Update on Chicago Campaign to Expand Sanctuary

April 12th, 2017

Chicago cannot call itself a “Sanctuary City” when police are still shooting and arresting Black and brown people in our streets, and when the arrests and information gathered by the Chicago Police Department leads immigration enforcement agents directly to the homes of our communities and family members.

In late January, Mijente joined Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), and the Chicago Immigration Working Group, in the campaign to call for Chicago policies to reflect real protections for the city’s residents. This is part of the national campaign to expand sanctuary by fighting for policies that create protections for ALL city residents, regardless of immigration status, race, socio-economic background, history of interaction with the criminal justice system.

As part of the first phase of the campaign, our specific policy asks in Chicago are to:

  1. Pass the amendments proposed to the Welcoming City Ordinance, increasing the protections that immigrants have in the city of Chicago, so that there are no exceptions and the ordinance protects all immigrants, increased protections for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence, and prohibit the Chicago police from ever becoming immigration enforcement agents.
  2. Pass a resolution supporting a series of recommendations to reduce the violence and use of force in the Chicago Police Department by amending the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police. The resolution follows the recommendations made by the Department of Justice which found that the CPD “engaged in a pattern or practice of unreasonable force – including deadly force – in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.”

Both have been introduced to the Chicago City Council, and are awaiting a vote out of committee for a full vote. The assessment of Chicago politics is that without internal and external pressure, neither one of these policies will have a possibility move forward. The goal is to be able to get a vote on the amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance by the May City Council meeting, and the FOP contract resolution before the contract is renewed in June of this year.

Join the Campaign

Here are the ways in which you can join the campaign to expand Sanctuary in Chicago.

  1. Sign the petition on Mijente as an individual, and then share with 5 friends. You can also sign the petition on the Color of Change website.
  2. If you live in Chicago, take a look at whether your Alderman is supporting these policies, and organize a group of neighbors to make calls, go to ward nights, or organize meetings and events, to get your Aldemen on board. Here is a guide on how to get started.
  3. If you are part of an organization, please sign on to the Organizational Support Letter for the amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance, here.
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