Upcoming PIC-Related Events in Chicago – July-August (Updated)

by Molly Crabapple

by Molly Crabapple

July 18-September 21No Selves To Defend Exhibition at Art in These Times, 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 USA. Details are HERE.

July 23, 6-9 p.m. at 914 N. California – Black and Pink Chicago – Orientation and Info-Session for New Volunteers. Facebook event page is here.

Interested in Black & Pink? Want to find out how to get more involved?

Join Black and Pink for a workshop on the prison industrial complex and how LGBTQ people are impacted, followed by an info-session on Black and Pink: Chicago’s current projects and how to get involved. We’re hoping to have lots of new volunteers join our work! This is a great event for anyone new to thinking about these issues, or who’s been wondering how to plug in.

At this event, you’ll have a chance to speak with current Black & Pink: Chicago organizers about our different working groups and projects (such as becoming a pen pal, reading and responding to mail from inside members, supporting free-world pen pals, and political education).

July 23, 6 to 8 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street.
Policing Black Youth: A Teach-In on Chicago’s “Grass Gap”. Facebook event page is here.

The Black Youth Project 100′s Chicago Chapters hosts a teach-in about the racialized system of policing and criminalization in Chicago. The “grass gap” is a term that refers to the racially discriminate system of policing marijuana use. Numerous studies have shown us that people of all races and in all kinds of communities use marijuana at about the same rate. However, Black people and communities bear the brunt of policing and incarceration due to possession of marijuana. In Chicago, the ratio of Black to white marijuana arrests is 15 to 1. Join us to learn more about this particular aspect of a system of mass criminalization and imprisonment, about BYP100’s national campaign to end the criminalization of Black youth, and about our local organizing here in Chicago.

This event is in partnership with the Porch Project of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and is free & open to the public.

July 24, 6 to 7:30 pmCommunity Prayer Vigil for those in Prison or Detention Centers

On Thursday Join folks for a Community Prayer Vigil for those in Prison or Detention Centers
Where: Lot between Bridgeport Homes and Police Station
When: Thursday, July 24, 6pm – 7:30
Why: Bring the community together around an issue that often causes shame. Fight the shame with blessing and prayer Give Hope. Put hope into action. Mobilize the community to fight against mass incarceration – through organizing and direct action.
How: Bring names and photos of loved ones imprisoned or detained. Bring candles or use one of ours. Wear white. Invite friends. Listen, speak, sing, and pray.

If you are interested in helping plan, call Pastor Tom at First Trinity – 312.842.7390. Or email pastor@firsttrinitychicago.com.

July 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 2700 W. Wilcox Street, Chicago – Reclaim Campaign Public Meeting with Chief Judge Evans -
Public meeting at which Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans will commit to the goals of the Reclaim Campaign to prevent violence by reducing the population of the Cook County Jail through increased restorative justice and mental health diversions.

Register to attend this meeting here.

July 25, 5:30 p.m.: Sticks and Stones and Stories – Storytelling for Self and Survival. Storytelling to fight back. Storytelling in Solidarity
The more we are injured by oppressive institutions and trauma in our lives, the more we are identified by the stories told about us, and not the stories we share about ourselves. This event is about sharing personal experiences of forcible displacement. That can happen through incarceration, deportation, detention, eviction, or other systems that exist to confine us to a single identity: criminal, unfit, illegal, homeless, invisible. We can fight that violence against us. We can share something about our lives and how we see ourselves, and find love and support in the process. That solidarity makes us infinitely more powerful, unstoppable, and ready to fight back! Join us.

What: Story Sharing Event plus Dinner
Where: 114 N Aberdeen, Chicago
When: Friday, July 25, 5:30 pm

This event is co-organized by Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander, Black on Both Sides, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration. Contact Holly for more info: 630-258-8552, holly.krig@gmail.com

July 25 – 6 to 8 pmThe War on Drugs: The impact on Austin past, present and future, 5820 West Chicago Ave.Facebook page is here.

