Monday, October 23 - Tell Rauner Not to Cut Services for Disabled / Protect the ADA / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Rauner Not to Cut Services for Residents with Disabilities

  • Action 2: Tell House Reps not to Rewrite the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Rauner Not to Cut Services for Individuals with Disabilities

A new radio ad from SEIU healthcare union exposes Gov. Rauner's threats to over 1,000 home healthcare workers around the state who have refused to observe overtime caps he put into place in August. SEIU, an important partner for Indivisible Chicago, is asking for help sharing the ad on social media AND calling Rauner's office.

The new ad, which began airing Tuesday, October 17, features Jennifer Kostanski, who lost use of her limbs 14 years ago in a spinal injury suffered in a car accident. The caregiver on whom Jennifer relies now faces suspension for working hours above the new overtime caps put in place by the Rauner administration--hours of care that Kostanski needs to live safely at home.

Nearly 1,000 caregivers have received similar disciplinary notices, and all are on track for suspensions.

  • Call Gov. Rauner in Springfield: (217) 782-0244 or Chicago: (312) 814-2121 and tell him not to suspend trusted caregivers.

    • Script: Hi, my name is _______, and I'm a Indivisible Chicago constituent from [zip code]. I understand that over 1,000 caregivers from DHS Home Services Program have are in danger of being suspended. I'm calling to ask the governor not to suspend them and to remove the dangerous and unethical overtime caps that are robbing people across the state of the care they need.

  • Share the Facebook ad with your network.

  • Retweet the ad to share on Twitter

 Action 2: Tell House Reps not to Rewrite the Americans with Disabilities Act

Because going after Americans’ healthcare wasn’t enough for 2017, the House of Representatives has added another atrocity to their agenda: rewriting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to place additional burdens on people with disabilities. The House Judiciary Committee has voted H.R. 620, which proposes eliminating the ADA requirement that businesses be “proactive” in making their facilities accessible, out of committee—meaning it will now be put to a full floor vote in the House.

As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) summarizes, “H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make ‘substantial progress’ toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.”

This bill places an unfair burden on individuals with disabilities, completely undermining the goal of the ADA. Call your rep today and demand they vote ‘no’ on HR 620.

Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask [rep’s name] to vote ‘no’ on HR 620. This bill will place an unfair burden on individuals with disabilities, which will permanently undermine the ADA.

Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

On the latest episode, Jeff Radue joins Tom Moss to discuss how we should be focusing our energy now and in the upcoming election. Liz Kersjes of She Votes Illinois joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming Gubernatorial debate at UIC on Thursday, October 26. Plus, Charles Whitaker, Associate Dean and Helen Gurley Brown Professor at Medill at Northwestern joins the podcast to talk about journalism and his hopes for the future.

Give it a listen here and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

 


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Friday, October 20 - Restore CPS Special Ed Funding / Support Elected School Board for CPS / Support Those Impacted by the Wildfires in Northern California

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Sign Petition to Restore CPS Special Ed Funding & Call for CEO Claypool's Resignation

  • Action 2: Tell your State Rep to vote YES on HB1774 for an Elected School Board in Chicago

  • Action 3: Support those impacted by the wildfires in Northern California

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Sign Petition to Restore CPS Special Education Funding & Call for CEO Claypool's Resignation

This week, WBEZ aired an investigation that details how CPS administrators made secret changes to guidelines and processes for allocating special education services in order to meet budget cuts. These underhanded changes severely limited services and left parents completely in the dark about what was happening and why. For example, documentation that used to take 15 minutes can now take months to complete, with no coverage for these kids during the review period, resulting in special ed CPS children being denied school services. 

The situation was brought to light by WBEZ investigative reporter Sarah Karp after several incidents surrounding appropriate oversight of special education in CPS, including one death, over the past several months. Special education funding across the city has been cut by $15M since last year, yet CEO Claypool insisted as recently as last month that funding had not been reduced. We need to fix this issue now and we need a leader we can trust. Our petition is the first step.

From the WBEZ report: "A WBEZ investigation into that 2016 overhaul found officials relied on a set of guidelines — developed behind closed doors and initially kept secret — that resulted in limiting services for special education students, services like busing, one-on-one aides, and summer school. This overhaul was orchestrated by outside auditors with deep ties to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. They had no expertise in special education.changes were properly communicated to schools or parents. This is illegal."

Sign the petition here: http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/claypool_letter

Bonus: Share petition on social media

Action 2: Tell your State Rep to vote YES on HB1774 for an Elected School Board in Chicago

Call your state rep and senator to ask them to vote YES on HB1774 for an elected representative school board for Chicago.

Not sure who your Illinois State Representative is? Look them up here.
Or call the Illinois General Assembly switchboard: (217) 782-3944.

Click here for the text of the bill and the current sponsors.
If your Representative has not signed on as a sponsor, see script below. If your Representative has signed on as a sponsor, thank them for their support and ask them to help build support to pass the bill. 

> Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _____________. I am calling to ask Representative ____ to become a sponsor and vote YES on House Bill 1774 for an Elected Representative School Board for Chicago. The community deserves a real voice and a real vote in how our public schools are run.

Background (borrowed from Raise Your Hand Action)

An elected board is a necessary first step to improve our schools.

An elected representative school board would be directly accountable to the public, more diverse and representative of CPS families.

Chicago needs an elected board of education, one where board members who have financial conflicts of interests must bear the scrutiny of the voters at the ballot box.

**[Nearly 90% of Chicago voters asked about an elected school board in 2015 voted in favor of having one.]()**

Last March, in the previous General Assembly, a bill that would establish a Elected Representative School Board for Chicago, passed in the IL House 110-4. It failed to pass in the IL Senate Education Committee, however.

State Representative Robert Martwick has re-introduced this legislation for the 100th General Assembly as HB1774. We need to take action to bring some democracy and transparency to public education in Chicago.

Action 3: Support Those Impacted by the Wildfires in Northern California

After more than a week, wildfires continue to consume Northern California. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and more than 40 people have died.

Contribute now to the North Bay Fire Relief fund endorsed by Indivisible Sonoma County to support relief efforts.

