Monday, August 21 - Support Net Neutrality / Pressure Rauner to Sign SB31 / Call State Reps to End Voter Purges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call Your Reps to Speak Out for Net Neutrality

  • Action #2: Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign The IL Trust Act to Protect Immigrants

  • Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Call on Your Members of Congress to Speak Out on Net Neutrality

The FCC is still trying to roll back net neutrality. Team Internet is asking people to meet with their MoCs to ask them to speak in favor of current net neutrality rules and put pressure on the FCC to keep them in place, but it also helps to call your MoCs to ask them to speak out publically in favor of net neutrality.

Click here to find contact info for your representatives

Script: Hi My name is [name] from [zip code]. I am calling with Indivisible Chicago to see if [Senator/Congressman] will speak publicly in favor of current net neutrality rules and demand the FCC leaves them in place. We need members of Congress to support the existing protections and to reject any attempts to weaken them either at the FCC or in new legislation.

The FCC also extended the comment period to August 30, so you can continue to post comments in favor of current title II rules.

Action #2:Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign SB31 to Protect Immigrants

SB31, the Illinois Trust Act, limits local police interaction with US immigration with numerous protections for immigrants, including safe zones at schools, medical facilities, courts and properties. This bill helps protect undocumented immigrants and their families, and ultimately makes our communities safer by encouraging better cooperation with local police.

Although Governor Rauner recently vowed to sign SB31, he has received a backlash of aggressive calls and messages to VETO the bill. Fox News has been spreading false information about the bill that further mobilized the opposition. August 28 is the last day for the Governor to sign the bill, and we must pressure him to keep his commitment.

Call the Governor today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Suggested Script: Hello, my name is ____. I am a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I am calling to ask that Governor Rauner keep his promise to sign the Illinois TRUST Act, SB-31. The Trust Act will protect the families and communities we live and work in and make all of Illinois safer. We’re counting on the Governor to keep his word on this bill.

Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Voter Roll Purges

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on its August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. While many our State Representatives have sent letters or signed on to Indivisible Chicago’s letter to the IL State Board of Elections, there are still many who have not spoken out. IF AND ONLY IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS ON THIS LIST, please call them and ask them to sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter urging the State Board of Elections to remove Illinois from the Crosscheck system and to deny the Election Integrity Commission’s second request for data. Learn more about Crosscheck and why it’s important to end this discriminatory program. 

If your rep’s name is on the list above, use this script when you call: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent in [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. I understand that the decision is made by the IL State Board of Elections; however, several Illinois Congress members have released letters to the Board urging them to not release any data to the Commission and asking that they vote to pull Illinois out of the Crosscheck system. Representative Guzzardi is gathering signatures on a similar letter. Will Representative [YOUR REP] sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter against these voter suppression tactics by this Friday? This must be submitted prior to the Board's August 22nd meeting. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Friday, August 18 - Rally Against White Supremacy / Remove Chicago’s Fascist Monument / Call State Reps to End Voter Purges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Rally Against White Supremacy TOMORROW in Chicago

  • Action #2: Petition Rahm to Remove Chicago’s Own Fascist Monument

  • Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Rally Against White Supremacy in Chicago TOMORROW

The tragedy in Charlottesville is a call for renewed action against racism and neo-fascism in this country. Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition. (R3) will join The Majority and the National Movement for Black Lives in a Day of Action on Saturday, August 19 at Stephen Douglas's Tomb. Stephen Douglas was at 19th century Illinois politician and slaveholder who donated land to help establish the University of Chicago. Organizers have been demanding that the university develop a reparations plan in response.

The R3 Coalition in Chicago is an anti-racist group of 32 progressive organizations and labor unions determined to push back, on the local and state level against a right wing agenda that threatens our values, our communities and our lives.

RSVP for the R3 Rally on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at Stephen Douglas's Tomb, 636 E. 35th Street, Chicago, IL

For those who can’t make it, there’s also a Families Against Hate rally in Edgebrook on Saturday at 3 p.m. Get more info here.

Action #2: Petition Rahm to Remove The Fascist Balbo Monument

With all of the current attention on Confederate monuments, there has been renewed interest in removing a monument to Italian fascist Italo Balbo in Grant Park, and renaming Balbo Ave. after legendary activist and journalist Ida B. Wells. The monument was given to the city of Chicago by fascist dictator and Hitler ally Bennito Mussolini in 1933 to honor Balbo, a leader in the fascist party and head of the "Blackshirt" militia. The road, likewise, was renamed after he led a squad of Italian planes to Chicago for the 1933 World's Fair. These issues aren’t new to Chicago, but now is the time to finally remove these disgraceful paeans to fascism.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American anti-lynching activist, journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Ida B. Wells called Chicago her home from 1895 until her death in 1931. Sign the petitions below to help erase fascism and honor Ida B. Wells.

Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Voter Roll Purges

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on its August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. While many our State Representatives have sent letters or signed on to Indivisible Chicago’s letter to the IL State Board of Elections, there are still many who have not spoken out. IF AND ONLY IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS ON THIS LIST, please call them and ask them to sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter urging the State Board of Elections to remove Illinois from the Crosscheck system and to deny the Election Integrity Commission’s second request for data. Learn more about Crosscheck and why it’s important to end this discriminatory program. We need all Representatives to commit to signing by this Friday.