Join your neighbors on Friday, July 25th from 6pm-8pm for a community discussion and talk back on the impact of the drug war in Austin. This event is hosted by the Westside Writing Project and the Social Justice News Nexus, a journalism project at Medill at Northwestern University. Both have been documenting how drugs and the war on drugs have impacted Austin.

We will explore the history of the so-called “drug war” in Austin, youth perspectives on drugs, and how the community is responding. Come with your opinions and your voices. This event is also the premiere of a mini documentary exploring two blocks near the Laramie El stop filmed by SJNN fellow Ahmed Hamad. Refreshments will be served.

July 26, 2 p.m. at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637, Theater East: A Community Gathering and Rally in Support of Marissa in solidarity with Stand Our Ground Week of Action. We invite all community members to join us in song, performance, poetry and more. This is a family-friendly event. Facebook event page Here.

July 27, 2 p.m. at Hull House Museum Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Screening and Discussion of 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story. Followed by a visit to an exhibition of art by incarcerated youth.

Join us on Sunday July 27th at 2 p.m. as we screen the new documentary “15 to Life” (http://15tolifethefilm.com/) at the Hull House Museum (800 S. Halsted St).

15 to Life follows Kenneth Young, a man in his twenties who received four consecutive life sentences after being convicted of armed robbery at the age of 15. The film follows the Supreme Court trial that could free him from his sentence, or sentence him to a life in prison.

For over a decade Kenneth believed he would die behind bars, until in 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled life without parole sentences for children who haven’t killed unconstitutional. In Tampa, Florida we follow Kenneth Young’s legal battle for release. Recruited by his mother’s crack dealer to rob hotels, Kenneth needs to prove that he is rehabilitated and that the judge who sentenced him to life was wrong to throw away the key.

The screening will be followed by audience discussion at the Chicago Art Department in Pilsen where we will view The Artists Will…Not Be Present — Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy Program’s annual exhibition of student writing and art which is on display.

The event is free but RSVP is required at projectnia@hotmail.com.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. It is organized by Project NIA and co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and Free Write Jail Arts Program.

All details are in this flier.

July 30, 6 p.m. at United Church of Rogers Park
1545 W. Morse Avenue, Circles & Ciphers Community Peace Circle – Join Circles and Ciphers for a bi-weekly community peace circles and in our efforts to make Rogers Park a Restorative Neighborhood.

August 2, Noon to 5 p.m. at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Congress Lounge (2nd floor). “We Charge Genocide:” Youth Hearing About Police Violence.

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August 4, 6 to 8 pm at Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street. Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors: A Teach-In – see Facebook page here.

Honor and demand justice for survivors tortured at the hand of former Commander Jon Burge and his “midnight crew.”

Come to this teach-in to learn more about the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors and how to effectively lobby the Chicago City Council for its passage.

The Reparations Ordinance would provide financial compensation, psychological counseling, vocational training, a formal apology and more for torture survivors and their families.

Read the ordinance here.

This teach-in is sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and Amnesty International.

August 22, 7 p.m. at Wilson Abbey, 935 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640. “Torture Behind Bars: What Can We Do?”
Alan Mills, veteran attorney and an expert in the field of prisoner rights, is the featured speaker. Torture Behind Bars will inform, equip, and mobilize churches and social activists to bring systemic change as well as reach out to individual prisoners. Bring your questions! Admission is FREE. All are invited. Facebook event page is here.

New Exhibition Opening 7/18 – No Selves To Defend: Criminalizing Women of Color

NO SELVES TO DEFEND: CRIMINALIZING WOMEN OF COLOR – July 18 and September 21, 2014 – at Art In These Times

In the words of writer Mychal Denzel Smith, “Marissa Alexander was just trying to save her life” when she was assaulted and threatened (again) by her estranged husband. When she retrieved a gun and fired a warning shot in self-defense, she could not have imagined being convicted and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. Yet we know from history that too often women who protect themselves from unrelenting violence are criminalized.

