Stop Police Crimes - Enact CPAC for Community Control

CPAC stands for Civilian Police Accountability Council.  Our CPAC ordinance is currently in the public safety committee in Chicago City Council and, if enacted, it will create a democratically-elected Council to oversee the Chicago Police Department. 

Our Rights and Power

We have the right to decide who polices us and how we are policed. We need the power to defend that right. CPAC would give us that historic power.

Through a council directly elected by Chicagoans to serve us, CPAC gives communities control. With community control, we decide if, when and how we use the police -- up to and including abolition. We can defund, demilitarize, and regulate the police out of existence. But we need the power to make these reforms ourselves, through representatives who will defend our rights. 

Support CPAC

Over 60,000 people across the city have already demanded CPAC from their alderperson! You can join them by signing our on-line petition: https://www.caarpr.org/cpac_petition

Contact the Mayor and Demand CPAC

Mayor Lightfoot does NOT support CPAC because it takes power from her and puts it in our hands. She did support it in 2016 before she was Mayor, but -- surprise -- now that she's been elected, she doesn't. She needs to hear from you! Email her and tell her you want CPAC now: [email protected] 

CPAC and City Council

There are currently 19 alderpeople who support this legislation. We need 26 to get it passed, and 34 to make us veto-proof!

If your alderperson is not on the list below, please call them today to demand that they support CPAC. You can find your alderperson's phone number and email address here: https://chicago.legistar.com/People.aspx

If your alderperson is on this list, please call them today to thank them and ask them to stand firm in their support of CPAC (their numbers are in the table below). Alderpeople are persuaded by their constituents and need to know that they are making the decision of the people!

If you don't know who your alderperson is, you can look them up here with your address (try copying and pasting if link doesn't work)https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/mayor/iframe/lookup_ward_and_alderman.html?fbclid=IwAR2iYLKqVOQiYtsUZuVSQPisnhkZEH7iNErLHjWaruoN9O2h_JIIBRA02SA

 

CPAC Sponsors in City Council

Ward

First Name

Last Name

Phone

Email

1

Daniel

La Spata

872-206-2685

[email protected]

5

Leslie

Hairston

773-324-5555

[email protected]

8

Michelle

Harris

773-874-3300

[email protected]

9

Anthony

Beale

773-785 -1100

[email protected]

10

Susan

Sadlowski-Garza

773-768-8138

[email protected]

15

Raymond

Lopez

773-823-1539

[email protected]

16

Stepanie

Coleman

773-306-1981

[email protected]

20

Jeanette

Taylor

312-744-6840

[email protected]

21

Howard

Brookins

773.881.9300

[email protected]

22

Michael

Rodriguez

773-762-1771

[email protected]

25

Byron

Sigcho-Lopez

773-523-4100

[email protected]

26

Roberto

Maldonado

773-395-0143

[email protected]

31

Felix

Cardona, Jr.

773-703-7357

[email protected]

33

Rossana

Rodriguez-Sanchez

312-447-4081

[email protected]

35

Carlos

Ramirez-Rosa

773-887-3772

[email protected]

37

Emma

Mitts

773-379-0960

[email protected]

40

Andre

Vasquez, Jr.

773-654-1867

[email protected]

47

Matthew

Martin

773-868-4747

[email protected]

49

Maria

Hadden

773-338-5796

[email protected]

 

Join the Chicago Alliance

Legislation has been introduced in the Chicago City Council for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. Now is the time to join the Alliance and join the struggle for community control of the police. Learn more: naarpr.org

Posted by Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression on Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

Police are supposed to protect and serve the community, but right now in Chicago all the power belongs to the mayor and the police union.  We demand CPAC so that WE have the voice in who polices our communities and how they are policed. 

The Council will have one elected member for every two contiguous police districts for a total of 11 members. These members will be directly elected by you. They're only allowed to accept campaign contributions from within their district. Council members must have at least two years of experience protecting the rights of: those who have been victims of police misconduct and brutality, African-Americans, Latinx, young people, immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, Muslim communities, those living with mental illness or other disabilities, or those who are living unhoused. 