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Thursday, October 19 - Remind Elected Officials to Fight for Gun Control / Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Federal Gun Legislation

  • Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation

  • Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald on Thursday

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Gun Legislation

  • Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation (HB4107)

  • Action 3: Join Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald in Bronzeville today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Gun Legislation

It has been nearly three weeks since the shooting in Las Vegas. The news has largely moved on, but nothing significant has changed in the laws that bear significant responsibility for making it possible. As reported in Crain's last week, Senator Durbin has been vocal about addressing this issue in Congress. 

From the article: "At a Chicago news conference today, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., pushed new legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows the sale of firearms purchased at shows to proceed after a 72-hour delay even if authorities have not completed a background check of the purchaser. He also lauded a plan sponsored with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, to toughen storage rules so guns do not fall into the wrong hands.

Now, pro-control forces have to engage as single-issue gun voters on the political right do, but they have to do something else: reach out, Durbin said. 'We need responsible sportsmen and hunters from throughout the country to join us in conversation.'"

1. Please call Senator Duckworth and ask her to do everything she can to help pass legislation to close the "gun-show loophole."
Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

2. Call your representative and ask them to do everything they can to support Rep. Schneider's plan to toughen gun storage laws. 
Find your House rep’s contact info

Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation

A hearing next Tuesday, October 24th (at 3:00pm) will consider pending legislation in the state house that would strengthen laws regarding assault weapons.

Please sign a witness slip to demonstrate public support. 

1. Click on this link
2. Fill in "Identification" section
3. For "Representation," write "Personal"
4. "Position" = "Proponent"
5. "Testimony" = "Record of Appearance Only"

More Information
Hearing: Tue, Oct. 24th, 3:00
HB 4107: Ban on assault weapons
Synopsis: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be delivered, sold, or purchased or cause to be possessed by another, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Prohibits delivery, sale, purchase, or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Provides exemptions and penalties. Prohibits the knowing sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of a trigger modification device. Defines "trigger modification device". Effective immediately.
Strongly urge: Proponent

Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald Today in Bronzeville

Chicago remembers Laquan McDonald. Nearly three years after his gruesome murder, we remember the video, the 16 shots, and the CPD cover-up.

The next police board hearing is today, the day before the three-year anniversary of the murder of Laquan McDonald. Join the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as we pack the room and let the police board know that the people are still watching. We STILL DEMAND justice for Laquan!

Thursday, October 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3510 S Michigan Ave.

Find details on the event here. 

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Wednesday, October 18 - Oppose Tax Breaks for Wealthy / Reauthorize CHIP / Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Senators to Oppose GOP Tax Plan

  • Action 2: Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald on Thursday

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Ask Senators to Oppose GOP Tax Plan

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

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

  • Action 2: Tell Congress to reauthorize CHIP immediately.

  • Action 3: RSVP to the Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald on Thursday in Bronzeville from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Action 1: Ask Senators to Oppose GOP Tax Plan

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Republicans have managed to jump over an early hurdle to their draconian tax reform, garnering the support of Sen. McCain and Sen. Thad Cochran, who returned to Washington from not being in the hospital.

From IndivisibleGuide.com: "Republicans will stop at nothing to jam the Trump Tax Scam through the Senate. It will be just like TrumpCare: secret negotiations and every procedural trick they can think of to pass it with speed and secrecy. One of the best things Democrats did during the TrumpCare fight to draw attention to the disaster of TrumpCare was withhold consent."

We expect to be in contact with our MoCs many times as this fight proceeds. Today, we are calling on our Senators to once again do everything in their power to slow and stop the GOP tax plan.  

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

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that the Senator do everything in his/her power to fight the GOP tax plan. Can you share the Senator's strategy for fighting the plan? Will the Senator commit to using every procedural tool available—including withholding consent if necessary—to defeat the Trump Tax Scam?

Action 2: Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP Immediately

The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Call your members of Congress and demand that they reauthorize this vital program immediately to ensure no child loses their healthcare.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. Our state may run out of funding soon, so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.

Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald 10/19 in Bronzeville

Chicago remembers Laquan McDonald. Nearly three years after his gruesome murder, we remember the video, the 16 shots, and the CPD cover-up.

The next police board hearing is on Thursday, October 19, the day before the three-year anniversary of the murder of Laquan McDonald. Join the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as we pack the room and let the police board know that the people are still watching. We STILL DEMAND justice for Laquan!

RSVP to the event on Thursday, October 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3510 S Michigan Ave.

 

 

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Tuesday, October 17 - Rally Against Muslim Ban 3.0 / Phone Bank to Stop ACA Sabotage / Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: TONIGHT - Phone Bank to Stop ACA Sabotage

  • Action 2: TOMORROW - Rally Against Muslim Ban 3.0

  • Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald on Thursday

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: TONIGHT - Phone Bank to Stop ACA Sabotage

For Indivisible members from blue districts, phone banking is a great opportunity to influence red district representatives! Help make constituent calls into your local communities ask people to make the call urging their Republican house rep to stop Trump’s sabotage of the ACA and support a bi-partisan bill to make the cost sharing subsidies permanent to stabilize the insurance markets.

RSVP to phone bank TONIGHT in Andersonville at 5301 N Clark, 2nd Fl from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please bring your laptop and phone with chargers. Don't have a laptop? Bring your cell phone, and we will provide the phone banking list!

RSVP to phone bank TONIGHT in Jacob's Well Church Community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please bring your laptop and phone with chargers. 

Can't make it? Sign up to phone bank from home.

Action 2: TOMORROW - Rally Against Muslim Ban 3.0 at O’Hare

Please join CAIR-Chicago, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, and Syrian Community Network, along with other community partners at a rally and press conference on Wednesday, October 18th, at O'Hare International Airport to protest the newest iteration of Trump's Muslim Ban going into effect.

The newest Muslim Ban, originally signed on September 25, 2017, extended and made indefinite the blanket ban on eight countries, all of which -- with the exception of Venezuela and North Korea -- are Muslim-majority countries.

Parts of the Ban are to go into effect on October 18th, so please show up along with other allies and supporters to demand an end to the unjust Muslim Ban.

RSVP to the rally on Wednesday, October 18 at 9 a.m. at O'Hare International Airport, Terminal 5. Share the event widely with the hashtag #NoMuslimBanEver. Let's make ourselves heard!

Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald 10/19 in Bronzeville

Chicago remembers Laquan McDonald. Nearly three years after his gruesome murder, we remember the video, the 16 shots, and the CPD cover-up.