‘No Selves to Defend’ features the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition examines the contested meanings and historical and contemporary understandings of self-defense. It seeks to locate Marissa Alexander’s story within a broader historical context and legacy. The exhibition also addresses the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom. Finally, it considers how we can support current survivors of violence who have been criminalized for self-defense.

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The exhibition includes original art by Micah Bazant, Molly Crabapple, Billy Dee, Bianca Diaz, Rachel Galindo, Lex Non Scripta, Caitlin Seidler, and Ariel Springfield. You can find a preview of the art HERE. It also includes ephemera and artifacts from Mariame Kaba’s collection.

The exhibition is organized by Project NIA, Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women and the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander. It is co-curated by Rachel Caidor and Mariame Kaba.

The exhibition is made possible by generous individual donors who contributed to a summer fundraiser. The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network is co-sponsor of the Opening Reception.

‘No Selves To Defend’ will be accompanied by discussions and other events. Everyone is invited to participate.

Visit Art in These Times – Art ITT is located on the 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

The exhibition is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 10 to 5 p.m.

Group tours will be available on select Saturdays. Please contact projectnia@hotmail.com to schedule a group tour.

Please join us on Friday July 18th from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Opening Reception for No Selves to Defend. RSVP via Facebook Page

A Review of Our Spring Legislative Session 2014…

During this legislative session, we at Project NIA, supported some bills that passed while others stalled in the legislature. We also actively opposed one particular bill that stalled in the Senate. Below is a recap.

BILLS WE SUPPORTED THAT PASSED

As a member of the Campaign for Common Sense Discipline led by VOYCE, we supported SB2793 which passed both houses and awaits the Governor’s signature.

SB2793 requires:

1. The public reporting of data on the issuance of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and removals to alternative settings in lieu of another disciplinary action for all publicly-funded schools in Illinois. The collected data would be disaggregated by race and ethnicity, gender, age, grade level, limited English proficiency, incident type, and discipline duration.

2. Illinois School Districts that are identified in the top 20% in the use of suspensions, expulsions or racial disproportionality would have to submit an improvement plan identifying the strategies the school district will implement to reduce the use of exclusionary disciplinary practices, racial disproportionality, or both.

After several years of co-leading Coalition for Juvenile Expungement Reform and leading the Unmarked Campaign, with the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, SB0978 passed both houses of the IL General Assembly. We supported an earlier, more robust version of the bill and organized to collect hundreds of witness slips as the bill moved through the legislature. The final bill is a more modest step but it is a step in the right direction.

If the Governor signs SB0978 into law, it would erase some arrest records for children who weren’t charged or convicted of an alleged crime. These are mere arrests. SB0978 requires the Illinois State Police to delete its arrest records for these minors. The bill excludes alleged sex-related offenses, higher-level felony arrests and those occurring within the previous six months.

The Governor signed SB978 on Saturday. It is now law and here’s what the new law allows:

“Expungement would be limited to most but not all misdemeanors and low-level felonies committed after Jan. 1, 2015; records would only be expunged if the juvenile has not been charged formally with the crime; and this kind of expungement would only apply to those juveniles who have not been arrested for any other reason in a six-month period following the initial arrest. Arrests classified as Class 2 felonies or higher and all sex offense arrests (including misdemeanors) would not be eligible for this kind of “automatic” expungement.”

Here’s attorney Carolyn Frazier explaining SB978 on Politics Tonight here.

BILLS WE SUPPORTED THAT STALLED

We also advocated for SB2760 this session. The bill stalled in the Senate.