If your rep’s name is on the list above, use this script when you call: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent in [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. I understand that the decision is made by the IL State Board of Elections; however, several Illinois Congress members have released letters to the Board urging them to not release any data to the Commission and asking that they vote to pull Illinois out of the Crosscheck system. Representative Guzzardi is gathering signatures on a similar letter. Will Representative [YOUR REP] sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter against these voter suppression tactics by this Friday? This must be submitted prior to the Board's August 22nd meeting. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Thursday, August 17 - Pressure Rauner to Sign SB31 / Ask Reps to #DefundHate / Call State Reps to End Voter Purges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign The IL Trust Act to Protect Immigrants

  • Action #2: Ask Congress to #DefundHate in Budget Appropriations

  • Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign SB31 to Protect Immigrants

SB31, the Illinois Trust Act, limits local police interaction with US immigration with numerous protections for immigrants, including safe zones at schools, medical facilities, courts and properties. This bill helps protect undocumented immigrants and their families, and ultimately makes our communities safer by encouraging better cooperation with local police.

Although Governor Rauner recently vowed to sign SB31, he has received a backlash of aggressive calls and messages to VETO the bill. Fox News has been spreading false information about the bill that further mobilized the opposition. August 28 is the last day for the Governor to sign the bill, and we must pressure him to keep his commitment. 

Call the Governor today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Suggested Script: Hello, my name is ____. I am a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I am calling to ask that Governor Rauner keep his promise to sign the Illinois TRUST Act, SB-31. The Trust Act will protect the families and communities we live and work in and make all of Illinois safer. We’re counting on the Governor to keep his word on this bill.

Action #2: Ask Congress to #DefundHate in Budget Appropriations

Donald Trump’s approach to the budget is simple: defund the programs we need and that keep us safe in order to fund those we don’t need, harm our communities and make us less safe. But it’s Congress that decides what gets funded and what does not. Make sure they fund the programs that keep us safe, like the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, and not Trump’s border wall and mass deportation force.

Click here to find contact info for your congressional representative.

Suggested script: Hi, my name is _____. My zip code is ______, and I'm a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to say that no budget that includes increases to Trump’s deportation force or any funding for Trump’s mass deportation agenda should get support, even if that means withholding the votes needed to avert a government shutdown. Americans deserve a federal budget that invests in families, not fear.

Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Voter Roll Purges

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on its August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. While many our State Representatives have sent letters or signed on to Indivisible Chicago’s letter to the IL State Board of Elections, there are still many who have not spoken out. IF AND ONLY IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS ON THIS LIST, please call them and ask them to sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter urging the State Board of Elections to remove Illinois from the Crosscheck system and to deny the Election Integrity Commission’s second request for data. Learn more about Crosscheck and why it’s important to end this discriminatory program. We need all Representatives to commit to signing by this Friday.

If your rep’s name is on the list above, use this script when you call: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent in [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. I understand that the decision is made by the IL State Board of Elections; however, several Illinois Congress members have released letters to the Board urging them to not release any data to the Commission and asking that they vote to pull Illinois out of the Crosscheck system. Representative Guzzardi is gathering signatures on a similar letter. Will Representative [YOUR REP] sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter against these voter suppression tactics by this Friday? This must be submitted prior to the Board's August 22nd meeting. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Wednesday, August 16 - Remove White Supremacists from the White House / Stop Sinclair Broadcasting / Email to Help End Crosscheck Participation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call Your Reps to Demand the Firing of Bannon, Gorka and Miller

  • Action #2: Call the FCC to Oppose the Merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media

  • Action #3: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Demand the Removal of Bannon, Gorka, and Miller from the White House

The tragic events in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12th rocked the United States to the core. In times of hatred-fueled turmoil, Americans should be able to depend on the President to reaffirm American values. Instead, the President continues to blame “both sides” and minimize white nationalist violence.

This massive failure of leadership should not come as a surprise to anyone, as Donald Trump has at least three White House advisers who support white supremacist ideologies: Steven Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Steven Miller. Each man has a history of either promoting their own racist views or amplifying the views of other extremists. It is now time for Congress to call for their resignation so we can begin to heal from the damage that has been done.

Click here to find contact info for your member of congress.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent in [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. In light of the tragedy in Charlottesville on Saturday, I'm calling to demand that [Senator/Rep’s name] call for the resignation of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller. These three men have histories of extremist ideologies and should not be working in the White House. The American people deserve a Presidential administration that has no ties to racism, the KKK, white supremacy or Nazis. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action #2: Stop the Expansion of Sinclair Broadcasting

Sinclair Broadcasting, a right-wing-leaning media company, has been working to acquire Tribune Media in order to expand its reach. Already the nation's largest TV broadcast company, Sinclair's potential merger would extend its reach to a colossal 72% of U.S. households.

Though Congress imposed an audience cap of 39% on media companies, the FCC is reviving a technologically obsolete loophole called the "UHF discount" to help Sinclair proceed with its expansion. This is troubling due to the company's practice of forcing local news stations to air segments, often hosted by former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn, that are filled with extreme right-wing propaganda. This practice not only injects inaccurate and partisan rhetoric into the news media at a dangerously effective level, it also imposes excessive control over local news stations.

The timing of the Sinclair-Tribune merger has also raised questions of quid pro quo. During the election, Sinclair-owned stations aired a disproportionate amount of positive coverage for Trump. Now, the Trump administration's FCC Chairman is delivering regulatory roll backs to help Sinclair grow its enterprise. Call the FCC to make your voice heard.

Call Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman at 202-418-1000

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Chicago. I’m calling in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. The merger will expand Sinclair's reach beyond its legal audience cap of 39% to a massive 72% of US households. The FCC should not bend rules or roll back regulations in order to grow Sinclair’s pro-Trump, right wing messaging. Thank you so much for your time.

Action #3: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. This is incredibly disappointing. Crosscheck is a program designed to disenfranchise voters, predominantly the young, those with low-incomes, and people of color. The program is administered by Kris Kobach, who has documented ties to white supremacists groups and a record of advocating for legislation to suppress voter registration. We are asking our members to continue to send emails to the SBE to demand that this issue be taken up. If you already sent an email - thank you! - but please do so again!

