Wednesday, August 30 - Call for Ban of Police Militarization/Save Net Neutrality/Plan to Join Labor Day Rally

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on State and Local Reps to Ban Police Departments from Receiving Military Equipment

  • Action 2: Submit a Public Comment to the FCC Supporting Net Neutrality

  • Action 3: Plan to Attend Labor Day Rally

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Call on State and Local Reps to Pass Laws Banning Police Departments from Receiving Military Equipment

On Monday, Trump and Jeff Sessions continued their assault on progress and common sense by issuing an executive order overturning President Obama's ban on police departments receiving surplus military equipment. The track record for police with things like tanks and grenade launchers is not good, and many researchers believe that having access to these instruments of war only increases the schism between police and communities and the likelihood of unnecessary violence. The militarization of police was on full display during the Ferguson protests, highlighting the way this equipment (and the accompanying attitudes) are part of efforts to squelch calls for justice and intimidate communities of color.

Click here to read the text of legislation passed in Montana that addresses this issue, and can be a model for legislation in Illinois and Chicago. 

Click here to find contact info for your alderman, state senator, and state rep.

Script: Hi, my name is ___. My zip code is _____ and I'm a member of Indivisible Chicago. I'm calling to ask [Alderman/Senator/Rep’s name] to work on passing legislation banning police departments from receiving military equipment. Even at their most dangerous, our communities are not a war zone, and things like tanks and grenade launchers should never be on our streets. Thank you for your time.

Action 2: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Submit a Public Comment to the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

After four months of debate, the FCC is nearly ready to stop accepting feedback on its proposal to kill net neutrality. Final comments are due this Wednesday, August 30th, by end-of-day Eastern time. Once the comment period closes, the FCC will review the feedback it received and use it as guidance to revise its proposal, which if passed, would reverse the Title II classification that guaranteed net neutrality just two years ago.

There are currently almost 22 million filings on the proposal, setting a dramatic new record at the FCC. Please add your voice to this chorus by end of day tomorrow.

To leave a comment, you’ll have to go to this site, click “+ Express,” and then fill out the form it opens up to. Make sure you leave the proceeding number “17-108” in place, as that’s what ties it to the net neutrality proposal. Also, be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested comments (please edit to make these your own): I urge you to reject the proposed Restoring Internet Freedom act and maintain the Title II classification that guaranteed net neutrality just two years ago. Democracy in America and around the globe depends on a free and open internet for all. 

Action 3: Plan to Attend Labor Day Event in Support of Workers

Indivisible Chicago and Indivisible Illinois are among dozens of progressive organizations joining with Fight for $15 Chicago for a day of action commemorating Labor Day. We are hoping to show strong support for workers and unions at the 9am rally at the Thompson Center. Please show up with Indivisible gear and prepare for an energetic rally! The Thompson Center rally will conclude with a march to the American Hospital Association building a few blocks away, where some exciting special guest speakers will take the stage. 

Amplify the event on Twitter with the hashtag #WorkersStrikeBack

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP (not necessary to attend) and find out more. 

Complete schedule of events:
6:30am McDonald's Strike, 1664 S Blue Island
9:00am Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph Ave
10:00am American Hospital Association, 155 N Wacker Drive

From the Facebook event page: 
"This Labor Day, join the largest Labor Day rally in Chicago’s history to stand up for strong unions & living wages & against corporations and politicians that have rigged our economy!

Workers from ALL sectors of our economy and across our communities are striking back– to join rallies, marches, and strikes to demonstrate our power and strength and the need for strong unions.

Fast food workers in over 300 cities, including in Chicago, will be on strike in record numbers. And not just in the U.S. At the same time, McDonald's workers in the U.K. will be striking for the first time ever!

Good union jobs in factories once created stable, secure work that allowed families to thrive. Hospital work and other service work is now the backbone of our economy, but too many Americans who work in these jobs are falling behind, so for the first time ever, non-union hospital workers will be joining us in the streets!

Our entire economy is rigged against working people. Politicians, like Gov. Rauner, and wealthy corporations like McDonald’s & the American Hospital Association continue to push an extreme agenda to: 
-deny our right to form unions
-silence our voices on the job
-suppress our wages
-continue rampant racism

Unions are the solutions for bad jobs & wages. Unions are one of the few ways working people have to keep corporations & politicians accountable. With unions we have power. "

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