Monday, April 24th - Call for HB40
HB40 must pass
With the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is one again in trouble. Illinois has on it's book a "trigger law", which means that if Row v. Wade is ever overturned, abortion will immediately become illegal in Illinois. HB40 is a bill put forth to repeal that trigger law and protect women's health care rights in Illinois regardless of what happens in Washington.
Congresswoman Schakowsky's office is working with Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Future Voices Council, and Men4Choice to launch a massive outreach campaign to support HB40, give cover to reps on the fence, support reps in target districts that support HB40, and point out Bruce Rauner's two-faced lie about his stance on reproductive rights in those districts.
The've had 2,885 phone conversations and 223 conversations at the door in just three days of outreach with target voters and expect to triple or quadruple that number next week. We're based out of 10 Democratic offices around Cook County and have scheduled over 30 house party phone banks across the state, including Springfield, Rockford, Bloomington, and soon, the Quad Cities.
They've made it incredibly easy to phone bank and influence a red district from the safety of your blue district. You can go to www.passhb40.com and find out where to go.
This bill needs every vote it can get. Let's do this.
Witness slip for Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress on March 22, 1972 and sent to the states for ratification. In order to be added to the Constitution, it needed approval by legislatures in three-fourths (38) of the 50 states.
By 1977, the legislatures of 35 states had approved the amendment. In 1978, Congress voted to extend the original March 1979 deadline to June 30, 1982. However, no additional states voted yes before that date, and the ERA fell three states short of ratification.
The 15 states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment before the 1982 deadline were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.
Since formulation of the "three-state strategy" for ratification in 1994, ERA bills have been introduced in subsequent years in one or more legislative sessions in twelve of the unratified states (Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia).
Between 1995 and 2016, ERA ratification bills were released from committee in some states and were passed by one but not both houses of the legislature in two of them. In Illinois, the House but not the Senate passed an ERA ratification bill in 2003, while the Senate but not the House did so in 2014.
Ratification of the ERA is up again in the form of SJRCA 4. Now is our change to sign a witness slip and show the overwhelming popularity of this join resolution! Indivisible has been very effective in driving up witness slip numbers, so let's keep up with this trend. Go here and fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT of the joint resolution, representing "self", and check Record of Appearance.