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Citizens Alert & 45 Years of Police Accountability Celebration

Citizens Alert & 45 Years of Police Accountability Celebration

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 10:00pm

You Are Invited!
7th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award
Citizens Alert and Mary Powers for forty-five years of dedication to police accountability.


Reception and Silent Auction
Hors dʼoeuvres and complimentary wine by Bodega Ramos

Program and Awards Ceremony Lydia Talbot, Master of Ceremonies

  • Highlights from Peace Productionʼs new film, “To Turn a Blind Eye” 
  • Music by Voices and the Wellington Choir 
  • Words from those who have walked with Citizens Alert in their quest for police accountability

Tickets $50 

Students / Limited Income $35
Proceeds go to Citizens Alert and Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ.

Citizens Alert is Chicago's most experienced police accountability organization working for systemic change in law enforcement agencies and advocating for victims of excessive force or police misconduct. It was Mary and her organization that consistently pressured the Chicago Police Department to reopen investigations that ultimately led to former  detective and commander on Burge's firing and imprisonment. Burge was convicted in June of 2010 and sentenced in January 2011 for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between1972 and 1991in order to force confessions. Our own Betty Benson worked tirelessly by her side. 

In this day of mass incarceration and “lock down America” the work of Citizens Alert has never been more timely.
“We believe that law enforcement agencies are the servants of the public and that the public must hold these agencies to the highest standard of trust and integrity”. 
- Citizens Alert

Contact Information: 

Visit or call (773)-395-0642 to purchase tickets.


Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington Avenue
60657 Chicago , IL