Friday, June 12, 5PM Stop the Murder, Stop the Torture:
Free Them All – CPAC Now!
Rally at 53rd Street and King Drive, sponsored by the
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Goals: 1) To release all remaining Burge torture victims from prison
2) To support a Chicago City Ordinance to create a
Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)
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CRLN supports the goals of this march, yet we also understand the continuing need to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Wear masks; distance yourself from others. If you do not attend the rally for health reasons, there are still ways you can support this campaign:
1) Read this article by University of Chicago Law Professor Craig Futterman about the history of police reform attempts in Chicago and why CPAC is necessary.
2) Check to see if your alderperson is on record to support CPAC, using this link. If they are, call and send an email to thank them. If they are not, call and send an email to ask them to publicly support the ordinance. The link above also has phone numbers and emails for alderpersons. If you don’t know who your alderperson is, it also will tell you how to find out.
3) Read about the campaign, using this link, to free incarcerated survivors of police torture. Sign a petition to Governor Pritzker to urge him to release all remaining torture victims from prison.
Please email your Representative (find your Representative here) and ask them to sign onto a “Dear Colleague” letter initiated by Representatives Jim McGovern and Mark Pocan. You can go to their website and click on the “Contact” tab and then on “Email me” in the dropdown list.
The letter calls on Secretary of State Pompeo to urge Colombian President Duque to protect Colombia’s human rights defenders; to identify and prosecute those who threaten and murder them; dismantle the paramilitary successor networks behind much of the killing; hold accountable Colombian military intelligence officers who conducted mass surveillance of journalists, human rights defenders, political leaders, judges and military whistleblowers with U.S.-supplied equipment; and fully implement the Peace Accords.
CRLN signed onto a letter to the State Department calling for systemic reform of Colombia’s military intelligence unit in response to the mass surveillance scandal referenced above. Click here for a copy of the letter.
Colombia is the most dangerous country for human rights defenders. At least 107 were killed in 2019. During the first month of Colombia’s coronavirus lockdown alone, 23 social leaders were killed. During this “stay at home” period, perpetrators knew exactly where to find social leaders, increasing the danger that they would be assassinated.
You can direct your Representative to contact Cindy Buhl (Rep. McGovern) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Zelenko (Rep. Pocan) at email@example.com for further information or to sign onto the letter. Ask your Representative to let you know if they sign on.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know that you have sent your message so that we can track our network’s progress on getting signatures for this letter.
Cuba has not failed to demonstrate global solidarity in light of COVID-19 and despite the US’ harmful blockade. Here is a list of resources on the Brigades, Cuba’s healthcare system’s readiness to act, and the measures being taken despite a comparative lack of medical supplies:
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[Image provided by CRLN intern Daisy Hernandez from her visit to Cuba through a Delegation, December 2019]