CHICAGO - "While the guilty verdict delivered by the Georgia jury in the Arbery trial is a relief that accountability can be delivered in the criminal legal system, true justice would ensure Ahmaud Arbery’s heart would still be beating today and that he would break bread with his family tomorrow. I stand in solidarity with his loved ones through these complex times.
"The perpetrators’ motivations in carrying out the murder are yet another indication that the work ahead continues to be multifaceted and layered involving eradicating structural racism and transforming multiple systems to ensure justice for all. I commit to the disciplined work of collaborating with community to design solutions that center lived experience, healing-centered engagement, and produce outcomes so we all thrive."
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CHICAGO – Following the not guilty verdict of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse traveled from our state into Wisconsin to access a deadly weapon and shot two people. Today, a jury found him not guilty of the charges brought against him.
“I am deeply disappointed, yet not surprised, to witness the court reach this decision. It doesn‘t escape me how the process and outcome would likely be radically different for people of color, namely Black men and women, who are rarely granted the right to a trial, let alone a fair trial. 
While the perpetrator might have been in Wisconsin, his roots lie here in Illinois. The trial might have been in Wisconsin, but the broken criminal legal system that protects White faces at the cost of Black lives is also present here in Illinois. The victims were shot in Wisconsin, but the failure of justice their families face today is felt by countless families here in Illinois. 
All across this country, we must take responsibility for the society and systems that caused this verdict because it goes beyond a trial. Today like too many days before serves as a reminder. We must renew our commitment to work in community, to build a justice system worthy of its name. 
“My thoughts are with the loved ones of the two young men killed that day, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as Jacob Blake who also lives with a permanent reminder that justice was failed today.”
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Estimado Amigo,

Antes de que disfrutemos de un merecido descanso para celebrar el Día de Acción de Gracia, quiero ofrecerte algunos recursos que pueden ser útiles para ti y tu familia, mientras que entramos a los meses de invierno.

Lee a continuación sobre asistencia a servicios básicos, inscripción a preescolar, empleos y más.

Además, quiero recordarte que los niños de entre 5 y 11 años ya son elegibles para recibir la vacuna de Pfizer. Preguntas y respuestas frecuentes sobre la vacunación infantil contra el COVID-19 aquí, y para que le asistan para hacer una cita a través de CPS aquí.

También hay recomendaciones para recibir refuerzos de las tres vacunas disponibles. Visite para saber dónde lo puede recibir en su localidad. Cuide la salud de sus seres queridos durante esta temporada de fiestas y vacúnese si es elegible.


Senadora Estatal Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Distrito 20

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Dear Friend,

Before we all take a much-needed break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to provide you with some resources that may be of help to you and your family as we enter the winter months.

Read on for information on utility assistance, pre-school enrollment, jobs and more.

Additionally, I would like to remind you that children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination for children in this FAQ, and get help booking an appointment through CPS here.

There are also COVID-19 booster shot recommendations for all three available vaccines. Visit to find a COVID-19 booster vaccine near you. Keep your loved ones safe this holiday season and get vaccinated if you’re eligible.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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