Friday, December 15 - Demand that Congress Protect Net Neutrality / LAST DAY for ACA Enrollment / Amplify Dream Act Stories On Social Media

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand that Congress Protect Net Neutrality

  • Action 2: LAST DAY for ACA Enrollment - Get the Word Out!

  • Action 3: Amplify Dream Act Stories On Social Media
     

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Demand that Congress use a Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s decision to kill Net Neutrality

  • Action 2: LAST DAY for ACA enrollment is TODAY! Spread the word on social media:

  • Action 3: There’s only one week left for Congress to pass the Dream Act before the federal budget deadline - Amplify immigrant stories on social media:

 

Action 1: Demand that Congress Use a Congressional Review Act to Protect Net Neutrality

The FCC’s radical and foolish action today to reverse network neutrality protections means that we have lost an important battle in the war for an open internet. But that war is far from over.

Today’s FCC vote means that we will start to see the telecommunications companies intruding more on how we use the internet and becoming much more aggressive in their efforts to make money off their role as online gatekeepers. But nobody should think that network neutrality is dead.

The fight now shifts to Congress, where pro-network neutrality members will press to use something called the Congressional Review Act to undo this hasty and misguided action. The CRA is a relatively new tool that allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment. It was used for ill in March 2017 when Trump supporters in Congress voted to wipe out FCC privacy protections that prevented the telecoms from selling our browsing history and other private information about our internet usage. But now Congress can use this tool for good by similarly reversing the FCC's (in this case, bad) action. Every American should press their members of Congress to support such a reversal via the CRA.

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

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to ask [MoC] to use a Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s decision to kill Net Neutrality. Congress has only 60 days to use the CRA, so they need to act quickly. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it. Thank you.

 

Action 2: LAST DAY for ACA Enrollment - Get the Word Out!

Today is the LAST DAY to enroll in an ACA health plan for 2018. The Trump administration did everything they could to stop people from accessing this health care, and Americans around the country have stepped in to fill in the gap. Now it’s time to bring the efforts home and get the word out!

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which ends TODAY, December 15:

 

Action 3: Amplify Dream Act Stories On Social Media

Last week, Congress passed a two-week funding bill, extending the deadline for a federal budget to December 22nd. This means that we have ONE WEEK to push for the Dream Act to be included in the budget, and get the bill passed out of Congress this year!

Dream Act recipients are counting on us. Share their stories on social media to amplify their voices and help build momentum for the Dream Act!

Click here for sample tweets, posts and images to share on social media, courtesy of the ICIRR.

 

 


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Thursday, December 14 - Phone Bank Against the Tax Bill / Thank Senators for Calling for Doug Jones to Be Seated / Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Phone Bank Against Trump’s Tax Bill

  • Action 2: Thank Senators for Calling for Doug Jones to Be Seate

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

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Phone bank from home to fight Trump’s tax scam

  • Action 2: Thank Senators Duckworth and Durbin for calling on Doug Jones to be seated before any vote on the tax bill

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

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

  • Action 3: Sign the petition calling for Chicago to remove Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez from the Chicago Gang Database and review the faulty program

 

Action 1: Phone Bank Against Trump’s Tax Bill

Doug Jones’ victory changes the game on the tax scam. Republicans will try to rush the tax bill through before Jones is seated and do whatever they can to stall seating him. Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can to ram this thing through and, with a new Democratic Senator headed to DC soon, he’s feeling the heat.

The conference committee will unveil their conference report on Friday. The Senate could vote as early as Monday, with the House close behind them.

In addition to Jones’ victory last night, we have a lot of leverage in this fight. Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), and Marco Rubio (FL) voted for the tax scam, but both have also said the bill wasn’t perfect. There are also a number of differences between the two bills and the Republican caucus isn’t aligned yet. They’re running out of time to get everything done, and we can stop them.

Amp up the pressure on these targets from our blue state! You can phone bank from home as much as you want every day from 9 am to 9 pm local time until the tax scam fight is over.

Sign up to phone bank from home to fight Trump’s tax scam. Time is running out!

 

Action 2: Thank Senators for Calling for Doug Jones to Be Seated

No vote on taxes should happen without Doug Jones.

The Senate’s filibuster-proof majority now hangs by one vote, following the election of Doug Jones in Alabama. The GOP is pushing a massive piece of legislation that is all done but the final voting. Congress should recognize the will of the people and wait for the new senator to be seated before taking such a momentous vote.

In 2010 under remarkably similar circumstances, Harry Reid put off voting on the health care bill until after newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown was seated.

Senators should follow the example of 2010 and do the thing their oath to the constitution would demand, which would be to wait to pass this tax bill until Doug Jones is seated.

Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth have both tweeted their support for this. Call and thank them and let them know to keep fighting!

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 to thank {PERSON} for their call to delay a vote on the Tax bill until Doug Jones is seated. Please push your colleagues to do the same, and use whatever tools available to force the issue.

 

Action 3: Call on Chicago to Remove Immigrant Father from Gang Database, Review its Content

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.

Last week, the City of Chicago admitted error in putting Wilmer in the Gang Database, but that has not changed the mind of the immigration agents who keep him detained.

Join us in asking Mayor Emanuel and the city council 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.





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Wednesday, December 13 - Tell Congress to Call for Trump’s Resignation / Share ACA Enrollment Details

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to Call for Trump’s Resignation

  • Action 2: Share ACA Enrollment Details on Social Media

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to call for Trump’s resignation due to alleged sexual misconduct

  • Action 2: ACA Enrollment Ends Friday, December 15 - Share Details on Social Media

 

Action 1: Tell Congress to Call for Trump's Resignation

The number of Senators calling on President Trump to resign over alleged sexual misconduct is increasing -- five have joined the call so far. After yesterday’s sexist attack on Senator Gillibrand, more than 100 members of Congress called for the Oversight Committee to investigate Trump and the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

Both Senators Duckworth and Durbin called for Senator Al Franken to resign over sexual harassment allegations, yet neither one has joined the call for Trump’s resignation. The #MeToo movement is about believing women and no longer allowing men to commit sexual harassment or assault without consequences. Call on our members of Congress to hold Trump accountable for his behavior.

