Endorsement - Police Reform
In January 2021, Indivisible IL9 was one of many groups who stood with the Illinois Black Caucus in their fight to pass HB 163-SFA2, the Criminal Justice/Police Reform bill during the lame duck session. Sen. Elgie Sims, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill, said in his closing speech before voting began: “We are fundamentally changing the way we do criminal justice in this state.” HB 163-SFA2 addresses Pretrial detention, Use of force, Police certification, Body cameras and expands the rights of detainees.
Indivisible IL9 was one of over a hundred groups that lobbied their legislators to pass the Pretrial Fairness Act as a part of the Criminal Justice Reform Omnibus. The Pretrial Fairness Act (PFA) sponsored by Senator Robert Peters and Representative Justin Slaughter reforms the pretrial justice system and ends the use of money bonds. It focuses the court on protecting public safety and ensuring people will return to court. The PFA makes our system fairer by ensuring county resources are used only to detain people who pose a risk to public safety. It alleviates the financial burden money bonds place on innocent families, ensures that access to wealth, or lack thereof, is not the reason people are detained in or released from jail, and assures that poverty is not a driver of incarceration.
Endorsement - End Machine Politics in Illinois
In January 2021, Indivisible IL9 called attention to the revolving door of "resign and appoint" practice on the northside after the sudden resignation of Sen. Heather Steans just days after she was sworn into office. Citing a lack of fairly elected officials since 1977, Indivisible IL9 successfully organized a public awareness campaign to lobby committeepeople to take a democracy pledge. We demanded committeepeople:
1) acknowledge the appointment process should be reserved for special and extenuating circumstances;
2) recognize the remarkable history of appointments and midterm resignations in our neighborhoods in particular;
3) recognize that party appointments keep BIPOC and independent voices out of politics, an unstated but universal goal of machine politics;
4) commit to breaking the toxic cycle and appoint an interim placeholder State Senator who promises not to run for re-election in 2022.
Endorsement - Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)
Chicago has too long a history of police brutality and a lack of police accountability. After the murder of Laquan McDonald in 2014 by a white police officer and a subsequent investigation of the culture of police voilence by the Department of Justice, Chicago was put under a Federal consent decree. The consent decree is a court-enforced mandate governing reforms of the Chicago Police Department.
Grassroots working in coalition led by CAARPR advocated for community voices to be represented in the process to reform CPD. The proposed Civilian Police Accountability Council ordinance (CPAC) required a democratically elected council that would have the power, among others, to hire and fire the police superintendent. See resources on CPAC here. Indivisible IL9 worked alongside community organizations such as 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice to advocate for CPAC in 2020. Watch the IL9 roundtable with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman here.
Candidate Endorsements - 2018 - 2019 - 2020 Elections
Candidates in 2020: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Marie Newman, Kim Foxx, Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten
Candidate in Jan 2019: Lori Lightfoot
Candidates in 2018: JB Pritzker, Julianna Stratton, Kwame Raoul, Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten