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During our trainings, you will learn about the legislative process in Illinois and how a bill really becomes a law, develop skills to navigate Springfield, and build support for issues that matter to you.
These FREE trainings are open to individuals and organizations interested in advancing change in our state through the legislative process in Springfield. While our focus is on criminal legal reform, we try to make our training useful for any issue. If you would like custom training for your organization or network, please contact Lindsey Hammond at email@example.com.
Our Chicago trainings are held in the River North neighborhood. Both upcoming in-person trainings are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find more information about the trainings below.
Check back for the next Legislative Advocacy in-person training.
This is a more advanced training than Legislative Advocacy 101, but everyone is welcome. This training will also be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people who attend our in-person trainings.
Check back for the next Building Relationships in-person training.
Check back for the next Advocacy 101 virtual training.
This is a more advanced training than Legislative Advocacy 101, but everyone is welcome.
Check back for the next Building Relationships virtual training.
Our monthly advocacy training series for people with incarcerated loved ones will resume in the fall.
“Thank you again for hosting the Advocacy Camp last week! It was such perfect timing for me as I started my new role at the [gov. criminal justice policy org] only a week earlier and needed a refresher course. I so much appreciate your thoughtful responses to the questions I’d been thinking about. You, Marshan, and Julie are excellent facilitators and I’d love to take part in any other trainings you may have in the future.” – young criminal justice advocate, new to role at government organization
“I think I am still on a cloud after your teaching last Saturday! What a gift you were to our group. … We all learned so much, and you just have a great way of sharing your heart on a complicated topic!” – leader of prison ministry in suburban church
“Thank you! I learned so much. I have a nephew in IDOC facing a life sentence, this was his first offense.” – public health outreach worker
“I was going to write you a letter telling you how good your panel-hosting and presentation were at the recent event at Lewis University, but then I went to Restore Justice’s website and saw something coming up soon. I’m free if you want me to attend [again]. I loved it!” – state senator
“I’ve done this training before but I keep coming because I learn something new every time.” – former juvenile lifer
“I’m glad I came because as a gun violence advocate, I need to understand how this works and how to talk about things in a way that does not hurt other people.” – parent of gun violence victim