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Tuesday, August 15 - Call to Override SB1 Veto / Thank Senators for Standing Against Racism / Email to Help End Crosscheck Participation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call Your State Rep to Override Rauner’s Veto of SB1

  • Action #2: Thank Senators Durbin and Duckworth for Speaking Out Against White Supremacy

  • Action #3: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to Opt Out of Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Find your state rep’s phone number

  • Action #2:

    • Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
    • Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
  • Action 3: Send an email to demand that the SBE take up the issue of Crosscheck on the agenda for the August 22 meeting

Action #1: Call Your State Rep to Override Rauner’s Veto of SB1

On Sunday, Illinois state senators voted 38-19 to override the governor's veto of SB1, a bill designed to protect funding for public schools; the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to hold a hearing on education funding on Wednesday. If Illinois representatives do not succeed in overriding Rauner's veto, state funding cannot be disbursed to our schools.

The education funding bill could then be subject to compromise deals, such as the recently proposed tax credit scholarship program, which is a form of school vouchers. Voucher programs divert public tax dollars to private/parochial schools, and in so doing, they decrease the funds available for public schools. This is a crucial vote for our state and for Chicago Public Schools.

Click here to find your state rep’s number.

Script: Hello, I'm calling as a constituent in [zip code #]. I’m calling as a member of Indivisible Chicago to urge [rep’s name] to vote to override Governor Rauner’s veto of SB1. It’s crucial that SB1 passes to protect funding that is badly needed in our public schools.

Action #2: Thank Senators Durbin and Duckworth for Speaking Out Against White Supremacy

As Heather Heyer, the Charlottesville victim, recently said: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Our senators publicly showed their outrage at the events in Charlottesville, and they need to know that we are listening. Thank them for their words, and ask them to continue to fight back against racism and white nationalism.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello, I am a constituent calling from [zip code], and I’m member of Indivisible Chicago. I want to thank Senator [Duckworth/Durbin] for condemning the racist marches and acts of terror that took place in Charlottesville this weekend. These white supremacists assaulted peaceful protesters and a senseless act of terror killed Heather Heyer and injured many others. These behaviors have no place in civil society and represent a trend of rising fascism. Please continue to speak out on matters of racism, hate and violence. Thank you for your time and attention

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Action #3: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to Discuss Crosscheck at August 22 Meeting

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. This is incredibly disappointing. As a result, we are asking our members to continue to send emails to the SBE to demand that this issue be taken up. If you already sent an email - thank you! - but please take action again and have no doubt, we will be calling for more actions leading up to the August 22nd board meeting!

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Monday, August 14 - Show Support for Charlottesville / Email to Help End Crosscheck Participation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Support Charlottesville Nonprofits

  • Action #2: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to Opt Out of Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Support Charlottesville Nonprofits

Indivisible Chicago stood together with thousands across the country on Sunday to condemn the deadly violence and hate-filled protests that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville. Thank you to everyone who showed up to the vigil to take a stand against the white supremacy and white nationalism that took the life of Heather Heyer and injured many others.

There’s still so much work we need to do in the days, months and years to come, but as a healing gesture to the people of Charlottesville, we encourage those who have the means to do so to consider supporting one or more of the following organizations (thanks to @SaraJBenicasa for compiling):

Action #2: Email the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) to Discuss Crosscheck at August 22 Meeting

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. This is incredibly disappointing. As a result, we are asking our members to continue to send emails to the SBE to demand that this issue be taken up. If you already sent an email - thank you! - but please take action again and have no doubt, we will be calling for more actions leading up to the August 22nd board meeting!

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Friday, August 11 - Spread the Word About Voter Suppression / Fight Rape Culture at SlutWalk / Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Like and Share Our Facebook Post About Protecting Voter Data

  • Action #2: Attend SlutWalk To Fight Rape Culture Saturday In Gold Coast

  • Action #3: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL (Deadline TODAY!)

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Spread the Word on Facebook and Call to Protect Voter Data

Kris Kobach and the so-called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity have sent a SECOND letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) demanding data for all registered voters. 

The Facebook algorithm can help us spread the word to thousands more people, but we have to tell it that our posts are important by giving them lots of likes and shares. Like, comment on and share it our most recent Facebook post to your Indivisible group or to your personal wall.

Then, if you haven’t already, call the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 0 to speak with a person. You will hear a recorded message that the Board plans to take this issue up at their August 22nd meeting. Continue the call until you speak with a person.

You might be told to email webmaster@elections.il.gov. That's great--do that, too (see our email script)! Emails will be counted and considered on August 22nd at their meeting, but in the meantime, we need them to hear us before the meeting. Calls get their attention!

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask the Board of Elections to continue to deny the Trump Administration’s illegitimate request for voter registration data. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and Illinois should not collaborate with any nationalist efforts to undermine our democracy.

Action #2: Fight Rape Culture at SlutWalk 2017 TOMORROW

Organizations including Gay Liberation Network  and CommunityCave Chicago are coming together for SlutWalk 2017, an event dedicated to showing solidarity with and support for victims of sexual assault while fighting against our culture's toxic policing of sexuality. Chicago's SlutWalk is the oldest continuous SlutWalk in the United States.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 12 at 808 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614 from noon to 4 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

Action #3: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL by 5 p.m. TONIGHT

The Trump administration approved the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and reversed the decision of the Obama administration. The good news is this fight is far from over, and we can win. TransCanada must still get approval to route the pipeline through Nebraska and the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is taking public comments now.

You can fight back by urging the Nebraska PSC to block the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all. Today is your LAST CHANCE! Click here to submit your comment by the deadline tonight at 5 p.m.

