CNOW Action Team Event: Letter Writing for Bresha Meadows

Come join Chicago NOW in supporting Bresha Meadows at our letter writing event on June 28th! Bresha Meadows was just 14 years old when she was incarcerated for defending herself and her family against the violence of her abusive father. During her time in an Ohio juvenile detention center, Bresha has been separated from her family, put on suicide watch, and left without proper access to emotional and psychological support. According to a plea deal submitted this past May, Bresha (now 15 years old) will be moved to a treatment facility at the end of July at her family’s cost. Her case has garnered support from thousands of people from around the world and yet the fight for her freedom persists. Join Chicago NOW in writing letters of support and love to Bresha as well as bring awareness to state criminalization of domestic violence victims and their families.

When: Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Argo Tea at 16 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Pass along this fact sheet on domestic violence and the criminalization of girls. We hope to see you on June 28th!

Action Alert: ERA in Illinois

Last month, Nevada became the first state in 40 years to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Illinois has the potential to become the next, bringing us closer to a national ERA. A hearing on the Illinois Equal Rights Amendment is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 25th, and your senators need to hear from you. Contact them and fill out a witness slip in support. Visit the ERA Illinois Facebook for more information.

Action Alert: HB 40 Passes the Illinois Senate!

House Bill 40, which safeguards abortion rights in Illinois, has passed the Illinois Senate with 33 votes. This is a great and important step for ensuring that reproductive choice and access are protected in our state.

HB40 will head to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner, who has previously threatened to veto this bill. This is a flip-flop on reproductive rights for Governor Rauner, who ran on being a “pro-choice Republican” and has donated thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood.

If we want to see this pass, we need everyone on deck. Please call Governor Rauner today at 217-782-0244 (Springfield) or 312-814-2121 (Chicago) and demand he stick by his word as a “pro-choice Republican” and sign HB40 into law. Together, we can ensure Illinois won’t go back.

 

CNOW Legislative Update for March

Below is a quick update on legislation moving on the city, state and national levels.

Chicago: Late last month, Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) announced his plans to advocate for adding abortion and contraception use to the City of Chicago’s non-discrimination policy, similar to a resolution passed in St. Louis earlier this year. We will be watching for the City Council’s movement on this issue and hope you will join in and encourage your aldermen to support it!

Illinois: HB 40, which would protect safe, legal abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, has passed committee last month and is on second reading in the Illinois General Assembly. Please call your State Representatives and urge them to vote “YES” on this important bill for healthcare access in our state! Look up your rep here.

National: Debate has begun on the House Floor relating to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and its proposed replacement with a plan that harms low-income Americans and seeks to defund essential healthcare resources like Planned Parenthood. Call your members of Congress and demand that they reject this plan and any ACA replacement plan that does not undergo a thorough review from the Congressional Budget Office. Helpful scripts and contact information can be found here.