Friday, August 18 - Rally Against White Supremacy / Remove Chicago’s Fascist Monument / Call State Reps to End Voter Purges

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Rally Against White Supremacy TOMORROW in Chicago

  • Action #2: Petition Rahm to Remove Chicago’s Own Fascist Monument

  • Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Discriminatory Purges from Voter Rolls

Tools You Can Use

Action #1: Rally Against White Supremacy in Chicago TOMORROW

The tragedy in Charlottesville is a call for renewed action against racism and neo-fascism in this country. Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition. (R3) will join The Majority and the National Movement for Black Lives in a Day of Action on Saturday, August 19 at Stephen Douglas's Tomb. Stephen Douglas was at 19th century Illinois politician and slaveholder who donated land to help establish the University of Chicago. Organizers have been demanding that the university develop a reparations plan in response.

The R3 Coalition in Chicago is an anti-racist group of 32 progressive organizations and labor unions determined to push back, on the local and state level against a right wing agenda that threatens our values, our communities and our lives.

RSVP for the R3 Rally on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at Stephen Douglas's Tomb, 636 E. 35th Street, Chicago, IL

For those who can’t make it, there’s also a Families Against Hate rally in Edgebrook on Saturday at 3 p.m. Get more info here.

Action #2: Petition Rahm to Remove The Fascist Balbo Monument

With all of the current attention on Confederate monuments, there has been renewed interest in removing a monument to Italian fascist Italo Balbo in Grant Park, and renaming Balbo Ave. after legendary activist and journalist Ida B. Wells. The monument was given to the city of Chicago by fascist dictator and Hitler ally Bennito Mussolini in 1933 to honor Balbo, a leader in the fascist party and head of the "Blackshirt" militia. The road, likewise, was renamed after he led a squad of Italian planes to Chicago for the 1933 World's Fair. These issues aren’t new to Chicago, but now is the time to finally remove these disgraceful paeans to fascism.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American anti-lynching activist, journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Ida B. Wells called Chicago her home from 1895 until her death in 1931. Sign the petitions below to help erase fascism and honor Ida B. Wells.

Action #3: Call Your State Rep to Help End Voter Roll Purges

We have learned that the State Board of Elections has decided not to put the issue of Crosscheck on its August meeting agenda, despite an outcry from the public and demands from our State and U.S. Representatives. While many our State Representatives have sent letters or signed on to Indivisible Chicago’s letter to the IL State Board of Elections, there are still many who have not spoken out. IF AND ONLY IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS ON THIS LIST, please call them and ask them to sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter urging the State Board of Elections to remove Illinois from the Crosscheck system and to deny the Election Integrity Commission’s second request for data. Learn more about Crosscheck and why it’s important to end this discriminatory program. We need all Representatives to commit to signing by this Friday.

If your rep’s name is on the list above, use this script when you call: Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent in [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling because I am concerned about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter registration data and the State’s participation in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. The people running the Commission, such as Kris Kobach, have a history misrepresenting data to justify making it harder for people to vote. I understand that the decision is made by the IL State Board of Elections; however, several Illinois Congress members have released letters to the Board urging them to not release any data to the Commission and asking that they vote to pull Illinois out of the Crosscheck system. Representative Guzzardi is gathering signatures on a similar letter. Will Representative [YOUR REP] sign on to Representative Guzzardi’s letter against these voter suppression tactics by this Friday? This must be submitted prior to the Board's August 22nd meeting. Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]


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