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Friday, September 9, 2016

Public Meeting Oct. 6th: On Chicago Police Department Interactions With People With Disabilities and Deaf People / Guest - USDOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) held forums across the city of Chicago to get input from the public on the conduct of the Chicago Police Department. Access Living’s young leaders group, Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP), organized a number of advocates to attend the hearings and share their experiences for the public record. After the forums, AYLP and Access Living were asked by the USDOJ if it would be possible to have another forum focused on the experiences of people with disabilities and Deaf people.

As a result, Access Living and AYLP would like to invite people with disabilities and Deaf people to our offices on Chicago Avenue on October 6, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The first two hours will be dedicated to testimonies on a first-come, first-served basis. The USDOJ will be present to take notes on people’s stories and be available to connect for follow-up conversations. The last half hour, for those who choose to do so, will be dedicated to small group conversations to debrief on what people share. This component will not be recorded but we offer it as a way to help people process.

We ask that those who attend share their PERSONAL stories of interactions with the Chicago Police Department. While advocates are welcome to make suggestions, the USDOJ particularly needs to hear from people who have interacted directly with the Chicago Police Department, especially if they have not already testified. If you know someone who should share their story, please support them to do so.

Public Meeting on the Chicago Police Department and Interactions with the Deaf and Disability Communities
Special Guest: U.S. Department of Justice

WHEN: October 6, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 pm

WHERE: Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. https://www.accessliving.org/
PH - (312) 640-2100 / tty (312) 640-2102 

Flyer for AL AYLP Town Hall with USDOJ.pdf
We would encourage you to share this information with people who do not have e-mail access. 

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