Racial Justice Blog

Jan 20, 2018

2018 King Day Commemoration and Public Meeting: Elected Officials Commit to Bail Reform, Police Accountability and Progressive Income Tax for Illinois

Category: General
Posted by: lmanske

This past Sunday, the Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ), in partnership with Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Action Now, A Just Harvest, and BlackRoots Alliance, held the 2018 King Day Commemoration and Public Meeting at Trinity United Church of Christ. Over 300 community members, activists and faith leaders convened to honor the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to give voice to critical community concerns, including police accountability, criminal justice reform, economic equity, and education justice.

The event was attended by various elected officials who were called upon to offer their commitment to advancing policies that promote the safety, equity and liberation of Black workers and their families. Members of the Illinois General Assembly, including Senator Daniel Biss and Representatives William Davis, Mary Flowers, Sonya Harper, and Litesa Wallace, pledged to work towards instituting a progressive income taxending cash bail, and implementing an elected school board system for Chicago Public Schools. Aldermen Roderick Sawyer and Jason Ervin voiced their promise to promote police accountability through the establishment of a democratically elected civilian oversight board.

In the coming weeks, WCRJ and allied organizations will be working closely with these elected officials, holding them accountable to their commitments to our communities. We will also be reaching out to other state lawmakers and city council members, calling upon them to answer their constituents' urgent demands for racial and economic justice. More information about how you can join our fight to realize Dr. King's vision of dignity, safety and equality for all Black workers can be found here.


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