Actions You Can Take Today
Action #1: Attend Handmaid’s Protest to Support Women’s Rights on 8/9 Downtown
Action #2: Call Senators to Demand Recess Town Hall Meetings
Action #3: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program
Tools You Can Use
Action #1: RSVP to the Protest on Wednesday, August 9
- Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
- Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Action #3: Get the Crosscheck email script here
Action #1: Protest TOMORROW to Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40
HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. On Wednesday, August 9, stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40 at the Handmaid’s Protest.
Action #2: Call on Senators to Hold Town Halls During the Summer Recess
The Senate is scheduled for recess from August 14th through September 5th. While we hope to now have a respite in the assault against healthcare, this recess is no time to let our attention waver. President Trump is daily threatening to sabotage the ACA, and Republican lawmakers must still be convinced to work collaboratively across the aisle to build healthcare legislation that works for all Americans.
Your Senators work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person. If a Senator refuses to hold a town hall, request an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns.
Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to ask if [Senator] is planning to have any town halls during the August recess?
[IF YES] I’d like to RSVP. May I please have the details?
[IF NO] Then I’d like to request that [Senator] schedule one. There are many pressing matters we constituents should be able to voice our opinion on face to face.
Thank you for all your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois
Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".
By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.
Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE. If the link doesn't work for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org and please cc: email@example.com so that we can print and deliver all letters at the meeting.