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

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to ask [MoC] to join the group of Senators who are calling for Trump’s resignation due to multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault and harassment. We need to hold our President to the same standard as others who have been seriously accused. Thank you.

Action 2: ACA Enrollment Ends Friday, December 15 - Get the Word Out

The Trump administration is making it very hard for people to get covered during this year's ACA open enrollment by cutting the enrollment period in half, moving the enrollment deadline, and slashing 90% of the dollars used to get out the word about the program.

To counter this sabotage, a group of healthcare experts has launched Get America Covered, whose goal is to help people enroll on Obamacare’s individual markets. 

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which ends THIS FRIDAY, December 15:

 

 

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Tuesday, December 11 - Pledge to Rally if Trump Fires Mueller / Call On Senators To Take (And Keep!) The Dreamer Pledge / Indivisible Chicago Governor’s Forum Podcast Part 2

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Pledge to Rally if Trump Fires Mueller

  • Action 2: Call On Senators To Take (And Keep!) The Dreamer Pledge

  • Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Governor’s Forum Podcast - Part 2

 

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Pledge to Rally if Trump Fires Mueller

We could have a deepening Constitutional crisis on our hands. Donald Trump is considering firing the man investigating him and his inner circle, special counsel Robert Mueller. If this happens, our immediate response will determine the future of our democracy.

That's why Indivisible Chicago is partnering with many organizations to prepare emergency "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies that will happen directly following the firing should it occur. There are already events in 180 locations scheduled across the country! Indivisible Chicago is the host and lead for the rally that will happen at Federal Plaza should Mueller be fired.

Can you pledge to attend a rapid response rally? Click here to find and pledge to attend an event near you!

Or sign up to rally with Indivisible Chicago at Federal Plaza.

 

Action 2: Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge

Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. And many Democrats voted to pass a continuing budget resolution without demanding a clean Dream Act -- including Senators Durbin and Duckworth.

Despite having previously taken the Dreamer Pledge and being a cosponsor of the Dream Act, Senator Durbin voted for the continuing resolution. The pledge states that Senators will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. Call Senator Durbin and ask him to follow through on the Pledge, and continue to tell Duckworth: a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers -- no Dream, no CR!

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

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency, and we must take this opportunity to protect them by passing a clean Dream Act. I'm very disappointed in the Senator's decision to vote for the continuing resolution yesterday. Any CR without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers.

 

Action 3: Listen to Bob Daiber on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast Governor’s Forum

This week on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast, we continue our multi-part series — a podcast forum featuring each of the candidates for Governor and crowdsourced questions from the Indivisible Chicago membership.

Where do the candidates stand on pension reform, education funding, equal pay, and gun control? For the next several weeks, we will hear these questions and more put to Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker.

This week: can red Illinois and blue Illinois ever see eye to eye? Downstate Democrat Bob Daiber believes he can bring the state together.

Listen to the latest episode featuring Bob Daiber today! And subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

 



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Monday, December 11 - Break the Internet for Net Neutrality / Tell Rauner to Protect Illinois Air / Share ACA Enrollment Details

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Break the Internet for Net Neutrality on 12/12

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner That Coal Companies Shouldn't be Writing Our Clean Air Rules

  • Action 3: Share ACA Enrollment Details on Social Media

 

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: Break the Internet for Net Neutrality TOMORROW

The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, Break the Internet on your site, on Twitter, on Youtube or in whatever creative way you can, to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in?

Join the Twitter brigade or see other ways to Break the Internet tomorrow!

 

Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner That Coal Companies Shouldn't be Writing Our Clean Air Rules

Dynegy, a Houston-based coal plant operator and Illinois’ largest air polluter with nine active coal plants in Illinois, worked closely behind doors with Rauner’s Illinois Environmental Protection Agency over the last year to make significant changes to the “Multi-Pollutant Standard” (MPS).

Illinois’ MPS has been a cornerstone of air quality protection in Illinois, setting gradual reductions for nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury (Hg) pollution from the Dynegy coal fleet. The proposed rewrite of the state’s multipollutant standard would lock in levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in perpetuity and allow Dynegy to create downstate pollution hotspots by burning more coal at its dirtiest, cheapest coal plants. According to an analysis conducted by the Chicago Tribune, the revised rule would allow a massive, fleet-wide tonnage cap on Dynegy’s sulfur and nitrogen oxide pollution, far exceeding current emissions of the fleet.

Contact Rauner through the Environmental Law and Policy Center to tell him that coal companies shouldn't be writing the Clean Air rules in Illinois, or call him in Springfield (217-782-0244) or Chicago (312-814-2121).

Script: Hi, I’m [name] from [zip code]. I am a member of Indivisible Chicago, and I'm calling to let Governor Rauner know that he should not allow Dynegy's proposed re-write of clean air standards to move forward. Clean air for Illinois residents is a higher priority than a company's profits!

 

Action 3: ACA Enrollment Ends Friday, December 15 - Get the Word Out

The Trump administration is making it very hard for people to get covered during this year's ACA open enrollment by cutting the enrollment period in half, moving the enrollment deadline, and slashing 90% of the dollars used to get out the word about the program.

To counter this sabotage, a group of healthcare 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.

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which ends THIS FRIDAY, December 15:



 

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Friday, December 8 - Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge / Reauthorize CHIP / Defend the Clean Water Rule /

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge

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

  • Action 3: Defend the EPA’s Clean Water Rule

 

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge

Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. And many Democrats voted to pass a continuing budget resolution without demanding a clean Dream Act -- including Senators Durbin and Duckworth.

Despite having previously taken the Dreamer Pledge and being a cosponsor of the Dream Act, Senator Durbin voted for the continuing resolution. The pledge states that Senators will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. Call Senator Durbin and ask him to follow through on the Pledge, and continue to tell Duckworth: a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers -- no Dream, no CR!