SB2760:

Amends the School Code. Provides that (i) prior to being asked any question or being requested to make any statement while in the presence of a police officer, a student must be informed of the right not to answer any question or to make any statement in the presence of a police officer; (ii) prior to being asked any question or being requested to make any statement while in the presence of a police officer, a student must be informed of the right to have a parent, a guardian, or an attorney present during such questioning or request for a statement; (iii) prior to being asked any question or being requested to make any statement while in the presence of a police officer, a student must be informed that any information given in the presence of a police officer may result in an arrest and in the issuing of a summons and may be used in school discipline and in criminal prosecution; (iv) prior to the presence of a police officer during the questioning of a student or of a request for a statement, the school principal shall approve the presence of the police officer during the questioning of or while making a request for any statement from the student; and (v) prior to the presence of a police officer during the questioning of or while making a request for any statement from a student, a parent or guardian of the student must be given notification of the opportunity to be present during the questioning. Sets forth provisions concerning the notification, school principal and police officer consultation, and tracking and reporting data. Effective July 1, 2014.

BILLS WE OPPOSED THAT STALLED

We strongly and consistently opposed HB4775 which passed the House UNANIMOUSLY and thankfully stalled in the Senate.

As passed in the House, HB4775:

Allows a school board to suspend or authorize the superintendent of the district or the principal, assistant principal, or dean of students of a school to suspend a student for a period not to exceed 10 school days or to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis, if (i) the student has been convicted of (rather than charged with) a violent felony and (ii) the board or, as authorized by board policy, the superintendent of the district or the principal, assistant principal, or dean of students of the school determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. Provides that the board may also authorize the superintendent of the district to immediately refer or transfer the student to another attendance center or alternative school if the student has been charged with a violent felony. Effective immediately.

We oppose this bill on the grounds that it simply feeds the school-to-prison pipeline.

Finally, those of you who support our work know that we spent all last year opposing a mandatory minimum gun bill (SB1342). The bill stalled in the House this session. Instead, the House and Senate passed HJR 96 which “creates the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee to examine the impact of the current sentencing structure, ensure that the enforcement and punishment of crimes does not disproportionately or unfairly affect certain racial, ethnic, or minority groups, and propose solutions to address the issues that exist within the current sentencing system.”

We believe that the push for a mandatory minimum gun law is not dead and will eventually be resurrected at a later date. We are keeping our eyes and ears open and will be ready to mobilize should it be re-introduced in the Fall session.

We thank all of you for being so responsive to our calls to support and/or oppose various pieces of legislation that we view as either helpful or unhelpful in the struggle to dismantle the PIC. The struggle continues…

June 7: “No Knock” An Artistic Speak-Out Against The American Police State

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade of Chicago presents a public program of artists and activists to discuss and empower ourselves against the increasing reality of the American Police State: a complex system of oppression made up of many interrelated parts, from police brutality to the school-to-prison pipeline to corporate mergers with the state to mass-surveillance by the government. What is a “police state?” In what ways are we facing (or approaching) “police state” conditions in the U.S.? And most importantly, what can we do to protect our rights?

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Assuming good weather, we will gather at the fountain on the “island” between Ashland, Division, and Milwaukee. (In case of rain, we will be at Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee).

The program will be posted soon!

This event will be held in solidarity with a reading on the same day and subject by the San Francisco Revolutionary Poets Brigade (the original Chapter, http://revolutionarypoetsbrigade.com/).

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

What YOU Can Do To Resist Youth Criminalization in Chicago…

Audy Home Campaign Action (photo by Sarah Jane Rhee)

Audy Home Campaign Action (photo by Sarah Jane Rhee)

1. Educate Yourself About Juvenile Justice
a. Find juvenile justice related data and reports.
b. Read juvenile justice related articles.

2. Do you know who your local elected representatives are (alderperson, House representative, State senator)? FIND OUT & set up a time to meet with them to ask what they are doing about youth criminalization.

3. How is your local school doing in terms of school discipline? Does your local elementary and high school rely on harsh disciplinary policies like suspensions and expulsions?
a. Find out about school discipline data by visiting CPS’s website (click the metrics tab to find that data).