The next police board hearing is on Thursday, October 19, the day before the three-year anniversary of the murder of Laquan McDonald. Join the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as we pack the room and let the police board know that the people are still watching. We STILL DEMAND justice for Laquan!

RSVP to the event on Thursday, October 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3510 S Michigan Ave.

 

 

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Monday, October 16 - Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression / Oppose Michael Dourson EPA Nomination / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: TOMORROW - Help End Voter Suppression at Election Board Meeting

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to Oppose Michael Dourson EPA Nomination

  • Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Register to attend the State Board of Elections meeting TOMORROW to fight voter suppression

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to oppose Michael Dourson’s nomination to the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

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

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

Action 1: TOMORROW - Help End Voter Suppression at Election Board Meeting

Illinois is currently sending your personal data to Trump’s sidekick, Kris Kobach. Illinois must stop propping up Kris Kobach’s voter suppression scheme.

You’ve heard about the sham Presidential Commission on Election Integrity and their request for voter data, but did you know that every year since 2010, Illinois has voluntarily sent your voter registration data plus your partial social security number to the Commission’s leader, Kris Kobach, a white nationalist and paid Breitbart contributor?

We need your help to end this! Join Indivisible Chicago and State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons TOMORROW as we tell the State Board of Elections that this is not okay and we must #EndCrosscheck.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here

Bring yourself, we’ll bring the signs!

Action 2: Tell Senators to Oppose Michael Dourson EPA Nomination

Michael Dourson may be the most dangerous Trump administration nominee you've never heard of. Picked to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) chemical safety division, Dourson is a long-time chemical industry shill who has deep ties to Dow, DuPont, Monsanto and the Koch brothers.

He has long history of greenwashing the deadly effects of toxic chemicals to protect corporate profits and runs an industry-funded "science-for-hire" consulting firm charged with undercutting environmental regulations.

A man bought and paid for by the chemical industry who has put the health and safety of American families at serious risk should not be in charge of overseeing chemical safety and pollution. We must immediately urge the Senate to reject Dourson's nomination before it comes up for a vote.

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 _______ and I'm a Indivisible Chicago constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to ask the senator to reject Michael Dourson’s nomination to head the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Michael Dourson's nomination is another dangerous example of putting the fox in charge of guarding the henhouse. Dourson will likely work to roll back critical environmental and chemical safety regulations to benefit his friends in the chemical industry at the expense of the health and well-being of Americans across the country. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

On the latest episode, Chad Fitzgerald co-hosts with Tom as they discuss if Congress will save the ACA from Trump's death strike. They discuss Gabriel Sherman's Vanity Fair article about the White House unraveling. Additionally, retired U.S. foreign service officer Jeff Barron comes on the podcast to talk about North Korea.

Give it a listen here and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

 

 

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Friday, October 13 - Tell Congress To Reauthorize CHIP / Share #DreamActNow On Social Media / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Action 2: Spread the Word About #DreamActNow on Social Media

  • Action 3: Help End Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP Immediately

The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Call your members of Congress and demand that they reauthorize this vital program immediately to ensure no child loses their healthcare.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. Our state may run out of funding soon, so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.

Action 2: Spread the Word About #DreamActNow on Social Media

DACA recipients have already been waiting too long. We need a clean #DreamActNow. You rallied across the country to protest the Trump Administration’s announcement that they were ending DACA, the Obama-era executive order that provided 760,000 immigrant youth the opportunity to work and earn a living, live out their dreams, and live without the threat of deportation.

We know that Illinois’ Senators already support the Dream Act, but we need Senators and Representatives around the country to feel pressure from their constituents as well. Spread the word so more people in your circles can tell their Member of Congress to take the same brave stand you did to pass a clean #DreamActNow.

Post on Facebook, Twitter or other social media about why you believe we need the #DreamActNow to get the word out, and follow FWD.us on Facebook and Twitter and amplify their message by liking and sharing their posts.

Action 3: Help End Voter Suppression on Tuesday, October 17

Illinois is currently sending your personal data to Trump’s sidekick, Kris Kobach. Illinois must stop propping up Kris Kobach’s voter suppression scheme.

You’ve heard about the sham Presidential Commission on Election Integrity and their request for voter data, but did you know every year since 2010 Illinois has voluntarily sent your voter registration data plus your partial social security number to the Commission’s leader, Kris Kobach, a white nationalist and paid Breitbart contributor?

We need your help to end this! Join Indivisible Chicago and State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th as we tell the State Board of Elections that this is not ok and we must #EndCrosscheck.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Z
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here

Bring yourself, we’ll bring the signs!

 

 
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Thursday, October 12 - Waive and Repeal Jones Act for Puerto Rico / Share ACA Enrollment Details / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Your MoC to Waive and Repeal the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

  • Action 2: Get the Word Out About ACA Enrollment

  • Action 3: Help End Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Call on Congress to Waive and Ultimately Repeal the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria, the crisis continues in Puerto Rico, and neither Trump nor Congress has made significant moves to deliver the aid that is desperately needed on the island. The 10-day waiver that Trump signed for the Jones Act just expired, meaning that the island will go back to paying double the shipping costs for food and supplies.

Because of the Jones Act, it is ILLEGAL for ANY other country to send aid directly to Puerto Rico. Congress must renew the suspension to allow ships with supplies and aid workers from other countries to continue to bring much-needed relief to the island.

While another waiver to the Jones Act is needed immediately, Congress should also repeal the act to avoid making the situation worse. Senator McCain supports the repeal effort, and we need to call on our members of Congress to do so as well.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info (note: if your Rep is Luis Gutierrez, please thank him for his continued support for Puerto Rico)

 Script (if your Rep is NOT Gutierrez): My name is _____. I live in zip code ______, and am a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling on [MoC name] to renew the waiver of the Jones Act, which has just expired. Puerto Rico needs immediate aid and this renewal will help, but I also expect [MoC] to work to repeal the Jones Act to avoid this unnecessary obstacle in the future. Thank you.

Action 2: Get the Word Out About ACA Enrollment

The Trump administration is making it very hard for people to get covered during this year's ACA open enrollment by:

To counter this sabotage, a group of health-care experts has launched a new initiative called Get America Covered, whose goal is to help people enroll on Obamacare’s individual markets. The website provides people with the information and tools they need to take advantage of the law and its subsidies before the short enrollment window closes.

