Statement from Action Now on Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s DEFEAT

Tuesday's election turned the tides in the community-led fight against corrupt elected officials and community disrespect. Soon-to-be former State's Attorney, Anita Alvarez under-estimated the power of organized people and lost her job as a result. Cook County showed that we know how to vote, and can turn out in huge numbers, when the issues and candidates inspire us and help us vision for better communities.

Our communities deserve nothing less than justice, and Anita's record was clear that she used her "discretion" to widen the gaps between justice being served and justice being denied. Action Now is proud to have worked to support Kim Foxx and are looking forward to working together with her to make good on all of her campaign promises. We hope that she remains connected to the community, with her ear to the ground and her heart engaged with the people most impacted by her decisions, while honoring her commitments to our communities and focus on strengthening restorative justice, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and ushering in the criminal justice reform Chicago needs.

Through the hard work of our members’ organizing, direct actions, public forums and every-day engagement with the community, we made sure that voters connected their anti-Anita anger to making a tangible change at the ballot box. This year alone, we knocked on the doors of over 20,000 families in the Southside and Westside neighborhoods of Chicago, speaking with voters about criminal justice issues. It is beautiful to witness communities transforming their anger and pain into activism and power. Last night's victory should serve as a reminder to everyone across this country of the power of civic engagement in Black communities. 

This win is a win for all of Cook County. Thank you to our family at Worker's Center for Racial Justice, Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation, and United Working Families for committing to the struggle with us, your passion and dedication encourage us all as we move forward with making sure this win brings real changes to our communities. We also want to give a shout-out to BYP 100 and all the other youth-led groups who are dynamically shifting the public narrative around Black lives, bringing added brilliance and dedication to the fights for justice everywhere. 

With ongoing collaborations spanning communities and stretching across generations, the work isn't even close to being over. If anything, all elected officials should be on notice like never before. The community is awake. We are watching you. And we know our vote is our power. Change is coming, and the community's voice will shape our future.

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