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

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency, and we must take this opportunity to protect them by passing a clean Dream Act. I'm very disappointed in the Senator's decision to vote for the continuing resolution yesterday. Any CR without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. 

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: Defend the EPA’s Clean Water Rule

As seen in Flint, protection of drinking water is critical. Drinking water supplies for millions of Americans are at risk. Low income communities and communities of color are already disproportionately impacted by contaminated water, which can cause a variety of health problems, especially for children. Repealing the Clean Water Rule could put many of these communities at further risk.

Scott Pruitt's EPA is proposing to delay the implementation of the Clean Water Rule by two years. Delay (and, ultimately, rollback) of this rule puts drinking water at risk for 117 million Americans. Small and rural communities, who rely on private wells or whose water systems lack the resources to deal with polluted sources, may be hit the hardest by the proposed roll back.

Submit a public comment to the EPA today to tell them to implement the Clean Water Rule.

Script: A responsible EPA would implement the Clean Water Rule as soon as it’s authorized to do so, in order to protect streams, wetlands, and drinking water supplies across the country.
This latest move to delay implementation continues the confusion and uncertainty for the regulated community that issuance of the Rule was intended to address.

The original rule was based on hundreds of stakeholder meetings and 1200 peer-reviewed academic articles. Any repeal must be based on a similarly stringent, science-based approach-- and the science tells us we must protect upstream water sources in order to protect our waterways, particularly for low-income communities.

 



 

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Thursday, December 7 - Call on Senators to Condemn Trump's Announcements on Jerusalem / Call on Senator Duckworth to take the Dreamer Pledge / Indivisible Chicago Governor’s Forum Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Condemn Trump's Announcements on Jerusalem

  • Action 2: Call on Senator Duckworth to take the Dreamer Pledge

  • Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Governor’s Forum Podcast

 

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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

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

  • Action 2: Call on Senator Duckworth to take the Dreamer Pledge

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

  • Action 3: Listen to Daniel Biss on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

 

Action 1: Call on Senators to Condemn Trump's Announcements on Jerusalem

On Wednesday, President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced his intention to move the U.S. embassy to the city, reversing more than half a century of American policy, undermining the prospects of a just and fair Israeli-Palestinian peace brokered by the U.S., and drawing rebukes from Europe, China, the Middle East, and even the Vatican.

While Senators such as Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein have criticized the decision, other Democrats have stayed quiet, and some, such as Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, have even expressed support--all this despite 81 percent of Democratic voters opposing the move.

Call our Senators and ask them to stand with the international community and speak out against this dangerous shift in policy.

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 to express my concern about President Trump's announcements on U.S. policy toward Jerusalem. His reversal of decades of foreign policy undermines the prospects for a just peace and has been condemned throughout the international community, and by Democrats such as Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein. Will Senator ______ issue a statement condemning Trump's decision?

 

Action 2: Call on Senator Duckworth to take the Dreamer Pledge

On September 5, Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This Obama-era program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force.

There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. And the bill enjoys massive support from the American public. Now that Donald Trump has yanked protection away from immigrant youth, it is now up to Congress to take action. Every day that goes by is a day in which the lives of immigrant youth remain at risk.

Senator Durbin, one of the cosponsors of the Dream Act, has already taken the Dreamer Pledge. The pledge states that Senators will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. Call Senator Duckworth and tell her: a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers -- no Dream, no CR!

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

Script: 

Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [place in state]. Could you please tell me whether Senator Duckworth supports protecting Dreamers as part of the Continuing Resolution?

Staffer: Senator Duckworth doesn’t think that a legislative fix for DACA is an emergency; the president gave us until March to address this program, and we have more urgent concerns right now.

Caller: There are at least six senators and dozens of representatives— including Republicans—who disagree with you. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency and we must take this opportunity to protect them by including the DREAM Act in the Continuing Resolution.

Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.

 

Action 3: Listen to Daniel Biss on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast Governor’s Forum

This week on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast, we begin a multi-part series — a podcast forum featuring each of the candidates for Governor and crowdsourced questions from the Indivisible Chicago membership.

Where do the candidates stand on pension reform, education funding, equal pay, and gun control? For the next several weeks, we will hear these questions and more put to Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker.

Listen to the latest episode featuring Daniel Biss today! And subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.



 

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Wednesday, December 6 - Stop the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill / Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday / Share ACA Enrollment Details

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Make Calls to Stop the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

  • Action 2: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

  • Action 3: Share ACA Enrollment Details on Social Media

 

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: Phone Bank at Home to Stop the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

The GOP is moving to dramatically expand gun rights with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR) bill (HR 38). The bill would treat concealed-carry permits like driver’s or marriage licenses that can be carried from state to state. This means that people with violent histories can carry concealed, loaded, unlicensed guns at Lollapalooza, the Magnificent Mile, day care centers, Bears, Cubs and Bulls games — anywhere.

This extreme expansion of gun rights, championed by the NRA, must be defeated. We have exhausted our Illinois constituent calls already so we are moving on to Arizona, where Kyrsten Sinema (D) has not yet committed to voting no on CCR.

Join Chicago Moms Demand Action and Everytown to make calls to Arizona Democrats to ask them to convince Rep. Sineema to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR). You can call from anywhere using an automatic hubdialer! Register for the hubdialer here.  

 

Action 2: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

If corporations control the Internet, they control the most important organizing tool of our time.

Join us on Thursday to protest Verizon, an organization that spent $10,080,000 this year lobbying against Net Neutrality. We will stand in solidarity with Internet users across the country outraged at top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality. This event will mark one week before an expected vote at the FCC. Protesters will make it clear to members of Congress that it is time to stand for #NetNeutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line.

 When: Thursday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Verizon Store (36 S. State Street)
View event details on Facebook
RSVP here

Please remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists and their supporters in Washington, NOT the employees at these stores.

 

 Action 3: ACA Enrollment Ends December 15 - Get the Word Out

The Trump administration is making it very hard for people to get covered during this year's ACA open enrollment by cutting the enrollment period in half, moving the enrollment deadline, and slashing 90% of the dollars used to get out the word about the program.