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Thursday, August 10 - Justice for Laquan Rally Friday / Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL / Call to Fight Kobach’s Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: TOMORROW - Attend Justice for Laquan Rally at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #2: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL (Deadline Tomorrow!)

  • Action #3: Like the post on Facebook about Protecting Our Voter Data

Tools You Can Use

  • Action #1: RSVP to the Justice for Laquan Rally on Friday, August 11 at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #2: Submit a public comment against Keystone XL by Friday at 5 p.m.

  • Action #3: The Facebook algorithm can help us spread the word to thousands more people - but we have to tell it that our posts are important by giving them lots of likes and shares. Here's the most recent post about protecting our voter data. Like it, comment on it, share it - to your Indivisible group or to your personal wall. 

    When you're done liking the post, make the call to the SBE!  
    217-782-4141

Action #1: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally TOMORROW at Cook County Courthouse

We are asking everyone to show up for the next hearing of Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who was seen on video shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.

On Friday, August 11, there will be a rally and protest outside the courthouse at Cook County Court House (2650 S. California Ave,. Chicago) starting at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. Hearing in Room 500 inside the courthouse. Show up and stand up for police accountability! RSVP here.

Action #2: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL by Friday

The Trump administration approved the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and reversed the decision of the Obama administration. The good news is this fight is far from over, and we can win. TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, must still get approval to route the pipeline through Nebraska and the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is taking public comments now.

You can fight back by urging the Nebraska PSC to block the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all. Click here to submit your comment by the deadline on Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m.

Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections to Protect Voter Data

Kris Kobach and the so-called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity have sent a SECOND letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) demanding data for all registered voters. We've been emailing the SBE with our demand to withdraw from Kris Kobach's Crosscheck program, but this Commission is a super-sized version of Crosscheck set up to spew more lies about voter fraud to fuel national voter suppression efforts.

We need you to call the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 4 to connect to the Voter Registration Division. You will hear a recorded message that the Board plans to take this issue up at their August 22nd meeting. Continue the call until you speak with a person.

The people answering the phones will tell you to email webmaster@elections.il.govThat's great--do that, too (see our email script)! Emails will be counted and considered on August 22nd at their meeting, but in the meantime, we need them to hear us before the meeting. Calls get their attention!

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask the Board of Elections to continue to deny the Trump Administration’s illegitimate request for voter registration data. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and Illinois should not collaborate with any nationalist efforts to undermine our democracy.

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Wednesday, August 9 - Handmaid’s Protest TODAY! / Justice for Laquan Rally Friday / Call to Fight Kobach’s Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: TODAY - Attend Handmaid’s Protest to Support Women’s Rights

  • Action #2: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally 8/11 at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections to Protect Voter Data

  • Action #4: Visit the Indivisible Chicago Facebook page and "like" or share today's post! 

Tools You Can Use

  • Action #1: RSVP to the Handmaid’s Protest TODAY from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Action #2: RSVP to the Justice for Laquan Rally on Friday, August 11 at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 4 to connect to the Voter Registration Division.

  • Action #4: Here's the link to today's Facebook post. By either liking or sharing it, you help us leverage the Facebook algorithm so that the post gets shown to exponentially more people. 

Action #1: Protest TODAY to Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40

HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. Today, stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40 at the silent Handmaid’s Protest.

Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #2: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally 8/11 at Cook County Courthouse

We are asking everyone to show up for the next hearing of Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who was seen on video shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

On Friday, August 11, there will be a rally and protest outside the courthouse at Cook County Court House, 2650 S California Ave, Chicago, starting at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. Hearing in Room 500 inside the courthouse. Show up and stand up for police accountability! RSVP here.

Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections to Protect Voter Data

Kris Kobach and the so-called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity have sent a SECOND letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) demanding data for all registered voters. We've been emailing the SBE with our demand to withdraw from Kris Kobach's Crosscheck program, but this Commission is a super-sized version of Crosscheck set up to spew more lies about voter fraud to fuel national voter suppression efforts.

We need you to call the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 4 to connect to the Voter Registration Division. You will hear a recorded message that the Board plans to take this issue up at their August 22nd meeting. Continue the call until you speak with a person.

The people answering the phones will tell you to email webmaster@elections.il.gov. That's great--do that, too (see our email script)! Emails will be counted and considered on August 22nd at their meeting, but in the meantime, we need them to hear us before the meeting. Calls get their attention!

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask the Board of Elections to continue to deny the Trump Administration’s illegitimate request for voter registration data. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and Illinois should not collaborate with any nationalist efforts to undermine our democracy.

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Tuesday, August 8 - Attend the Handmaid’s Protest / Demand Recess Town Hall / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Attend Handmaid’s Protest to Support Women’s Rights on 8/9 Downtown

  • Action #2: Call Senators to Demand Recess Town Hall Meetings

  • Action #3: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Protest TOMORROW to Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40

HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. On Wednesday, August 9, stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40 at the Handmaid’s Protest.

Join the Handmaid’s Protest on Wednesday, August 9. Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #2: Call on Senators to Hold Town Halls During the Summer Recess

The Senate is scheduled for recess from August 14th through September 5th. While we hope to now have a respite in the assault against healthcare, this recess is no time to let our attention waver. President Trump is daily threatening to sabotage the ACA, and Republican lawmakers must still be convinced to work collaboratively across the aisle to build healthcare legislation that works for all Americans.

Your Senators work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person. If a Senator refuses to hold a town hall, request an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns. 

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to ask if [Senator] is planning to have any town halls during the August recess?
[IF YES] I’d like to RSVP. May I please have the details?