The website is being run by former Obama health officials. Its very existence is a testament to the fact that the GOP, having failed to repeal the health law, is trying to destroy it through no discernible motive other than spite.

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which starts November 1:

Action 3: Help End Voter Suppression on Tuesday, October 17

Illinois is currently sending your personal data to Trump’s sidekick, Kris Kobach. Illinois must stop propping up Kris Kobach’s voter suppression scheme.

You’ve heard about the sham Presidential Commission on Election Integrity and their request for voter data, but did you know that every year since 2010 Illinois has voluntarily sent your voter registration data plus your partial social security number to the Commission’s leader, Kris Kobach, a white nationalist and paid Breitbart contributor?

We need your help to end this! Join Indivisible Chicago and State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th as we tell the State Board of Elections that  we must #EndCrosscheck.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard

RSVP here

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Wednesday, October 11 - Demand Recess Town Halls / Share #DreamActNow on Social Media / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Your MoC for a Recess Town Hall

  • Action 2: Spread the Word About #DreamActNow on Social Media

  • Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Ask Your MoC for a Recess Town Hall

Each chamber of Congress will take a one-week recess during the month of October — the Senate from Oct. 9-13 and the House from Oct. 16-20. This time is allotted for Members of Congress to work and engage with constituents in the states and districts they represent. It is also the perfect time for them to hold public town halls and hear the concerns of their constituents live and in person.

With only a couple months left in this legislative session, there are many urgent and high stakes issues Congress must address. Republican lawmakers are now working on 'tax reform,' which will provide tax cuts to corporation and wealthy Americans by gutting the budgets for vital programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. The country has also faced a myriad of travesties which must be adequately rectified by swift legislative action, namely the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and USVI as well as the mass shooting in Las Vegas. And not a week goes by where we don’t learn something new and concerning about the Trump campaign’s relationship with the Russian government.

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.

Call your reps and ask for a recess town hall:
Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info (note: if your Rep is Mike Quigley, please do not call; Indivisible Chicago is already working to schedule a meeting)

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to ask if [MOC] is planning to have any town halls during the October recess?
[IF YES] I’d like to RSVP. May I please have the details?
[IF NO] Then I’d like to request that [MoC] schedule one. There are many pressing matters we constituents should be able to voice our opinion on face to face.

Action 2: Spread the Word About #DreamActNow on Social Media

DACA recipients have already been waiting too long. We need a clean #DreamActNow. You rallied across the country to protest the Trump Administration’s announcement that they were ending DACA, the Obama-era executive order that provided 760,000 immigrant youth the opportunity to work and earn a living, live out their dreams, and live without the threat of deportation.

We know that Illinois’ Senators already support the Dream Act, but we need Senators and Representatives around the country to feel pressure from their constituents as well. Spread the word so more people in your circles can tell their Member of Congress to take the same brave stand you did to pass a clean #DreamActNow.

Post on Facebook, Twitter or other social media about why you believe we need the #DreamActNow to get the word out, and follow FWD.us on Facebook and Twitter and amplify their message by liking and sharing their posts.

Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Join Indivisible Chicago, along with State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th to "Fill the Room" at the State Board of Elections meeting to show your support for our demand that Illinois immediately withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here.

We will provide signs and ask attendees to be respectful and follow the rules of order of the meeting. Our intent is to have an overwhelming visible presence and ideally to get some media attention, but it is NOT to disrupt the meeting.

 


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Tuesday, October 10 - Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Action 2: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

  • Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP Immediately

The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Call your members of Congress and demand that they reauthorize this vital program immediately to ensure no child loses their healthcare.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. Our state may run out of funding soon, so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.

Action 2: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

On the latest episode, Indivisible Chicago's Tom Moss and Jessica Droeger talk about whether Rex Tillerson is the next cabinet member to abandon Trump and why the NRA seems on board to regulate bump stocks.

Also on the pod: Representative Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4) tells us what he learned first hand on his trip to Puerto Rico. Illinois State Senator Don Harmon (IL-39) talks about SB 1657 - the Illinois bill to license gun dealers. Colleen Daley, Executive Director of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, joins us to talk about the gun violence problem.

Give it a listen here and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Join Indivisible Chicago, along with State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th to "Fill the Room" at the State Board of Elections meeting to show your support for our demand that Illinois immediately withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30am to 12:30pm
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here.

We will provide signs and ask attendees to be respectful and follow the rules of order of the meeting. Our intent is to have an overwhelming visible presence and ideally to get some media attention, but it is NOT to disrupt the meeting.

 

 

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Monday, October 9 - Reject the NRA Rally / No Cuts to Medicare/Medicaid / Donate to Defeat Paul Ryan

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: TODAY - Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas

  • Action 2: Tell Senators - No Cuts to Medicare/Medicaid for Trump’s Tax Scam

  • Action 3: Donate to Swing Left to Fund Paul Ryan's Challenger

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: TODAY! Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Indivisible Chicago, and Women's March are partnering TODAY to take a stand against the NRA and to demand that Congress address gun reform in our country.

The horrific shooting in Las Vegas forces us as a nation to decide: will we accept the status quo and allow mass shootings and gun homicides to be the backdrop to our daily lives? Or do we want to live in a country where we can go to the movies or a concert or school or work or church and be safe from gun violence?

We choose to honor the victims and survivors in Las Vegas by demanding that Congress reject the NRA leadership's radical and dangerous agenda for more guns for more people in more places, with no restrictions.

Join us on Monday, October 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Federal Plaza for a rally and to hear speakers including Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-5), Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-9); and Gubernatorial candidates Daniel Biss (D) and Ameya Pawar (D). RSVP here

Action 2: Tell Senators - No Cuts to Medicaid/Medicare to Fund Trump’s Tax Cuts

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 219 to 206 in favor of the Republican House budget resolution that proposed $5.8 trillion in cuts over the next decade to Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other critical services while paving the way for trillions of dollars in tax cuts that would mostly benefit the wealthy and corporations.

TrumpCare would have destroyed Medicaid as we know it. But even after the failure of TrumpCare, Republicans have said they won’t stop coming for Medicaid. They have to pay for their massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, and their budget blueprint does that by cutting Medicaid by roughly $1 trillion over 10 years—that’s about 20% of Medicaid’s total funding—together with other important domestic programs.   

