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

Bring yourself, we’ll bring the signs!


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