Wednesday, August 9 - Handmaid’s Protest TODAY! / Justice for Laquan Rally Friday / Call to Fight Kobach’s Voter Suppression

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: TODAY - Attend Handmaid’s Protest to Support Women’s Rights

  • Action #2: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally 8/11 at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #3: Call the Illinois State Board of Elections to Protect Voter Data

  • Action #4: Visit the Indivisible Chicago Facebook page and "like" or share today's post! 

Tools You Can Use

  • Action #1: RSVP to the Handmaid’s Protest TODAY from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Action #2: RSVP to the Justice for Laquan Rally on Friday, August 11 at Cook County Courthouse

  • Action #3: 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.

  • Action #4: Here's the link to today's Facebook post. By either liking or sharing it, you help us leverage the Facebook algorithm so that the post gets shown to exponentially more people. 

Action #1: Protest TODAY 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. Today, stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40 at the silent Handmaid’s Protest.

Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #2: Attend Justice for Laquan Rally 8/11 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 #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 webmaster@elections.il.gov. 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.

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