Tuesday, August 22 - Call to End Crosscheck / Support EPA Clean Water Rules / Pressure Rauner to Sign SB31

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: LAST DAY! Call on the Illinois State Board of Elections to Opt Out of Discriminatory Crosscheck Voter Program

  • Action #2: Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

  • Action #3: Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign The IL Trust Act to Protect Immigrants

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 0 to speak with a person

  • Action 2: Submit a public comment to the EPA about the clean water protections

  • Action 3: Call Rauner, Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

Action #1: LAST DAY! Call on the Illinois State Board of Elections to Opt Out of Discriminatory Crosscheck Voter Program

The Illinois State Board of Elections is meeting TODAY, and they have not yet agreed to take up the issue of the discriminatory Crosscheck program that is linked to Kris Kobach’s voter suppression initiatives.

Call the SBE TODAY at 217-782-4141; when given the option, press 0 to speak with a person. 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.

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a registered voter in Illinois calling with Indivisible Chicago. 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.

Action #2: Submit a Public Comment to the EPA to Support Clean Water Rules

Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration are proposing to rapidly change the definition of “waters of the United States” -- the 2015 rule that clarified that headwaters, smaller streams and wetlands should be protected, along with other major bodies of water. The original rule was based on hundreds of stakeholder meetings and 1200 peer-reviewed academic articles. Any repeal must be based on a similarly stringent, science-based approach -- and the science tells us we must protect upstream water sources in order to protect our waterways, particularly for low-income communities.

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2017–0203 online here by August 28.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own):
The 2015 rule sought to reduce litigation burdens and was based on extensive stakeholder meetings and scientific assessment that has not changed. Logically, upstream water sources need to be clean to assure that our downstream drinking-water sources are clean too. Water quality is a prime ingredient in our health, and everyone in America deserves access to clean water, regardless of location or income.

Action #3:Call on Governor Rauner to Follow Through and Sign SB31 to Protect Immigrants

SB31, the Illinois Trust Act, limits local police interaction with US immigration with numerous protections for immigrants, including safe zones at schools, medical facilities, courts and properties. This bill helps protect undocumented immigrants and their families, and ultimately makes our communities safer by encouraging better cooperation with local police.

Although Governor Rauner recently vowed to sign SB31, he has received a backlash of aggressive calls and messages to VETO the bill. Fox News has been spreading false information about the bill that further mobilized the opposition. August 28 is the last day for the Governor to sign the bill, and we must pressure him to keep his commitment.

Call the Governor today! Springfield 217-782-0244 | Chicago 312-814-2121

Suggested Script: Hello, my name is ____. I am a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I am calling to ask that Governor Rauner keep his promise to sign the Illinois TRUST Act, SB-31. The Trust Act will protect the families and communities we live and work in and make all of Illinois safer. We’re counting on the Governor to keep his word on this bill.

 

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