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.

More on Civil and Human Rights

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the introduction of a package of legislation to address serious problems that have emerged during the COVID-19 crisis.

February 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement following the House of Representatives voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her House Committee assignments:

“Today I voted to strip a violence-promoting QAnon adherent, 9/11 denier, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic Member of Congress from her Committee posts.

February 3, 2021 Video

This morning, I paid my respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the violent insurrection in our U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Represenatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-IL), introduced the COVID-19 Justice and Accountability ACt. As the Biden-Harris Administration seeks to undo the harm caused by the previous Administration and get this pandemic under control, Congress must take the necessary step to provide statutory protections to all those impacted by this virus. Without a private right to action under the CARES Act and federal relief legislation, the courtroom doors will be closed to those who need access most.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Tomorrow, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12), and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) will introduce an amendment to the Constitution of the United States "recognizing and securing the fundamental right to life, liberty, and property, which includes housing, health care, education, and nutrition."

A copy of the resolution proposing the amendment is available here.

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