Ending Cash Bail: A Matter of Equity and Justice

The current bail system in Illinois is broken. Every day thousands of people accused of non-violent offenses are incarcerated and held awaiting trial because they cannot afford bail. This system discriminates against those who are poor but pose no threat to society. Pretrial detention causes people to lose jobs and income, with a cascade of negative effects for them and their dependents. It also leads people to take plea deals that put convictions on their records, where or not they are guilty of the crime, in order to secure release with a sentence of time served while in detention. HB 3421 would establish a risk assessment system to determine whether individuals should be released on their own recognizance, placed under supervision, or detained based on the risk to society or of failing to appear in court, rather than on ability to post bail. Click "Read more" to urge your legislator to co-sponsor HB 3421 ending cash bail in Illinois and allowing pretrial detention only in the most serious cases.

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Prioritizing Environmental Justice: Justice and the Interdependent Web

In December 2016, the Future Energy Jobs Law was passed by the Illinois General Assembly – a victory for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy jobs. However, there is still work to be done in ensuring the enactment of this law. Urge your elected representatives to support the Environmental Justice Resolution (HR0234/SR317) to advocate that the Illinois Solar for All Program is properly funded. The Solar for All Program trains residents across the state, including persons with criminal records and foster care alumni, for jobs in the clean energy economy. "Read more" to urge your legislator to support this energy initiative.

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"Talking our Walk": Framing our actions with our UU values

Join UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) for an Organizing for Justice workshop from 1-5pm on Friday, April 28, at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Kathleen McTigue from the UU College of Social Justice will lead a workshop entitled "Talking Our Walk" on how we frame our action in terms of our UU values. We also plan to have a session on strategies for the year ahead. Click "Read More" for flyer and to sign up.

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The mission of UUANI is to empower UU social action through faith-rooted congregational organizing. Our vision is to transform our yearning for social justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet into an effective state-wide movement.

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