The most recent draft of CPAC gives the council many important responsibilities, and broad authority to carry them out.  For example, CPAC will enable the people to have the power to:

  • Hire and fire the police superintendent;
  • Hire and fire the head of Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA);
  • Hire and fire the members of the police board;
  • Write and determine CPD policy; maintain final authority over CPD policy and COPA policy;
  • Maintain final authority over police board policy and disciplinary measures, including firing of officers and convening grand juries; 
  • Negotiate the CPD union contract;
  • Broaden the scope of investigations to include all allegations of misconduct, including sexual assault;
  • Oversee all COPA investigations of police misconduct and maintain the power to subpoena officers.

The Alliance Campaign

We've been working for the passage of the CPAC bill in a variety of ways:

  • We staff sidewalk tables around the city every weekend to educate the public and collect postcards for our aldermen.
  • We collect petitions from local businesses in support of CPAC.
  • We run community events to provide in-depth educate around the systemic problem of police crime and the systemic solution of CPAC.
  • We protest police crimes like the murder of Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd, and George Floyd, and show support at court dates for police victims
  • We meet with our aldermen to educate them about the legislation and its public support.

Endorsing Organizations

 

  • 8th Day Center for Justice
  • 33rd Ward Working Families
  • 46th Ward Neighbors Against Police Violence
  • 57th Street Meeting of Friends (Quakers) 
  • Action Now
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Party of Labor
  • AnakBayan
  • Arab American Action Network
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Black Caucus, Chicago Teachers Union
  • Black Lives Matter Chicago
  • Black Lives Matter Chicago Youth
  • Black Lives Matter Women of Faith
  • Black People Against Police Torture, National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • Black Youth Project 100
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Campaign to End the Death Penalty
  • Carlos Ramirez Rosa
  • Caucus of Rank and File Educators
  • Chicago ANSWER
  • Chicago Area Peace Action
  • Chicago Metropolitan United Church of Christ
  • Chicago Teachers Union
  • Chicago Women Take Action
  • Church of the Living God
  • Circles and Ciphers
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Chicago
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • Comite Exigimos Justicia/We Demand Justice Committee
  • Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
  • Communist Party, USA, Scott Marshall
  • Council of American-Islamic Relations-Chicago
  • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicagoland
  • Democratic Socialists of America, Chicago
  • Fight 4 15
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  • GABRIELA 
  • Gay Liberation Network
  • HANA Center
  • Illinois Coalition Against Torture
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
  • Indivisible Chicago Alliance
  • Indivisible IL9
  • Indivisible Chicago-South Side
  • Innocent Demand Justice

 

  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Jobs With Justice
  • Justicia en Ayotzinapa
  • Let Us Breathe Collective
  • Lincoln United Methodist Church
  • Mujeres Latinas en Acción
  • National Alliance of Filipino Concerns
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Chicago
  • National Coalition for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Network 49
  • Northside Action for Justice
  • People's Lobby
  • Pilsen Alliance
  • Pueblo Sin Fronteras/Familia Latina Unida
  • Radical Public Health, UIC
  • Reclaim Our Community
  • Resist Reimagine Rebuild Coalition
  • SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana
  • SEIU Local 1
  • SEIU Local 73
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice
  • Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
  • Southside Branch NAACP
  • St. Margaret Episcopal Church
  • Torture Justice Memorials
  • Tree of Life Justice League of America
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Trinity United Church of Christ
  • U.S. Palestinian Community Network
  • UAW L 551 Union Solidarity Committee
  • UIC Graduate Employees Organization
  • United Electrical Workers Region 4
  • United Working Families
  • University Church
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Women's All Points Bulletin
  • Workers Center for Racial Justice
  • Workers World Party

 

Get involved!

We need volunteers like you to help us with these and other activities to support the CPAC legislation.

Learn more about volunteering with the Alliance »

 

 

Why is CPAC the ONLY ordinance that will give the community power over how they're policed?

The Mayor wants to pass GAPA ("Grassroots" Alliance for Police Accountability) because GAPA would keep the power with the Mayor's office and the police. See how below.