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What it has been like for me to work in a restaurant during COVID

April 6, 2021

By Ella Shapiro  Working as a server can be incredibly stressful. During my shifts I am constantly multitasking: running food, taking orders and calming upset customers. I prepare each day by stocking extra plates and silverware, making sure I know the daily specials and fluffing the cushions on each chair. I prepare like this in the hopes my shift will run more smoothly. But being...
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7 things to know about COVID-19 vaccines

April 2, 2021

Revised March 29, 2021  1. Safety  The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. No steps have been skipped during the rigorous and highly regulated development process. All COVID-19 vaccines were thoroughly reviewed and approved for use by the U.S. FDA.  2. How COVID-19 vaccines work  All three vaccines –Johnson & Johnson (J&J),...
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Lambda Legal Hails Biden Administration Rescission of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

January 28, 2021

“The Biden Administration has reaffirmed its commitment to undertake an honest and long overdue reckoning with sexism and structural racism in our society.”  (Chicago, January 21, 2021) – President Biden yesterday rescinded the Trump administration executive order that sought to prohibit federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings...
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VICTORY! Judge Halts Implementation of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

January 20, 2021

“Judge Freeman saw this ban for what it is: An effort to quash the truth and sweep under the rug an honest and long overdue reckoning with sexism and structural racism in our society.”  (San Francisco, CA, December 23, 2020) – Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from...
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Yesterday was not a surprise.

January 7, 2021

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq., Director of Policy After centuries, after genocide, after chattel slavery. After civil war, after three-fifths, after fugitive slave acts. After reservations, after trails of tears, after residential schools. After railroads, after internment camps, after exclusion acts. After xenophobia, after forced deportation, after segregation. After sunset towns, after MOVE,...
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AFC and Lambda Legal sue Trump administration over ban on speech about systemic racism, sexism, and implicit bias

November 3, 2020

Update, Dec. 3: An amicus brief was filed by the City of Seattle and 20 other local governments in support of our motion for preliminary injunction, including Chicago, Illinois. The full list of amici includes Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colorado; Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Cook County, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Iowa City, Iowa; King County,...
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Here’s why LGBTQ+ Illinoisans should care about this election

October 27, 2020

By Mike Ziri, (he/him), Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois   “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime.”  You’ve probably heard that a lot this year, and it’s true. And not just because of the presidential election.  The 2020 election should matter to LGBTQ+ Illinoisans for 3 big reasons that you may not realize:...
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Dramatic shifts in the Supreme Court could upend the legal rights of many Americans

October 22, 2020

By Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU Illinois  The news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death just weeks before the 2020 General Election solidified for many the role that Supreme Court of the United States will play – likely with an expanded conservative majority – in addressing numerous civil rights and civil liberties issues that affect our lives.  ...
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Protect the Affordable Care Act this election

October 6, 2020

By Timothy Jackson, AFC’s Director of Government Relations  What’s at stake is a question that many political pundits are opining and asking as the nation approaches the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. From the volatility of the economy and the civil unrest surrounding police brutality and racial injustice to the nation’s lack of coordinated response to the COVID-19...
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AFC remembers Timothy Ray Brown

October 5, 2020

“I met Tim in 2014 at an HIV cure workshop in Chicago. He talked extensively of how he suffered from cancer and the bone marrow transplant he received – which treated the cancer and almost incidentally cured him of HIV. Tim was a trailblazer, plain and simple, and he taught me and the world how challenging it is to cure HIV. But there’s good news – with powerful HIV medications...
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