Monday, October 15 - Postcard Posse Final Week / End Discrimination Against Women in Chicago / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: TOMORROW - Last Postcard Posse League Night

In the last few months, the rock stars in the Postcard Posse League have handwritten thousands of postcards to voters who share our values and voted in 2016, but did not vote in 2014.

We’re down to our last 700 postcards ahead of the final League night tomorrow. Even if you haven’t completed so far, feel free to sign up and join us for the last event! We also have a few other postcard events before the election, so there’s still time to make a difference.

When: Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gideon Welles (4500 N Lincoln)
RSVP Here

Don’t forget to join us on Wednesday, October 24 for the postcard stamping and award night with food, prizes, trophy presentation, and special guest Rep. Ann Williams on Wednesday, October 24 at Gideon Welles.

Action 2: Sign the United Nations Association of Chicago's CEDAW Petition

CEDAW is known as the international bill of rights for women and is a comprehensive treaty that addresses issues like education inequality, employment discrimination, health care choices, political participation, equal rights, gender discrimination, economic and social protections, equal access to opportunities, rights in marriage and home life, and human trafficking. In 1979, the UN adopted it. Since then, 189 states and countries have ratified it, only six have not, including the United States (joining Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Tonga, and The Vatican).

In the US, an initiative was started called Cities for CEDAW with the objective of leading campaigns in various cities across the country to sign or pass resolutions advocating for the US to ratify CEDAW and/or implementing it in their city, which many city governments have successfully done.

The United Nations Association Greater Chicago Chapter (UNA-Chicago) mobilizes, educates, and inspires Chicago area residents about the work and principles of the United Nations. UNA-Chicago is part of the national effort to ensure that the UN is relevant to, and resonates with our local issues.

Join the United Nations Association of Chicago to tell the City Council and Mayor Emanuel to make Chicago a city for the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Sign the petition now.

Action via UNA-Chicago

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast on Judicial Voting

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.

With the media under attack, fake news running rampant, and the risk of newspapers becoming irrelevant, what is the value of newspaper endorsements today? Read the CJR article Tom referenced.

If there’s one thing the Kavanaugh spectacle taught us, it’s that there are good judges and there are not-so-good judges. In Illinois, voters are charged with keeping a check on judges, but how know which are the rotten apples? On this week’s episode, Elizabeth Monkus from the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, (and leader with Indivisible Lakeview/Lincoln Park) helps sort things out. Elizabeth mentioned six judges that received at least one “unqualified” rating at VoteForJudges.org:

  • Maura S. Boyle

  • Matthew Coghlan

  • Kathy Flanagan

  • Lionel Jean-Baptiste

  • Andrea Schleifer

  • James Varga

Research at Vote for Judges. The full report of judicial endorsements — including helpful narrative rationales — is from the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Then, Billy Stripeik, President of the College Democrats of Illinois comes on to talk about getting out the vote on campus.

Podcast Resources:

Vote For Judges

College Democrats of Illinois

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