League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale joins in statewide Criminal Justice Study

Updated 6/24/2020 1:27 PM

The League of Women Voters' mission of empowering voters and defending democracy is fundamentally tied to the Black Lives Matter movement -- and it's also morally imperative.

In the aftermath of the 2014 murder of Michael Brown, Gov. Rauner made Illinois one of only three states to sign into law wide-ranging law enforcement rules by early 2016. These included use of police body cameras, bias-free policing, and more data collection on arrest. The league is looking to the state legislature and Gov. Pritzker to further refine and augment this legislation in response to the senseless murder of George Floyd and so many others.


The League's work is to inform voters and hold the government accountable on the local and state level is where potential for positive change lies. Throughout the month of June, states are still holding important primaries, delayed due to COVID-19. Voters need to know where candidates stand on the issues of racial injustice and how their votes will directly impact their communities -- in the near and the long term. The League also remains dedicated to its advocacy work that is focused on dismantling racism within the electoral system. This includes: People Powered Fair Maps; voting rights restoration for formerly incarcerated people; combating unfair voter purging and fighting voter ID laws; and polling place closures.

The League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale is listening to members and to civil rights leaders who demand justice and basic human rights for the Black community. Racism has been built into our social structures over hundreds of years; there is a lot to learn for those humble enough to listen and there is important work to be done.

This year, the chapter is participating in a statewide Criminal Justice Study to update the League of Women Voters of Illinois' position to better address current issues, such as racism, which will enable the League to lobby more effectively to overhaul a dysfunctional justice system. The organization also holds moderated candidate forums in advance of every contested election so voters in the Northwest suburbs can ask the tough questions to ensure the best leaders are seated in positions of authority.

The League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale pledge to use their talents, drive, and mission to help amplify all voices. The League welcomes your participation in the fight against racism and a flawed criminal justice system.

For more information about the League's events and monthly meetings, or to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale, visit www.lwvrb.org or contact Roberta Borrino at (630) 283-2894. Or follow www.facebook.com/lwvrb. =

Formed in 2012, the League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale provides information on topics that impact the local, state and federal government. The League works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Celebrating 100 years of experience and having grown to more than 800 local and state affiliations, the League is one of America's most trusted grass-roots organizations. The League does not support, endorse or oppose political candidates. Membership in the League is open to men and women age 16 and older.

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