Tuesday, January 16 - Call Your Reps to Support the Dream Act / Call Your Alderman on Reproductive Rights / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Your Reps to Reaffirm Their Support for the Dream Act

  • Action 2: Call Your Alderman and the Mayor to Fund Hospitals that Provide Contraceptive Care

  • Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast


Tools You Can Use


Action 1: Call on Your Reps to Reaffirm Their Support for the Dream Act

The deadline to pass the Dream Act is this Friday. Time is running out to protect 800,000 young people from deportation. We owe it to them to do everything we can to make sure this bipartisan piece of legislation finally passes.

Senators Durbin and Duckworth both voted to support the Dream Act last year. Please call them to thank them for their continued support and let them know you are counting on them to vote the right way this week. Every vote counts, so call your House rep, too!

Script: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code]. I wanted to thank [Congressman / Senator] ___ for voting against the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act last year. Dreamers deserve MoCs who will stand with them and use their power to protect them from the Trump deportation machine, and I am proud that [Congressman / Senator] used [her / his] power to do so. I also want the [Congressman / Senator] to know that I expect [her / him] to continue voting to stand with Dreamers as the next CR comes up this week. Thank you.


Action 2: Call Your Alderman and the Mayor to Fund Hospitals that Provide Contraceptive Care

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee met on Friday to approve a $5.6 million subsidy for Presence Health to build a new headquarters downtown. Presence Health is a Catholic health organization that opposes contraception, abortion access, and other fundamental elements of reproductive health. At issue is whether Chicago taxpayers should be providing $5.6 million in tax money to subsidize a health system that will not provide basic reproductive health services to the women of our city. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women, and at least 7 members of the City Council are united in opposition to this subsidy.

The full Council is scheduled to vote on Wednesday. Please call your City Council alderman and Mayor Emmanuel on Tuesday to let them know that this is not a proper use of our tax dollars and you support comprehensive reproductive health for all women in Chicago.

Script: At a time when reproductive health care is under attack, we should be working to expand access to the full range of women’s health in Chicago, not lessen it. Due to Presence Health’s policy to turn away patients seeking contraceptive services, the Alderman should condemn any agreement to provide funding as it currently stands. Women go to health care professionals expecting to get contraceptive counseling and access to what they need, not information that’s defined by somebody else’s religious beliefs.

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

This week, Tom Moss talks with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to reflect on the year that was and look to the one that will be. Also, Karen Goldman of Persist joins to talk about how she got started and what’s next.

 Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.



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