Friday, July 28 - Rally for the ACA / Support Public Defenders / Canvas for Fair School Funding

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Attend the Our Lives on the Line Rally Downtown on Sat. 7/29

  • Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

  • Action #3: Canvas for Fair Illinois School Funding in Geneva on Sat. 7/29

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Support the ACA at the Our Lives on the Line Rally on Saturday, July 29

The past few days have brought nothing but fear and uncertainty out of D.C., and no one knows what will happen in the Senate. We’ve been fighting hard, and regardless of what happens, we need to keep our voices loud and clear: millions of vulnerable Americans will lose their vital healthcare with any repeal of the ACA, and lives will be lost.

Indivisible Chicago is supporting the Women’s March this Saturday for Our Lives on the Line, a massive nationwide day of action to uplift the voices of the millions of Americans whose healthcare will be ripped away if Congressional Republicans continue with their plan to give more power to big insurance companies and undermine affordable, quality care.

The Chicago rally will be held in solidarity with the national event in D.C. and the dozens of events nationwide. You’ll hear from leaders from the progressive and healthcare communities organizing to take a stand against the Republican repeal bill and send a clear message to Congress: our lives are on the line!

TIME: Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

LOCATION: Federal Center and Plaza (Chicago, IL)
219 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603

RSVP online, share the event on Facebook or help promote the event on social media.

Action #2: Tell Cook County to Fund Public Defenders

Cook County recently cut 300 jobs from its rolls because of legal complications around the soda beverages tax that was supposed to go into effect on July 1. Sixty-nine of those jobs were from the Cook County Public Defenders office, which is already deeply underfunded. Public Defender Amy Campanelli says she may have to stop because "her attorneys' workloads are already above the maximum recommended by experts." Everyone deserves the right to a lawyer when their freedom may be taken away by the government.

An additional 17 prosecutors and 22 staffers were also laid off from the State's Attorney's office. This will also increase the time needed to prosecute criminals, and decrease justice for victims of crime.

Call Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at (312) 603-6400 to say this is unacceptable.

Script: Hi, I'm a constituent of  Cook County, and I'm calling because I want the county to restore funding for the 300 jobs it recently cut, especially the 69 public defenders and 17 state's attorneys who were laid off. Our public defenders already are overworked. Adding to their caseloads would cause even longer delays in cases, which in turn delays and defeats justice. Please find the funding to restore these critical jobs.

Action #3: Canvas for Fair Illinois School Funding in Geneva on Saturday, July 29

Illinois is on the verge of fixing the worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. This Monday, Senate President Cullerton will send Senate Bill 1 (SB1) to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has said he intends to veto the legislation and cut funding from Chicago students.

If he does veto SB1, it goes back to the Senate for an override where they will have 15 days to override the bill. Once they do, it will go to the House of Representatives for concurrence. But neither their House override or the Senate override are certain.

We want SB1 become law, and we need your help! If you’re in the suburbs and can’t make it downtown for the healthcare rally, here’s what you can do:

Join Illinois For Educational Equity this Saturday July 29 to canvas in support of SB1.

TIME: Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

LOCATION: Sunset Racquetball & Fitness (aka Geneva Community Center)
710 Western Ave. Room 108
Geneva, IL 60134

RSVP to canvas here. Carpool is available.