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.

Here’s how you can help get the word out about the open enrollment period, which ends December 15:

 

 

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Tuesday, December 5 - Tell Senators to Pass the DREAM Act Now / Text Banking To Defeat Roy Moore / Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to Pass the DREAM Act Now

  • Action 2: Text Banking to Defeat Roy Moore

  • Action 3: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

 

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Pass the DREAM Act Now

DACA recipients have been waiting for far too long. Many of them are already at risk of deportation, and the clock is ticking. 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 cannot let Congress leave for the holidays without passing the DREAM Act.

Call our Senators to demand that they keep pushing McConnell to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote before the end of the year.

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 to get it passed before the end of the year. 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.

 

Action 2: Text Banking to Defeat Roy Moore

On December 12, Alabamians will go the polls to elect their next Senator. And there could not be a clearer choice in the race: a bona fide progressive candidate, Doug Jones, or disgraced, Steve Bannon-endorsed judge, Roy Moore, who is further to the right than any Republican currently in the Senate.

Like so many of the special elections this year, this race is crucial for progressives to win. Betsy DeVos was confirmed in a tie-breaker vote. Neil Gorsuch’s nomination was incredibly close. We beat back the repeal of healthcare by one vote. Gaining a Senate seat would turn narrow losses into likely victories, and put pressure on Republicans who may waver on important bills in the future.

Together in 2017, we’ve resisted the Trump agenda. Now, Indivisibles across Alabama are using the power of our movement -- combined with the best new digital tools -- to reach the voters who can elect Doug Jones,.

And YOU! can support their organizing from Illinois. That’s right. We’ve set up a text-banking program where Indivisibles anywhere can help our Alabama groups get out the vote for this important election. Election Day is December 12, which means we have one week to make a big impact.

Will you sign up for a volunteer shift to stop Roy Moore and elect Doug Jones before E-Day?

What: Indivisible text-banking from Illinois
Where: Anywhere! You just need two spare hours, a comfy chair, and a computer or iPad.
When: 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, and 12/12, from 9am to 9pm CT every day

Sign up for a volunteer shift now.

 

Action 3: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

If corporations control the Internet, they control the most important organizing tool of our time.

Join us on Thursday to protest Verizon, an organization that spent $10,080,000 this year lobbying against Net Neutrality. We will stand in solidarity with Internet users across the country outraged at top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality. This event will mark one week before an expected vote at the FCC. Protesters will make it clear to members of Congress that it is time to stand for #NetNeutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line.

When: Thursday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Verizon Store (36 S. State Street)
View event details on Facebook
RSVP here

Please remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists and their supporters in Washington, NOT the employees at these stores.

 

 

 

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Monday, December 4 - Protest the GOP Tax Scam TODAY / Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: URGENT - Protest the GOP Tax Scam TODAY

  • Action 2: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

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

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: URGENT - Protest the GOP Tax Scam TODAY

The Republican tax bill is terrible for jobs, terrible for public services and health care, and terrible for racial, gender, and economic inequality in the U.S. Elected officials who voted for this bill need to be held accountable.

That’s why Indivisible Chicago is protesting against Peter Roskam (IL6), one of the main architects of the #GOPTaxScam. Let's hold him accountable.

Join us TODAY at the Chicago Board of Trade (141 W. Jackson Blvd.) from noon to 1 p.m. where we will make our voices heard! RSVP and share the event on Facebook.

If you can’t make it at noon, join us for a march to shut down LaSalle street TODAY from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting at 300 S. LaSalle Street. RSVP and share the event on Facebook.

The Tax Scam isn’t law yet -- it’s important that we keep raising our voices against this bill as it goes to conference in the House. We cannot stop fighting now! We hope you’ll join us.

Action 2: Protest Verizon, Save #NetNeutrality on Thursday

If corporations control the Internet, they control the most important organizing tool of our time.

Join us on Thursday to protest Verizon, an organization that spent $10,080,000 this year lobbying against Net Neutrality. We will stand in solidarity with Internet users across the country outraged at top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality. This event will mark one week before an expected vote at the FCC. Protesters will make it clear to members of Congress that it is time to stand for #NetNeutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line.

When: Thursday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Verizon Store (36 S. State Street)
View event details on Facebook
RSVP here

Please remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists, and their supporters in Washington, NOT the employees at these stores.

 

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.

This week, we discuss our multi-part series — a podcast forum featuring each of the candidates for Governor and crowdsourced questions from the Indivisible Chicago membership. Martin Cuellar joins to discuss the process of crowdsourcing the questions for the candidates. And Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth joins to discuss the GOP Tax Scam protests happening today.

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

  



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Friday, December 1 - URGENT: Phone Bank to Stop Tax Scam / Deputy Voter Registrar Training MONDAY / Text Banking to Defeat Roy Moore

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: URGENT - Phone Bank from Home to Stop Trump’s Tax Scam

  • Action 2: Deputy Voter Registrar Training on MONDAY

  • Action 3: Text Banking to Defeat Roy Moore

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: URGENT - Phone Bank at Home to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

Time is running out to stop the Trump Tax Scam -- there is a vote planned TODAY! The bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight is coming down to just a couple of Senators and time is running out. The Senate may pass the bill TODAY.

Indivisible has brought back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight to help stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in key states. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot. This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all.

Sign up to make phone calls from your home today!

 

Action 2: Attend Deputy Voter Registrar Training on Monday

Looking to make a difference in 2018? By becoming a Deputy Voter Registrar, you’ll be able to register new voters to help make a difference in the important elections coming next year, including the Illinois Governor’s race.

Join us for the training on Monday as well as educational speeches by Renner Bareslla, Community Organizer 46th Ward and Jacob Kaplan, Executive Director of the Cook County Democrats.

Where: Conrad Sulzer Regional Chicago Public Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
View the Facebook invite
RSVP here

To attend the training, you must be registered to vote in the city of Chicago.

