LOCAL CITIZENS RECEIVE CITIZEN INITIATIVE AWARD FROM CAC
FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVISM AND BEING CATALYSTS FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION
ELMHURST – On December 9, 2014 Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) will recognize its 2014 Citizen Initiative Award recipients. CAC created the Citizen Initiative Awards in 1997 to recognize local community activists who are catalysts for democratic participation and have used civic, legal, and community organizing tools to advocate for a self-identified issue of public concern. “Those honored by CAC are dynamic in that they have identified a local issue of public concern and have taken action to organize community initiatives, advocate for greater accountability of public bodies, and make a difference in the communities in which they live. Often times these individuals are criticized by government officials as ‘troublemakers’, ‘agitators’, ‘uninformed’, and more. CAC identifies these individuals as inspirational because they embody what it means to live in a participatory democracy, and their dedication to addressing a community issue is strong, even in the face of adversity,” said Ms. Maryam Judar, CAC’s Executive Director.
The presentation ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 9, 2014 at Cafe Amano, 116 E. Schiller St. in Elmhurst. It is open to the public and free of charge with a $10 suggested donation. Those interested in attending can call CAC at 630-833-4080 or email CAC@CitizenAdvocacyCenter.org to reserve a space.
The 2014 Citizen Initiative Award Recipients are:
• Batavia Rate Payers for Fair Electricity, Batavia (Kane County). Batavia Rate Payers for Fair Electricity (BRPFE) is being recognized for their outstanding efforts to hold the City of Batavia accountable for fiscal concerns related to a Power Sales Agreement with the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency for electricity from the Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC). Residents' questions went unanswered as to what exact information was provided to the city that lead them to believe the Agreement would protect rate payers from volatile energy prices but instead resulted in soaring construction costs, increased debt, and unstable electric wholesale costs. Utilizing FOIA, BRPFE spent countless hours reviewing copious documents that generated many questions including those about the consultant's role in the decision-making process, a last minute change in deadline for final commitment to the project, and the impact of coal quality on the investment. BRPFE organized residents, collected over 1,000 petition signatures, and presented the petition to Batavia City Council calling for an investigation into the city’s power provider and demanding increased transparency around contractual terms. The City of Batavia responded by officially requesting the Attorney General (Consumer Protection Division) to investigate the contract to verify terms and disclosure fair to consumers.
• Joan Metz, Indian Head Park (Cook County). Ms. Metz is being recognized for her outstanding efforts in monitoring the Village of Indian Head Park and thereby bringing greater accountability to Village Board actions. Ms. Metz attends Village Board meetings and wrote a blog that comprehensively reviewed public comments made at the Village Board, the details of which were often omitted from Village Board’s meeting minutes. When the Village Board failed to televise meetings, Ms. Metz videotaped meetings and posted them to her blog and YouTube Channel. At first, the Village Board attempted to implement barriers to Ms. Metz tapings but then the Village began televising meetings itself. Ms. Metz also monitored the Village’s finances and questioned expenditures, such as a policy allowing the Village President to receive a salary for acting as the Liquor Commissioner and a supplemental healthcare policy that allowed for expense reimbursements in excess of $60,000. After Ms. Metz questioned the reasoning and fiscal impact of the benefits and salary, the Board voted to eliminate both after the next election. Ms. Metz’s continues to commendably monitor her local government.
• Park Truth, Plainfield (Will County). Park Truth is being recognized for their outstanding efforts in organizing community members to monitor Plainfield Township Park District by attending public meetings and questioning the stringing of contracts, hiring and contracting nepotism, expenditures that should have required Board approval, and qualifications of the newly hired Executive Director. They also addressed attempts to deter and squash public participation that included board members unabashedly playing tic-tac-toe during public comment, passing a public comment policy that limited First Amendment rights, and the removal of residents by police escort. Park Truth members also utilized FOIA to obtain information. When they disputed the Park District’s response, they turned to the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor’s (PAC) , for which the Park District website described the citizens as “a small group of radicals” who use the PAC review process to “possibly harass the Plainfield Park District Board for its decisions.” Park Truth used the information gathered and published and shared the information with the community so that they were made aware of the actions of the Board. During the time Park Truth engaged in their undeterred advocacy, the Executive Director resigned, offensive comments about the citizens were removed, the Board began investigating expenditures, and more. Park Truth’s continued advocacy and outreach also led to limited but groundbreaking legislation passed by the Illinois State Legislature that increased the Board size by two members to reduce the opportunity for a smaller majority to poorly dictate public policy.
