Wednesday, June 28th - Rally at the Thompson Center! Put the pressure on Rauner!

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Come out to the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th

  • Action #2: Flood Governor Rauner's office with calls asking his to oppose ACA repeal

  • Action #3: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting for ACA

Tools you can use

Action #1: Come out to the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th

Noon, TODAY at the Thompson Center. Be there and help us push Governor Rauner to come out against ACA repeal and in support of protecting Medicaid.

We are rallying to ask Governor Rauner to stop giving cover to the spineless Republican Congressmen who voted for this heinous bill. There is nothing more important going on right now. This is life or death for millions of Americans. We have to fight. Join us at the Thompson center where we will call for Governor Rauner to forget about the 6.6 million dollars he will save with his potential tax cut and stand up for his constituents.

Action #2: Flood Governor Rauner's office with calls asking his to oppose ACA repeal

Governor Rauner

Chicago office: 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to publicly oppose the proposed $800 billion dollar cuts to medicaid. 2.9 million Illinois residents depend on medicaid, especially seniors, babies, veterans and the disabled. These cuts are immoral and I'm asking the governor to speak out against them.

Action #3: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting for ACA

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Call to strengthen their spines

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and helping delay the vote.

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and helping delay the vote.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

The bill has been delay (YAY), but the fight is not over. We need to keep the pressure on Governor Rauner. This New York Times article is a good example of why it can be so impactful for Governor Rauner to speak out against the Senate Bill. The bigger coalition of governors opposing this, the harder it will be for the Senate to destroy medicaid to finance a tax cut. From the article:

But if the legislation does unravel further, governors will have played a hand: Mr. Hickenlooper said in an interview that he and Mr. Kasich had agreed to team up after a February meeting of the governors’ association in Washington, where state leaders heard an alarming presentation about the potential consequences of a federal pullback in health care.

Within weeks, Mr. Hickenlooper said, both Mr. Kasich and Mr. Sandoval had sought his help in taking on their own party. Mr. Kasich, the Colorado governor recalled, expressed confidence that he could find other Republicans who would “take a pretty strong stand that coverage shouldn’t be rolled back.”

A tentative game plan emerged: They would assemble a nimble, informal group of governors, from the right and left of center, who would publicly express concern about health care legislation drafted in the House and Senate. The governors would press for a slower, less disruptive and more public legislative process, and insist on protections for states that had greatly expanded their Medicaid rolls.

Joining Mr. Kasich and Mr. Sandoval on the Republican side was Mr. Baker. On the Democratic side, Mr. Hickenlooper recruited Steve Bullock of Montana, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

 

Tuesday, June 27th - Phone bank to save ACA, call to save ACA, and rally to save ACA

  • Action #1: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman

  • Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and tell them to withhold consent and filibuster by amendment

  • Action #3: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

  • Action #4: Leave a comment today (by 5pm) via email to Rauner’s Illinois Department of Natural Resources flagging the technical concerns in Woolsey’s fracking application and urging them to reject Woolsey Operating Company’s horizontal well permit application!

Tools you can use

Action #1: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the SEVEN phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio and Maine Republican Senators

We have so many phone banking sessions! Last night, groups in Rogers Park and Hyde Park called constituents of Senator Collins of Maine and she has since come out as a "NO" against the awful Senate bill. Tonight we will be calling Ohio Senator Rob Portman at five different locations across the city. 

Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and tell them to withhold consent and filibuster by amendment

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'd like to thank the Senator for committing to withhold consent. I'm also asking the Senator to go one step further and propose hundreds or thousands of amendments for vote-a-rama, effectively filibustering by amendment. It's essential that the Senator play hardball as the Senate Republicans aren't operating in good faith.

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'd like to thank the Senator for committing to withhold consent. I'm also asking the Senator to go one step further and propose hundreds or thousands of amendments for vote-a-rama, effectively filibustering by amendment. It's essential that the Senator play hardball as the Senate Republicans aren't operating in good faith.

Action #3: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

We are rallying to deliver our petition and ask Governor Rauner to stop giving cover to the spineless Republican Congressmen who voted for this heinous bill. There is nothing more important going on right now. This is life or death for millions of Americans. We have to fight. Join us at the Thompson center where we will call for Governor Rauner to forget about the 6.6 million dollars he will save with his potential tax cut and stand up for his constituents. 

Action #4: Leave a comment today (by 5pm) via email to Rauner’s Illinois Department of Natural Resources flagging the technical concerns in Woolsey’s fracking application and urging them to reject Woolsey Operating Company’s horizontal well permit application!

From Sierra Club:

Woolsey Operating Company LLC has submitted Illinois’ first High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing well permit application since the 2013 Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act was passed. This is a crucial moment to gather our power and show the entire fracking industry that this toxic industry has no place in Illinois.

The comment period on Woolsey’s permit application is open now through 5:00 PM on June 27th! We need your voice to say #NotOneWell, comment and help spread the word!

Submit your comment by clicking here + filling out your info

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #1: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the SEVEN phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio and Maine Republican Senators

Phone Banking Sessions Available:

Andersonville
Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 PM - 8 PM
5301 N Clark, Chicago IL

Northwest side
Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 PM - 8 PM
3857 N Koster Ave, Chicago IL

Beverly
Tuesday, June 27th 5-8pm
Bethany Union Church
1750 W. 103rd Street, 60643

Evanston
Tuesday, June 27th 5-8pm
Private residence
Evanston, IL (email indivisibleevanston@gmail.com for location)

West Town
Tuesday, June 27th 6:30-7:30
Chicago Public Library - West Town Branch
1625 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Actions #3: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

RED ALERT - WE NEED ALL AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, CHILDREN AND THE POOR TO SHOW UP AND DEMAND RAUNER TO DEFEND OUR STATE.

Governor Rauner has been silent on AHCA, and this silence speaks volumes. He can not be allowed to get away with sitting on the sidelines while his Republican allies in Congress vote to give him a 6.6. million dollar tax cut at the expense of children, the disabled, middle class families and the elderly.

We will deliver a 5000 signature petition to Governor Rauner during the rally. Sign the petition and share https://actionsprout.io/1D7168

WE NEED EVERYONE TO COME OUT. Rally! Have your voices be heard! We demand that Governor Rauner speak out. We demand that he represent the people of Illinois who will die and lose their jobs without ACA. Join Indivisible Chicago and our allies as we rally outside the Governor's office and demand that our voices be heard.

Action #4: Leave a comment today (by 5pm) via email to Rauner’s Illinois Department of Natural Resources flagging the technical concerns in Woolsey’s fracking application and urging them to reject Woolsey Operating Company’s horizontal well permit application!

From Sierra Club:

Woolsey Operating Company LLC has submitted a permit to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to drill our state’s first High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracking well. Thinking “Woolsey” sounds eerily familiar? You’re right - Woolsey Energy owned and operated the frack well that exploded in January 2014 with a lawsuit by the injured party still in process. This well endangers the health and safety of the community through risk of water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes, all of which have lead to long term health effects - all in the name of extracting and burning more and more dirty fossil fuels.

