
- Jessica, Joseph, Emony, Gloria, Sophie

2 years, 11 months ago
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Zachary F.#racialdiscrimination Government can make healthy food more affordable.

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Sara RennSao wants more funding for schools in low income neighborhoods. He wants schools to embrace all history! Students should be able to learn who the are aside from 'American History'. #racism

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Zachary F.#racialdiscrimination Inform the population about how to eat healthy; make fast food nutritional data more transparent.

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Zachary F.#raceincrime Legislation that negatively affects one segment of the population or race more than another can be eliminated.

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Zachary F.#raceincrime Stinter says that the 'good neighbourhood'/'bad neighbourhood' dichotomy is perpetuated by people who continue to believe it and let it affect their actions.

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Anna Nathanson#violencepolicyinschool Murali says schools should handle altercations at school like the judicial system (to protect students' rights)

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Katie Page#PolicySolution #Education "Every student should have an Individualized Education Program, not just the Special Ed. students, because not everyone learns at the same pace." -Emony

Having a standard for competency for student learning. Making sure students understand the information rather than just guessing through

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Sara RennNathan added that if the government is going to expand the downtown area and push people out, they need to provide other affordable housing options for those displaced. #gentrification #lackofaffordablehousing

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Zachary F.#raceincrime Ty and Mya say that cops ought be more involved in coming to schools and community events so as to earn the trust of the people who live their, less fearful of them.

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Anna NathansonThe group says on #violencepolicyinschool that disciplinary problems should be arbitrated by a jury which includes some school-aged members.

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Anna NathansonDamien says there should be PSAs and billboards against #racialdiscrimination

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Sara RennLynn suggested that communities put their investments in places besides the downtown area. Help other communities develop. Sao added to spread the businesses around the city.

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Zachary F.#raceincrime Victoria says that favouritism is behind the often racist actions of police in schools. says that there are race politics in play that keep 'white' neighbourhoods segregated; Mya says she was made unwelcome living on one of them as a POC because of her neighbours' actions.

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Zachary F.#racialdiscrimination Discipline policy should be the same for all drugs (e.g. crack cocaïne having longer sentences, b/c used more by POC)

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Katie Page#PolicySolution #Education call upon youth for their input because it affects young people and our society as the young people grow older to become older generations - Joseph

2 years, 11 months ago
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edyta obrzut#Group 1, #caucus, July 16th topics under #CivilRights:
#segregation
#agediscrimination

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Katie Page#Education #PolicySolution
Creating safe environments for students to speak up and have a voice in their school system so that they aren't afraid of being disciplined or punished for speaking out against injustice from authority figures. - Joseph

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edyta obrzutGroup 1, caucus ,July 16th top 2 issues under #CivilRights:
#segregation
#agediscrimination

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Katie Page#PolicySolution #Education Having an equally competent curriculum in maths/sciences as the arts/humanities for each school. Not solely focusing on one more than the other. - Sophie

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edyta obrzutErick thinks that the issue of #segregation affects everyone. His solution to it is to #teardown bad looking #housing and invest in the new one

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edyta obrzutTanvi thinks that solution to a #segregation could be building more affordable housing

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edyta obrzutIsle thinks that locating #lowincomehousing into the wealthier neighborhoods will be a great solution to the problem of #segragation

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edyta obrzutBrittany thinks that youth should be able to start professional #work at the age of 14 in order to obtain necessary #experience (no worker’s permit).

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edyta obrzutErick thinks that #youngpeople should have a voice!

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edyta obrzutTanvi thinks that #youngworkers should feel secure in their place of employment by being treated in respectful and professional manner.
Establishment of code of conduct is the way to solve this problem of #agediscrimination

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edyta obrzutTanvi thinks that estabilishment of #YouthCouncils will give them a voice!! No #agediscrimination!!

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edyta obrzutIsle thinks that there should be a place (#institution or #organization) for #youngworkes to report disrespectful and inappropriate behavior of their employers.
#agediscrimination

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edyta obrzutGroup One #JudicalReform
#Voting: people should have a greater knowledge of whom they are voting for
#TrialProcess: trials are taking too long, are costly and people are waiting too long in jail for their trial

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edyta obrzutGroup One #JudicalReform
#Voting: people should have a greater knowledge of whom they are voting for
#TrialProcess: trials are taking too long, are costly and people are waiting too long in jail for their trial

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edyta obrzutGroup One #JudicalReform
#Voting: people should have a greater knowledge of whom they are voting for
#TrialProcess: trials are taking too long, are costly and people are waiting too long in jail for their trial

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edyta obrzutVictoria thinks that #people don’t care about the #politics anymore. We need to educate them about the benefits of voting!

