“This is a call for solidarity, not passivity. It is an attempt to keep our community safe and healthy, to be connected to reliable information and community support, and to prepare for effective and organized action and involvement over reactive and dangerous instigation.” – Louis Goseland, Public Relations Officer Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America
“The atrocities being committed by ICE against women, children, and families is horrific, though not new. The United States is a history of racism, abuse, and neglect towards immigrants and indigenous people. Enough is enough. All families deserve to be free and together and safe from genocidal practices while on US soil, and our local elected leaders must use their power to protect them” – Krystle Able, BloNo DSA member.
Bloomington-Normal DSA Condemns Failure to Bring Charges in the Murder of Breonna Taylor, Encourages Solidarity and Support at McLean Co. Museum of History Today at 5pm
Bloomington-Normal DSA Condemns Sheriff’s Efforts to Restrict Free Speech and Reaffirm’s Commitment to Black Liberation & Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Bloomington-Normal
The Public Safety and Community Relations Board is vital to our community and I am a supporter of those who wish to have this board’s power strengthened. However, before we have those powers strengthened, we must ensure that none of the board members are racist or biased.
We warned you back in March that COVID-19 would certainly reach the jail and now it’s here. Back in March, Sheriff Sandage refused IC Solutions’ offer for free video visitations for detainees in the jail to keep in touch with loved ones on the outside. Now those families are having to pay cumbersome fees to keep their jailed loved ones sane.
So many folks in the community have warned McLean County and specific members of the Justice Committee of the pandemic reaching the insides of the jail. We were ignored and practically laughed at by Sheriff Sandage since he “had everything under control” and was “taking precautions.”
Well it has hit the county.
In the week that preceded Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-7, D) introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (with over 100 cosponsors), the members of Bloomington-Normal’s Medicare for All working group drafted and sent a letter requesting a meeting with Representative Rodney Davis (IL-13, R).
While tabling, our members had more than 20 unique conversations leading to support for M4A throughout the day, and despite some setbacks from traditional detractors in our community, our M4A working group and DSA member-organizers pulled out all the stops to bring the message of healthcare being a human right to the working class of McLean County, IL.