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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.

Congratulations to Staff Attorney Ali Abid on Partner of the Year AwardOn Saturday October 4th, at their 132nd Annual Assembly, the Community Renewal Society honored Chicago Appleseed Staff Attorney, Ali Abid, with their Partner of the Year Award. The Community Renewal Society is a progressive, faith-based organization that works to eliminate race and class barriers. CRS was founded in 1882; it is comprised of over 60 member church congregations, and organizes both [more]
Annual LuncheonWe are looking forward to our annual luncheon next week and we'd like to take a moment thank our generous sponsors: Chicago-Kent College of  Law Dentons DLA Piper Epstein Becker & Green PC Grippo & Elden LLC Harrison & Held Jenner & Block Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis LLP Latham & Watkins  LLP Loevy & Loevy Metroplex Inc. Miller Shakman & Beem LLP Miner Barnhill & Galland Paul Hastings Schiff Hardin LLP Sidley Austin LLP Skadden Arps Slate Meagher  & Flom LLP Torshen [more]
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]