Alka's Angle July 21, 2023

Dear Broadway Family,


This week, the Illinois Supreme Court issued their decision of the Pretrial Fairness Act being constitutional, and directing courts across the state to implement the law and end the use of money bond on September 18, 2023. The Pretrial Fairness Act was signed into law in February 2021. You can read more about the Pretrial Fairness Act


This makes Illinois the first state in the nation to eliminate cash bail and will help improve community safety by allowing people to retain housing, employment and the ability to support their families while awaiting trial. Throughout our state, Black and Brown communities are disproportionately harmed by pretrial jailing. Thousands of people in Illinois are in jail only because they cannot afford to pay their money bond. Now these individuals will have the opportunity to maintain active roles in their communities.


While this law ends the use of money bond in Illinois, judges will still have the discretion to detain someone pretrial or release them with conditions, but the presumption of innocence will be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it, and allows people to be care for their families while awaiting trial. I am grateful to all who tirelessly worked to make this a reality in our state and move one step forward in bringing justice to our black and brown and poor siblings who find themselves caught in the legal system.


Another step we are taking towards justice for the deserving kids in our community is by providing basic school supplies for them before they go back to school in the fall. I invite you to please donate generously towards that by either bringing your donations (pencils, crayons, erasers, color pencils, index cards, backpacks, glue sticks, 2 pocket folders, markers, highlighters) to the church or click here to make a financial donation.


And remember-


  • This Sunday Rev. Miranda Denler, an ordained elder from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and has been worshipping with us for several months with her husband Robert, will preach on the social principles: economic justice. 
  • On Sunday, July 30th, at 11:00 am, we will join Holy Covenant UMC for their  “Beach Worship” near the "A Signal of Peace" sculpture. You can park at the Diversey Driving Range & Mini Golf then take a short walk under Lake Shore Drive past the Diversey Harbor. You will not miss the sculpture when you come to the lakeside. Many of them joined us last Sunday. I hope we can extend the same support to them.


Beloveds, as people of God, let us continue to do our best, be our best and do all we can to create a safer place for all God’s people. Be blessed and I look forward to seeing you in church.