We must not let Illinois fall victim to this toxic industry takeover. Right now (and until 5:00 PM on June 27th) the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is taking comments on this well permit - let’s tell them what we know! This decision lies in the hands of the IL Department of Natural Resources, who takes direction from Gov. Rauner. Tell the Gov. Rauner to reject this permit!

Monday, June 26th - Sign the Petition to Tell Rauner to Support Medicaid and Rally to Support ACA

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Sign the petition to tell Governor Rauner to speak out for Medicaid and stop giving cover to the Illinois Republican Congressmen

  • Action #2: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

  • Action #3: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the SEVEN phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio and Maine Republican Senators

  • Action #4: We are still calling our Senators. Honestly, we always call our Senators

Tools you can use

Action #1: Sign the petition to tell Governor Rauner to speak out for Medicaid and stop giving cover to the Illinois Republican Congressmen

This is an easy one. It take what, seven seconds to sign a petition? This is not a petition to get your email and add it to a list. It's just signing a petition to ask Governor Rauner to speak out against slashing medicaid. It's about protecting children and the elderly. This is important. Please sign and share.

Actions #2: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

We are rallying to ask Governor Rauner to stop giving cover to the spineless Republican Congressmen who voted for this heinous bill. There is nothing more important going on right now. This is life or death for millions of Americans. We have to fight. Join us at the Thompson center where we will call for Governor Rauner to forget about the 6.6 million dollars he will save with his potential tax cut and stand up for his constituents.

Action #3: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the SEVEN phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio and Maine Republican Senators

We have so many phone banking sessions! In an absolutely amazing effort, Indivisible Northwest has worked to acquire numbers of friendly democrats in Ohio and Maine and we will ask them to call their Senators. This allows us to influence Republican Senators in other states. Join us and fight.

Action #4: Call your Senators and ask them to fight

Call your Senators. Seriously, did you think I wasn't going to tell you to call Durbin and Duckworth? It's what we do. Strengthen their spine. Let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #1: Sign the petition to tell Governor Rauner to speak out for Medicaid and stop giving cover to the Illinois Republican Congressmen

Here's the text of what we are sending to the Governor. Be sure to sign.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has failed to offer any kind of substantive comment on the disastrous Republican health care plan. TrumpCare would eliminate coverage for 650,000 Illinois families on Medicaid, increase premiums for middle class families, remove protections for people with preexisting conditions, destroy an estimated 46,000 jobs in Illinois, and blow a $40 billion hole in our already decimated state budget. As TrumpCare destroys coverage for working families, the plan gives Rauner a $6.6 million tax cut per year.

While other governors from his own party have the courage to speak out, Gov. Rauner continues his shameful silence on TrumpCare. Gov. Rauner should put the people of Illinois ahead of his personal $6 million tax cut.

Take a stand, governor, before it is too late.

Actions #2: Tell us you're going to the Rally to Save ACA at the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th and share the event

RED ALERT - WE NEED ALL AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, CHILDREN AND THE POOR TO SHOW UP AND DEMAND RAUNER TO DEFEND OUR STATE.

Governor Rauner has been silent on AHCA, and this silence speaks volumes. He can not be allowed to get away with sitting on the sidelines while his Republican allies in Congress vote to give him a 6.6. million dollar tax cut at the expense of children, the disabled, middle class families and the elderly.

We will deliver a 5000 signature petition to Governor Rauner during the rally. Sign the petition and share https://actionsprout.io/1D7168

WE NEED EVERYONE TO COME OUT. Rally! Have your voices be heard! We demand that Governor Rauner speak out. We demand that he represent the people of Illinois who will die and lose their jobs without ACA. Join Indivisible Chicago and our allies as we rally outside the Governor's office and demand that our voices be heard.

Action #3: Volunteer to phone bank at one of the SEVEN phone banking sessions Indivisible Chicago has set up to call Ohio and Maine Republican Senators

Phone Banking Sessions Available:

Hyde Park
Monday, June 26th 6 PM - 8 PM
Private Residence, Hyde Park
Please RSVP to indiv.chi.south@gmail.com for location information

Andersonville
Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 PM - 8 PM
5301 N Clark, Chicago IL

Northwest side
Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 PM - 8 PM
3857 N Koster Ave, Chicago IL

Beverly
Tuesday, June 27th 5-8pm
Bethany Union Church
1750 W. 103rd Street, 60643

Evanston
Tuesday, June 27th 5-8pm
Private residence
Evanston, IL (email indivisibleevanston@gmail.com for location)

West Town
Tuesday, June 27th 6:30-7:30
Chicago Public Library - West Town Branch
1625 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Friday, June 23rd - Call to show support for ACA and join the Rapid Response Team

Actions you can take today

Tools you can use

Action #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them

I know it seems like we have had the same calling action every day. You aren't crazy, we really are calling every day. We are calling every day until the Senate bill is dead. Our Senators will listen to us, but they have to hear from us first. Call call call.

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and for slowing the Senate process. I want the Senator to know that, as long as they use every tactic they have to stop this healthcare bill from advancing, they have our support.

For other scripts, calling actions, emails, and social media graphics, check our Trumpcare page.

Action #2: Join the Indivisible Rapid Response Team

Sign up here. Rallies are going to keep popping up around the city as the odious Senate tax-cut disguised as a healthcare bill is brought to light. We will send a text to the cell number you provide when rallies and protests are organized around the city. This is especially essential over the weekend when email might be difficult. Join the Rapid Response Team and fight to save ACA on the front lines.

Background on why we need to stop ACA Repeal

In spite of disingenuous rhetoric of “consumer choice,” and “healthy competition” the AHCA is at it’s core, a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the poor and elderly, as this stark graphic from the LA Times shows.  (The full article is an easy to read comparison between the ACA and AHCA.)

The Republicans tout a Federal deficit savings of $118.7 billion by 2026 under the AHCA.  This is based largely on the roll-back in Medicare and reduction tax subsidies that currently allow more people to afford health insurance.  The assumptions do not include the costs which fall to the states.  In Illinois, which is already facing an unprecedented financial crisis, the passage of AHCA will have a crippling effect on our economy and our fellow citizens.  Not only will the most vulnerable lack real access to health care, but providers will have to look at reducing services and staff; and possible closure of hospitals and clinics.  The reduction in social and health services providers is already a reality in Illinois.  Passage of the AHCA will make that worse. 

Regardless of how you feel about the impending repeal of the ACA; you should be outraged at the charade of democracy that defines the GOP efforts on the AHCA.  Thirteen men are meeting behind closed doors to create legislation that will impact the entire United States and an industry that representing 1/6th of our economy.  GOP leadership have already indicated that the Senate Bill will not be released publically prior to being presented for a vote - a repeat of the machinations the House Republicans used to ram their version of the AHCA through on partisan lines.  

