Hello! I wanted to check in and update you on our organizing work with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). As a reminder, we are working with GAPA to pass an ordinance through City Hall that would create a Community Oversight Commission for the Chicago Police Department. Our goal is to make our neighborhoods safer, improve police practices and accountability, and transform the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves. Click for more info about the GAPA Ordinance.
- After hearing feedback from various aldermen and aldermanic caucuses, we’ve made some updates to the ordinance that we are pushing for. These changes include moving District Council elections from LSC-style elections to municipal elections and adding a requirement that at least 2 of the 7 members of commission must be between 18-24 years old. Read the full list of proposed amendments here.
- As a direct result of the organizing work done by JCUA and One Northside, Joe Moore recently signed on as the 24th aldermen to commit to supporting the GAPA ordinance. We have an upcoming meeting with Alderman Reboyras, head of the Public Safety Committee, to negotiate around the revised ordinance and make it as strong as possible.
With the municipal elections coming up at the end of February, this is a critical time for police accountability and the GAPA ordinance. GAPA is joining Community Renewal Society for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly & Mayoral Candidate Forum to engage with candidates around our vision for police accountability and community oversight in Chicago. With 13 mayoral candidates confirmed to attend, JCUA has committed to a strong turnout. We want to take this opportunity to get in front of the potential next mayor of Chicago with the issues and values we care about. And, JCUA’s past board president Rabbi Capers Funnye will be co-moderating the forum! RSVP and more info here.
Finally, we are working hard to pass an ordinance before elections, so we are hoping there will be a vote in City Council on January 23rd. We are planning for a GAPA press conference in advance of that city council meeting. Please let us know if you would be available here.