2021 Public Training Series

A Civics Education Crafted for Chicago Organizers

The Chicago Votes bi-weekly training series includes community trainings meant to educate young organizers on vital elements of our legislative process, building your organizer toolbelt, and reentry for formerly incarcerated people.

If you would like ASL interpretation services, please email alex@chicagovotes.com the trainings you plan to attend.

Upcoming Trainings

The Illinois Legislative Process and Civic Engagement

March 12th, 3-4:30pm

Featuring Marlon Chamberlain, this training will take participants through the Illinois legislative process and civic engagement through legislative advocacy.

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Court Watching 101

March 26th, 3-4:30pm

Facilitated by Brian X, Chicago Votes’ cultural organizing manager, the Court Watching 101 training provides participants with the tools and resources they need to virtually observe Cook County court and collect data.

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Felony Disenfranchisement and the Path Forward-Voting in Prison

April 2nd, 3-4:30pm

Featuring Renaldo Hudson, this training will highlight the history and implications of felony disenfranchisement in Illinois. Participants will also walk away with an understanding of the path to restore the right to vote to people currently in Illinois prisons.

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Digital Organizing

April 23rd, 3-4:30pm

The Digital Organizing training, facilitated by Katrina Phidd, is meant to break down the many aspects of digital organizing and distinguish it from simply posting on social media. This training outlines different types of organizing, the arc of digital organizing, and the role of social media.

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Storytelling in Practice

June 4th, 3-4:30pm

Pablo Mendoza, from Parole Illinois, will teach participants about the storytelling process and the ways storytelling is used to uplift Senate Bill 2333, Earned Discretionary Reentry.

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The Landscape of Criminal Justice Legislation in Illinois

June 18th, 3-4:30pm

There sheer amount of legislation aimed at addressing the criminal justice system can be overwhelming, let alone understanding the nuances of each bill and its advocates and opposition. To make the task a little easier, Illinois State Senator Robert Peters will be explaining some of the politics surrounding criminal justice legislation.

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