No piece of legislation as sweeping and impactful as the AHCA should be brought to a vote without clear transparency, expert evaluation and public input.  Healthcare stakeholders from the AMA and AHA to the AARP have taken positions against the AHCA, yet the Republican Administration continues to move forward without even engaging with their own colleagues. It is imperative that voters let each MOC know that we are watching, and that we are angry about the disregard for transparent, democratic governance. 

The AHCA would:

  • Take away access to healthcare for an estimated 13 to 23 million Americans

  • Cut $834 billion in Medicaid spending and eliminate funds for Medicaid expansion by 2026.

  • Increase insurance costs for poorer, older, rural Americans although younger, healthier metropolitan Americans may see a decrease in insurance premiums.

  • Remove the tax penalty for not having health insurance.  However, consumers could face a 30% premium increase should their coverage lapse for any reason.

  • Removes consumer protections, effectively allowing higher premiums for older and sicker individuals and permitting waivers that could reimpose annual and lifetime caps.

  • Weakens access for Women’s health care services by providing Insurance providers waivers from contraception and maternity care, and exempting Medicaid payments for these services.  Additionally, the legislation bars Medicaid payments to any clinic providing abortion services whether or not that is the service provided to the patient.

  • End most of the taxes paid by corporations and wealthy households set up under the ACA to subsidize the program but does not include any offset for the lost revenue.

The bottom line is that AHCA provides less coverage and a higher cost to most Americans. At it worst, it deprives the most vulnerable true access to affordable, quality health care. The Republican Administration has adopted the President’s regressive, short-term vision of “Winning” over Governing.  We need to urge our Senators to speak up loudly and resist.

Thursday, June 22nd - Rally to oppose Senate Healthcare bill; Call Governor Rauner and your Senators

Actions you can take today

  • Action#1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Tomorrow: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

  • Action #2: Fill out witness slip in support of HR445

  • Action #3: Call Governor Rauner and ask him to speak out against AHCA

  • Action #4: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them (yes, we call them every day)

Tools you can use

Action #1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Today: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

The is getting real. The Senate version of AHCA comes out TODAY, Thursday the 22nd. This is the day we have planned for our Rally to Save ACA, one of many rallies across the nation being lead by Indivisible. Come out an show your support for ACA. We will have many people sharing their stories of how ACA has impacted their lives. Let us know you are coming and share the event! We will have a 26' mobile billboard circling Federal Plaza as it concludes its tour of Illinois Republican districts in Chicago. The press will be there, so please come out and show your support for ACA.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30-4pm

Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn

Action #2: Fill out witness slip in support of HR445

State Rep Greg Harris is introducing a bill requesting out Congressional delegation to vote no on the AHCA and support Medicare as a public option. He is requesting IL residents to submit witness slips if you agree. Select "proponent" and "record of appearance" on the form. Please share and help get the word out to support this bill!

Click here to fill out a witness slip. For section II, Representation, indicate "Indivisible Chicago" or "self". For Position, choose "Proponent", and for Testimony check "Record of Appearance only"

Action #3: Call Governor Rauner and ask him to speak out against AHCA

Governor Rauner

Chicago office: 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to publicly oppose the proposed $800 billion dollar cuts to medicaid. 2.9 million Illinois residents depend on medicaid, especially seniors, babies, veterans and the disabled. These cuts are immoral and I'm asking the governor to speak out against them.

Action #4: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and for slowing the Senate process. I want the Senator to know that, as long as they use every tactic they have to stop this healthcare bill from advancing, they have our support.

Background on why we need to stop ACA Repeal

In spite of disingenuous rhetoric of “consumer choice,” and “healthy competition” the AHCA is at it’s core, a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the poor and elderly, as this stark graphic from the LA Times shows.  (The full article is an easy to read comparison between the ACA and AHCA.)

The Republicans tout a Federal deficit savings of $118.7 billion by 2026 under the AHCA.  This is based largely on the roll-back in Medicare and reduction tax subsidies that currently allow more people to afford health insurance.  The assumptions do not include the costs which fall to the states.  In Illinois, which is already facing an unprecedented financial crisis, the passage of AHCA will have a crippling effect on our economy and our fellow citizens.  Not only will the most vulnerable lack real access to health care, but providers will have to look at reducing services and staff; and possible closure of hospitals and clinics.  The reduction in social and health services providers is already a reality in Illinois.  Passage of the AHCA will make that worse. 

Regardless of how you feel about the impending repeal of the ACA; you should be outraged at the charade of democracy that defines the GOP efforts on the AHCA.  Thirteen men are meeting behind closed doors to create legislation that will impact the entire United States and an industry that representing 1/6th of our economy.  GOP leadership have already indicated that the Senate Bill will not be released publically prior to being presented for a vote - a repeat of the machinations the House Republicans used to ram their version of the AHCA through on partisan lines.  

No piece of legislation as sweeping and impactful as the AHCA should be brought to a vote without clear transparency, expert evaluation and public input.  Healthcare stakeholders from the AMA and AHA to the AARP have taken positions against the AHCA, yet the Republican Administration continues to move forward without even engaging with their own colleagues. It is imperative that voters let each MOC know that we are watching, and that we are angry about the disregard for transparent, democratic governance. 

The AHCA would:

  • Take away access to healthcare for an estimated 13 to 23 million Americans

  • Cut $834 billion in Medicaid spending and eliminate funds for Medicaid expansion by 2026.

  • Increase insurance costs for poorer, older, rural Americans although younger, healthier metropolitan Americans may see a decrease in insurance premiums.

  • Remove the tax penalty for not having health insurance.  However, consumers could face a 30% premium increase should their coverage lapse for any reason.

  • Removes consumer protections, effectively allowing higher premiums for older and sicker individuals and permitting waivers that could reimpose annual and lifetime caps.

  • Weakens access for Women’s health care services by providing Insurance providers waivers from contraception and maternity care, and exempting Medicaid payments for these services.  Additionally, the legislation bars Medicaid payments to any clinic providing abortion services whether or not that is the service provided to the patient.

  • End most of the taxes paid by corporations and wealthy households set up under the ACA to subsidize the program but does not include any offset for the lost revenue.

The bottom line is that AHCA provides less coverage and a higher cost to most Americans. At it worst, it deprives the most vulnerable true access to affordable, quality health care. The Republican Administration has adopted the President’s regressive, short-term vision of “Winning” over Governing.  We need to urge our Senators to speak up loudly and resist.

Wednesday, June 21st - Rally to oppose the Healthcare bill tomorrow and Call to strengthen out Senators' spines

Actions you can take today

  • Action#1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Tomorrow: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

  • Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them

  • Action#3: Fill out an amendment at ouramendments.org

Tools you can use

Action #1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Tomorrow: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

The is getting real. The Senate version of AHCA coming out TOMORROW, Thursday the 22nd. That is the day we have planned for our Rally to Save ACA, one of many rallies across the nation being lead by Indivisible. Come out an show your support for ACA. We will have many people sharing their stories of how ACA has impacted their lives. Let us know you are coming and share the event!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30-4pm

Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn

Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and for slowing the Senate process. I want the Senator to know that, as long as they use every tactic they have to stop this healthcare bill from advancing, they have our support.