• Gerri Songer, Hawthorn Woods (Lake County). Ms. Songer is being recognized for her tenacity in standing up to her Village Board about her right to seek documents and give public comment. She began attending Village meetings after seeing an increased presence of trains at all hours of the day and questioned what they were carrying. Through public records, she learned the trains were transporting toxic, hazardous, and explosive substances and her research showed that several of trains have met with accident and created hazardous runoff. Ms. Songer tried to address her public safety concerns to her Village Board. During her polite if forceful public comment, the Board had police removed Ms. Songer from the meeting. Ms. Songer was undeterred from attending subsequent meetings, asserting her rights, and continuing to speak out. Ms. Songer is also an educator and her experiences in civic participation have inspired her to teach high school students how to become participants in their democracy. Ms. Songer started the extracurricular “Students4Democracy” at Elk Grove High School, where she teaches. She has integrated into the curriculum how to utilize public participation tools like FOIA and the right to speak at open meetings of public bodies. Many of these students are first generation Americans and have not previously been exposed to democracy participation.
The Citizen Advocacy Center is a 501(c) (3), non-profit, non-partisan, community-based legal organization with a mission to build democracy for the 21st century. Recognition by CAC is not in any way an endorsement of any individual who is or may become a candidate for public office. Founded in 1994, CAC strengthens the citizenry’s capacities, institutions, and resources for self-governance. For more information about CAC or to make a contribution, visit us at www.CitizenAdvocacyCenter.org.
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Read them all -- we saved the best for last!
Reason #20: Because CAC protects your First Amendment rights at the local government level.
Reason #19: Because CAC cares about YOUR voice so you can advocate for YOUR civic issues.
Reason #18: Because CAC works with people across the political spectrum.
Reason #17: Because CAC services are free of charge.
Reason #16: Because CAC provides an open forum for civic engagement.
Reason #15: Because CAC community lawyers work for YOU.
Reason #14: Because CAC hosts a robust summer intern program each year.
Reason #13: Because this is an opportunity for YOU to connect with other community activists.
Reason #12: Because CAC empowers YOU and others to understand the law.
Reason #11: Because 20 years is an achievement for CAC.
Reason #10: Because CAC strengthens the tools and institutions for public participation in Illinois
Reason #9: Because CAC helps community groups organize campaigns using the legal infrastructure for public participation.
Reason #8: Because it’s not a CAC party without YOU.
Reason #7: Because CAC provides free Citizen Guides that translate complex legal issues into language that is easier to understand.
Reason #6: Because CAC provides free lesson plans on issues bearing on democracy.
Reason #5: Because CAC defends individuals’ rights to participate at government meetings.
Reason #4: Because CAC monitors government for anti-democratic practices and abuses.
Reason #3: Because CAC celebrates the Constitution every day.
Reason #2: Because CAC has an inspiring program planned for YOU.
Reason #1: Because we want to see YOU there - - YOU are the “citizen” in Citizen Advocacy Center!
Do Corporations Own US, or Do We Have a Dog in the Fight?
by Mike Chada
On June 3rd, CAC had the pleasure of kicking off its 2014 Summer Speakers Series with CAC founder and first executive director, Theresa Amato. Ms. Amato currently serves as executive director of Citizen Works, an organization devoted to rebalancing the power between corporations and citizens. She is also the Director of its Fair Contracts Project. Ms. Amato brought a very important message concerning consumer law, specifically, adhesion contracts. Here’s a brief recap with some history on the subject:
“The meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one—there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit.” This excerpt from Upton Sinclair’s 1906 book, The Jungle, graphically describes the meatpacking industry’s practices at the turn of the 20th century, which led to a wave of consumer protection laws being passed. At this time, the United States was experiencing unprecedented growth in the manufacturing industry, which spread to all facets of life. Consumer protection was not a widespread issue until after the release of the book.
