Pass the Ordinance Seeking Reparations for the Chicago Police Torture Survivors

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We Have Never Been Closer

Dear Friends of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), We have never been closer to passing the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago police torture survivors. There are concrete actions you can take to help make this happen. Since you signed our petition calling on Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to pass the Reparations Ordinance, we have marched to Mayor Emanuel’s office and delivered over 40,000 petition signatures to him; we sang-in at City Hall and stood up at the January 21st City Council meeting demanding a hearing and passage of the ordinance. We have also gained powerful partners in this work, including Amnesty International, USA, Project NIA, and We Charge Genocide. The public support has made a difference. Now, 28 aldermen and women have publicly supported the Reparations Ordinance – more than half of City Council, along with Mayoral candidates Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Bob Fioretti, CTU President Karen Lewis, and numerous civic and political leaders. This past November, the UN Committee Against Torture also called on the U.S. and City of Chicago to pass the ordinance. Following our Sing-in for Reparations, Mayor Emanuel promised to find a way to achieve closure for Burge torture survivors and Chicago Sun Time Editorial Board came out in support of the ordinance. Momentum is building, but we need your support to ensure the City of Chicago takes a historic step forward by passing and enacting the Reparations Ordinance. After decades of impunity, the ordinance will ensure that survivors of torture under Jon Burge – and their families – are given the reparations that they need to heal. We are calling on Mayor Emanuel to fully and publicly support the ordinance and call on Alderman Ed Burke, the Chairman of the Finance Committee where the ordinance is stalled, to have a hearing on the ordinance before the Mayoral and Aldermanic election on February 24th. Please support us by: 1. Joining us on February 14, 2015 for A Rally For Reparations: The People’s Hearing on the Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance, at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington from 1 to 3 p.m., check out 2. Call Mayor Emanuel at 312-744-3300 and tweet at him @RahmEmanuel to demand his full support and an immediate hearing on the Reparations Ordinance. Please use our hashtag #RahmRepNow 3. Contact your alderman or woman and either thank them for their support or demand that they support the ordinance -To email your alderperson, please go here: -For a full list of Chicago’s City Council and a list of Aldermen and women who still need to support the ordinance, head to -If you don’t know which ward you live in, you can find it here: 4. Donate to the campaign to pass the reparations ordinance: With your support we know we can get the Reparations Ordinance passed! If you would like to get more involved with CTJM, please email us at and for more information on the ordinance or the Chicago police torture cases check out With Hope for Justice, CTJM P.S. Sorry for any cross postings

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