Civil and Human Rights
Our government is founded on the belief that individuals have a number of “inalienable rights” enshrined in the Constitution. I believe that the protection of those rights is a fundamental obligation for each member of Congress, and I take that duty very seriously. It is important that we work to end discrimination and human rights abuses wherever they occur.
In my work in the House of Representatives, where I was previously a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission, I do my best to make sure a proper balance between security and liberty is maintained, and that government’s reach into our private lives is kept to a minimum.
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EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip, today issued the following statement after the recent shooting of Jacob Blake:
“Another unarmed black man in the United States was shot in the back, this time 7 times, in front of his three young children. This time the man shot was Jacob Blake, born and raised in Evanston, my hometown and the heart of my Congressional district.
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the Trump Administration’s deployment of additional federal law enforcement to Chicago under Operation Legend, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Chuy García (IL-04) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Attorney General William Barr to ensure that the civil rights of Chicagoans are protected and demanding additional information on the scope of the operation.
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 7608, a domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations bill:
“I voted YES for this funding bill because it invests in the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities, and protects our nation’s diplomatic and humanitarian priorities around the globe.
Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Mike Quigley (IL-05) took important steps to prevent the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from launching an Enforcement and Removal “Citizen Academy Training” in Chicago. Earlier this week, Representatives Garcia and Schakowsky, joined by Rep.