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

Actions You Can Take Today

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

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

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

Tools You Can Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Share the Facebook ad with your network.

  • Retweet the ad to share on Twitter

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

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

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

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

Find your House rep’s contact info

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

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

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

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

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

 


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