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MISSION, GOALS & FAQ

MISSION STATEMENT​

To educate Chicago’s Northside residents on the City’s racist law enforcement and carceral systems and
to mobilize the northside’s primarily white and affluent residents – in solidarity with the City’s
marginalized black and brown communities on the South and West sides – to demand these systems be
dismantled.

GOALS

  1. To educate Chicago’s Northside residents about the racist legacy of Chicago’s law enforcement and carceral systems, including the Chicago Police Department, the prosecutor’s office, and the department of corrections.


2. To activate the city’s Northside residents to advocate for the systemic change that their black and brown neighbors, especially those located in the marginalized South and West sides, so desperately need in order to be free of state sanctioned oppression and violence in their communities.

3. To mobilize northside residents to demand their elected representatives support the following efforts to dismantle the law enforcement systems of today in favor of organizations that actually serve the public safety interest:


I. The passage of CPAC (the Civilian Police Accountability Council) now.

II. The revision of use of force polices & protocols to reflect research-backed practices known to protect the lives of citizens (e.g., banning of chokeholds and strangleholds, enacting a duty to intervene, requiring all other alternatives be exhausted before shooting). Furthermore, these revised polices must be backed by strong accountability measures, up to and including mandatory firing for egregious offenses.

III. The immediate removal of all cops from schools permanently.

IV. The defunding of the police.

V. The re-investment of funds in community organizations and resources which truly serve the public safety interest.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ENR?

ENR is a grassroots organization that was founded in order to capitalize on the momentum of a Northside march calling for the passage of the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) Ordinance.

What is the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) Ordinance?

This ordinance proposes the creation of a government body, directly elected by Chicago residents, that would have complete oversight over the Chicago Police Department at all levels. The responsibilities of the CPAC would include, but are not limited to, the hiring of the CPD Superintendent, the nomination of police board members, and the allocation of police funding.


What is ECNR’s Mission?

To educate Chicago’s Northside residents on the City’s racist law enforcement and carceral systems and to mobilize the northside’s primarily white and affluent residents – in solidarity with the City’s marginalized Black and Brown communities on the South and West sides –  to demand these systems be dismantled.


Who is a part of ENR?
While ENR is currently comprised of residents in Chicago’s 43rd and 44th wards, membership is open to residents of all wards who wish to see change on the north side of the city.

What are the goals of ENR?

  1. To activate the city’s Northside residents to advocate for the systemic change that their Black and Brown neighbors, especially those located in the marginalized South and West sides, need in order to be free of state sanctioned oppression and violence in their communities.

  2. To educate Chicago’s Northside residents about the racist legacy of Chicago’s law enforcement and carceral systems, including the Chicago Police Department, the prosecutor’s office, and the department of corrections.

  3. To mobilize Northside residents to demand their elected representatives support the following efforts to dismantle the law enforcement systems of today in favor of organizations that actually serve the public safety interest:

    1. The passage of CPAC (the Civilian Police Accountability Council) now.

    2. The revision of use of force policies & protocols to reflect research-backed practices known to protect the lives of citizens (e.g., banning of chokeholds and strangleholds, enacting a duty to intervene, requiring all other alternatives be exhausted before shooting). Furthermore, these revised policies must be backed by strong accountability measures, up to and including mandatory firing for egregious offenses.

    3. The immediate removal of all cops from schools permanently.

    4. The defunding of the police.

    5. The reinvestment of funds in community organizations and resources which truly serve the public safety interest.


Does ENR work in concert with any other organizations?

Yes, ENR strongly believes that we must continue to build up and amplify the voices of organizations who have already committed so much to this effort. We continue to work alongside and in support of organizations including, but not limited to:

  1. Black Lives Matter Chicago

  2. CAARPR

  3. Chicago DSA

  4. SURJ Chicago

  5. Northside Action for Justice

  6. 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice

  7. 46th Ward Neighbors Against Police Violence

  8. 33rd Ward for Working Families

  9. 32nd Ward United

  10. 2nd Ward Neighbors for CPAC

  11. My Block, My Hood, My City


Does ENR work in partnership with the Chicago Police Department?

No. ENR believes that grassroots organizing will drive the political pressure needed for change. Furthermore, ENR refuses to collaborate with an organization steeped in a racist past which consistently fails to take action to root out the racism rampant within the department. 


Does ENR fundraise?

ENR is not currently registered as a 501(c)3 or (c)6, but operates as a “social organization” that may ultimately accept small-dollar donations from members in order to appropriately compensate individuals who commit their time, talents, and resources (such as the artists of color, musicians of color, the artists of color, etc.) to the mission. ENR does not accept donations from businesses. ENR does not provide compensation to any members of the leadership committee or organizing groups. 


What does defunding the police mean for ENR?

CPD funding across the City of Chicago is approximately $1.7B per year. ECNR believes that this exorbitant annual spending is an appalling use of taxpayer dollars when funding for mental health, counseling, and community building supports are severely under-resourced in Chicago. CPAC will allow not only for more accountability for racist practices and police officers, but also in the budget. CPAC will allow for defunding of the police and reallocation of funds toward resources that will serve the public safety interest.


Is CPAC unconstitutional?

No. Some alders across the City have incorrectly posited that CPAC would violate the IL Constitution. For more detail please see this flyer and ENR’s OpEd (TBD)


How does CPAC differ from COPA?

COPA is the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. However, the “accountability” of this office leaves much to be desired. CPAC will offer more direct oversight and provide actual means for enforcing accountability than COPA. According to Craig Futterman, Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project Founder, “CPAC is unique from current mechanisms of police accountability such as COPA because it prioritizes community members, gives them real power and is fully independent from the Police Department and City Hall.” This direct oversight by community members is the way that we believe we can begin to transform the nature of policing and immediately fight the racist systems rampant in CPD.


How does CPAC differ from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability or GAPA?

Contrary to GAPA, CPAC allows its directly elected Civilian Police Accountability Council to be the sole nominator and decider (pending confirmation) for the roles of Police Superintendent, Chief Administrator of COPA, and all members of the Police Board, which with CPAC’s oversight would oversee and investigate complaints and instances of police misconduct as well as reside over disciplinary hearings.

 
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