The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women is pleased to report that the Police Review Board has recommended that Anthony Abbate be discharged. While this is not the ideal punishment for a violent felon, we are pleased that the board recognizes that Abbate is not fit to serve in this city. This decision sends the message that Judge John Fleming could not: the abuse of women and girls in Chicago must stop! The police are not above the law!
We wish the best for Karolina Obryka and her family.
Click here to read the decision…
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Respondent, Police Officer
Anthony Abbate, Star No. 18601, as a result of having been found
guilty of charges in Police Board Case No. 08 PB 2676, be and
hereby is discharged from his position as a police officer with
the Department of Police, and from the services of the City of
Also, Chicago NOW was present at the final police review board trial… be sure to read our summary here.
When – Sunday, October 11, beginning at 1:00pm.
Where – Daley Plaza – under the Picasso
Chicago NOW will join with activists from all over Chicago to demand equality for LGBTQ individuals. Click here for more information!
Thinking about what to do this Wednesday (September 16)? Well, see the above post for details and come to our annual fundraiser, Women Who Dared. Aside from the fabulous feminists who will be attending, the event also will include appetizers, wine and cupcakes! AND…a raffle of Cubs rooftop tickets, an IPod and other prizes as well as a great silent auction:
Hope to see you at this fabulous event!!
Chicago NOW invites you to our annual cocktail reception and fundraiser:
Women Who Dared
This event is the Chapter’s opportunity to thank Chicago leaders for their contributions to the feminist community. For 2009, the chapter is proud to honor Lorie Chaiten, Director of the Reproductive Rights Project for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, and Jennifer Koehler, Deputy General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn.
What: Cocktail reception and silent auction
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm-9pm
Where: Flourish Studios*, 3020 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657, www.icanflourish.com
Ticket Info: $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $60 includes Chicago NOW Membership; $10 for students
Click here to purchase tickets.
We are asking all attendees to please bring a personal care item or toiletry to donate to Deborah’s Place. You can learn more about the organization at: www.deborahsplace.org.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocates praise new domestic violence, stalking laws
Two new state laws strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking were welcomed today by advocates who have long complained that Illinois does too little to stop these crimes.
Under existing law, stalking victims are unable to obtain an order of protection unless they have a domestic relationship with the stalker or have suffered an attack.
Beginning Jan. 1, a victim will be able to secure an order of protection against anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engages in repeated and unwanted contact with them or with a member of their immediate family or household. Victims must prove they are alarmed or experience reasonable apprehension regarding their safety or the safety of family members.
A second law requires that parolees accused of domestic violence be automatically arrested for violating their parole.
It also doubles to 4 years the mandatory supervised release term for a number of domestic crimes and requires 40 hours of domestic violence training for parole officers handing offenders convicted of domestic violence felonies.
Read the rest of this Chicago Tribune article here.
From our friends at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health:
Parental notification law harms women