This newfound consumer awareness led to the first wave of major consumer reforms through the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the interest of providing more information on the products to consumers. As the economy kept growing, the market for new goods and services grew with it. In 1938, after about 100 people died due to poisoning from elixir sulfanilamide, a popular strep throat medicine turned into liquid form, the government recognized and responded to the need for increased safety regulations by passing the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. This was the second wave of consumer laws focused not just on awareness, but more importantly on safety, by including the testing and approval of new products. In 1958, in his book The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith critiqued the economy for its championing the supremacy of commercial values without attention to public values, thus shedding light on corporate marketing tactics on unsuspecting consumers.
In the 1960s and 1970s, consumer legislation saw its heyday. By the 1960s, with the rise of affluence in the middle class, the automobile became an extremely hot commodity. According to the US Census Bureau, the number of registered vehicles doubled from 1950-1970 to a total of 110 million. Ralph Nader, a young lawyer seven years out of Harvard Law School, noticed an increase in fatal car accidents and those ending in serious injury, especially in the Chevrolet Corvair. After some investigation, Nader wrote Unsafe at Any Speed, a book that criticized the poor safety standards of many American cars with a focus on General Motors (GM). His work quickly became recognized around the country, and he was summoned to testify before Congress. The country was riveted to the televised hearing held against the industry giant GM. The prevailing attitude was, “What is good for GM is good for America.” In an effort to discredit Nader and alter his testimony in front of Congress, GM hired a private investigator to tail him. The Washington Post, among other media outlets, exposed GM’s plot, and Nader won a lawsuit against GM for $6 million for harassment. The head of GM had to apologize to Nader in front of Congress for intimidating a witness testifying before it. This began the third wave of new consumer activism, and Nader used the money to set up various consumer-friendly organizations. Meanwhile, Congress passed bills to protect our water, our air, our safety rights in the workplace, and our rights to access government records.
After this event, there was a lull in the fight for consumer rights. For 30 years there were virtually no laws until the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection was passed in 2010, in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created.
Although there was much improvement in consumer advocacy during the first half of the 20th century, there is still much work that has to be done. It is estimated that 70% of the United State’s gross domestic product (GDP), or the sum of all spending in the economy, consists of consumer spending. According to Trading Economics, the United States has a GDP of roughly $15.6 trillion, which comes close to $11 trillion in consumer spending. It is the duty of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to monitor this spending; yet, the FTC has fewer than 1,200 employees and an annual budget of $300 million--not quite $1 per U.S. resident per year. In addition, the Internet age has created a whole virtual world that must also be regulated by the FTC with no additional funding or employees. Overall, there are simply not enough people on the side of the consumer to make it a fair fight.
This brings us to the current issue of adhesion contracts. Have you ever clicked “agree” to terms and conditions to use services or software such as iTunes? If so, did you ever take the time to actually read these contracts? Most likely you did not. These contracts are typically very long and complex, causing many people to simply agree without truly understanding the agreement., which is not surprising since they can number 75,000 words and written at a post-graduate reading level. These are known as adhesion contracts, meaning that they are an agreement by two parties to do a certain thing that are drafted up and heavily favor one party over the other. Particularly troublesome is that most adhesion contracts are standard across entire industries, which leaves consumers with no other choice but to agree.
Even more troubling are the arbitration clauses that are included in many of the contracts, which require that consumers resolve their disputes outside of the courts. The Supreme Court of the United States favors the power of corporations to pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses. This is a major disadvantage for the common consumer who does not understand the implications of waiving their right to sue in court. Arbitration is private and expensive; there is no rule of law or precedent; and the arbiter need not be a lawyer.
While, it seems like this issue is an uphill battle for the common consumer; however, it is not a hopeless fight. One simple tactic to try to battle these contracts is to ask for an explanation of what the contract actually says. This will typically cause frustration for many companies that use these contracts with the intent of increased efficiency. Recently, General Mills decided to change its Legal Terms to include arbitration clauses on its coupons and claimed application to all General Mills products. This revision of the Legal Terms was met with widespread opposition from consumers, causing General Mills to quickly rescind their modifications and return to the original Legal Terms that the consumers supported. This is a perfect example of educated consumers successfully challenging a major corporation without lengthy court trials or large financial loss.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
Tuesday, November 12th at 7 pm.
