Friday, November 3 - Tell Senators to Block Extreme Judges / "Equal Means Equal" Film Screening Saturday / Protect the State and Local Tax Deduction

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to Block Trump’s Extreme Judges

  • Action 2: TOMORROW - "Equal Means Equal" Film Screening

  • Action 3: Sign Witness Slips to Protect the State and Local Tax Deduction

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Tell Senators to Block Trump’s Extreme Judges

Trump is trying to pack the courts with extreme judges, and Senate Republicans are trying to blow up 100 years of tradition to help him do it. Donald Trump has nominated several extremely conservative judges to fill the vacancies in the court system. But he can’t single-handedly push through nominees—the Senate has to sign off on them.

 There’s a little-known process called “blue slips” that lets individual Senators weigh in on the judges nominated to serve in their state. It’s a key part of the checks and balances that protect against absolute power in the hands of the president.

 Unfortunately, right-wing groups and some Senate Republicans have indicated they want to abandon 100 years of tradition and eliminate this key check on Trump’s power. We can’t let that happen.

Call Illinois Senators today and tell them to fight back against Trump’s extreme judicial nominees.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script:
Hi, I’m [name] calling from [zip code]. I’m a member of Indivisible Chicago and I’m calling about Trump’s judicial nominations—I’m very concerned at the deeply conservative and ideological nominees that he is attempting to put in the courts. While Obama was president, no judicial nominees moved forward until both home senators returned positive blue slips, which are documents with their thoughts on the nominee. This has been a Senate tradition for 100 years—Senator [name] will continue to support that tradition, right?

I want to hear the Senator commit to uphold this process and publicly urge Chairman Grassley to respect it, too. I’ll be looking for the senator’s statement in support of the blue slips process and [his/her] opposition to hearings on any of Trump’s nominations that don’t respect this process.

Action 2: TOMORROW - "Equal Means Equal" Film Screening

Join us for a screening of the movie Equal Means Equal, the definitive documentary film on the status of women in America directed by Kamala Lopez.

The disrespect shown to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and Representatives Maxine Waters and Pramila Jayapal while simply trying to do their jobs shows that women are expected, essentially, to sit down and stop talking.

In a pre-film panel discussion Illinois state legislators, candidates and community organizers discuss how working as a woman in their chosen fields has impacted their experiences and why passing the Equal Rights Amendment is crucially important. Panel members include:  Senators Heather Steans, Cristina Castro, Mattie Hunter, and more.

RSVP for the free screening of Equal Means Equal TOMORROW, Saturday, November 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Pullman Branch, Chicago Public Library (830 W 119th St.)

Action 3: Sign Witness Slips to Protect the State and Local Tax Deduction

As part of the #TrumpTaxScam, the GOP is trying to greatly reduce the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction. This would hit Illinois residents particularly hard, especially middle class families. Mike Madigan has introduced two measures in the Illinois legislature that oppose any and all efforts by the Trump Administration and Congress to eliminate the SALT deduction.

We encourage you to fill out witness slips for these bills as “Proponent” to show your support.

Sign the witness slip for HR 672 - Proponent
Sign the witness slip for HJR 85 - Proponent
Click here for instructions on submitting a witness slip

  

 


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