Republicans again want to use the special process in the Senate, called “reconciliation,” to jam their Trump Tax Scam through with only 51 votes (so, no Democrats). That means they have to pass a budget resolution (which has already passed out of the House Budget Committee) to unlock the reconciliation process. That’s why we must hold every member accountable early and often.

Momentum is building fast, and we need our Senators to act NOW. Call them today!

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Follow this script to urge them to fight cuts to Medicare and Medicaid as part of Trump’s tax bill.

Action 3: Donate to Fund Paul Ryan's Challenger

As the Republican speaker of the House, Paul Ryan refuses to hold President Trump accountable and has been a cheerleader for the Trump agenda, doing everything he can to take away our health care. As a result, he’s facing the toughest re-election challenge of his career.

That's why we're not waiting around for the general election. Paul Ryan is sure to have big-moneyed interests coming to his rescue. Swing Left is pooling resources now to help make sure we defeat Paul Ryan and win back the House in 2018.

This isn’t like the other Swing Districts on the map. Paul Ryan has won his seat fairly comfortably in recent elections, and redistricting has tried to make it a safe seat for the House Speaker.

But wave elections often take a toll on the leaders of the party in charge. When the 1994 midterms swept a Republican majority into Congress, House Speaker Tom Foley lost his seat.

It’s not going to be easy. He’s got $11 million in the bank. That’s why Swing Left’s District Fund is so important—we need to give Ryan’s eventual Democratic challenger the ability to compete.

By putting time, money, and attention into Paul Ryan’s district, we can force him to play defense, making him spend more time campaigning in his home district than in Washington helping Trump’s priorities sail through the House or fundraising for Republicans in other Swing Districts.

Donate now to help fund Paul Ryan's challenger!

 

 

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Friday, October 6 - Reject the NRA Rally / No Tax Cuts for Corporations / Share ACA Enrollment Details

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas MONDAY

  • Action 2: Tell Senators - No Tax Cuts for Corporations!

  • Action 3: Get the Word Out About ACA Enrollment

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: MONDAY - Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Indivisible Chicago, and Women's March are partnering to take a stand against the NRA and to demand that congress address gun reform in our country.

The horrific shooting in Las Vegas forces us as a nation to decide: will we accept the status quo and allow mass shootings and gun homicides to be the backdrop to our daily lives? Or do we want to live in a country where we can go to the movies or a concert or school or work or church and be safe from gun violence?

We choose to honor the victims and survivors in Las Vegas by demanding that Congress reject the NRA leadership's radical and dangerous agenda for more guns for more people in more places, with no restrictions.

Join us on Monday, October 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Federal Plaza for a rally and to hear guest speakers including Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss (D), and Mark Walsh from Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. RSVP here

Action 2: Tell Senators - No Tax Cuts for Corporations!

Just yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 219 to 206 in favor of the Republican House budget resolution that proposed $5.8 trillion in cuts over the next decade to Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other critical services while paving the way for trillions of dollars in tax cuts that would mostly benefit the wealthy and corporations.

The GOP’s proposed tax cuts will—just like the tax cuts on the individual side—flow almost exclusively to the wealthy. Corporations are seeing significant profits and there is little evidence corporate tax rates affect their “competitiveness,” but Republicans want to let them off the hook for paying their fair share anyway.

Republicans want to slash the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 15%, which is estimated to cost $2.4 trillion in revenue. Even worse, cutting the corporate rate almost exclusively benefits wealthy individuals and could actually hurt—not help—workers in the long run.

With corporate profits nearing record levels, there is no reason Congress should give them a tax cut that jeopardizes our commitment to funding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other essential services. Our Senators should oppose any plan that further incentivizes corporations to keep profits offshore or loses significant revenue through a much lower rate on repatriated overseas profits. Congress should be closing loopholes that let corporations off the hook for paying their fair share—not making the loopholes larger.

Momentum is building fast, and we need our Senators to act NOW. Call them today!

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Follow this script to urge them to fight corporate tax cuts.

Action 3: Get the Word Out About ACA Enrollment

The Trump administration is making it very hard for people to get covered during this year's ACA open enrollment by:

To counter this sabotage, a group of health-care experts has launched a new initiative called Get America Covered, whose goal is to help people enroll on Obamacare’s individual markets. The website provides people with the information and tools they need to take advantage of the law and its subsidies before the short enrollment window closes.

The website is being run by former Obama health officials. Its very existence is a testament to the fact that the GOP, having failed to repeal the health law, is trying to destroy it through no discernible motive other than spite.

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which starts November 1:

 
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Thursday, October 5 - Demand Reps to End Mass Surveillance / Reject the NRA Rally / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand Reps to End Mass Surveillance

  • Action 2: Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas 10/9

  • Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Demand Reps to End Mass Surveillance Under Section 702

Word on The Hill is that a bill to reauthorize warrantless surveillance under Section 702 is about to be introduced any day now. Section 702 is the provision of law that gives federal intelligence agencies like the FBI authority to snatch up all kinds of online communications – from phone calls, emails, social media accounts, text messages, and more – and use the 'backdoor search loophole' to deliberately look for information on Americans without any suspicion of wrongdoing.

It’s a gross overstep of our privacy. Section 702 either needs to be overhauled to ensure innocent Americans won’t get spied on by the government, or it needs to expire. If we want to end warrantless mass surveillance and put a stop to Americans' communications from getting swept up in the NSA's dragnet, then we have to tell our reps in the House to act now.

Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: I’m [name] from [zip code]. I’m a constituent and I demand that [rep’s name] work to completely overhaul Section 702 to end warrantless mass cyber surveillance on innocent Americans. And it can’t be overhauled, then Section 702 should expire.

Action 2: Reject the NRA Rally and Vigil for Las Vegas 10/9

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Indivisible Chicago, and Women's March are partnering to take a stand against the NRA and to demand that congress address gun reform in our country.

The horrific shooting in Las Vegas forces us as a nation to decide: will we accept the status quo and allow mass shootings and gun homicides to be the backdrop to our daily lives? Or do we want to live in a country where we can go to the movies or a concert or school or work or church and be safe from gun violence?

We choose to honor the victims and survivors in Las Vegas by demanding that Congress reject the NRA leadership's radical and dangerous agenda for more guns for more people in more places, with no restrictions.

