Thursday, August 10 - Justice for Laquan Rally Friday / Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL / Call to Fight Kobach’s Voter Suppression
Actions You Can Take Today
Action #1: TOMORROW - Attend Justice for Laquan Rally at Cook County Courthouse
Action #2: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL (Deadline Tomorrow!)
Action #3: Like the post on Facebook about Protecting Our Voter Data
Tools You Can Use
Action #1: RSVP to the Justice for Laquan Rally on Friday, August 11 at Cook County Courthouse
Action #2: Submit a public comment against Keystone XL by Friday at 5 p.m.
Action #3: The Facebook algorithm can help us spread the word to thousands more people - but we have to tell it that our posts are important by giving them lots of likes and shares. Here's the most recent post about protecting our voter data. Like it, comment on it, share it - to your Indivisible group or to your personal wall.
When you're done liking the post, make the call to the SBE! 217-782-4141
Action #1: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally TOMORROW at Cook County Courthouse
We are asking everyone to show up for the next hearing of Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who was seen on video shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.
On Friday, August 11, there will be a rally and protest outside the courthouse at Cook County Court House (2650 S. California Ave,. Chicago) starting at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. Hearing in Room 500 inside the courthouse. Show up and stand up for police accountability! RSVP here.
Action #2: Submit a Public Comment Against Keystone XL by Friday
The Trump administration approved the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and reversed the decision of the Obama administration. The good news is this fight is far from over, and we can win. TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, must still get approval to route the pipeline through Nebraska and the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is taking public comments now.
You can fight back by urging the Nebraska PSC to block the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all. Click here to submit your comment by the deadline on Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m.
Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections to Protect Voter Data
Kris Kobach and the so-called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity have sent a SECOND letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) demanding data for all registered voters. We've been emailing the SBE with our demand to withdraw from Kris Kobach's Crosscheck program, but this Commission is a super-sized version of Crosscheck set up to spew more lies about voter fraud to fuel national voter suppression efforts.
We need you to call the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 4 to connect to the Voter Registration Division. You will hear a recorded message that the Board plans to take this issue up at their August 22nd meeting. Continue the call until you speak with a person.
The people answering the phones will tell you to email firstname.lastname@example.org. That's great--do that, too (see our email script)! Emails will be counted and considered on August 22nd at their meeting, but in the meantime, we need them to hear us before the meeting. Calls get their attention!
SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask the Board of Elections to continue to deny the Trump Administration’s illegitimate request for voter registration data. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and Illinois should not collaborate with any nationalist efforts to undermine our democracy.