City of Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S Eagle St
Doors open at 6:45. Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
How does education funding in Illinois affect the quality of education your child receives?
How does it affect all children and the future competitiveness of our state?
Critical education-related topics will be discussed during a lively and informative roundtable discussion featuring these distinguished panelists:
Center in Elmhurst, will moderate.
What follows is the text of a "guest sermon" titled "Transforming Yourself and Your Community: Living and Acting Your Values in the Public Sphere," given by Maryam Judar at the Hinsdale Unitarian Church on Sunday September 29, 2013.
Imagine that you plan on going to a meeting held by a government body, say your municipality. And you get there only to find that the seating for the public has been removed, which appears to be a blatant attempt to discourage your attendance. Or how about you plan on speaking during public comment at a government meeting; but before allowing public comment the officials arranged the meeting agenda so that first they meet in closed session, making you and the others wait for three hours in a hallway without chairs, before they will hear you speak? Or imagine that some public problem or issue in your community has gotten you fired up, or riled up, and you use the process available to you to influence the outcome, which is favorable to you and your neighbors, but then the Illinois legislature passes a bill to change the process to diminish that pathway to participation you so relied upon in achieving your goal, so that no one else may use it to achieve a goal favorable to them and the public at large. You don't have to imagine these scenarios, because these are real Illinois scenarios, emblematic of the barriers to public participation in the government decision making process throughout our fair state.
For those not familiar with the Citizen Advocacy Center, please allow me to set the stage. Citizen Advocacy Center, or CAC for short, or the Center, as we are prone to call it, is a non-profit organization, a non-partisan and grassroots organization, and a legal organization. We employ a model of community lawyering, and all our services are free. We do not accept government or corporate funding in order to provide unbiased advice, analysis, and commentary on public issues. We are funded only by contributions by individuals and from grants by private foundations.
We approach the field of democracy and political participation holistically. That means that the clients who come to us for our community lawyering services educate us about the problems they face in the civic political arena. They directly or indirectly inform what solutions to diminished democracy the Citizen Advocacy Center should pursue and support in our mission, which is to build democracy in the 21st century. We do so through direct client community lawyering services, civic education programs for all ages, monitoring public bodies for openness and accountability, public policy advocacy, and litigation as a last resort.
I had the privilege of going to Egypt during January 2013 on the second anniversary of the onset of the revolution there. The U.S. Department of State sponsored a cultural exchange of professionals: so, organizations in the Chicagoland area such as Citizen Advocacy Center, integrated Egyptian democracy workers and promoters of democracy into our organization's daily work life; and in turn I visited with governmental agencies, non-profits, and religious institutions when in Egypt. I met dozens of professionals working in the field of human rights, whether on behalf of children, mothers, people with disabilities, the incarcerated, or others. Some were journalists, some lawyers, others politicians, and all pursued a model of democracy in their nation.
I was humbled by the Egyptians I met. They have played different roles in bringing about social and political change there. Some led chants in Tahrir Square in January 2011, demanding an accountable government. Others stood up for women who were pregnant out of wedlock, and under the threat of death, they stood up. They and others pursued their passions in the public sphere under fears that are truly difficult for me to fully appreciate because I've lived in the United States nearly all my life, and here in the United States, we live under the protection of our U.S. Constitution.
A constitution that many of us are strangers to, a constitution I'm afraid we take for granted. Which brings me to the theme of this presentation: transforming yourself and your community through your participation in the government policy decision-making process, and the central role this participation plays in the demand of accountability from our elected officials.
How does the constitution bear on our role in the public sphere? Many view the constitution as the framework for our government and elected officials. They forget that it implicitly provides for our civic role as well, especially in the First Amendment, which is arguably the backbone of the document. The First Amendment protects us from governments interfering with our thoughts, or interfering with our words; so that we may believe what we like, freely; and speak out on political matters, freely. It prevents government interference into our actions when we petition that very government to achieve policy goals important to us. It prevents interference from the government when we wish to get together with like-minded people, for lots of different reasons, but importantly including the reasons to organize and communicate in the political arena.
