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"More than a dozen women dressed in red-robes and white-bonnets, plus their supporters, will gather at the Thompson Center on Thursday afternoon to rally in support of reproductive rights, The Handmaid's Tale-style.
Protesters around the country have been drawing inspiration from Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel—and its recent Hulu television adaptation—about an authoritarian near-future in which women are viciously subjugated and robbed of personal agency.
The demonstration in Chicago channels the dystopian classic, and its iconic costume scheme, to bring a potent visual punctuation as protesters urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to pass the women's-health bill HB40.
The rally will feature a coalition of women from the activist group Indivisible, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations."
Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth
"Americans really, really don't like the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Only 17 percent of U.S. adults approve of the health care bill, according to a recent NPR/Marist/PBS NewsHour poll. In fact, a majority of Americans now approve of the ACA, also known as Obamacare — but just nine months ago, that wasn't true.
So what do they want?
Maybe they want single-payer health care — a slight majority of Americans now say they would like that kind of system, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But then, they don't like it once they hear about the trade-offs. So maybe they simply want Obamacare to go further — that's what a plurality of respondents told NPR. Or to be more specific, they favor most Obamacare provisions...but not the individual mandate (which is needed to make the ACA work). Or they want to keep the Affordable Care Act but scrap Obamacare (or vice versa)."
"Critics are going after Republicans over the Senate Health Care bill despite the bill being pulled from the schedule this week. Many say the Senate GOP bill is dead, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to revise the health care bill when the Senate returns after the July 4th recess.
Protesters like Clare Duggan of Indivisible 123Go say they are ready for a fight and they are not waiting until after the recess. They have already started rallying against the Senate Republican health care bill."
"Indivisible Chicago made a human chain around the Thompson Center in a show of support. They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner to take a stand. The group accuses the governor of staying silent during the current debate in Washington."
"Republicans and Democrats are got their first look today at the GOP Senate leadership's plan to overhaul Obamacare. It will end the medicaid expansion under Obamacare and remove the mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance or face a penalty. The Senate plan would also roll back many of the Affordable Care Act’s taxes on businesses and wealthier Americans. A group called Indivisible Chicago held a protest at Federal Plaza downtown this afternoon."
"While a handful of U.S. senators were huddling in secret this week in Washington to draft legislation repealing Obamacare, grassroots activists across the Chicago region and Illinois were working hard to bring as much public attention – and public outrage – to the issue as possible.
“They have been dodging us, avoiding town halls, avoiding constituent meetings,” said Clare Duggan of Indivisible Chicago. “So we’ve opened up the discussion.”"
June 20, 2017 | Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday pulled out of a Rosemont fundraiser for the state party where he was billed as a "special guest" after busloads of protesters unhappy with his position on the Affordable Care Act assembled outside.
"Environmental activists upset at President Donald Trump's exit from the Paris climate accord will protest the controversial withdrawal Friday afternoon.
Activist groups including the Sierra Club and Indivisible Chicago will lead the march beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The march will start at Michigan and Wacker drives and proceed to the James R. Thompson Center, where protesters will publicly call on Gov. Bruce Rauner to implement a plan to lower Illinois' carbon emissions."
"On the heels of mass demonstrations against President Trump’s policies that have drawn hundreds of thousands of Americans into the streets, leaders of the Trump resistance movement will converge in Chicago May 23 with thousands of workers in the Fight for $15 for a “March on McDonald’s” that is expected to be the biggest-ever protest to hit the fast-food giant.
Organizations leading the March on McDonald’s include: Fight for $15, the Women’s March, MoveOn.org, Movement for Black Lives, Our Revolution, Next Gen, Color of Change, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Repairers of the Breach, Indivisible Chicago, Women’s March-Chicago, Center for Community Change, 350.org and Patriotic Millionaires."
"We explained to [the bar owner] that Constellation Brands are fueling the Ryan machine and that we don't support them and want to get at them through signature brands. He said they agreed with us, but they have beer and a contract," says Indivisible Chicago organizer Jason Reiger.
And so a compromise was reached: Protesters would drink Big Onion's supply of Ballast Point, and Big Onion would give the proceeds to Social Works. And Big Onion agreed not to restock Ballast Point in the future, Taylor says."
"Indivisible Chicago was founded nearly a month after Trump was elected president as a grass-roots organization committed to resisting the new administration's agenda. The group's website features a daily list of events.
Founder Jason Rieger said the group models its efforts after the Indivisible Guide, an online manual drafted by former Democratic staffers to help people appeal to elected officials and create change in their communities."
"Protesters gathered at the doors of congressional offices on Thursday to rally for change in Illinois. They said they want to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions.
Outside the village hall in Peter Roskam's sixth congressional district, one of 16 protests took place on Thursday, organized by a group calling themselves Indivisible Chicago."
"Can progressives have their own Tea Party? Many have floated the idea over the last several years, hoping to recreate the electoral success of that movement. But an upstart new organization called Indivisible is pulling another lesson from insurgent Republicans: how to obstruct a president’s agenda and change the debate in Congress from the grassroots up—starting with a 24-page Google Doc."
"It's being dubbed the tea party of the left. A new movement has bubbled up in Chicago and around the nation in response to the election of Donald Trump. It has resulted in a record volume of phone calls to Congress, and heavy pressure on local elected officials. The movement is called Indivisible. The Chicago chapter is, according to organizers, one of 5,000 that have sprung up around the country since the election of Trump."
Jan 29, 2017 | "Following the “Indivisible” guide put together by former congressional staffers, there have now been more than 4,000 groups registered who are ready to take action and make their voices heard. Their voices only grow louder with each new totalitarian action taken by the Trump administration and GOP.
Using the guide, the vote to gut the independent Congressional Ethics Office was reversed thanks to efforts begun by grass roots activists. Since then, things have stayed highly active."