Join us on Monday, October 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Federal Plaza for a rally and to hear guest speakers who are on the forefront of the gun violence prevention movement. More details to be posted soon! RSVP here

Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Join Indivisible Chicago, along with State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th to "Fill the Room" at the State Board of Elections meeting to show your support for our demand that Illinois immediately withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30am to 12:30pm
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard

RSVP here.

We will provide signs and ask attendees to be respectful and follow the rules of order of the meeting. Our intent is to have an overwhelming visible presence and ideally to get some media attention, but it is NOT to disrupt the meeting.


 

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Wednesday, October 4 - Fight Trump’s Tax Scam / Tell State Reps to Support Gun Dealer Licensing / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to Fight Trump’s Tax Scam

  • Action 2: Tell State Reps to Support Gun Dealer Licensing

  • Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Congress to Fight Trump’s Tax Scam

After failing to pass their TrumpCare bill through the Senate (thanks to your constituent power), Republicans in both the House and Senate are turning to “tax reform.”

This is not going to be true tax reform. Calling it “tax reform” suggests they intend to close corporate loopholes or address the growing wealth inequality that the current tax code fuels. But that’s not what Republicans have in mind.

Instead, they want tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking away Medicare, Medicaid, and education funding. Since they want to pass their tax cut plan through the Senate with only 51 votes, they have to follow the rules of reconciliation. One of the rules is that the legislation can’t add to the deficit after ten years—meaning that, in order to make their tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, they intend to make deep cuts to entitlements to offset them. Learn more about the plan here.

We need our members of Congress to commit to fighting this plan all the way, or millions of families will suffer as Trump and his friends get richer. Call your representatives today!

Action 2: Tell State Reps to Support Gun Dealer Licensing

The Illinois House will soon be voting on a bill that would help reduce gun crime in Illinois. Senate Bill 1657, Gun Dealer Licensing, would require employees of gun shops to undergo background checks, allow law enforcement to inspect gun shops, and require video security for gun shops to prevent theft. This bill would stem the flow of illegal guns in our state. Illinois NEEDS statewide gun dealer licensing.

Find your state House Representative and call to tell them to vote “yes” on SB 1657.

Script: Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.  I'm calling to urge Representative ______ to vote YES on SB1657. This Act will help reduce gun crime in Illinois. Illinois needs statewide gun dealer licensing. Thank you.

Action 3: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Join Indivisible Chicago, along with State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th to "Fill the Room" at the State Board of Elections meeting to show your support for our demand that Illinois immediately withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30am to 12:30pm
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here.

We will provide signs and ask attendees to be respectful and follow the rules of order of the meeting. Our intent is to have an overwhelming visible presence and ideally to get some media attention, but it is NOT to disrupt the meeting.


 

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Tuesday, October 3 - Demand Action on Gun Control / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression / Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand MoCs Act on Gun Control Now

  • Action 2: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

  • Action 3: Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Demand Congress Take Action on Gun Control

Late in the evening of October 1, a shooter opened fire on a crowd gathered for a concert in Las Vegas. This act of terror, inflicted by a single individual, killed at least 59 people and wounded at least 500. We stand in solidarity with, and extend our warmest comfort to, all impacted by this horrific terrorist attack. Donald Trump and all U.S. officials must condemn this violence in the same way they would condemn a shooter of color—and call it what it is: terrorism.

Congress is considering making it easier for shooters like the one in Vegas. Legislation has moved forward in the House that would make it easier for people to obtain silencers for guns. As part of a larger legislative package called the SHARE Act (Sportsman Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or H.R. 3668), Congress is considering the so-called “Hearing Protection Act” (H.R. ) that is backed by the gun lobby and would pave the way for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and others to more easily access silencers.

We must tell our members of Congress to vote “no” on this bill and go even further by speaking out publicly for common sense gun control laws. They must offer more than thoughts and prayers to stop the cycle of violence.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello, I’m a constituent from [zip code] calling regarding the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I urge Senator/Representative [name] to not just condemn this act of terror, but to speak out loudly for responsible policies that help prevent gun violence. I urge [MoC] to prevent our current gun laws from being gutted by voting against the silencer provision known as the “Hearing Protection Act” that is part of the SHARE Act (H.R. 3668). Silencers make it harder for victims to flee and first responders to intervene. In the wake of the tragedy in Vegas, it is essential for Congress to support removing the silencer provision from the SHARE Act.

Action 2: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

Join Indivisible Chicago, along with State Representatives Ann Williams, Will Guzzardi, Jamie Andrade, and Carol Ammons, on Tuesday, October 17th to "Fill the Room" at the State Board of Elections meeting to show your support for our demand that Illinois immediately withdraw from the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

It's important that the Board see the overwhelming support that we have for this call and to force them to act before the next data transfer to Crosscheck in January. Crosscheck is a discriminatory system used to purge voters and promote voter suppression laws in our neighboring states. Read our FAQ to learn more.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:30am to 12:30pm
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
RSVP here.

We will provide signs and ask attendees to be respectful and follow the rules of order of the meeting. Our intent is to have an overwhelming visible presence and ideally to get some media attention, but it is NOT to disrupt the meeting.

Action 3: Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

On May 1st, 2017 Wilmer Catalan Ramirez filed a lawsuit for the excessive use of force that ICE used when they raided his home, and the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago for wrongfully putting him in the gang database.

Chicago’s mayor and city council should be advocates for every city resident who falls victim to Trump’s deportation force, but especially for those whose physical well-being is in danger and those who the city has had a specific role in leading to his wrongful detention.

Wilmer's detention was part of a national immigration raid targeting suspected gang members. It is clear that ICE wouldn’t have targeted Wilmer if it wasn’t for the Chicago police department.

The police created the gang database at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request in 2012 as part of his efforts to be ‘tough on crime.’ But since then, it has proven to be like other lists of names compiled by police in other parts of the country: arbitrary, discriminatory, and with dire consequences for those whose names get entered.

Wilmer didn’t find out he was on the list until ICE agents cited it as the reason they broke down his door. He never had a chance to look at the evidence and defend himself.

Join us in asking Mayor Emanuel and the city council for the least they could do to correct this error and advocate for Wilmer’s release, and start to review the procedures and content of the Chicago gang database. Sign the petition. If you have the means, please consider donating to Wilmer’s family.
 