Action #3: Go to OurAmendments.org and fill out your personal amendment that will be offered up as an amendment to the healthcare bill. These amendments will be delivered to Chuck Schumer to be used for a filibuster by amendment for the vote-a-rama. It's very fun and very cool.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Tomorrow: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza and see our mobile billboard

The Senate version of ACA is coming out on Thursday. The more bodies and the more anger we can show at Federal Plaza, the bigger message it sends to the country that we aren't okay with this bill being rammed through the Senate. Come out and show that you care. The bill is going to make you angry. It just will. Come on out and share the anger.

PLUS! Come join us as the massive MOBILE BILLBOARD BUS ends its statewide tour in Chicago. Stand in Solidarity with the millions of Illinoisans who will lose coverage, with 42% of rural children, with the 1 in 2 births covered by Medicaid, with our fellow citizens dependent on Rural Hospitals that will close under the GOP plan. Please bring your stories and raise your voices, letting everyone know - including any present press - how this vote will affect you and your loved ones.

Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting, let them know we have their back

A big part of what we can do as constituents of a blue state Senator is strengthen our Senators' spines. And we've done that very effectively with our calls. Based on an interview given by Chuck Schumer on Pod Save America (listen here), they are planning on using filibuster by amendment if they can determine that they have strong grounds within the parliamentary rules to not have the amendments dismissed as irrelevant. In addition, they are already slowing the proceedings by delaying committee meetings until late in the day, forcing many committees to not meet. They are doing their job in this fight.

We need to let them know that, the more they fight, the more we support them. If they think fighting will win them more votes, they will fight harder. Call and strengthen their spines!

Tuesday, June 20th - Join Indivisible Chicago for Rally for ACA and Call your Senators to fight for ACA

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Attend rally downtown Chicago as the Signs 4 Sellouts 26' Mobile Billboard comes to Chicago on June 22nd

  • Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting, encourage them to filibuster by amendment

  • Action #3: Join the Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team

Tools you can use

Action #1: The Hands off our Healthcare tour is coming to Chicago! We are doing what we can to shame the Illinois Republicans for their vote to repeal ACA. This is a way we can put pressure on the Senate, showing Republican Senators what happens when you vote against your constituents' interests.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30-4pm

Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn

Action #2: We have created a website dedicated to opposing Trumpcare. On it are all the scripts you need and also graphics for sharing on social media. Make calls, send tweets, and then share the website on social media.

Action #3: Join the Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team to get Text alerts for emergency rallies and other calls to action.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #1: Attend rally downtown Chicago as the Signs 4 Sellouts 26' Mobile Billboard comes to Chicago

When Illinois GOP Congressmen Roskam, Hultgren, Kinzinger, Davis, Bost, LaHood and Shimkus cast their votes in favor of #TrumpCare, they voted to take away healthcare from tens of millions; gut protections for preexisting conditions; cut funding $880 billion from #Medicaid for children, the disabled, veterans and the sick to fund a massive tax break for corporations and the rich; and defund Planned Parenthood. Governor Rauner has remained silent in the face of this devastation for Illinois. In doing so, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect.

Come join us as the massive MOBILE BILLBOARD BUS ends its statewide tour in Chicago. Stand in Solidarity with the millions of Illinoisans who will lose coverage, with 42% of rural children, with the 1 in 2 births covered by Medicaid, with our fellow citizens dependent on Rural Hospitals that will close under the GOP plan. Please bring your stories and raise your voices, letting everyone know - including any present press - how this vote will affect you and your loved ones.

Illinois will never forget this vote— and we will continue to show up to hold them accountable. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember in 2018. The fight starts in Illinois, right now.

If you cannot make this event, please consider donating so that we may purchase more billboards across Illinois at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/signsforsellouts?refcode=indivisible

#SignsForSellouts #ILSaveACA #HealDontRepeal #StandIndivisible

Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting, encourage them to filibuster by amendment

Our calls are working! Senators Durbin and Duckworth's offices have indicated that they will withhold consent, as has Chuck Schumer, And last night, the Senate Democrats held the Senate, trying to force a debate. They are fighting back and it's due to our members and members of Indivisible in democratic states across the country strengthening their spines. 

Today we are continuing to push them, in this case we ask them to filibuster by amendment. Not sure what that's all about? Find all the info you need, plus scripts and numbers, at our Trumpcare page, along with scripts and your Senators' numbers. The Senators are beginning to fight because we have pushed them. They will continue to fight as long as we continue to call.

Monday, June 19th - Take action to save ACA

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to use every tool they have to fight ACA repeal, including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment during vote-a-rama

  • Action #2: Attend the rally tonight protesting Rauner and the Seven Illinois Republican Reps during their $10000 a plate fundraiser

  • Action #3: Attend rally downtown Chicago as the Signs 4 Sellouts 26' Mobile Billboard comes to Chicago on June 22nd

  • Action #4: Download and listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast featuring Senator Duckworth discussing the fight for ACA

Tools you can use

Action #1: We have created a website dedicated to opposing Trumpcare. On it are all the scripts you need and also graphics for sharing on social media. Make calls, send tweets, and then share the website on social media.

Action #2: Let us know on Facebook that you are going to protest the Illinois Republicans that want to repeal ACA and then share the event around. Afterwards, join Indivisible leaders and fellow members for drinks and great conversation!

IMPORTANT UPDATES: Please arrive at the protest by 4:30 PM. The press conference portion of the program will begin promptly at 5.

Public Transit: Rosemont Blue Line CTA Stop (0.5 mile from protest location). SHUTTLE now available. It will leave promptly at 4:40 PM.

Bus from SEIU Healthcare HQ to protest leaves promptly at 3PM: 2229 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

NEW parking options
UFCW Benefits Fund office: 9801 W. Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL (0.7 miles from protest location)
The Ram Restaurant & Brewery: 9520 Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL (kiddy corner to protest location. 0.1 mile) 

REMINDER: The protest and press conference will be held on the sidewalk outside Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse (where the Rauner/IL GOPfundraiser is being held) near Higgins Road & River Road, Rosemont, IL
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Action #3: The Hands off our Healthcare tour is coming to Chicago! We are doing what we can to shame the Illinois Republicans for their vote to repeal ACA

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30-4pm

Downtown location TBD

Action #4: Our podcast hosts do the Daily Actions too! Hear what Senator Duckworth says when they ask her to withhold consent. Then subscribe!

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #2: Attend rally tonight protesting Rauner and the Seven Illinois Republican reps 

Join us for a protest and press conference outside a $10,000 a plate fundraiser attended by Governor Rauner and the Illiniois Republican Members of Congress. Tell Rauner and the GOP Congressmen to do their jobs, save our healthcare. 

The protest and press confernece will be held on the sidewalk outside Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse (where the Rauner/IL GOP fundraiser is being held) near Higgins Road & River Road, Rosemont, IL.

While IL surpasses 700 days with no budget and with the healthcare of over a million families in Illinois at risk, Governor Rauner and IL GOP Congressmen will gather for a $10,000 fundraiser in Rosemont dubbed "Cocktails with the Congressmen." 

