Tag: civil rights

ACLU responds to Trump’s incorrect attacks on “Stop and Frisk” in Chicago

CHICAGO — Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois, made the following statement after Donald Trump said that the Chicago police should use “stop and frisk” to fight violence in the city. “Today, President Trump attacked the ACLU’s 2015 agreement with the City of Chicago to ensure that police only use “stop and frisk” when…

IDOC denies abuse allegations in transgender inmate’s lawsuit

BELLEVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has denied abuse allegations made in a transgender inmate’s lawsuit on Monday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that IDOC had responded to a lawsuit filed by Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. She sued to be moved to a women’s correctional facility. She has been moved to several men’s prisons…

Women’s March Chicago announces details about expanded March to the Polls

CHICAGO — Women’s March Chicago (WMC) announced last month that its upcoming March to the Polls 10.13.18 will include new features designed to expand the reach and depth of its previous marches. “The stakes are sky-high this November,” said WMC board president Jessica Scheller, during a press conference outside Grant Park, where the march/rally will…

Barriers for transgender voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Timothy R. Bussey, Kenyon College Recently, there have been a number of historic firsts for transgender political candidates. In 2017, State Rep. Danica Roem of Virginia became the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature, and just last month, gubernatorial candidate, Christine Hallquist of Vermont, became the first transgender person to…