Tuesday, October 3 - Demand Action on Gun Control / Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression / Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand MoCs Act on Gun Control Now

  • Action 2: Show Up to Fight Voter Suppression on 10/17

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

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Demand Congress Take Action on Gun Control

Late in the evening of October 1, a shooter opened fire on a crowd gathered for a concert in Las Vegas. This act of terror, inflicted by a single individual, killed at least 59 people and wounded at least 500. We stand in solidarity with, and extend our warmest comfort to, all impacted by this horrific terrorist attack. Donald Trump and all U.S. officials must condemn this violence in the same way they would condemn a shooter of color—and call it what it is: terrorism.

Congress is considering making it easier for shooters like the one in Vegas. Legislation has moved forward in the House that would make it easier for people to obtain silencers for guns. As part of a larger legislative package called the SHARE Act (Sportsman Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or H.R. 3668), Congress is considering the so-called “Hearing Protection Act” (H.R. ) that is backed by the gun lobby and would pave the way for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and others to more easily access silencers.

We must tell our members of Congress to vote “no” on this bill and go even further by speaking out publicly for common sense gun control laws. They must offer more than thoughts and prayers to stop the cycle of violence.

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, I’m a constituent from [zip code] calling regarding the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I urge Senator/Representative [name] to not just condemn this act of terror, but to speak out loudly for responsible policies that help prevent gun violence. I urge [MoC] to prevent our current gun laws from being gutted by voting against the silencer provision known as the “Hearing Protection Act” that is part of the SHARE Act (H.R. 3668). Silencers make it harder for victims to flee and first responders to intervene. In the wake of the tragedy in Vegas, it is essential for Congress to support removing the silencer provision from the SHARE Act.

Action 2: 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.

Action 3: Speak Out Against Chicago’s Gang Database

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.

Join us in asking Mayor Emanuel and the city council for the least they could do 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. If you have the means, please consider donating to Wilmer’s family.


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