All Illinois Republican Congressmen recently voted for a bill cuts healthcare for 23 million people while giving huge tax cuts to the rich (including $6.6 million tax break for Rauner).

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Congressmen Roskam, Davis, Shimkus, Bost, , Kinzinger, LaHood, Hultgren are not doing their jobs. They are working against the interests of their constituents.

Action #3: Attend rally downtown Chicago as the Signs 4 Sellouts 26' Mobile Billboard comes to Chicago

When Illinois GOP Congressmen Roskam, Hultgren, Kinzinger, Davis, Bost, LaHood and Shimkus cast their votes in favor of #TrumpCare, they voted to take away healthcare from tens of millions; gut protections for preexisting conditions; cut funding $880 billion from #Medicaid for children, the disabled, veterans and the sick to fund a massive tax break for corporations and the rich; and defund Planned Parenthood. Governor Rauner has remained silent in the face of this devastation for Illinois. In doing so, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect.

Come join us as the massive MOBILE BILLBOARD BUS ends its statewide tour in Chicago. Stand in Solidarity with the millions of Illinoisans who will lose coverage, with 42% of rural children, with the 1 in 2 births covered by Medicaid, with our fellow citizens dependent on Rural Hospitals that will close under the GOP plan. Please bring your stories and raise your voices, letting everyone know - including any present press - how this vote will affect you and your loved ones.

Illinois will never forget this vote— and we will continue to show up to hold them accountable. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember in 2108. The fight starts in Illinois, right now.

If you cannot make this event, please consider donating so that we may purchase more billboards across Illinois at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/signsforsellouts?refcode=indivisible

#SignsForSellouts #ILSaveACA #HealDontRepeal #StandIndivisible

Friday, June 15th - Join Rally at Republican Fundraiser and Indivisible Rapid Response Team

Actions you can take today

  • ACTION #1: Sign up for RALLY - Tell the GOP: Do Your Jobs, Save Healthcare

  • ACTION #2: Join Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team

  • ACTION #3: Keep calling the Senate to save ACA

Tools you can use

Action #1: RALLY - Tell the GOP: Do Your Jobs, Save Healthcare
Rosemont, Higgins & River Road
5:00pm - 5:45pm, Monday June 19

RSVP: The Facebook link is here. If you can make it please reply to this email to let me know, along with whether you'll plan to use the blue line shuttle (more details below) and RSVP on the link (if you're on Facebook).

****We are working on providing buses to make getting out there easier. If you would be interested in shuttles from the CTA to the rally point, please reply to this email or email info@indivisiblechicago.com if you are reading this online.***

ACTION#2: Sign up to Join our Rapid Response Team to get text alerts for emergency actions

ACTION #3: See scripts and numbers in Wednesday's action

Why Today's Actions Are Important

ACTION#1: Sign up for RALLY - Tell the GOP: Do Your Jobs, Save Healthcare

All, we would love to have a strong Indivisible Chicago showing at this SEIU Healthcare rally. See why below. The time/location may be tough for many, but we're trying to do some things to make it easier for people to get there.

  • We'll run a bus from the Rosemont blue line stop to the rally point (departs ~4:40pm) [We are waiting for final confirmation on this, but for purposes of RSVP assume it'll happen. If there are any issues we will definitely let you know].
  • We've reserved space at a nearby pub to grab a beverage w/ your fellow resisters following the rally to unwind and get to know each other (ok, this doesn't make getting there easier, but hopefully more desirable). Drinks will be on your dime, but it'll be easier on your pocketbook than Rauner's $10,000/plate dinner. The rally itself shouldn't go longer than 45 minutes.

Few of us want to rally or protest just for protest's sake. We always want to be strategic about our calls to action, as this is often inconvenient and we don't want to burn anyone out. We think this is an important event, because:

  • This is a very rare chance to voice our opposition to the AHCA directly to the 7 Illinois Representatives who voted for it without reading it.
  • This is a rare opportunity to also voice our opposition to Rauner and his donors. Rauner has been largely silent on healthcare while cutting state-wide services.
  • Perhaps most importantly, the more visible our continued opposition to the Representatives is, the more Senators may get cold feet about making the same mistake.
  • We'd like to demonstrate to our SEIU allies that Indivisible shows up and that we can count on mutual support at future events.

All-in-all this is a unique opportunity that we don't want to let slip by. I'll send a follow-up email Sunday or Monday as a reminder and in case any details change.
If there's any way you can make this, we'd really, really appreciate your support! 

ACTION #2: Join Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team

Can you swing into action at the last minute - emergency rallies and other last minute calls to action? If so, give us your cell and we'll let you know when something big happens that needs your help.

We need the ability to mobilize our members and show strong turnout at rallies and protests. We are anticipating a future protest if the Senate Healthcare bill passes, but we won't know when. The ability to send a text to you and alert you of an emergency rally will let us quickly rally our members.

Sign up to receive text notifications for urgent calls to action from Indivisible Chicago

Thursday, June 15th - Protest Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Republican Senators at Fundraiser

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Sign up to protest the fundraiser featuring Bruce Rauner and the seven Illinois Republican representatives

  • Action #2: Sign up for Amplify, our Daily Action app

  • Action#3: Keep calling the Senate to save ACA

Tools you can use

Action #1: Say you are going or interested on the Facebook event for the protest and then share on your timeline.

Action #2: 

  • Install the app for iPhone or Android (getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android) or download from the app store on your phone (search "Amplify by civil tools")
  • Enter the Indivisible Chicago code 144-244-344
  • Take an action & cheer others on!

Action #3: See scripts and numbers in yesterday's action

Why Today's Actions are Important

Action #1: Sign up to protest the fundraiser featuring Bruce Rauner and the seven Illinois Republican representatives

The seven Republican members of Congress that voted to take away the healthcare of 23 million people in order to get a tax cut to benefit the wealth are having a fundraiser in Rosemont on Monday. Special guest for this fundraiser: Bruce Rauner. You can bet Bruce Rauner loves this bill; he serves to gain over 6.6 million dollars in tax breaks if it passes.

We all want to keep pressure on the Senate, and we should by calling and calling, but another way to pressure the Senate is to show how miserable their political lives are now that they've voted to strip health care from millions. Sign up on Facebook and share.

ACTION #2: Install Amplify, the Indivisible Daily Action App

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Indivisible Chicago is excited to announce a new tool to increase our collective impact. You can now access our team's calls to action via Amplify, a free app that makes it easy to act in concert with all our members.

We all want to be in the habit of taking political action, but it's hard to do that if it feels like we're acting alone. With Amplify, we can see that our fellow members are taking action as well, and cheer each other on. You can view scripts and call members of Congress right from the app, and it will be easy to find our calls to action whenever you have a few minutes


Advantages of Amplify:

  • Tailored to your Representative. Numbers for your Representatives are provided and one tap will dial!
  • All scripts right there on your phone, with your Representative's name in the script
  • Cheer each other on! Finish an action, get cheered, and cheer others
  • Push notifications! When an emergency call to action goes out, we can push to your phone so you don't miss the next O'Hare protest!

