Our partners and their roles vary, depending on the campaign with which they are most engaged. However, they include organizations like ACLU of Illinois, All of Us or None of Us, Alliance for Safety and Justice, Beyond the Walls, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Equity and Transformation, Illinois Justice Project, Restore Justice Illinois, and the Safer Foundation.
We also work with consultants who are experts in Illinois policy and legislative advocacy.
Legislative champions and interested public officials are being recruited for the campaigns, and will again vary based on the timeline and the legislation. Several key Black Caucus legislators have taken a strong interest in being involved, such as State Representative Carol Ammons, State Representative Lakeisha Collins, State Representative Justin Slaughter, and State Senator Robert Peters.
As the various criminal legal system reform campaigns that are out there in Illinois make their way through the Illinois General Assembly, our organization is unique in that we are looking to lead efforts related to opening up opportunity to people with records on the back end of their system involvement. At the same time, we are intertwined with the other campaigns and working together with them to determine which should be upcoming priorities given the political climate in Illinois at any given time.