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The Illinois legislative session ends on the 31st of May. With deadlines fast approaching, legislators are being bombarded with numerous issues and conflicting messages, all competing for their attention. It is imperative that we keep criminal justice reform at the forefront of their minds.
To this end, Restore Justice will be leading a trip to Springfield on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Join us as we educate legislators about criminal justice reform and advocate for the return of second chances in Illinois.
Attendees will receive coaching and materials to help them seek out and effectively speak with legislators and will be paired with experienced advocates as they navigate the capitol.
Meals will be provided and transportation to and from Springfield will be available. All participants will also receive a Restore Justice t-shirt designed by a current Illinois inmate.
Restore Justice will provide transportation for participants traveling to Springfield from Chicago. Group transport will depart from Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (5114 S. Elizabeth St, Chicago, IL) at 8:00 AM. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 AM.
Working in small teams, participants will seek out and educate legislators on issues relating to criminal justice reform. Fact sheets and other materials will be provided.
Participants will reconvene at 4:00 to for a brief dinner and debriefing before departing the Capitol.
Advocacy day concludes.
*This itinerary is subject to change. Advocacy day registrants will receive a final copy of the itinerary by close of business on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Unable to attend this advocacy day, but want to join Restore Justice for future advocacy visits? Sign up to join our Advocacy Team!
Throughout the legislative session, Restore Justice makes a concerted effort to meet with legislators—in their district offices and in Springfield—to educate them about our policy platform and the need for comprehensive, compassionate reform throughout the Illinois criminal justice system.
These visits are most effective when we are able to include a wide array of individuals and constituents. Advocacy Team members are our first call for these targeted meetings and other strategic initiatives.
Are you passionate about criminal justice reform? Want to improve conditions for Illinois prisoners and their families? Do you believe in the need for second chances? Sign up today!