 

Action 3: Text Banking to Defeat Roy Moore

On December 12, Alabamians will go the polls to elect their next Senator. And there could not be a clearer choice in the race: a bona fide progressive candidate, Doug Jones, or disgraced, Steve Bannon-endorsed judge, Roy Moore, who is further to the right than any Republican currently in the Senate.

Like so many of the special elections this year, this race is crucial for progressives to win. Betsy DeVos was confirmed in a tie-breaker vote. Neil Gorsuch’s nomination was incredibly close. We beat back the repeal of healthcare by one vote. Gaining a Senate seat would turn narrow losses into likely victories, and put pressure on Republicans who may waver on important bills in the future.

Together in 2017, we’ve resisted the worst part of the Trump agenda. Now, Indivisibles across Alabama are using the power of our movement -- combined with the best new digital tools -- to reach the voters who can elect Doug Jones, a man of principle and action.

And YOU! can support their organizing from Illinois. That’s right. We’ve set up a text-banking program where Indivisibles anywhere can help our Alabama groups get out the vote for this important election. Election Day is December 12, which means we have less than two weeks to make a big impact.

Will you sign up for a volunteer shift to stop Roy Moore and elect Doug Jones before E-Day?

 What: Indivisible text-banking from Illinois
Where: Anywhere! You just need two spare hours, a comfy chair, and a computer or iPad.
When: 12/2, 12/3, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, and 12/12, from 9am to 9pm CT every day
Sign up for a volunteer shift now.

 


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Thursday, November 30 - Condemn Rauner’s Tax Bill Remarks / Phone bank from home to stop Trump Tax Scam / Deputy Voter Registrar Training

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Condemn Rauner’s Tax Bill Remarks

  • Action 2: Phone bank from home to stop Trump Tax Scam

  • Action 3: Deputy Voter Registrar Training on 12/4

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Tell Governor Rauner that supporting the GOP tax bill will hurt Illinois residents - Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

  • Action 2: Phone bank at home to fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 3: RSVP for Chicago Deputy Voter Registrar Training on Monday, December 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at Conrad Sulzer Public Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)

 

Action 1: Condemn Rauner’s Tax Bill Remarks

Yesterday, Governor Rauner said he is ”applauding Congress” for their tax bill that is set to raise taxes on the middle class. Yes, he actually applauded a bill that will cause 916,000 Illinois families to see a tax increase. And that’s on top of the 525,000 people in Illinois who would lose health insurance coverage if this bill passes.

The bill may pass any day now, and we need to keep the pressure on all elected representatives to let them know that supporting this bill is a slap in the face to middle class and low-income families -- all so the richest Americans can hoard even more of their wealth.

Call Governor Rauner to let him know what you think of his support for the GOP Tax Scam! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Script: Hello, I’m [name] calling from [zip code], and I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling let the Governor that the support he gave to the GOP tax bill is a huge blow to the 916,000 Illinois families who will see a tax increase if this bill passes. It’s shameful that the Governor supports a bill that will hurt his constituents to protect the wealthy. I urge him to retract his support immediately. Thank you.

Action 2: Phone Bank at Home or in Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Trump Tax Scam is tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the rest of us. The bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And now as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and time is running out. The Senate has passed a motion to proceed as of yesterday and the bill is expected to come to a full vote on Friday.

Indivisible has brought back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight to help stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in three key states: Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot. This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all.

Action 3: Attend Deputy Voter Registrar Training on Monday

Looking to make a difference in 2018? By becoming a Deputy Voter Registrar, you’ll be able to register new voters to help make a difference in the important elections coming next year, including the Illinois Governor’s race.

Join us for the training on Monday as well as educational speeches by Renner Bareslla, Community Organizer 46th Ward and Jacob Kaplan, Executive Director of the Cook County Democrats.

Where: Conrad Sulzer Regional Chicago Public Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
View the Facebook invite
RSVP here

To attend the training, you must be registered to vote in the city of Chicago.



 

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Wednesday, November 29 - Tell Rauner To Speak Out Against Tax Bill / Public Comments For Net Neutrality / 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

  • Action 2: Submit a Public Comment in Support of Net Neutrality

  • Action 3: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening TOMORROW

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

The GOP’s terrible tax bill, which includes a repeal of the individual mandate, would lead to a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans. If the bill passes, 525,000 people in Illinois would lose health insurance coverage.

And that’s on top of the massive, permanent corporate tax cut the Republicans want to pay for by putting an expiration date on the parts Republicans say will help the middle class. If the bill passes, 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase.

That means that, more than ever, the tax fight = the health care fight and the health care fight = the tax fight. We need governors around the country to stand up against this bill and protect their residents from the Trump Tax Scam.

Call on Governor Rauner to speak out against the bill today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Script: Hello, I’m [name] calling from [zip code], and I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask the Governor to speak out against the GOP tax bill, which would cause 525,000 people in Illinois to lose health insurance coverage. The Senate bill also raises taxes on the middle class, meaning that 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase. The Governor must protect Illinois residents by speaking out out forcefully against this bill. Thank you.

 

Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Time is running out to support Net Neutrality -- the FCC vote is scheduled for December 14. But there’s still time to join the legions of Americans who have voiced their concerns to the FCC through a public comment. The FCC will review these comments when making its decision.

To leave a public comment, you’ll have to go to this site, click “+ Express,” and then fill out the form it opens up to. Make sure you leave the proceeding number “17-108” in place, as that’s what ties it to the net neutrality proposal. Also, be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): I urge you to reject the proposed Restoring Internet Freedom act and maintain the Title II classification that guaranteed net neutrality just two years ago. Democracy in America and around the globe depends on a free and open internet for all.

 

Action 3: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening TOMORROW

Five years ago, on November 23, 2012, four teenagers pulled into a gas station. Three and a half minutes later, 10 shots rang out.

Please join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Indivisible Chicago for a free movie screening of an award-winning documentary about the murder trial of Jordan Davis. The film reconstructs the night of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and reveals how racial prejudice can result in tragedy. His death was one of the many sparks for the start of Black Lives Matter, and his mother, Lucy McBath, is one of the Mothers of the Movement.