To join our team on Amplify:

  • Install the app for iPhone or Android (getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android) or download from the app store on your phone (search "amplify by civil tools")
  • Sign up for a new account
  • Enter the Indivisible Chicago code 144-244-344
  • Take an action & cheer others on!

 

Tuesday, June 13th - Upping the pressure on ACA repeal

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to do something to stop advance of Senate healthcare bill

  • Action #2: Send an email with personal story asking Senators Durbin and Duckworth to withhold consent and fight ACA repeal. 

Tools you can use

ACTION #1 Call Senators Durbin about ACA repeal

(In the event of updates or corrections throughout the day, check the website for latest scripts)

Here's the thing. We have two great Senators, but we need them to step up and fight harder to save ACA. Below you will find multiple scripts to use depending on how comfortable you are in calling. They are listed in order of impact. If you reach a legislative aide, share a personal story about how ACA repeal would impact you or a loved one.

Script #1: Durbin - Calling specific legislative aide

Durbin DC number: 202-224-2152

Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'd like to speak to Jessica McNiece or Max Kanner in charge of Health Care. 

(assuming you get to speak to them. Otherwise leave similar in a voicemail)

Hi, I'm a constituent of Senator Durbin. Could you please tell me what the Senator is doing to stop the Senate Republicans from passing a bill to repeal ACA in secret? I'm asking the Senator to do whatever he can to stop this bill from moving forward, including withholding consent and speaking out on the Senate floor. [insert personal story]

Script #1: Duckworth - Speaking to specific legislative aide

Duckworth DC number: 202-224-2854

Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'd like to speak to Josie Villanueva in charge of Health Care. 

(assuming you get to speak to them. Otherwise leave similar in a voicemail)

Hi, I'm a constituent of Senator Duckworth. Could you please tell me what the Senator is doing to stop the Senate Republicans from passing a bill to repeal ACA in secret? I'm asking the Senator to do whatever he can to stop this bill from moving forward, including withholding consent and speaking out on the Senate floor. [insert personal story]

Script #2 (removing the step of asking for a specific legislator):

Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator __________. I'm calling to ask what the Senator is doing to stop the Senate Republicans from passing a bill to repeal ACA in secret? I'm asking the Senator to do whatever he can to stop this bill from moving forward, including withholding consent and speaking out on the Senate floor.

Script #3: Less confrontational

Hi, my name is ________________ and I'm a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for speaking out against ACA repeal and to ask him/her to continue to fight and speak out against the Senate bill. I'd like to ask the Senator to speak out on the Senate floor against this bill.

ACTION#2 Send and email to the legislative aides in charge of Health Care (you can do this AND call)

Durbin: jessica_mcniece@durbin.senate.govmax_kanner@durbin.senate.gov

Duckworth: josie_villanueva@duckworth.senate.gov

Send an email asking the Senators to do something to stop the Senate Healthcare bill, including withholding consent to slow the Senate proceedings. If you are sending an email, make it personal. You or someone you know is impacted by ACA repeal, so make that known. Here are the ten worst things about Trumpcare to get you thinking.

Why Today's Action is Important

The only voice we have in the health care fight right now is the voice of our Senators. There have been a lot of words and snarky tweets about how bad it is that the Senate is ramming a bill through in secret, but words aren't going to protect the healthcare of millions of people. We need the Senate to take action.

Withholding consent is detailed here, but it basically is a Senate procedure that will slow down the Senate proceedings. The reason this is important is that there's a possibility of getting this bill delayed until the next recess when Republican senators will feel renewed heat at town halls. Also, as Ezra Levin says, 2 weeks in the sun will just allow this awful bill to fester.

We need our Senators to play hardball and they will only do this with pressure. There is just as much reason for us to call our democratic Senators right now as there is for people to call Republican senators. Senators Durbin and Duckworth need to fight harder and do something more. 

 

Monday, June 12th - Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth about ACA repeal; Support signs for Sellouts

Your Action for Today:

  • ACTION #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth about ACA repeal

  • ACTION #2: Support and Share Signs 4 Sellouts (final day!)

Tools you can use

ACTION #1

Script: Hi, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent of Senator _________. I understand the Senator opposes the Senate healthcare bill, correct? I'm asking that the Senator speaks out on the Senate floor and in the media against this bill. It's unacceptable that this bill is being forced through the Senate behind closed doors.

ACTION#2

Donate to support Signs 4 Sellouts and share the Facebook event with all your friends. The deadline has been extended one more day, so get you donations in and share with all your friends!

Why Today's Actions are Important

Note: There will be a national call-in day for the Senate on Wednesday, plus another one action that day that will be coordinated across the state. Save the date on Wednesday, June 14th as the day you make the time to make a call.

ACTION#1: Call your Senators about ACA repeal

Overview on ACA Repeal from Indivisible National

Because of the work of Indivisible groups across the country, it took the House five months to pass TrumpCare—something that every political insider thought would only take a couple of days. Now, the Senate is working behind closed doors to decide the future of healthcare. Given what's at stake, this is an unconscionable process, but it's the process Senate Republicans have chosen—this is the ground we're forced to fight on.

The Senate is everything now. Let’s be clear, if TrumpCare gets through the Senate, it will probably become law. The highest hurdle for Republicans was always the Senate, which means that if they manage to jam it through, there’ll be nothing left to stop it from getting to Trump’s desk. That’s why your focus needs to remain on your Senators. We know you’re tired. We know you’re frustrated. But this is it. And, it will depend on you and your groups.

We can kill TrumpCare in June. The timeline is tight. We’re expecting a vote in the last week of June. But the closed-door discussions are happening right now. To be clear, NOBODY knows which way this will go. By applying pressure now, we have a real opportunity to influence the outcome. The key is, we can't just wait until the vote—we need to influence the discussions happening before the vote. That’s what this toolkit is about.

The campaign plan this month. We don’t know exactly when the Senate version of TrumpCare will see the light of day, so this action plan provides an overview of three different tactics to be used over the course of June. Rather than isolated events, these are meant to be looked at as a short campaign plan. Taken together, these actions send a crystal clear message to Senators on the fence: stand with us, stand for our health care, or find another job.

Remember, we’re five months into this Congress, and they have yet to enact a single significant piece of legislation. That's because of YOUR advocacy on your home turf. Implement this strategy, fight this campaign, keep standing indivisible, and we will keep winning.

ACTION #2: Support Signs for Sellouts

With the Senate fast tracking the healthcare bill, the best thing that can be done to prevent vote for the Senate healthcare bill is to put pressure on those that voted for AHCA. That's what Signs for Sellouts will do.

When Illinois Reps. Peter Roskam, Rodney Davis, Randy Hultgren, and Adam Kinzinger voted for the AHCA, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect.

We are here to let them know that Illinois will never forget this vote. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember in 2018.