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edyta obrzutJoseph thinks that politicians should encourage #voters thorough the #publicmeetings to #vote

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edyta obrzutDamian thinks that people should now what policy ideas are standing behind the officials they are voting for

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edyta obrzutRichard thinks that #media should be #truthful and provide only #accurate and #objective information to the #voters!

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edyta obrzutMurali thinks that quotas for the #police should be dropped. He thinks that this is the way in which we will be able to reduce the amount of arrests based on the #racialbackground.
#TrialProcess

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edyta obrzutMurali thinks that #police should not abuse their #authority. Stop to the #racialprofiling!

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Marites VelasquezAsher - Decriminalize all drug usage instead of imprisoning more people

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Marites VelasquezNick and PJ: For profit prisons creates a demand for prisoners, lobbyists for these for profit prisons are a huge reason why it's hard to decriminalize drug use - also lots of corruption - we should de-incentivize imprisonment.

2 years, 11 months ago
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Jayme MAndy thinks that a big problem is that people don't know their civil rights. They are not being taught in schools. There needs to be better provision of civil rights education because people of color and low-income people suffer the most from not knowing civil rights.

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Jayme MDan thinks that civil rights should be taught at the middle school level.

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Marites VelasquezPJ- reevaluate how social infrastructure programs work and how much money we spend on them compared to other things #incomeinequality

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Marites VelasquezPJ- fund schools based on enrollment #CPS

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Marites VelasquezPapa John- lift income cap on social security #incomeinequality

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Marites VelasquezPJ- address language barriers, add more ESL #incomeinequality #CPS

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Jayme MAbby thinks that the fact presented in the video that most of the prison population is comprised of people of color is a problem.

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Jayme MAsher thinks that first-time offenders, depending on the offense, should NOT be imprisoned.

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Jayme MAsher suggests that a multicultural education could be a solution to the lack of understanding of people of minority cultures.

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Jayme MDan agrees that a multicultural education could be one solution to improving civil rights.

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Jayme MAbby thinks that interpretation services should be provided in courts.

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Jayme MAndy agrees that interpreters should be provided in courts. She also thinks that there should be some sort of incentive provided for interpreters to be honest.

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Jayme MAndy thinks courts need to be more accessible to the average person so that if they do not have representation, they can understand what is happening without knowledge of the jargon.

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Marites VelasquezJonathan: Overturn Citizens United #incomeinequality

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Anna Nathanson#ACYJ #Employment Shawn thinks more money should be spent on jobs programs and less on jails.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucus#Education #Health IL should mandate training around mental health for school teachers and administrators. They should be taught when to refer children to mental health professionals by notifying their guardians.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusGuns trafficked from out of stage need to be tied back to the purchaser. Serial numbers of guns used in violent crimes need to be traced back to purchasers and pressure needs to be applied to actually convicting these purchasers.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should decriminalize marijuana and lessen sentences for people incarcerated under previous policies.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should restrict the amount of time law enforcement officers can spend on non-violent crimes.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should prevent the use of private data miners for background checks (because they find crimes even after records have been expunged).

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusThere should be harsher penalties for committing a felony as a gun owner.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Happy Hour caucusIL should make it illegal for suburban Cook county to discriminate against Section 8 vouchers. Also, it should change zoning laws to allow construction of apartments in single family home districts.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere is a problem of people not knowing all of their rights, and this is abused by some police officers and corrupted officials.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusPeople have a right to representation in court.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere is court discrimination

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusArresting people for small crimes is a problem.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere should be a transparent government where citizens can see the budget

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere should be more voting that is focused on issues at a smaller scale

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusPolice should patrol areas such as the west and south sides of Chicago instead of downtown Chicago

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusVote for cops

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusInform immigrants that their local counsel has lawyers that can help them

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusIncrease youth knowledge regarding their rights

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere should be more translators in courts (similarly to the UN model, where they use headphones and technology). Also increase the types of languages that are accounted for.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere are not enough decent free lawyers

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusRemove "criminal record" section from job applications

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThe government should incriminate police that harm citizens.

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusThere should be a law that does not allow cops to draw guns unless it is for self defense

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusProvide money back for those who were put in jail but found not guilty

2 years, 10 months ago
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Free Spirit Media CaucusTeach different methods of approaching situations for the police

2 years, 10 months ago
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