Where: Behavioral Sciences Building - University of Illinois at Chicago (1007 W Harrison St.)
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
View the Facebook invite
RSVP here

Light snacks will be provided and there will be a short panel discussion and Q&A following the film at 8 p.m.

 



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Tuesday, November 28 - #GOPTaxScam Twitterstorm Tuesday / Call Congress to Protect Net Neutrality / 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: #GOPTaxScam Twitterstorm Tuesday

  • Action 2: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

  • Action 3: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening on 11/30

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Join the #GOPTaxScam Twitterstorm TODAY from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Action 2: Call on your Members of Congress to contact the FCC in support of net neutrality

 

Action 1: DAY OF ACTION - Phone Bank at Home or in Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Senate will vote to advance the GOP’s scam of a tax bill any day now. Join MomsRising, Americans for Tax Fairness, Coalition on Human Needs, CAP, and Not One Penny to help sound the alarm TODAY with a #GOPTaxScam Twitterstorm from noon to 1 p.m.

Progressive groups are using this opportunity to tweet about why this plan is harmful to working families and our economy to urge people to speak out and contact their Senators. We will make it known that we will not stand for a tax plan that slashes healthcare and raises taxes on the middle class in order to give trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the 1% and mega-corporations.

DATE: Tuesday, November 28th
TIME: Noon to 1 p.m. CST
WHERE: On Twitter with the hashtag #GOPTaxScam
Find sample Tweets and graphics here

 

Action 2: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai is pushing to reverse net neutrality protections – important rules for protecting the free flow of information on the internet. Pai’s proposal allows the companies that provide our internet connection new measures of control over what we do online. This would be a devastating blow to the free and open internet we rely on for streaming videos, communicating with our networks – and yes, reading critical news stories about the state of our democracy.

A world without net neutrality means a world where internet companies like Verizon and Comcast would have the power to interfere with our decisions about which news outlets – and therefore, what news – we should consume.

In 2015 we fought for net neutrality protections and against enormous odds, we won. Now we’re up against great odds again and need to fight back just as hard. The FCC vote is scheduled for December 14. We need our MoCs to speak out loudly before then to protect the Net Neutrality.

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

Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

[Optional: Explain why net neutrality is personally important to you or your work]

I’d like to ask [MoC] to do everything they can to stop the FCC's plan to end net neutrality before the December 14th vote by speaking out strongly for an open internet. Thank you.

 

Action 3: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Movie Screening Thursday

Five years ago, on November 23, 2012, four teenagers pulled into a gas station. Three and a half minutes later, 10 shots rang out.

Please join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Indivisible Chicago for a free movie screening of 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, an award-winning documentary about the murder trial of Jordan Davis. The film reconstructs the night of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and reveals how racial prejudice can result in tragedy. His death was one of the many sparks for the start of Black Lives Matter, and his mother, Lucy McBath, is one of the Mothers of the Movement.

Where: Behavioral Sciences Building - University of Illinois at Chicago (1007 W Harrison St.)
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
View the Facebook invite
RSVP here

Light snacks will be provided and there will be a short panel discussion and Q&A following the film at 8 p.m.

 




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Monday, November 27 - Phone Bank to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam / Support Chicago Black Women’s Business Week / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: DAY OF ACTION - Phone Bank At Home or In Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: Support the First Annual Chicago Black Women’s Business Week

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

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: DAY OF ACTION - Phone Bank at Home or in Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Trump Tax Scam is tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the rest of us. The bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And now as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and time is running out. The Senate could vote on a motion to proceed (the pre-vote vote) as soon as TODAY and bring the bill to a full floor vote as early as Thursday, November 30.

Indivisible has brought back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight to help stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in three key states: Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot. This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all.

 Today is Indivisible’s nationwide Day of Action, and we’ve got phone bank sessions scheduled around the city. We hope you’ll join us!

 Phone bank against the #TrumpTaxScam two ways:

Action 2: Support the First Annual Chicago Black Women’s Business Week

Chicago Black Women’s Business Week is an event that honors the unique experiences and challenges of black women in business. Throughout the week, CBWBW will be showcasing and celebrating the presence and accomplishments of black female entrepreneurs in Chicago and beyond through vendor markets, networking events, and business learning events.

View the full itinerary of events on Facebook. Stretching from Monday, November 27 through Monday, December 4, events include pop-up shops and seminars on first-time home buying, renters’ rights, digital marketing, and more.

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.

This week, we bring you a special episode: Indivisible Chicago vs. Interstate Crosscheck. Jessica Droeger joins to cohost and tell the story, and Indivisible Chicago’s Jeff Radue interviews members of the state legislature who participated in a joint committee hearing about this issue. Rep. Greg Harris, Rep. Ann Williams, and Sen. Bill Cunningham join to offer insight.

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

 




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Wednesday, November 22 - Phone Bank to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam / Help Register Voters on Saturday / What Would You Ask IL Governor Candidates?

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Phone Bank At Home or In Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: Help Register Voters on Small Business Saturday

  • Action 3: Take the Survey - What Would You Ask IL Governor Candidates?

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Phone Bank at Home or in Person to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Trump Tax Scam is tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the rest of us. A new analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (think the Congressional Budget Office of tax) shows that the bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And now as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now. The Senate could vote on a motion to proceed (the pre-vote vote) as soon as Monday, November 27 and bring the bill to a full floor vote as early as Thursday, November 30. This means we have to make a ton of noise between now and when the Senate comes back in session on November 27.

 Indivisible is bringing back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight so those from red states, blue states, and purple states alike can take action to stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in three target states: Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot. This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all.

 Indivisible is also planning a nationwide Day of Action on Monday, November 27 with phone bank sessions scheduled around the city. We hope you’ll join us!

 Phone bank against the #TrumpTaxScam two ways:

Action 2: Help Register Voters on Small Business Saturday

Want to make a difference in Illinois politics? Join the 47th Ward Dems for a voter registration event on Small Business Saturday! You’ll be helping sign up new voters to make sure Chicagoans are engaged in the important elections coming in 2018, including the primaries in March.

