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DON’T MISS THE PREMIERE OF SILENCED: AN UNLOCK CIVICS DOCUMENTARY

Silenced: An Unlock Civics Documentary is a story of the democracy created in the United States, that silences millions of people who have been or are currently disenfranchised through incarceration.

When people in prison cannot vote, influence policy, or hold elected officials accountable, things like inhumane prison conditions, problematic judges, and “tough-on-crime” policies persist more easily.

This project is the work of young Chicago organizers, creatives, academics, and most importantly, those directly impacted by our harmful systems of incarceration and exclusion.


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Support for SB 0563: The Judicial Quality Act
By Elijah Gelman, an undergraduate intern with Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and a fourth-year History major at Northwestern University with a background in philosophy. …

THE BLOG

Support for SB 0563: The Judicial Quality Act
By Elijah Gelman, an undergraduate intern with Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair …
Prisoners or Pariahs: Why HB 1872 Should Be Passed
By Sidney Davis III The proposed House Bill 1872 (HB1872) seeks to …
Hope
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow I’ve been thinking …
Chicago, It’s Time to Take Advantage of the Political Moment
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow When I took …
Breaking Down Barriers
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow I spent an …
After the Election
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow After weeks of …
Dear Mayor Lightfoot
By Alex Boutros, Organizing Manager Greetings,  My name is Alex Boutros and …
A Message to Chicago City Council on the 2021 Budget
By Alex Boutros, Organizing Manager Greetings,  My name is Alex Boutros and …
On Voting
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow It takes no …
In the Wake of Sunday’s Looting, A Call to Elected Officials from a Chicago Teen
By Caleb Dunson, Chicago Votes Inaugural Brian Sleet Fellow After a night …
OPINION | The erasure of Black women and femmes in media coverage of the BLM movement
By Caleb Dunson See article in the Triibe George Floyd’s death has ignited …
Commentary: After George Floyd’s death, remedy for apathy is equity in civics education
By CALEB DUNSON See the article online: https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-george-floyd-civics-education-equity-20200803-5tkc7zbacfhqjhfrf76ql6uryq-story.html I was 12 years old …
“The Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell”: Reflections Toward Abolition
By: Katrina Phidd I struggle between a place of hopelessness, rage, and …
Transition Memo to Mayor-Elect Lightfoot
To: Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot From: Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes …
“Imagine Smokin Weed in the Streets Without Cops Harrassin”
By: Stevie Valles THE TIME HAS COME TO LEGALIZE CANNABIS IN ILLINOIS …

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Judicial Elections: How do I decide who to vote for?
Give A Sh*t Happy Hour – Chicago Creatives
Give A Sh*t Happy Hour – Fashion Month
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CIVICS TRAININGS

ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE PROCESS | REENTRY | YOUR ORGANIZER TOOLBELT

2021 Public Training Series: Digital Organizing
2021 Public Training Series: Court Watching
2021 Public Training Series: The Legislative Process and Civic Engagement with Marlon Chamberlain

The Civil Rights Movement

Felony Disenfranchisement and Voting in Prison

The LGBTQIA+ Movement

Campaigns 101: Issue vs Candidate Campaigns

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