[IF NO] Then I’d like to request that [Senator] schedule one. There are many pressing matters we constituents should be able to voice our opinion on face to face.
Thank you for all your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE. If the link doesn't work for you, email webmaster@elections.il.gov and please cc: tech@indivisiblechicago.com so that we can print and deliver all letters at the meeting.

Monday, August 7 - Protect the Mueller Investigation / Attend the Handmaid’s Protest / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call on Senators to Protect the Mueller Investigation

  • Action #2: Attend Handmaid’s Protest to Support Women’s Rights on 8/9 Downtown

  • Action #3: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Call on Senators to Protect the Mueller Investigation

Two bipartisan pairs of senators unveiled legislation to prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller without cause. The two proposals — one from Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). and Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and the other from Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — each seek to check the executive branch’s ability to fire Mueller by putting the question to a three-judge panel. The Graham-Booker bill would require the judges panel to review any attorney general’s decision to fire a special counsel before that firing could take effect, while the Tillis and Coons proposal would let the fired special counsel contest the administration’s decision in court. Both bills help protect the integrity of the special counsel investigation.

Call on our Senators to support these bipartisan bills:

    • Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Call Senator Durbin DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to express my support of the bipartisan Graham-Booker and Tillis-Coons bills to protect the integrity of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. I urge Senator [name] to support these bills. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action #2: Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40 and Guarantee Reproductive Freedom in Illinois

HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. On Wednesday, August 9, stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40 at a silent protest.

Join the Handmaid’s Protest on Wednesday, August 9. Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE. If the link doesn't work for you, email webmaster@elections.il.gov and please cc: tech@indivisiblechicago.com so that we can print and deliver all letters at the meeting.

Friday, August 4 - Oppose Brian Benczkowski / Call Reps for Recess Town Hall / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call on Senators to Oppose the Nomination of  Brian Benczkowski as the Head of the DOJ Criminal Division

  • Action #2: Call on Your House Rep to Hold a Town Hall During the Summer Recess

  • Action #3:  Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Call on Senators to Oppose the Nomination of  Brian Benczkowsk

Brian Benczkowski has been nominated to lead the Department of Justice Criminal Division, which is responsible for enforcement of all federal criminal law. His nomination is highly concerning given his history with Alfa Bank, the Russian bank under investigation by the FBI for potential connections to the Trump organization

The Senate will ultimately decide on Benczkowski’s appointment, and Senators needs to hear from their constituents about their opposition to this highly problematic candidate.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to express my concern about DOJ Criminal Division nominee Brian Benczkowski, who has a troubling association with Russian bank Alfa Bank. I ask that Senator [Duckworth/Durbin] vote against his nomination. We need someone with a demonstrated history of good judgment and lack of conflicts of interests for this crucial position. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action #2: Call on Your House Rep to Hold a Town Hall During the Summer Recess

The House of Representatives is scheduled for Congressional Recess from July 29th through September 5th. While we hope to now have a respite in the assault against healthcare, this recess is no time to let our attention waver. President Trump is daily threatening to sabotage the ACA, and Republican lawmakers must still be convinced to work collaboratively across the aisle to build healthcare legislation that works for all Americans. 

Your representatives work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person. If a representative refuses to hold a town hall, request an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns.

Find your rep’s phone number here

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from Chicago. I'm calling to ask if [Representative] is planning to have any town halls during the August recess?
[IF YES] I’d like to RSVP. May I please have the details?
[IF NO] Then I’d like to request that [Representative] schedule one. There are many pressing matters we constituents should be able to voice our opinion on face to face.
Thank you for all your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE. If the link doesn't work for you, email webmaster@elections.il.gov and please cc: tech@indivisiblechicago.com so that we can print and deliver all letters at the meeting.

Thursday, August 3 - Pressure Rauner to Pass HB40 / Get Duckworth to Co-Sponsor DREAM Act / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call on Rauner to Sign HB40 and Attend Handmaid’s Protest 8/9 Downtown

  • Action #2: Call on Senator Duckworth to Co-Sponsor the 2017 DREAM Act

  • Action #3: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

  • Action #1: Call Rauner: Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

  • Action #2: Call Senator Duckworth: DC Office 202-224-2854 | Chicago Office 312-886-3506

  • Action #3: Get the Crosscheck email script here

Action #1: Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40 and Guarantee Reproductive Freedom in Illinois

HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. Stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40.

Call his office today: 312-814-2121 (Chicago) or 217-782-0244 (Springfield)

Script: Hello, I'm calling as an Illinois resident in [city] and zip code [zip code #] to urge Governor Rauner to commit to signing and passing HB-40 when it comes to his desk. This legislation will protect women's rights here in Illinois, and it is essential to ensuring that we do not take a step backwards as a state should the country do otherwise. Thank you.

Want to do more? Join the Handmaid’s Protest on Wednesday, August 9. Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #2: Call on Senator Duckworth to Co-Sponsor the 2017 DREAM Act

One of the most important programs created under President Obama was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program has allowed close to a million DREAMers to live and work in the U.S. lawfully. It is one of the most celebrated programs under President Obama — and now Trump is dead set on getting rid of it, and then deporting those who have benefited from it. Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham have co-sponsored a bipartisan “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands. Get more info here.

Call Senator Duckwork to publically support the Durbin-Graham bill by becoming a cosponsor:  DC Office:  202-224-2854 | Chicago Office 312-886-3506

Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE.

Wednesday, August 2 - Call on Democrats to Stand Tall on Women's Rights / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Call on House and Senate Democrats to Support Pro-Choice Candidates

  • Action #2: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools you can use

Action #1: Call on Democrats to Stand Tall on Women's Rights

According to a recent report, Democrats will not be withholding financial support for candidates who oppose abortion rights. With women’s reproductive rights under attack across the country, it’s time to show Democrats that we believe women's rights, reproductive rights and human rights should be nonnegotiable. That’s why we’re standing with women’s groups such as Emily’s List and NARAL to call on our elected Democrats to take a stand on this party issue.