These are precious freedoms, the kind that millions of people in the world, in Egypt and Morocco and elsewhere fight for, fought for, and some died for. I practice these freedoms as a community lawyer at the Citizen Advocacy Center, and I educate others in using these freedoms to pursue their passions in the public sphere.
In contrast to Egypt, living in the United States, we do not expect threats of death when we practice our
First Amendment freedoms. Yet, we do have our share of troubles. Many might begin to contemplate our federal government when thinking about problematic government behavior, but I am speaking about barriers to a more robust democracy in our own backyards, in our neighbors' backyards, our families' and relatives' backyards, our friends' backyards. Throughout our backyards lies a layer cake of political bodies, counties, townships, municipalities, school districts, park districts, forest preserves, and lots others totaling nearly 7,000 government units in Illinois. For reference, that's the most of any other state in the union. And, that's the potential for a lot of government interference into our First Amendment freedoms, as well as government interference into our statutory rights, such as the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Open Meetings Act. And when government interference occurs somewhere in this layer cake of government bodies, the effect is much more tangible, palpable, heck, it might be unbreathable.
What do I mean by unbreathable? A couple of years ago, nearby, an international multi-billion dollar company wanted to move its headquarters down the road from Warrenville to Lisle. The company intended to build a pollution making engine testing facility in the midst of residential communities. People spoke out against the proposal for obvious environmental and health reasons. They used the means available to them through our legal infrastructure for public participation. Others told those who were speaking out that they were wasting their time, that they would never achieve their goal because they were up against an international, multi-million dollar company. They were stymied every step of the way and were even publicly described by an elected official as being “misinformed and paranoid.” Well, if the group was misinformed, it was because of the difficulty it encountered in gathering information. Not-for-private economic development corporations, which perform traditional government functions, are not covered by our Illinois FOIA laws, and hence even so-called cooperation from such entities doesn’t mean anything if they are not accountable to the Illinois Attorney General’s office through the mechanisms of FOIA. We can remedy this through legislative amendments to the law.
Former Executive Director of the CAC Terry Pastika wrote a letter to the editor in 2011 entitled “How to quash citizen involvement,” in which she describes the roller coaster ride the public took in the reception they got from local elected officials, and that ultimately the State of Illinois stepped in and took the public’s concerns seriously. The group continues to monitor the company’s activities and dealings with government bodies to ensure that promises made are kept.
That same letter to the editor sets forth a tongue-in-cheek three step process in how to quash citizen engagement. The first step to weaken democracy, according to the letter, is through removing civic education from the schools, so that the public has little skill, knowledge, and confidence to participate in the democratic process. These civic tools help people keep their governments and elected officials accountable. Illinois has weak government and civic learning standards. Illinois can’t afford to have such weak standards.
The good news is that former attorney general Jim Ryan was appalled by the low level of knowledge of government that his students at Benedictine University demonstrated. Through his work, as well as the work of the Center and interested legislators, Illinois now has convened a Task Force on Civic Education that will hear testimony at public hearing across the state so as to comprehensively recommend best practices and legislative changes in Illinois to improve our civic education standards, such that our youth will get hands-on training on how to solve public problems in their own communities.
I’d like to use an experience the Center recently had to illustrate the direness of the problem of having poor civic education standards. CAC sponsors a speaker for availability at local high schools to speak to students on the anniversary of the signing of our Constitution, each year. In September 2012, CAC brought a young person who fought for one of the precious freedoms in the First Amendment at the level of her school district. Specifically, she wanted her school to abide by the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, as interpreted for 50 years by our United States Supreme Court. Her story illustrated how pursuing a First Amendment freedom is not without peril; and in fact, she suffered death threats and rape threats, not by her government, but by her peers and the public.
During her visit, the public response evidenced an alarming theme—an emphasis that some put on the young women’s belief system (she happened to be atheist), and not on the constitutional principle that her story portrayed and the civic lessons that can be garnered from it. I believe this is a failing of our school system to not educate our youth from a young age about their Constitution and its important principles that help keep a society intact and hopefully living in peace. The controversy evidenced by Elmhurst’s reaction to that young person’s visit should give us pause to remember that the Establishment Clause is a relatively simple Constitutional principle that was forged based on the experiences of those who penned it, who saw with their own eyes people practicing minority religions who were jailed for their beliefs by their government.
