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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