When: Saturday, November 25
Where: Meet at the 47th Dems office at 2234 W. Irving Park
Time: 12:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m.
RSVP for the event here
View the Facebook event

You do NOT have to be a deputy voter registrar to volunteer for this event. Please bring a friend, family member, coworker, etc. and join in on our day of action!

Action 3: Take the Survey - What Would You Ask IL Governor Candidates?

The race for who will represent the Democratic party in the 2018 Governor's race is heating up, and we want our members to have a say in the election. Indivisible Chicago is a name that our gubernatorial candidates respect, and so when our members express concerns, the candidates listen.

They know that you are engaged, will fight for what is right, and most importantly, will vote! So raise your voice and lend us your thoughts on what issues should be most important in this election by taking our survey.

We will use the results of this survey to craft questions that we will ask the candidates on the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. This will put the candidates on record should they make it to the Governor's mansion. This is how we influence our elected officials and this is how we push the party in the direction we want.

We want to hear from YOU! Fill out the survey by Tuesday, November 28.

And don't miss the candidates' answers to your questions -- subscribe today to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast!


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Tuesday, November 21 - Phone Bank to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam / Tell Rauner to Speak Out Against Tax Bill / Call on Senators to Oppose Unqualified Judges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: At-Home Phone Banking to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

  • Action 3: Call On Senators to Oppose Unqualified Brett Talley for a Federal Judgeship

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to speak out against the GOP Tax Bill - Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

  • Action 3: Call on Senators to oppose unqualified Brett Talley for a federal judgeship

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

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

Action 1: Phone Bank at Home to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

The Trump Tax Scam is tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the rest of us. A new analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (think the Congressional Budget Office of tax) shows that the bill would mean everyone making less than $75,000 a year would, on average, see a tax INCREASE while corporations get permanent tax cuts. And now as if deep tax cuts to line the pockets of their billionaire donors at the expense of students and seniors weren’t enough, Senate Republicans want to leave 13 million people uninsured and raise your health care premiums, too.

This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now.

The Senate could vote on a motion to proceed (the pre-vote vote) as soon as Monday, November 27 and bring the bill to a full floor vote as early as Thursday, November 30. This means we have to make a ton of noise between now and when the Senate comes back in session on November 27.

 Indivisible is bringing back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight so those from red states, blue states, and purple states alike can take action to stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in three target states: Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. The calling tool will connect you to a constituent in a target state and give you a script to emphasize the devastating impact of this bill. Then, you’ll ask them to call their Senator on the spot.

This tool will help make the wave of constituent pressure we need to stop this bill once and for all. Sign up to make phone calls from your home today. The fight is urgent, so please join us!

Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to Speak Out Against the Tax Bill

The terrible tax bill, which includes a repeal of the individual mandate, would lead to “a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans.” If the bill passes, 525,000 people in Illinois would lose health insurance coverage.

And that’s on top of the massive, permanent corporate tax cut the Republicans want to pay for by putting an expiration date on the parts Republicans say will help the middle class. If the bill passes, 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase. 

That means that, more than ever, the tax fight = the health care fight and the health care fight = the tax fight. We need governors around the country to stand up against this bill and protect their residents from the Trump Tax Scam.

Call on Governor Rauner to speak out against the bill today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Script: Hello, I’m [name] calling from [zip code], and I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask the Governor to speak out against the GOP tax bill, which would cause 525,000 people in Illinois to lose health insurance coverage. The Senate bill also raises taxes on the middle class, meaning that 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase. The Governor must protect Illinois residents by speaking out out forcefully against this bill. Thank you.

Action 3: Call On Senators to Oppose Unqualified Brett Talley for a Federal Judgeship

Donald Trump's recent nominee for a lifetime judgeship on the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Brett Talley, is grossly unqualified. In an extremely rare decision, the American Bar Association unanimously rated him as “not qualified” for judgeship. Talley has been practicing for a mere 3 years and has yet to try a case. He has never so much as argued a motion in a federal court, and has only participated in one deposition in a federal district court in his entire career.

Moreover, he has a history of expressing extreme and offensive viewpoints. He has tweeted multiple times that Hillary Clinton should be jailed, and openly mocked the March for Science in April. Most appallingly, he used Sandy Hook to promote his pro-gun political agenda.

Trump's nomination of Talley to a lifetime judgeship is outrageous, and blatantly disregards the acceptable qualifications for federal judgeship. Unfortunately, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not wait for the ABA rating before voting favorably for Talley, and forwarded him to the Senate with an 11-9 approval. Talley lacks the requisite experience to be a federal judge and was clearly nominated for his extreme politics rather than his qualifications.

Call on our Senators to vote “no” and speak out against this dangerous nomination.

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 Senator [Name] oppose the nomination of Brett Talley for federal judgeship in Alabama. Brett Talley lacks the necessary experience and is grossly unqualified to be a judge. He also expresses politically extreme viewpoints and believes in politics over laws. He is an outrageous choice for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.



 

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Monday, November 20 - Ask Senators to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam / Phone Banking Against Tax Bill / Listen To Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Senators to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Action 2: At-Home Phone Banking Against the Tax Bill

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

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Ask Senators to Fight the #TrumpTaxScam

Republican leaders in the Senate released a new Senate version of the Trump Tax Scam that includes a repeal of the individual mandate. Repealing the individual mandate, which requires that every American have health insurance or pay a penalty, was the centerpiece of the Republicans’ failed effort to pass the “skinny repeal” bill in the Senate in July.

Numerous major health care groups have come out strongly against the idea of repealing the individual mandate, saying that it will lead to “a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans.” If the bill passes, 525,000 people in Illinois would lose health insurance coverage.

And that’s on top of the massive, permanent corporate tax cut the Republicans want to pay for by putting an expiration date on the parts Republicans say will help the middle class. If the bill passes, 916,000 Illinois families would see a tax increase.

