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Chicago Appleseed promotes social justice and government effectiveness by identifying injustice in our community, investigating its causes and proposing effective solutions.

Emanuel's Push To Downgrade Possession Is Great For Diverting Drug Addicts, Saving Taxpayer ResourcesOn Tuesday, September 23rd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to call on state lawmakers  to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide and to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of any controlled substance. "It is time to put our sentencing policies in line with our values, reduce penalties for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses so we don't put [more]
RSVP to our Annual LuncheonOur annual luncheon is October 1 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 West Grand Avenue in Chicago.  The reception begins at 11:30 with the lunch program running from 12:00 to 1:30. You can purchase tickets via email. Benefactor: $500.00 per seat (10 seats per table) Contributor: $250.00 per seat (10 seats per table) Friend: $150.00 per seat (10 seats per table) If employed by a public interest organization, government [more]
Forum on Chicago Police AccountabilityForum on Chicago Police Accountability   Tuesday September 30, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m.   Sponsored by The Chicago Council of Lawyers  and The American Constitution Society Speakers: Scott Ando, Chief Administrator, Chicago Independent Police Review Authority Jamie Kalven, Reporter and Plaintiff in FOIA suit about records of complaints about police Sidley Austin, LLP One North Dearborn Chicago, IL Brown bag lunch  RSVP [more]
The Coming Fees Crisis: Poverty Capitalism in the Courts  This past week, two important pieces have appeared on NPR and the New York Times bringing attention to the increased practice of levying exploitive fines and fees on indigent people passing through the criminal and civil justice system. The first piece from NPR, based on a report of a St. Louis-area public defender group, found that half the courts in St. Louis [more]
Guest Blog: Review of 'The Interrupters'by Jonathan Leithold-Patt, film critic There is too much violence in Chicago. It is a fact impossible to ignore. Turning on the nightly news or opening up the newspaper is a guaranteed reminder of the senseless deaths that could have, and should have, been prevented. Although there are less homicides in the city than there were during the peak periods of the [more]
Save the Date! Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and Chicago Council of Lawyers invite you to their Annual Fundraising Luncheon.  October 1, 2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Juliana Stratton  -Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council and restorative justice expert. HONOREE: Daniel E. Reidy - Recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for his work with the Mayor’s ethics commission and his work with the original Solovy Commission.  Maggiano’s [more]