By the way, we always emphasize to the students that they may not agree with the speaker, but there is probably something each young person is passionate about and might use every legal means available to fight for, and to think about the risks they are willing to take for it, risks that reveal themselves through the living examples in the Constitution Week series.
The Constitution doesn’t guarantee that our involvement in the government policy decision making process is an easy road. It doesn’t guarantee that demanding accountability from the governments that are meant to serve the public will result in immediate responses. But it gives us our freedoms for improving our communities for the benefit of all, and the state legislature has given us a helping hand through our sunshine laws that support public participation. And the Citizen Advocacy Center is available to lend a hand! So when you go to a meeting and you find the seating for the public has been removed, when you are faced with a three hour wait in a hallway before your elected officials will hear you speak, when cynical legislation is passed to bar your participation in the political process, you will have the knowledge and skills to stand up to prevent government abuse of its power for the benefit of the public interest.
The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area is honoring CAC with a Persons of Impact Award. This award recognizes CAC for encouraging active citizen participation and for working diligently to influence
public policy through education and advocacy to protect the rights of all citizens.
I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the Citizen Advocacy Center. This award belongs to all the people who make up the community we call Citizen Advocacy Center: those who don the hat of active participant or government monitor and seek our assistance, and those who give generously - whether of time,talent, or financial support. Complete details about the event and registration link are below.
About the 2013 Persons of Impact Award
The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area is proud to honor two individuals and one non-profit organization who keep alive the legacy of the LWV for Power, Influence and Change in our communities.
Each award recipient has encouraged active citizen participation in representative government and continues to work diligently to influence public policy through education and advocacy to protect the rights of all citizens.
Date: Thursday Sept 12th
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00 pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st St.
Oak Brook, IL 60532
Individual Reservations by August 30th:
$40 per person
Representatives from the Citizen Advocacy Center, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the Davenport Institute will come together to discuss the current state and potential future of Illinois public participation law. Read all the details here.
BUILDING DEMOCRACY ACROSS OCEANS:
ELMHURST BASED DEMOCRACY ORGANIZATION TRAVELS TO EGYPT
TO ENGAGE IN DEMOCRACY EXCHANGE TWO YEARS AFTER EGYPT’S “ARAB SPRING”
A conversation about democracy movements with Citizen Advocacy Center’s community lawyer, Maryam Judar. Ms. Judar recently participated in a U.S. Department of State Legislative Fellows Program focused on sharing professional expertise and promoting partnerships among non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and developing democracies. Ms. Judar will share pictures and experiences visiting democracy and human rights focused non-profits in Egypt and Morocco and hold a discussion, including on:
· What it was like to be in Egypt on the second anniversary of its “Arab Spring”
· The region’s struggle to build democracy;
· The tensions between politics, religion, and culture;
· Tangible lessons we can harness to make our democracy stronger.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 PM
WHERE: Citizen Advocacy Center, 182 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
The Citizen Advocacy Center is a non-profit, non-partisan community based legal organization dedicated to building democracy for the 21st Century. For nearly 20 years, the Citizen Advocacy Center has focused on strengthening the citizenry’s capacities, knowledge, and institutions for self-governance. For more information about Citizen Advocacy Center programs and resources call 630-833-4080, visit www.citizenadvocacycenter.org or visit us on Facebook.
"PROMOTE THE VOTE"
Date: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Location: 25 E. Pearson, Chicago IL 60611, Room 1103
Timuel Black, ORAL HISTORIAN · Professor Neil Williams, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO · Claudia Henriquez, MALDEF · Maryam Judar, CITIZEN ADVOCACY CENTER · Marissa Liebling, CHICAGO LAWYER’S COMMITTEE · Shubra Ohri, CHICAGO LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE
**LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED**
REGISTER NOW at this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHdkMzRiMVpHdlZLR0x3R25hc2xHU0E6MQ