 That means that, more than ever, the tax fight = the health care fight and the health care fight = the tax fight. We know the game plan from the last time we beat them on health care. We need massive constituent pressure on Democrats to get them to do everything they can to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.

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

Script: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to let Senator [__] know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes in the Senate so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?

That’s what I expect out of the Senator. It’s not enough just to vote no, he/she needs to actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam and expose it for the scam it is. Democrats started withholding consent during the health care fight—and it worked. That’s what I want to see again here. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.

Action 2: At-Home Phone Banking Against the Tax Bill

We need all hands on deck to fight this awful tax bill. Phone banking is an easy way to reach out to constituents in red districts across the country. We need as many of them as possible to call their Senators to keep the pressure on and let the GOP know that we will not give up.

At-home phone bank sessions are scheduled through November 29. View upcoming times and receive updates via Facebook, then sign up here to get started.

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.

This week, the Indivisible Chicago Podcast welcomes Congressman Mike Quigley to discuss the tax scam, the Russia investigation, and gun control. Indivisible Oak Park’s Erika Bachner cohosts.

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

 

 

 

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Friday, November 17 - Fight Voter Suppression MONDAY / Condemn Sinclair-Tribune Merger / Submit a Public Comment to the FCC

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression MONDAY

  • Action 2: Call on Your MoC to Condemn Sinclair-Tribune Merger

  • Action 3: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Condemn the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 2: Call on your MoC to condemn the Sinclair-Tribune merger

Action 1: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression MONDAY

Despite the presentation at this week's hearing demonstrating the egregious security flaws in Crosscheck, Illinois is still planning on sending your personal data (again) to Trump’s sidekick, Kris Kobach in January. Illinois must stop propping up Kris Kobach’s voter suppression scheme and putting your data at risk.

We need your help to end this! As a result of our actions and this week's hearing, the Illinois State Board of Elections has finally added Crosscheck as a discussion topic to their meeting agenda. Join Indivisible Chicago MONDAY as we continue to push the State Board of Elections to #EndCrosscheck.

WHEN: Monday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE (two locations):
Chicago: Thompson Center, Room 2-025 (video-conference)
Springfield: 2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard

RSVP here

Bring yourself, we’ll bring the signs!

Action 2: Call on Your MoC to Condemn Sinclair-Tribune Merger

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.

The FCC is actively working to make it easier for media companies to consolidate across the U.S. We need our members of Congress to apply pressure to the FCC to stop this merger, which would create a broadcasting giant with 223 TV stations serving 108 markets, including 39 of the top 50.

Senator Maria Cantwell and others, including Senators Durbin and Duckwork, have also raised concerns that FCC chairman Ajit Pai should recuse himself from this decision due to conflicts of interest. Let's make sure they keep speaking out!

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

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to clear the way for the Sinclair-Tribune merger, which would create a dangerous monopoly that could reach 72% of American households. I’d like to ask [MoC] to speak out strongly against any FCC approval for the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

[For Senators]: I'd like to thanks Senator [NAME] for signing on to Senator Cantwell's letter asking FCC chairman Pai to recuse himself due to conflicts of interest. Please continue speaking out! Thank you.

Action 3: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Condemn the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

There’s one more thing you can do to help fight the Sinclair-Tribune merger: join the legions of Americans who have voiced their concerns to the FCC through a public comment. The FCC will review these comments when making its decision.

To leave a comment, you’ll have to go to this site, click “+ Express,” and then fill out the form it opens up to. Make sure you leave the proceeding number “17-179” in place, as that’s what ties it to the Sinclair proposal. Also, be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): I strongly oppose 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 to allow Sinclair to dominate the US airwaves.



 

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Thursday, November 16 - Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality / Public Comments for Net Neutrality / Phone Bank for Florida Voting Rights

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

  • Action 2: Submit a Public Comment in Support of Net Neutrality

  • Action 3: Phone Bank with People Power to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Floridians

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call on your Members of Congress to contact the FCC in support of net neutrality

Action 1: Tell MoCs to Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality

Internet users scored a significant victory in 2014 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the "open Internet." Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television – creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably-fast internet service.

In response to industry lobbying efforts, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet. We need our Members of Congress to stand up to ISPs and let the FCC know that net neutrality is not up for debate and the open Internet must be preserved.

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

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] from [ZIP CODE]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I'm calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

[Optional: Explain why net neutrality is personally important to you or your work]

I’d like to ask [MoC] to speak out strongly against any FCC proposal to kill net neutrality. Thank you.

Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

There’s one more thing you can do to help win the fight for net neutrality: join the legions of Americans who have voiced their concerns to the FCC through a public comment. The FCC will review these comments when making its decision.

To leave a public comment, you’ll have to go to this site, click “+ Express,” and then fill out the form it opens up to. Make sure you leave the proceeding number “17-108” in place, as that’s what ties it to the net neutrality proposal. Also, be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): I urge you to reject the proposed Restoring Internet Freedom act and maintain the Title II classification that guaranteed net neutrality just two years ago. Democracy in America and around the globe depends on a free and open internet for all.

Action 3: Phone Bank with People Power to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Floridians

Florida imposes a lifetime voting ban on people with felony convictions – and the state has a whopping 1.5 million people disenfranchised because of criminal conviction. This means people who have paid their debt to society will never be allowed to exercise the right to vote in the community they're expected to integrate back into. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through its grassroots People Power platform, launched its Let People Vote campaign on October 1 to fight to restore voting rights in Florida – and all forms of voter suppression across the United States.

People Power now has 30 petitioning events (and counting) for a huge Day of Action this Saturday and the hosts of these events are counting progressive groups around the country to recruit activists from the community to attend and help them gather signatures.

As of a few days ago, this grassroots movement has collected an awe-inspiring 800,000 signatures. They need 200,000 before the December 31st deadline to reach their goal. And here’s how you can contribute, right from your home:

Review the People Power Call Team Guide, then sign up now to help recruit petition gatherers for the November 18th Day of Action!

 

 


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