Wednesday, July 12th - Become a virtual handmaiden and join the National Day of Action for Net Neutrality

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Become a virtual handmaiden as The Handmaidens descend on The Thompson Center

  • Action #2: Join the National Day of Action for Net Neutrality

Tools you can use

Action #1: Become a virtual handmaiden as The Handmaidens descend on The Thompson Center

The Handmaids are coming to the Thompson Center Thursday, July 13 at 12PM to deliver a powerful statement to Gov Rauner: Honor your promise to provide full access to reproductive health care to Illinois women and sign HB 40.

Be a virtual handmaid and support and amplify the Handmaids' message.

Ways you can help include:

* Change your Facebook profile pic

* Make Facebook posts

* Tweet at @GovRauner

* Call him

* Post on Instagram

* Send a postcard

* Please use the hashtags #SignHB40 #Handmaids4HB40

Action #2: Join the National Day of Action for Net Neutrality

Join the National Day of Action for Net Neutrality here. Send a letter and sign up to join the protest and receive actions you can take. 

Thanks to Stu Greenspan (and one other who's name I can't find) for suggesting today's action

Why Today's Action is Important

Action #1: Become a virtual handmaiden as The Handmaidens descend on The Thompson Center

HB40 is legislation passed by the Illinois House and Senate that will remove the trigger law on that books in Illinois that says, should Roe v. Wade be overturned, abortion will immediately be illegal in Illinois. Given the risks that the Supreme Court could turn more conservative than it currently is, this is a bill we need to get passed. Rauner had indicated in the past that he supported abortion rights, but now he has backed off and indicated he will veto this bill. We need him to sign this bill into law.

A dozen women dressed in Handmaiden costumes from the Margaret Atwood book and Hulu series The Handmaiden's Tale will descend on Bruce Rauner and put public pressure on him to sign the bill. This is a great action and one we want to support.

Action #2: Join the National Day of Action for Net Neutrality

From battleforthenet.com:

  • WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

    Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. "Title II" of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

  • WHY IS NET NEUTRALITY IMPORTANT?

    The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It's what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON JULY 12TH?

    Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We'll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we've shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!