 

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Monday, October 2 - Donate to Hurricane Maria Relief / Call Senators to Pass DREAM Act / Listen to Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Donate to Hurricane Maria Relief

  • Action 2: Call on Senators to Pass the DREAM Act

  • Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Donate to Hurricane Maria Relief

The crisis in Puerto Rico continues to worsen, and government relief efforts have not been sufficient. While Trump is ridiculing and demeaning the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico in their time of need, many organizations are stepping up to help prevent further casualties.

If you have the means, please consider donating funds or supplies to organizations working to save lives in Puerto Rico. Click here for a list of great places to donate.

Action 2: Call on Senators to Pass the DREAM Act

Senator Durbin has, of course, been an amazing champion for the DACA program and deserves all our thanks. And Senator Duckworth has also come out in defense of those allowed to stay and work or go to school here under the DACA program. However, we need them to take the next step and push a little harder.

A lot has happened since Trump announced the end of DACA, but we need to keep the DREAM Act top of mind. Call our Senators to demand that they keep pushing McConnell to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote as soon as possible.

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 ______________ from [zip code], and I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling because, while I appreciate all Senator ______ has done for DACA, we need to push even harder. I'd like to ask the Senator to attach the DREAM Act to any must pass legislation that comes up. It's imperative that we ensure a secure future for all DACA recipients after they have placed their trust in our government to protect them.Thank you.

Action 3: Listen to the Latest Episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

The latest episode features Colleen Connell and Ann Williams. Give it a listen here and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

 


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Friday, September 29 - Tell Senators to Vote No on Ajit Pai Confirmation / DACA Renewal Expiration October 5 / Pro-Diversity Sign Fundraiser

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to Speak Out Against Ajit Pai's Re-Confirmation MONDAY

  • Action 2: Help DACA Recipients Renew by October 5

  • Action 3: Donate to Pro-Diversity Sign Fundraiser

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Senators to Speak Out Against Ajit Pai's Re-Confirmation to FCC MONDAY

FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai remains determined to gut net neutrality. If he succeeds, Internet providers will gain new powers to block sites and apps, charge users more money, or force companies to pay expensive “prioritization” fees just to reach you.

He's not even trying to pretend that he's running a legitimate process. He’s suppressed key evidence, ignored issues like fake comments, and refused to comply with transparency laws that would hold his agency to account. This is corruption, plain and simple.

On Monday, the Senate will hold a crucial vote that will determine whether Pai is reconfirmed as Chairman of the FCC. We need our Senators to fire Pai and save the open web while there’s still time.

Call Illinois Senators today and demand they speak out publically against Pai’s reconfirmation.

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

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask the senator to vocally oppose the re-confirmation of Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai as chairman of the FCC. Since president Trump designated him as FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai has worked against Internet privacy rules that stop ISPs from selling the details our online activity, rolled back TV station ownership limits for Sinclair Broadcasting to purchase Tribune here in Illinois, and attacked net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling, and extra fees. Please speak out publicly against this confirmation. Thanks.

Action 2: Help DACA Recipients Renew by October 5

Trump has announced the end of the DACA program. The renewal deadline for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program will not be extended beyond Oct. 5. Losing this status can cause, loss of job, deportation, and even homelessness.

Throughout the nation, there are over 154,000 individuals with DACA expiration dates between now and March 5, 2018, and over 10,000 in the Chicagoland area alone. Many do not have the financial ability to cover the $495 cost to pay for the application.  

If you are able to donate any money towards the cost of the expense, please give to the Protection For All Movement, an undocumented-led group of Chicago volunteers organizing to raise funds for the renewal fees of DACA recipients. Please donate here.

If you know anyone who is in need of financial support for DACA renewal, they can apply for funds using this form (deadline is Sunday, October 1!).

Action 3: Donate to Pro-Diversity Sign Fundraiser for Lincoln Square

This week, we had yet another instance of hate-fueled graffiti in Lincoln Square, including the defacing of "Hate Has No Home Here" signs. Well, you know what we say to that? For every sign you deface, we will put up a thousand more.

Lincoln Square Neighbors, in partnership with Indivisible Lincoln Square, have ordered 3000 11x17 window signs and 200 yard signs to distribute throughout the Lincoln Square neighborhood at a rally this Sunday. We will drown out the message of hate with messages of hope.

Please consider donating to cover the cost of the printing. Any money raised beyond the costs incurred will go directly to ordering more signs. 

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Thursday, September 28 - Demand that Rauner Sign HB40 / Tell Senators to Vote No on Ajit Pai Confirmation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand that Rauner Sign HB40

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to Speak Out Against Ajit Pai's Re-Confirmation

Tools You Can Use

 

  • Action 1: HB40 is finally on Rauner’s desk; call to ask him to sign

    • Springfield: (217) 782-0244 | Chicago: (312) 814-2121

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to speak out against Ajit Pai's re-confirmation as FCC Chairman

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

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

Action 1: Demand that Rauner 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. The bill is on Governor Rauner’s desk right now, and He has not decided whether he will veto or sign the law. Stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40.

Call Rauner today: Springfield: (217) 782-0244 | Chicago: (312) 814-2121

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. This legislation will protect women's rights here in Illinois, and it is essential to ensuring that we do not take a step backward as a state should the country do otherwise. Thank you.

Action 2: Tell Senators to Speak Out Against Ajit Pai's Re-Confirmation to FCC

FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai remains determined to gut net neutrality. If he succeeds, Internet providers will gain new powers to block sites and apps, charge users more money, or force companies to pay expensive “prioritization” fees just to reach you.

He's not even trying to pretend that he's running a legitimate process. He’s suppressed key evidence, ignored issues like fake comments, and refused to comply with transparency laws that would hold his agency to account. This is corruption, plain and simple.

On Monday, the Senate will hold a crucial vote that will determine whether Pai is reconfirmed as Chairman of the FCC. We need our Senators to fire Pai and save the open web while there’s still time.

Call Illinois Senators today and demand they speak out publically against Pai’s reconfirmation.

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

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask the senator to vocally oppose the re-confirmation of Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai as chairman of the FCC. Since president Trump designated him as FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai has worked against Internet privacy rules that stop ISPs from selling the details our online activity, rolled back TV station ownership limits for Sinclair Broadcasting to purchase Tribune here in Illinois, and attacked net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling, and extra fees. Please speak out publically against this confirmation. Thank you for your time.

