January 2021

We did it! We Abolished Cash Bail in IL!

The members of Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America and our comrades at Black Lives Matter Bloomington Normal celebrate today’s passage of the Pretrial Fairness Act as part of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ criminal justice reform bill, HB 3653 SFA2.

Virtual Town Hall: Discussion on Ending Money Bond

Join BloNo DSA, YWCA McLean County, Bloomington-Normal Chapter of NAACP, and other leading area civil rights organizations* for a virtual town hall that will inform our community on the progress being made to end wealth based pretrial detention known as “money bond” or “cash bail.”

PreTrial Fairness Act

Every year, more than 250,000 people are incarcerated BEFORE TRIAL in Illinois. Most are locked up simply because they cannot afford to post bail to secure their freedom. It’s as if our legal system is holding them for ransom.

Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America Statement on Right Wing Terror at the Capitol

Yesterday, our nation watched as a right wing mob launched a full frontal attack against democracy. While much can, should, and has been said about the overt complicity of the President and national Republican leaders, the glaringly obvious failure of law enforcement to intervene, and the palpable white privilege in the treatment of protestors, The Bloomington-Normal Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America call on our community to hold the local instigators and accomplices accountable.

Socialism Must Always Be Anti-Fascist

We socialists were in the streets over the summer of 2020, fighting police murder of Black lives. We felt the police pepper spray burning our eyes & skin, the police batons crushing our bones when we demanded police stop killing Black people, that cities take down Confederate or imperialist statues.