This billboard campaign will a) place at least one static billboard in each of their districts and b) rent at least one mobile billboard that we will park in front of their district offices and bring to at least one rally in each district. If we make or beat our goal, we will expand this campaign to Rep. Bost, Rep. Lahood, and Rep. Shimkus.

Help us send a clear message to our Congressmen. They betrayed us by supporting Trumpcare, and Illinoisans won't forget it. Stand with us by contributing to this campaign or by joining your Indivisible group at indivisibleguide.com.

Help us meet our goal! Donate and Share on Facebook.

Friday, June 9th - Support Signs for Sellouts and Counter-protest an anti-Muslim protest

Your Actions:

  • ACTION #1: Support and Share Signs 4 Sellouts 

  • ACTION#2: Sign up to attend counter-protest to anti-Muslim protest

Tools to use: 

ACTION #1

Donate to support Signs 4 Sellouts and share the Facebook event with all your friends. Today is the deadline for donations, so get you donations in and share with all your friends!

ACTION #2

Sign up to attend the counter-protest and share with all your friends

Why Today's Actions are Important

Action #1: Signs for Sellouts

With the Senate fast tracking the healthcare bill, the best thing that can be done to prevent vote for the Senate healthcare bill is to put pressure on those that voted for AHCA. That's what Signs for Sellouts will do.

When Illinois Reps. Peter Roskam, Rodney Davis, Randy Hultgren, and Adam Kinzinger voted for the AHCA, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect.

We are here to let them know that Illinois will never forget this vote. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember in 2018.

This billboard campaign will a) place at least one static billboard in each of their districts and b) rent at least one mobile billboard that we will park in front of their district offices and bring to at least one rally in each district. If we make or beat our goal, we will expand this campaign to Rep. Bost, Rep. Lahood, and Rep. Shimkus.

Help us send a clear message to our Congressmen. They betrayed us by supporting Trumpcare, and Illinoisans won't forget it. Stand with us by contributing to this campaign or by joining your Indivisible group at indivisibleguide.com.

Help us meet our goal! Donate and Share on Facebook.

Action #3: Counter-protest to anti-Muslim protest

IMPORTANT: Our coalition of counter protesters will meet at 9:30 AM Saturday June 10th at the Heald Sq. Monument located on the Northwest Corner of Wacker Dr. and Wabash.  The opposing group will be gathering on the Northeast Corner, closer to Trump Tower. 

We are supporting the Counter-protest to the “March Against Sharia”. This counter-protest has been organized by the Chicago International Socialist Organization in coordination with People United Against Oppression and the Answer Coalition.

The “March Against Sharia” is being sponsored by Act for America, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the U.S. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/act-america

The focus on Sharia Law is a dog whistle for the anti-Muslim movement.   

It is hoped that a counter protest will send a strong message of support to our Muslim brothers and sisters. 

Indivisible Chicago believes in non-violent protest. 

Thursday, June 8th - Tell Bruce Rauner to speak up on AHCA, Support Signs for Sellouts, and Support Counter-protest

Your Actions:

  • ACTION #1: Call Governor Rauner and ask him to speak out on how AHCA will impact Illinois

  • ACTION #2: Support and Share Signs 4 Sellouts 

  • ACTION#3: Sign up to attend counter-protest to anti-Muslim protest

Tools to use: 

ACTION #1

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois. I'm joining my democratic members of Congress in calling on the governor speak out against AHCA and to release numbers on the impact of AHCA on Illinois residents. I'm not sure why I haven't heard anything from the governor and I'd like his response to the Affordable Health Care Act.

ACTION #2

Donate to support Signs 4 Sellouts and share the Facebook event with all your friends

ACTION #3

Sign up to attend the counter-protest and share with all your friends

Why Today's Actions are Important

Action #1: Bruce Rauner and AHCA

Senators Durbin and Duckworth and all the Democratic Representatives from Illinois have signed a letter requesting that Governor Rauner stand up for Illinois, speak out against AHCA, and supply key informations as to how AHCA will impact Illinois. Governor Rauner has remained curiously silent on the issues of of American Health Care Act, perhaps because an odd side-effect of the bill is that Bruce Rauner will get a few million bukcback in the form of a tax break. Funny how that works.

Action #2: Signs for Sellouts

When Illinois Reps. Peter Roskam, Rodney Davis, Randy Hultgren, and Adam Kinzinger voted for the AHCA, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect.

We are here to let them know that Illinois will never forget this vote. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember in 2018.

This billboard campaign will a) place at least one static billboard in each of their districts and b) rent at least one mobile billboard that we will park in front of their district offices and bring to at least one rally in each district. If we make or beat our goal, we will expand this campaign to Rep. Bost, Rep. Lahood, and Rep. Shimkus.

Help us send a clear message to our Congressmen. They betrayed us by supporting Trumpcare, and Illinoisans won't forget it. Stand with us by contributing to this campaign or by joining your Indivisible group at indivisibleguide.com.

Help us meet our goal! Donate and Share on Facebook.

Action #3: Counter-protest to anti-Muslim protest

IMPORTANT: Our coalition of counter protesters will meet at 9:30 AM Saturday June 10th at the Heald Sq. Monument located on the Northwest Corner of Wacker Dr. and Wabash.  The opposing group will be gathering on the Northeast Corner, closer to Trump Tower. 

We are supporting the Counter-protest to the “March Against Sharia”. This counter-protest has been organized by the Chicago International Socialist Organization in coordination with People United Against Oppression and the Answer Coalition.

The “March Against Sharia” is being sponsored by Act for America, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the U.S. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/act-america

The focus on Sharia Law is a dog whistle for the anti-Muslim movement.   

It is hoped that a counter protest will send a strong message of support to our Muslim brothers and sisters. 

Indivisible Chicago believes in non-violent protest. 

 

Wednesday, June 7th - Tell your Representative to oppose the CHOICE Act

An action you can take today:

  • ACTION: Tell your Representative to oppose the CHOICE Act which we expect a vote on TODAY

Script: Hi, my name is ______________ and I'm a constituent of Representative __________. I'm calling to ask the Congressman/woman to vote against the CHOICE Act. We need the protections from Wall Street's bad behavior that the Dodd-Frank Act provides and I'd like him/her to make a strong public statement against the CHOICE Act.

Background on the CHOICE Act

The CHOICE Act aims to dismantle the Dodd Frank Act which provides some basic consumer protections against Wall Street and imposes regulations on the banking industry. We don't want to lose the restrictions on the banking industry as it was wanton speculation that lead to the crash of 2008. Perhaps worst of all, the bill would destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has cracked down on predatory lenders and big banks that break the law at the expense of the consumer.

We haven't heard anything from our Representative as to how they will vote (expectation is they will oppose), so it's important they know how their constituents feel. Also, we want to push them to not just vote but to speak out against this bill and be advocates for maintaining the Dodd Frank Act.

 

 

Tuesday, June 6th - Support our Refugee community and Signs for Sellouts

Action #1: Support the refugee community with Windy City Friend of Refugees and check out a great documentary at the same time.

