Illinois House Bill 1633 undermines the promising reform efforts in Illinois and nationally designed to remedy the harm caused by mass incarceration, and it threatens to silence already marginalized voices. HB 1633 is an unnecessary proposal that creates new draconian penalties for conduct already covered by existing criminal statutes and could have dire unintended consequences, including for youth. HB 1633 is part of a national trend of so-called “critical infrastructure” legislation promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that is intended to neutralize climate justice activism.
Read the letter from 50 civil society groups opposed to the bill here.
Don’t let the Illinois Legislature silence you!
You might not live in Illinois?