Fair Tax Teach-In

Join YNPN Chicago and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law for a teach-in about the Fair Tax Amendment on the November 2020 General Election ballot. The passage of the amendment is critical to providing agencies, social service providers, and the social impact sector with sustainable funding.

Learn from experts Jeremy Rosen and Lauren Wright about the impact on our sector, and equip yourself with the tools to be an advocate for the Fair Tax in your communities.


Illinois is one of only nine states in the U.S. that has a flat income tax structure, and is one of only four states that constitutionally requires a flat income tax. The State is critically underfunded, with insufficient revenue generated to pay for necessary social services. The problem has only grown worse in recent years, as agencies and critical service providers have shut down across the state.

Under the Fair Tax plan, 97% of Illinois residents would see no income tax increase. Only the 3% of those making more than $250,000 will see their taxes go up, with the largest increases going to those making more than $1 million.

Since all Illinois constitutional amendments must be approved by the voters, it’s up to us to decide the fate of the Fair Tax amendment on Election Day - November 3, 2020.

We will be providing light refreshments and snacks at the event.


Jeremy Rosen Director of Economic Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Jeremy is a career civil and human rights lawyer. Most recently, he helped form the Iowa Housing Partnership—Iowa’s first statewide affordable housing coalition. While Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa, he fought for workplace justice and other civil rights and liberties issues. Before moving to Iowa, Jeremy spent 15 years in Washington D.C. doing legal and lobbying work to ensure people with low income and people experiencing homelessness could access public benefits and affordable housing. Jeremy worked to ensure people were not criminalized simply for being homeless.

He began his career as a public benefits attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami. In his spare time, Jeremy has coached Little League Baseball for 17 years.

Lauren Wright Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Services

Lauren Wright recently joined Illinois Partners for Human Service as their Executive Director.  Illinois Partners is a coalition of more than 800 human service organizations in every legislative district in Illinois, who provide vital services in mental health, disability rights, childcare, youth advocacy, workforce development, immigration services and many other areas.  Lauren holds a Master of International Policy and Practice from George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. 

Lauren has spent the past ten years working in the nonprofit sector, focused on coalition building and grassroots advocacy internationally.  Lauren is committed to amplifying the platforms of community organizations, and advocating for the people they serve. 

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February 06, 2020 at 6pm - 7:30pm
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
67 E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60603
United States
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