Find your rep’s phone number here.

Script: "Hello, I am a constituent living in zip code [zip code #], and I want to express my shock that the Democratic Party would be seeking out anti-choice candidates to run in the primaries. The Democratic platform is clear that we stand for women's rights, bodily autonomy and human rights. We must be concentrating our search for candidates that can win with those values. Please make sure that [Rep name] knows that I feel this not only hurts the party but sends the wrong message to our base about what we stand for."

Action #2: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

Action #1: We understand that the left has differing opinions on this issue, but we feel it is vital for groups like ours to hold the Democratic party accountable to uphold progressive values and not sacrifice the rights of women for short-term political gain. We feel this Twitter thread by Anna Maltese sums the stakes up nicely: 

REPRODUCTIVE. ISSUES. ARE. ECONOMIC. ISSUES. Women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. We make up 51% of the total US population and 54% of the total electorate. 54% of us are D. We don’t just wink out of existence because we’re suddenly deemed expendable by the minority of white men in our Party. To put it in terms party officials should understand: The more we’re forced to bear, the less $ and time we have to support a Party.
— Anna Maltese

Action #2: A statistical analysis of the Crosscheck program published early this year by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Microsoft found that the criteria Crosscheck used to find matches creates millions of false positives. Not only is it unreliable but it has been used by the State Board of Elections in Virginia and in Ada County Idaho to PURGE legal voters from the voting rolls!

Tuesday, August 1 - End the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Today's Action: Help us End the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

What is Crosscheck?

Since 2005, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has managed the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck system and grew the membership of the program from three states to twenty-eight states, including Illinois!  Each year since 2010, approximately 8.6 million Illinois voter registration records have been submitted to the Arkansas and Kansas Secretaries of State, including names, birth dates, and partial social security numbers. That’s right...Kobach has the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. The most recent submission was March 2017.

Why do we need Illinois to opt out?

A statistical analysis of the program published early this year by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Microsoft found that the criteria Crosscheck used to find matches creates millions of false positives:

“Out of the 240,000 paired registrations that Crosscheck sent to Iowa, there were only six cases where it appeared that the same person registered and voted in two different states.  In other words, OVER 99 percent of the matches sent to Iowa were unlikely to have anything to do with attempted voter fraud.

When the State of Oregon left the program, its Secretary of State stated that “the data provided by the program was simply unreliable. Not only is it unreliable but it has been used by the State Board of Elections in Virginia and in Ada County Idaho to PURGE legal voters from the voting rolls!

What can you do?

Demand the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) terminate its voluntary partnership with Crosscheck immediately. Indivisible Chicago has issued a letter to the SBE co-signed by seven members of the state legislature and four other resistance groups demanding that the board vote to discontinue its participation in Crosscheck at the next board meeting in Chicago on August 22nd. To increase public pressure on the board, we need you to help us flood their office with written complaints. Please do not call the SBE, as this will actually work against us.

Click here to email the SBE from your own email, copy the email script below, add your name and address in the space at the bottom and send. Even better, edit it with your own words, as personal emails gain more attention than repeat for emails. Each email will be printed and presented to the board in support of our demand to terminate Crosscheck in Illinois. The email link will CC Indivisible Chicago so that we receive a copy to ensure the SBE produces all of the emails they have received. 

Email Script (Copy/Paste/Edit)

My name is ________________________, and I am an Illinois resident. I am writing you today because it is my understanding that the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has been voluntarily participating in the Interstate Crosscheck system, managed by Secretary Kris Kobach since 2010. I urge the board to discontinue its participation in Crosscheck immediately.

I am deeply concerned to learn that over 8 million voter registration records, including the last 4 digits of my social security number, have been transmitted to Kris Kobach and potentially any number of other participating states over the past 7 years. The SBE has followed poor data security practices in transmitting and sharing personally identifiable information, exposing residents to an increased risk of identity theft.

Kobach has lost four voter suppression lawsuits filed by the ACLU, he faces current litigation, and he perpetuates President Trump’s false claim that millions of votes were illegally cast in the 2016 Presidential Election. Illinois’ participation in a program led by someone with such a track record of voter suppression efforts raises questions in my mind about the SBE’s judgment.

I’m pleased to learn that Illinois has begun participation in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which provides a more secure and more accurate system to maintain voter rolls while requiring participating states to contact unregistered residents to encourage voter registration. The SBE has an opportunity today to position Illinois as a leader in the national transition to ERIC. By withdrawing from Crosscheck, the SBE sends a strong statement to Illinoisans and the nation that Illinois takes its residents' data privacy concerns seriously and will no longer legitimize a program tainted by voter suppression accusations.

In closing, I again ask the SBE to vote to discontinue its partnership with Interstate Crosscheck at the board’s August 22nd meeting.

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ADDRESS]

Monday, July 31 - No Funding for Border Wall / Support Public Defenders

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Tell Your House Rep: No Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

  • Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: No Funding for an Unnecessary Border Wall

Work on the border wall has already begun, but Trump will need money from Congress to fulfill his hateful, misguided promise. Stand up to Trump’s ignorant fear-mongering and call your House representative today to let them know that you want your tax dollars spent on more important things, such as healthcare, education and environmental protection.

Find your rep’s phone number here.

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of ________ and a registered voter. I'm calling to express my strong opposition to any federal budget that funds the construction of a southern border wall. A border wall will not improve our border security and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Cook County recently cut 300 jobs from its rolls because of legal complications around the soda beverages tax that was supposed to go into effect on July 1. Sixty-nine of those jobs were from the Cook County Public Defenders office, which is already deeply underfunded. Public Defender Amy Campanelli says she may have to stop because "her attorneys' workloads are already above the maximum recommended by experts." Everyone deserves the right to a lawyer when their freedom may be taken away by the government. An additional 17 prosecutors and 22 staffers were also laid off from the State's Attorney's office. This will also increase the time needed to prosecute criminals, and decrease justice for victims of crime.