Two quick ways to do that:

Action #2: Support the efforts to take down Peter Roskam and his six fellow Illinois sellouts with Signs 4 Sellouts

More on today's Daily Actions

Support our Refugee Community

A fellow Indivisible member and co-founder of The Windy City Friends of Refugees is co-sponsoring a refugee family with Refugee One.  They are having a fundraiser at the David Theatre and funds raised from this event will help a refugee family resettle in Chicago this fall. Buy tickets here; the link includes a discount code for platinum tickets.

While you're at it, like their Facebook page and get updates on other ways you can help support our refugee neighbors.

Trump's Reaction to the Refugees

Boy oh boy, did our President have himself a day on the Twitter machine. He just really, really wants to ban the refugees. The same refugees that are fleeing terror, just looking for a place to escape horrific violence. The same refugees that actually cause crime to go down when they enter a community. The same refugees that are literally, not figuratively, welcomed on the Statue of Liberty.

So it seems appropriate that we take this day to do what we can to help reverse the hate.

Support Signs for Sellouts

When Illinois Reps. Peter RoskamRep. Rodney DavisCongressman Randy Hultgren, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger voted for the AHCA, they attacked the very Illinoisans they swore to protect. 

We are here to let them know that Illinois will never forget this vote. Our voices will be heard whether they hold town halls or not, and we will remember when we vote in 2018. 

This billboard campaign will a) place at least one static billboard in each of their districts and b) rent at least one mobile billboard that we will park in front of their district offices and bring to at least one rally in each district. We will also organize events and have a major PR campaign so that we generate as much press as possible.
 

Monday, June 5th - Subscribe to Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Subscribe to Indivisible Chicago Podcast - Episode 2 is up!

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The crack Indivisible Chicago podcast team had the brilliant idea of grabbing the speakers at the March for Truth for an exclusive one on one interview as they came off the stage. Hear Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Mike Quigley, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly discuss the need for Truth and Transparency. Plus, interviews with marchers as they make their way to Trump Tower. In addition to the March coverage, hear their interview with State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss. Daniel Biss has worked closely with Indivisible Chicago is attempting to get SB982 passed into law.

You can listen right now on Itunes here. We’re also on Android here, or stream from our website.

Friday, June 2nd - Protest pulling out of Paris Accord

Protest pulling out of Paris Accord

The Sierra Club, in conjunction with several organizations that care about the environment, are gathering at Trump Tower (Michigan and Wacker) to rally in support of the Paris Accord before marching to the Thompson Center. At the Thompson center, we will call for Governor Rauner to uphold the Paris Accord and create a state Clean Power Plan for Illinois.

When: TODAY, Friday June 2nd, 4:30PM-6PM

Where: Michigan and Wacker (Trump Tower)

Check the event here and help spread the word.

Then, once you've shared the event, call Governor Rauner.

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am an Illinois resident and registered voter. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to publicly state that he will uphold the Paris Accord and to create a state Clean Power Plan for Illinois. 

Gov. Rauner's Springfield office:217-782-0244

Chicago office: 312-814-2121

Where: Federal Plaza (50 W Adams)

When: Tomorrow! Saturday, June 3rd, 11am-1pm

Come down tomorrow to march for an independent investigation and true transparency into what's going on between Trump and Russia. We have a great lineup of speakers taking the stage, we have a pre-rally DJ getting you hyped, and have donuts! Protest is the new brunch and we are kicking off the Summer of Protest in style. Also, we are fully handicap accessible and will have an ASL translator.

The Goals of the March for Truth

  1. An independent commission must be established, and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests;

  2. As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;

  3. Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;

  4. If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

Speaker Lineup

  • Jill Wine-Banks (former Watergate prosecutor)
  • Rep. Mike Quigley
  • Rep. Robin Kelly
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky
  • Amara Enyia - Public policy expert & former mayoral candidate
  • Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU Illinois 

Roskam won't show? That's alright, we've got Jan! Jan Schakowsky is being amazing as usual and has stepped up for the Adopt-a-district program, lending an ear to the voices in the 6th district. If Peter Roskam doesn't have a spine, then the Congresswoman will just have to show him how it's done. If you want your voice heard, first head to the March for Truth, and then head out to Palatine. RSVP here to get your tickets here.

The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th Town Hall

Featuring Special Guest Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Saturday, June 3rd

Doors open 4:30PM

Fremd High School Auditorium

1000 S Quentin Rd

Palatine, IL

RSVP NOW!

Thursday, June 1st - Tell your Representative to speak out for Paris Accord

Tell your Representative to speak out for Paris Accord

President Trump is threatening to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. He gives no reason for this, he is just teasing the idea - reality TV style - that he might. It'll be announced soon! Can't wait to hear if our children's future gets a rose or not.

I'm not going to ask anyone to waste their time trying to send Trump an email asking him to change his mind. What I am asking is we push our members of Congress to push back against Trump and speak out. Some of our reps have done this and some haven't. Let's call them all regardless.

Members of Congress who have spoken out: Quigley, Rush, Gutierrez, Schakowsky, Kelly, and Duckworth

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Representative/Senator ____________. I'm calling to thank the Congressman/woman/Senator for speaking out against the very idea of pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. We need the Congressman/woman to keep speaking out and speaking out loudly against this action that could put all future generation in jeopardy.

Members who have not spoken out: Danny Davis, Dick Durbin (check their twitter feeds for potential changes: Davis Twitter, Durbin Twitter)

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Representative/Senator ____________. I'm calling to ask the Congressman/woman/Senator to speak out against the very idea of pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. We need the Congressman/woman to step up and speak out loudly against this action that could put all future generation in jeopardy. President Trump actions cannot be met with silence.

Note: The type of action is perfect for Amplify, our Daily Action app as each action is tailored to your Representative and the numbers are right in the app. Check it out on iPhone or Android

To join our team on Amplify:

  1. Install the app for iPhone or Android (getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android) or download from the app store on your phone (search "amplify by civil tools")
  2. Sign up for a new account
  3. Enter the Indivisible Chicago code 144-244-344
  4. Take an action & cheer others on!

Listen to Indivisible on WCPT at 3pm

Indivisible member Chad Fitzgerald will be joining Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate prosecutor and speaker at the March for Truth, on the Ben Joravsky show at 3pm today. You can listen online here or on your radio at 820 AM. Indivisible Chicago has become a regular installment on his show, so please listen and show support and call in if you like!

Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in Roskam's 6th district

 

Roskam won't show? That's alright, we've got Jan! Jan Schakowsky is being amazing as usual and has stepped up for the Adopt-a-district program, lending an ear to the voices in the 6th district. If Peter Roskam doesn't have a spine, then the Congresswoman will just have to show him how it's done. If you want your voice heard, first head to the March for Truth, and then head out to Palatine. RSVP here to get your tickets here.

The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th Town Hall

Featuring Special Guest Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Saturday, June 3rd

Doors open 4:30PM

Fremd High School Auditorium

1000 S Quentin Rd

Palatine, IL

RSVP NOW!