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 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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