4. Educate Yourself About the School-to-Prison Pipeline
a. You can find information at the Suspension Stories website.

5. Demand that Illinois Close More Youth Prisons
a. Learn about and JOIN the campaign to close youth prisons.

6. Keep up with criminal legal system legislation and policies in Illinois
a. Find calls to action at Decarcerate IL.
b. Join Decarcerate IL’s Facebook Page.
c. Keep track of juvenile legal system legislation through the Juvenile Justice Initiative

7. Do NOT call the police on young people.
a. Listen to young people’s stories about their encounters with police.
b. Consider alternatives to calling the police.
c. If a young person is arrested, call First Defense Legal Aid immediately for a lawyer: 1-800-LAW-REP-4 (24 hours a day)
d. Educate yourself about Chicago’s (Hidden) Stop & Frisk.
e. Educate yourself about the history of police violence
f. Host a KNOW YOUR RIGHTS workshop.
e. Organize your own workshop using this new curriculum.

8. Volunteer with AND Donate Funds to organizations that support and advocate for young people in conflict with the law (Lawndale Christian Legal Center, Urban Life Skills Program, Project NIA, Circles and Ciphers, Girl Talk, Fearless Leading By The Youth, Black & Pink Chicago,Free Write Jail Arts Program, and many more…)

9. Advocate that the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center be CLOSED (Toni Preckwinkle has already said that this is her goal).
a. Join FLY’s Audy Home Campaign.
b. Read a concept paper by the Cook County Juvenile Justice Taskforce about closing JTDC.

10. Advocate for Restorative and Transformative Justice
a. Get trained in peace circle keeping.
b. Join the Community Renewal Society’s Reclaim Justice Campaign.
c. Learn about transformative justice.
d. Learn about restorative justice in Illinois.

11. Advocate for alternatives to detention and incarceration
a. Read Project NIA’s report
b. Insist that resources used for incarceration be diverted to support investments in jobs, education, afterschool programs, and more.

12. Learn about the Prison Industrial Complex and Educate Others.
a. Visit The PIC IS for resources
b. Find juvenile justice zines.
c. Invite the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective to run workshops at your workplace, school, church, community organization.

13. Join Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration.

14. Refuse to vote for politicians who demagogue community safety and STOP SUPPORTING THE BUILDING OF NEW JAILS AND PRISONS.

May-June: Chicago PIC & Criminalization Events

May 16-17, 2014National Forum on Police Crimes with Angela Davis

May 28-30, 2014Freedom Dreams…Freedom NOW – Join us for an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.Speakers & Participants include: Angela Davis, Julian Bond, Robin D.G.Kelley, Rosa Clemente

June 2-4, 2014Reconnecting The Pathways — A statewide juvenile justice focused conference. Registration is now open and is on a sliding scale.

June 14, 2014 – Columbia College — 1 to 4 p.m., Understanding Prison Abolition 101 — This workshop is facilitated by Project NIA and members of the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective. Bring Your Lunch. $15 to $25 sliding scale. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. [WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL.]

Action Alert: Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline – Support SB 2793

SB2793 is a key component of the Campaign for Common Sense Discipline. SB2793 creates an improved understanding of school discipline issues by requiring public reporting of data already collected on the use of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, removals to alternative settings, and student retention. SB2793 also requires the school districts with the highest rates of student exclusion, law enforcement involvement, and racial inequity to submit improvement plans to the Illinois State Board of Education, which will provide them with technical assistance.

SB2793 will help keep kids out of jail and in the classroom, where they belong. SB2793 has already passed the Senate, so ask your House Representative to help pass it too!

There are two ways to make your voice heard TODAY on SB2793:

1. SB2793 will be heard in the House Elementary and Secondary School Committee on Wednesday May 14th at 10:30 a.m. Please file a witness slip as a PROPONENT of the bill TODAY.

a. Click HERE to file a witness slip.
b. Fill out your name, address, and phone number. Fill out your “Firm/Business or Agency” if you wish OR write “none.”
c. In Section II, you can write “self” OR the name of any organization that you represent.
d. Select “PROPONENT”
e. Select “Record of Appearance Only”
f. Enter the number it shows in the box, agree to the terms, and click “Create(Slip).” Thank you!