Call Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at (312) 603-6400 to say this is unacceptable.

Script: Hi, I'm a constituent of  Cook County, and I'm calling because I want the county to restore funding for the 300 jobs it recently cut, especially the 69 public defenders and 17 state's attorneys who were laid off. Our public defenders already are overworked. Adding to their caseloads would cause even longer delays in cases, which in turn delays and defeats justice. Please find the funding to restore these critical jobs.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

We won a hard-fought victory on healthcare last week, and although that threat is far from over, we need to keep our eyes on other issues. Trump’s border wall could end up wasting millions of dollars that our government should be using to help struggling communities. And we need to stay engaged on a local level to make sure our elected officials know that we value a fair justice system. Thank you for all that you do!

Friday, July 28 - Rally for the ACA / Support Public Defenders / Canvas for Fair School Funding

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Attend the Our Lives on the Line Rally Downtown on Sat. 7/29

  • Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

  • Action #3: Canvas for Fair Illinois School Funding in Geneva on Sat. 7/29

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Support the ACA at the Our Lives on the Line Rally on Saturday, July 29

The past few days have brought nothing but fear and uncertainty out of D.C., and no one knows what will happen in the Senate. We’ve been fighting hard, and regardless of what happens, we need to keep our voices loud and clear: millions of vulnerable Americans will lose their vital healthcare with any repeal of the ACA, and lives will be lost.

Indivisible Chicago is supporting the Women’s March this Saturday for Our Lives on the Line, a massive nationwide day of action to uplift the voices of the millions of Americans whose healthcare will be ripped away if Congressional Republicans continue with their plan to give more power to big insurance companies and undermine affordable, quality care.

The Chicago rally will be held in solidarity with the national event in D.C. and the dozens of events nationwide. You’ll hear from leaders from the progressive and healthcare communities organizing to take a stand against the Republican repeal bill and send a clear message to Congress: our lives are on the line!

TIME: Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

LOCATION: Federal Center and Plaza (Chicago, IL)
219 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603

RSVP online, share the event on Facebook or help promote the event on social media.

Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Cook County recently cut 300 jobs from its rolls because of legal complications around the soda beverages tax that was supposed to go into effect on July 1. Sixty-nine of those jobs were from the Cook County Public Defenders office, which is already deeply underfunded. Public Defender Amy Campanelli says she may have to stop because "her attorneys' workloads are already above the maximum recommended by experts." Everyone deserves the right to a lawyer when their freedom may be taken away by the government.

An additional 17 prosecutors and 22 staffers were also laid off from the State's Attorney's office. This will also increase the time needed to prosecute criminals, and decrease justice for victims of crime.

Call Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at (312) 603-6400 to say this is unacceptable.

Script: Hi, I'm a constituent of  Cook County, and I'm calling because I want the county to restore funding for the 300 jobs it recently cut, especially the 69 public defenders and 17 state's attorneys who were laid off. Our public defenders already are overworked. Adding to their caseloads would cause even longer delays in cases, which in turn delays and defeats justice. Please find the funding to restore these critical jobs.

Action #3: Canvas for Fair Illinois School Funding in Geneva on Saturday, July 29

Illinois is on the verge of fixing the worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. This Monday, Senate President Cullerton will send Senate Bill 1 (SB1) to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has said he intends to veto the legislation and cut funding from Chicago students.

If he does veto SB1, it goes back to the Senate for an override where they will have 15 days to override the bill. Once they do, it will go to the House of Representatives for concurrence. But neither their House override or the Senate override are certain.

We want SB1 become law, and we need your help! If you’re in the suburbs and can’t make it downtown for the healthcare rally, here’s what you can do:

Join Illinois For Educational Equity this Saturday July 29 to canvas in support of SB1.

TIME: Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

LOCATION: Sunset Racquetball & Fitness (aka Geneva Community Center)
710 Western Ave. Room 108
Geneva, IL 60134

RSVP to canvas here. Carpool is available.

Thursday, July 27 - Thank Our Senators / Support Transgender Rights / Submit Public Comment on Fracking

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Thank Our Senators for Fighting for the ACA

  • Action #2: Support Transgender Servicemembers on Social Media

  • Action #3: Submit a Public Comment to Help Ban Fracking in Illinois (Deadline is FRIDAY!)

Tools you can use

  • Action #1: Call Our Senators

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'm a constituent of Senator ________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for how hard he/she has worked to protect the ACA. Please keep fighting for our healthcare!

Action #1: Thank Our Senators for Fighting for the ACA

The healthcare fight continues in the Senate, but the Democrats are helping to slow down the debate to shed as much light as possible on the secretive, undemocratic process that the GOP is using to roll back the ACA. We need to encourage them to keep it up!

Action #2: Support Our Transgender Servicemembers on Social Media

Yesterday was also a rough day for LGBT rights, with the President’s announcement that the 15,500+ brave transgender servicemembers in our military will no longer be able to serve openly. It's an important time to show public support for transgender rights, especially since Congress has the authority to overturn such a ban.

Here's how you can help:

  • Send a tweet using #TransRightsAreHumanRights  or #transban 
  • Retweet Indivisible Chicago's statement on the issue 
  • Write a post on Facebook,  either on your own wall or in one of our Indivisible groups, in support of transgender people. Here's some ideas on what to share: 
    • This New York Times article with quotes from transgender servicemembers.
    • This Reuters story 
    • Share this photo:

Action #3: Submit a Public Comment to Ban Fracking in Illinois

If you have not yet filed a comment opposing fracking in Illinois, the deadline had been extended to tomorrow: Friday, July 28. The Woolsey Operating Company LLC has submitted the first fracking permit request for Illinois. The Illinois DNR's Office of Oil and Gas is currently accepting public comments via email regarding this permit application.

