Illinois is on the Verge of Curbing Our Civil Liberties
H.R.1 Would Strengthen Democracy and Perhaps Increase Citizenry Confidence in Elections
The Illinois Senate is close to sending a bill to the Governor’s desk which was crafted by conservative and energy industry think tanks to deter environmental activists and silence marginalized voices.
HB 1633, a bill very similar to this model bill, drafted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is currently being pushed by conservatives and Oil & Gas industry lobbyists in dozens of state legislatures. This bill’s express purpose is to have a chilling effect on our First Amendment rights, specifically targeting environmental activists, under the guise of additional protections for critical infrastructure while invoking the familiar refrain of “terrorism” as a tool to chip away at civil liberties.
Our Personal Privacy is Under Assault
As Indivisibles we can spend our days frustrated by what Congress does not do. Or, we can educate ourselves and take action to protect our Democracy.
This is the choice we face with H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most significant electoral integrity bill since the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This bill passed in the House by a vote of 234 to 193. A package of election reforms, it is meant to restore people’s faith that government works for the public interest, not the special interest.
Mitch McConnell stopped progress on this bill, refusing to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.
Goodbye 2017, and Good Riddance
Illinoisans personal privacy is currently under assault by corporate interests. SB 3053 will significantly weaken what is currently the strongest biometric privacy law in the nation. We must act now to defend our right to privacy.
100 days opposing the Trump administration
Raise your hand if you're sad to see 2017 go?
Yeah, me neither. It's a good thing I didn't ask who was happyto see 2017 go, as there would be a whole lot of people getting weird looks on the el as they randomly shot their hands into the air. 2017 was the worst.
But now 2018 is here. 2018, the year of the midterm elections where we, as a nation, will finally begin to regain some semblance of control over this country once again. Yes, it's exciting to have something positive to work towards as opposed to simply scratching and clawing to hang onto the last vestiges of the country we love.
A fire ignited
On January 5th, fifteen days before Donald Trump was to be sworn in as President of the United States, 35 people from across Chicago met in the back room of Gideon Welles, a local bar in Lincoln Square. The goal was simple: figure out how to oppose the Trump administration and ensure democratic values were not completely eroded over the next four years. None of us quite knew what we were doing, but with the Indivisible Guide at our ready, we were game.
And now it's real
My family and I, including my three kids, took the Brown Line down from Lincoln Square and met up with about ten other members of Indivisible Chicago. Dozens of other members of the group were also down at the march, marching with friends and loved ones. My son, who's four, was nervous and asked if all of Chicago would be down there. I assured him, no, it will be crowded but it won't be the whole city. Turns out, okay fine, he was pretty close to right.
Pretty much following the Tea Party model...
By now, we've all seen that the new administration has removed the page on Climate Change from the White House website . They've removed the page for LGBTQ rights and Civil Rights. They've replaced them with a new "America First" policy that echoes the sentiments of the anti-semite Charles Lindbergh.
I'm guessing you're as sick as I am.
But this is why you signed up.
The Birth of a Movement
Involving ourselves in events doesn't have to mean ruining events.
On Wednesday, November 9th, we all woke up trapped in the same nightmare. Instantly, 60 million Americans cast about, wondering what they could do to help stop Trump.