 

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Wednesday, September 27 - Refugee Event Tonight / Demand that Rauner Sign HB40 / Call on Reps to Pass Jones Act Suspension for Puerto Rico

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: TONIGHT - Attend Expert Discussion on Refugees and National Security TOMORROW

  • Action 2: Demand that Rauner Sign HB40

  • Action 3: Call on Reps to Pass Jones Act Suspension for Puerto Rico

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: TONIGHT - Attend Expert Discussion on Refugees and National Security TOMORROW

Indivisible Pilsen, in collaboration with Welcoming the Stranger and Loop Church, is sponsoring an expert panel discussion on America’s refugee policy, which is undergoing major changes under the Trump administration. The expert-led discussion will focus on the proposed reduction in overall admissions, the program funding levels, and how that impacts our national security, economy, and other areas. This is a chance to learn about the current global refugee situation, the admissions process, the implications of current policy, and what you can do to make your voice heard.

RSVP to attend the event TONIGHT at Loop Church (11th E Adams St, 12 floor) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Action 2: Demand that Rauner 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. The bill is on Governor Rauner’s desk right now, and he has not decided whether he will veto or sign the law. Stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40.

Call Rauner today: Springfield: (217) 782-0244 | Chicago: (312) 814-2121

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. This legislation will protect women's rights here in Illinois, and it is essential to ensuring that we do not take a step backward as a state should the country do otherwise. Thank you.

Action 3: Call on Reps to Pass Jones Act Suspension for Puerto Rico

The crisis continues in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and neither Trump nor Congress has made significant moves to deliver the aid that is desperately needed on the island. Luckily, Chicago’s own Luis Gutierrez is cosponsoring a bill in Congress with Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)  called “Request Jones Act Suspension, Exemption from FEMA Matching Funds."

As Twitter user @radicalamy states: Why is this request so important? FEMA requires matching funds from state and local government: funds that Puerto Rico just doesn't have. This request would temporarily suspend FEMA's matching funds requirement. The aid request also temporarily suspends the Jones Act, which says that only ships that originate in US mainland can dock in Puerto Rico.

Right now, it is ILLEGAL for ANY other country to send aid directly to Puerto Rico (The Jones Act is obviously abhorrent and should be repealed). The suspension would allow ships with supplies and aid workers from other countries to bring relief to Puerto Rico. This is so important.

Ask your congressperson's office to commit to getting in touch with Rep. Velázquez's office about the aid request.

Find your House rep’s contact info - IMPORTANT: If you live in Gutierrez’s district, please call to THANK him for supporting this bill!

Script (if your Rep is NOT Gutierrez): My name is _____. I live in zip code ______, and am a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling on [MoC name] to get in touch with Rep. Velázquez's office about the bill entitled ““Request Jones Act Suspension, Exemption from FEMA Matching Funds." It is vital that [MoC Name] supports this bill and work to pass it  immediately to get aid to the American citizens in Puerto Rico and prevent a humanitarian crises. Please coordinate with Velazquez's office on signing her letters to FEMA and DHS. Thank you.

 

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Tuesday, September 26 - Phone Bank to Stop Trumpcare 3.0 / Call on Congress to Provide Hurricane Relief for US Territories / Refugee Event

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: STILL URGENT - Phone Bank to Stop Trumpcare 3.0

  • Action 2: Call on Congress to Provide Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Immediately

  • Action 3: Attend Expert Discussion on Refugees and National Security TOMORROW

  • Action 4: Call and Tell Governor Rauner to Sign HB40 into Law

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Phone Bank Against Trumpcare 3.0 at Evanston or Northwest Side Event (or from Home!)

Although it seems unlikely that the GOP will have the votes to pass their terrible Obamacare repeal bill, we cannot let up the pressure until September 30.  But if you live in a state with two Democratic Senators who oppose the ACA, you may be asking yourself: how can I influence persuadable Republicans in red states who may be on the fence?

The answer is blue state/red state phone banking, where folks in blue states contact voters in a key state with a swing Republican Senator. These folks are your friends—they attended the Women’s March, they’re standing up to #DefendDACA, and/or fight for progressive causes.

Attend the South Side phone bank event TONIGHT from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email wpaj@mac.com to RSVP and get the location.

Please bring: your charged laptop or tablet AND your cell phone with chargers for both (just in case). Headphones are very helpful but not required.

Keep up with future Indivisible Chicago phone bank events here, or phone bank from your own home any time with Indivisible’s Trump Care 10 tool.

The tool connects you with swing state voters to remind them why the continued fight against TrumpCare is so important—and why they have particular power in this moment.

You ask them to use their power by calling their senator in opposition to the bill. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the Senators’ district offices.

It’s super easy: more than 1,000 Indivisibles in blue states made 100,000 phone calls to constituents in our target states in the final two days before the healthcare vote in July. And we won. We can win this time, too. Sign up to phone bank today!

Action 2: Call on Congress to Provide Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria has left much of the Puerto Rico without power, and food and water supplies are running low. The US Virgin islands are also struggling. The American citizens in these US territories need our government to send aid immediately. Illinois’ senators have yet to make a public statement.

Please call your MoCs to help ensure Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands get the aid they need without delay!

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: My name is _____. I live in zip code ______, and am a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling on [MoC name] to pass an aid package to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands without delay. The damage from Hurricane Maria is severe, and Congress must act quickly to jump-start recovery and prevent unnecessary loss of life. [For Senators:] I’m also urging Senator [Name] to make a public statement about the emergencies in these US territories to help raise awareness.

Action 3: Attend Expert Discussion on Refugees and National Security TOMORROW

Indivisible Pilsen, in collaboration with Welcoming the Stranger and Loop Church, is sponsoring an expert panel discussion on America’s refugee policy, which is undergoing major changes under the Trump administration. The expert-led discussion will focus on the proposed reduction in overall admissions, the program funding levels, and how that impacts our national security, economy, and other areas. This is a chance to learn about the current global refugee situation, the admissions process, the implications of current policy, and what you can do to make your voice heard.

RSVP to attend the event on Wednesday, September 27 at Loop Church (11th E Adams St, 12 floor) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

 

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