E-mail your comments to DNR.HFPublicComments@illinois.gov, making sure to include the Review Number (HVHHF-000001) in both the subject line and in the text of your e-mail. In your comments, include reasons for your opposition to this application, and to fracking in Illinois. There is evidence that fracking contributes to both toxic air and water pollution in nearby communities. The methane leakage produced by fracking is a significant contributor to climate change. Get more information on submitting a public comment.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

We’re all focused on healthcare, but attacks on other many other fronts continue--including LGBT rights, fracking, and climate change, not to mention voting rights, immigration, and many more. We need to “walk and chew gum at the same time” to fight for what we believe in. Thank you for all that you do!

Still fired up? Don’t forget to RSVP for the Our Lives On the Line Rally downtown this Saturday, July 29!

Wednesday, July 26 - HEALTHCARE RED ALERT: Blue State Phone Bank / Call GOP Reps & Rauner

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Phone Bank for Nevada and West Virginia

  • Action #2: Call Your GOP Rep Or Governor Rauner

Tools you can use

Action #1: Blue State Phone Bank for Nevada and West Virginia

Indivisible has got a game-changing new tool that lets us lend a hand to defeat TrumpCare, from the comfort of our blue state—sign up here.

It’s a simple four-part process:

  1. You call a voter in a key state with a swing Republican. First, you’ll make calls to the folks in target states. These folks are your friends—they attended the Women’s March and/or fight for progressive causes.

  2. You explain how they have power now. You’ll remind them why the continued fight against TrumpCare is so important—and why they have particular power in this moment.

  3. You ask them to use their power. Then, you’ll ask them to call their senator in opposition to the bill, and to share their own reasons for opposing it.

  4. The tool connects them to their Senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the Senators’ district offices.

It’s that easy.

Action #2: Call Your GOP Rep OR Governor Rauner

Do you have a Republican representative in your House district? The House may need to vote again if a revised bill passes the Senate. We need to keep the pressure on GOP reps to let them know that a ‘yes’ vote is unacceptable.

Find your rep’s phone number here.

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of ________ and a registered voter. I'm calling to ask that the representative vote ‘no’ on any healthcare bill that comes back through the Senate. Illinois residents depend on the ACA’s patient protections and Medicare funding, and a ‘yes’ vote will put lives at risk.

Don’t have a GOP rep? Call Governor Rauner and demand that he release a statement speaking out against the Republican healthcare bill. Let him know that If congress repeals the ACA, 1.2 million people from Illinois will lose their insurance and 100,000 jobs will be lost.

Springfield Office: 217-782-0244
Chicago Office: 312-814-2121

Why Today's Actions Are Important

We lost a procedural vote today that puts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that much closer to the finish line. But he still has a huge lift on his hands: convince 50 Senators to vote for a complete dumpster fire of a bill—a bill that will cause 15 to 32 million people to lose their insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and a bill that at least 58 Senators are on record as opposing in some previous iteration.

Usually a vote for the Motion to Proceed (MTP) signals support for the underlying bill. But senators literally do not know which bill they’re taking a final vote on—which means the outcome is anyone’s guess. The vote on final passage will be Thursday or Friday, so we need you RIGHT NOW.

 Still fired up? Don’t forget to RSVP for the Our Lives On the Line Rally downtown this Saturday, July 29!

Tuesday, July 25 - Healthcare Vote TODAY: Keep Phone Banking / RSVP for Rally Saturday

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Phone Bank to Save ACA (from home!)

  • Action #2: Keep fighting Trumpcare by attending/promoting the Our Lives on the Line Rally on Sat. 7/29

Tools you can use

Action #1: Phone Bank to Help Keep Pressure on Before Today’s Vote

Mitch McConnell is planning to call a vote as soon as 2 p.m. Eastern TODAY. At this time, it’s not clear what the Senate will be voting on, but based on past reports from the CBO, millions will lose their healthcare if drastic Medicaid go through -- not to mention the rollback of lifesaving standards and benefits.

We need to keep the pressure on swing state Senators by calling constituents in Ohio and West Virginia. We’re asking them to call their Senators and vote "NO" on ACA repeal. Last week, we made over 2000 calls and got over 400 people to commit to call their Senators. Let's keep it up!

We’re inviting you to phone bank from home, or better yet, you can host a few friends for your own private phone bank! No need to be in Chicago or even Illinois; the call from home option is available to everyone!

Sign up and we'll send you tips on organizing a phone bank, the latest script, and links to the phone bank systems.

Action #2: RSVP for Our Lives on the Line Rally on Saturday, July 29

Hosted by the Women’s March, Our Lives on the Line is a massive nationwide day of action to uplift the voices of the millions of Americans whose healthcare will be ripped away if Congressional Republicans continue with their plan to give more power to big insurance companies and undermine affordable, quality care.

The Chicago rally will be held in solidarity with the national event in D.C. and the dozens of events nationwide. You’ll hear from leaders from the progressive and healthcare communities organizing to take a stand against the Republican repeal bill and send a clear message to Congress: our lives are on the line!

TIME: Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

LOCATION: Federal Center and Plaza (Chicago, IL) 
219 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603

RSVP online, share the event on Facebook or help promote the event on social media.

Why Today's Actions are Important

The threat of ACA repeal is very real and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. We need to fight fatigue and keep the pressure up to protect millions of Americans from losing their healthcare.