2. Tell your House Representative to SUPPORT SB2793 HERE.

Please make your support of SB2793 known and help spread the word!

May 19: National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth Kickoff March

Please join us and several other Chicago groups on Monday, May 19, at 5pm at Paderewski Elementary School at 2221 S. Lawndale Avenue (a school that was shut down by CPS last year) for an action and march to kick off the 2014 National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth.

Cell Block by "Mickey" - Lucharte

Cell Block by “Mickey” – Lucharte

After sharing some poetry, hearing some speeches from young people, and participating in a symbolic collective action (using padlocks – so bring one or two with you), we will march to the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center on Roosevelt and Ogden (2.5 miles).

Marching from a closed school to the youth detention facility symbolizes our commitment to advocate for better use of public funds; namely more funding for schools and extracurricular activities, jobs and vocational skills development, behavioral and mental health services, community-based alternatives to incarceration, and other restorative justice measures.

Please join us and spread the word to your colleagues, youth, and friends. This timely action and march comes after the United Nations Human Rights Committee recently urged the United States to end the practice of transferring minors to adult court, and the Juvenile Justice Initiative issued its report on the devastating impact of transferring minors to adult court in Cook County.

Co-sponsors of the march include (please let us know if you would like to add your group to the list by emailing Mariame at projectnia@hotmail.com):

Black and Pink – Chicago
Black Youth Project 100 (Chicago Chapter)
Canaan Community Church
Circles and Ciphers
Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce
Chicago Freedom School
Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS)
Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women
Conscious Souls in Action at Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy
Free Spirit Media
Gender JUST
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
HumanThread Center/Gallery for Arts & Education
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
The Immigrant Youth Justice League
International Socialist Organization
Kuumba Lynx
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
A Long Walk Home
Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration
Occupy Rogers Park
Organized Communities Against Deportations
Overpass Light Brigade Chicago
People Organizing Peace Systems (P.O.P.S) Movement Chicago
Project NIA
Radical Public Health
Revolutionary Poets Brigade
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (Francis W. Parker Chapter)
Sustainable Schools Action Team (Alliance for Climate Education)
Union Solidarity Committee of United Auto Workers Local 551

May 28-30: Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now

The UIC Social Justice Initiative invites you to attend the Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964. There are dozens of scholars, artists and activists participating from around the country. Please email sjiuic@gmail.com with any questions. For a full list of conference sponsors, see HERE.

Project NIA is a proud community partner for this event. We hope to see you at the end of March at Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now!

Space is limited so register HERE TODAY!

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HB 4775: Please File A Witness Slip In Opposition

If you are reading this and live in IL, please take the next logical step and actually FILE A WITNESS SLIP to OPPOSE HB 4775

A Hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, April 29th, 1 pm Senate Education

HB4775 School Code Regarding Expulsion/Suspension of Students
Hoffman (Pres Cullerton, Sen Lightford)
Passed House 112-0-1.

Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment No. 1 with changes. Allows a school board to suspend or authorize the superintendent of the district or the principal, assistant principal, or dean of students of a school to suspend a student for a period not to exceed 10 school days or to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis, if (i) the student has been convicted of (rather than charged with) a violent felony and (ii) the board or, as authorized by board policy, the superintendent of the district or the principal, assistant principal, or dean of students of the school determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. Provides that the board may also authorize the superintendent of the district to immediately refer or transfer the student to another attendance center or alternative school if the student has been charged with a violent felony. Effective immediately.

Please file a witness slip in opposition HERE.

1. Under Section I, fill in your identification information.
2. Under Section II, fill out your organization if you are representing one or write “SELF” if you are representing yourself. You can also just fill out N/A.
3. In Section III, select the “Opponent” button.
4. In Section IV, select “Record of Appearance Only.”
5. Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement
6. Select the “Create Slip” button.

Slips can be submitted until April 26 at 12:30 p.m.

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