Monday, October 1 - Blue Wave Rave / Cut ICE's Funding / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Blue Wave Rave on Wednesday

Wants to help get out the vote in November, but don’t know where to start? Come out to the Blue Wave Rave, and enjoy an evening of laughter, drinks, and community as we work together to turn Congress blue! Indivisible Chicago is teaming up with ensemble members of The Second City, iO, and Annoyance Theater to rally 1,000 volunteers to help Get Out The Vote for progressive candidates in Illinois and Indiana—and we need your help.

Please join us at Lakeview’s Athenaeum Theatre to find out how you can get involved, meet your fellow activists, and enjoy a one-night-only improv performance aimed at getting us ready to turn out the vote.

There is no blue wave without the work and, together, we can make sure Illinois does its part to flip the House—and maybe take the Senate, too.

When: Wednesday, October 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N Southport Ave.)
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Please consider a donation of $15 or more to help cover postcard stamps, transportation and other GOTV costs. Cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

 

Action 2: Call on Congress to Reject Funding for Immigrant Detention

The crisis of family separation and unaccompanied minors in federal detention continues to worsen. According to the New York Times, children all over the county are being moved from shelters in the middle of the night into a tent city in Tornillo, Texas where they will have almost no access to formal education or legal services.

In the midst of this, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking Congress to give it a special increase in funding in the short-term funding bill to expand the immigration jail system to lock up more people. ICE has already recklessly overspent its budget and this is the second time in six months it is asking Congress to bail it out. ICE’s budget is already $7.6 billion (with a B!).

The Trump administration has already taken $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and given it to ICE to help pay for it’s zero-tolerance and family separation / detention policies. FEMA now has fewer funds which are critical to the agency’s overall mission of storm preparedness and response.

Take action and contact your members of Congress now!

  • Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

  • Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Find your rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I'm calling to ask [Representative or Senator's name] to cut funding for family separation and ICE's abusive immigration detention and deportation system. We must not be complicit in these human rights abuses. Our taxpayer dollars should be used to strengthen families and communities, not tear them apart. Please pass my message on. Thank you.

Action and script via National Immigrant Justice Center

  

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). 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.

Segment 1: Tom interviews Martha Scott, a member of the Jane Collective--a group of Chicago activists in the late 60s and early 70s that took the problem of illegal abortion into their own hands. Learn more about Martha Scott and the Jane Collective here.

 Formed in 1965, Jane was an underground network in Chicago that counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. (From left) Martha Scott, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Abby Parisers, Sheila Smith and Madeline Schwenk were among the seven members of Jane arrested in 1972.   Courtesy of Martha Scott

Formed in 1965, Jane was an underground network in Chicago that counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. (From left) Martha Scott, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Abby Parisers, Sheila Smith and Madeline Schwenk were among the seven members of Jane arrested in 1972.

Courtesy of Martha Scott

Segment 2: Tom speaks with Mia Sato, Engagement Editor for the Better Government Association. The organization has just released Illinois Votes to help voters research candidates, find their polling places, and prepare to vote.

Daily Actions Editor