Wednesday, October 17 - Oppose Chad Readler for Judge / Vote For Judges / Get Out the Vote

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Senators to Oppose Chad Readler

Even as the Department of Justice faces bipartisan outrage for its policy of separating immigrating parents from their children at the border, Donald Trump has nominated a key defender of the family separation policy for a lifetime judgeship. Chad Readler, the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice Civil Division, has a long history of advocating for harmful, discriminatory policies.

Since joining the DOJ, Readler has advanced many of the department’s most heinous positions, including the aforementioned family separation policy, the transgender military ban, the termination of DACA, the Muslim travel ban, and the baseless assertion that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. While all attorneys sometimes find themselves advocating for positions they don’t agree with personally, Readler’s history of working for clients like the Koch Brothers suggests he is all too happy to advance the DOJ’s homophobic, xenophobic, racist, anti-labor agenda.

Readler’s extreme positions, many of which contravene federal legal precedent, have prompted Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to refuse to support Readler’s nomination. Historically, the Senate Judiciary Committee has deferred to the guidance of home-state senators when deciding whether to vote on a judicial nomination. However, Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has announced he will break with this long-established tradition and allow votes on nominees even without home-state senators’ support. It is unconscionable for Grassley and other Senate Republicans to ignore decades of precedent to ram through an unqualified, dangerously extremist nominee like Readler.

Demand that Senator vote no on Chad Readler.

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 member of Indivisible Chicago calling from [ZIP CODE]. I'm calling to urge Senator [NAME] to oppose Chad Readler's nomination to a lifetime judgeship. Readler's history of advocating for bigoted policies, from reduced early voting hours to the DOJ's immigrant family separation policy, makes him an unacceptable choice for a judiciary appointment.Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2: Get Informed About Judges on the Ballot

Overwhelmed by the judicial options on this year’s ballot? The Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice  created the VoteForJudges campaign to provide a nonpartisan effort aimed at judicial voter education. The Committee to Elect Qualified Judges, a political action committee dedicated to educating voters about judicial elections, is proud to sponsor the VoteForJudges campaign.

The website, which reports the results of 12 bar groups which receive information about candidates’ performance and recommend whether he or she is qualified to be a judge.

The Alliance of Bar Associations (Alliance) includes 11 bar associations which work collaboratively, but publish independent results. VoteForJudges also includes the judicial evaluation results of the Chicago Bar Association, and the judicial endorsements of the Chicago Tribune.

Ready to get informed about local judges before this year’s election? Visit and share it with your friends!

Action 3: Build the Blue Wave with Indivisible Chicago

It’s up to us to build a blue wave that puts power back into people’s hands—and then hold our leaders accountable for stopping Trump and the GOP elite and moving our country forward with  progressive policies. We’ve got the people power to make the difference in November—WE can win elections through voter to voter contact all across Chicago, Illinois, and the USA. We need all hands on deck! Learn about each of the three steps below, and check back often. Every day your action can make a difference.  

1. Build the Electorate - Registration

The first step is to make sure you and your friends are registered to vote. Voter registration is an important activity to ensure our candidates have enough supporters able to turn out on Election Day. For many Americans, securing their right to vote and ability to register has been a long fight throughout the history of our country. The history of laws designed to suppress voting along racial lines continues to this day. See how you can help.

 2. Identify Undecideds

Find a voter who’s with us? Let’s make sure we can get them to the polls. Find someone who’s unsure? Have a conversation. If you can win over a new supporter, you not only win our candidates a vote, you also take one away from Trump’s enablers. We have lots of scheduled activities to help you get started, including canvassing, phonebanking, text banking and Postcard Posse.

3. Turn Out Supporters - Get Out The Vote

The closer to election day, the more important it becomes to have a reliable list of supporters and making sure they vote. Often, they’ll need reminders and maybe even assistance to complete an early ballot or get to the polls for early voting and on Election Day. How can you help? See the options on our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) page.

Daily Actions Editor