Friday, October 5 - Justice for Laquan / Stop Yesica’s Deportation / March to the Polls

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Stay tuned for the verdict in the officer Jason Van Dyke trial; if he is found not guilty, Indivisible Chicago will support peaceful, non-violent actions to honor Laquan McDonald

  • Action 2: URGENT - call Senators to stop Yesica’s deportation TODAY

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

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

  • Action 3: March to the Polls Rally on Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. at Grant Park


Action 1: Justice for Laquan McDonald

Indivisible Chicago is committed to working toward justice for all of Chicago’s communities. Laquan McDonald’s killing has horrified and outraged us, and we await a conviction in the Van Dyke trial that brings justice for Laquan, his family, and all communities that have been marginalized by police officers who forsake their duty to serve and protect.

We stand with community leaders in support of non-violent actions that further elevate demands of justice and accountability from the Chicago Police Department and equity in city services that support and uplift communities, including quality education, affordable housing, access to jobs that pay a living wage, and availability of mental health services. Should this verdict fall short of a conviction, we will support calls for peaceful, non-violent action.

We’ll provide updates, as available, on our website and in communications directly to our members.

Action 2: URGENT - Call on Senators to Stop Yesica’s Deportation

At 22 years old, Yesica has been detained at detention centers in Texas for almost two years. Having survived trauma and persecution in El Salvador, she made her way to the U.S. alone to get to safety and reunite with her family, who lives in Chicago. Yesica passed her credible fear interview and has appealed her asylum claim repeatedly, but ICE continues to deny her appeals and release.

Despite efforts from activists in Chicago and across the country, Yesica is scheduled to be deported TODAY to a country that is physically and emotionally unsafe for her due to gangs created by the US's dysfunctional, racist, and imperialist foreign and immigration policy. Our last hope is to call on our Senators to intervene to stop the deportation.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello, my name is [NAME]. I’m calling in support of Yesica Jovel, who is scheduled to be deported from CoreCivic's Houston Processing Center today. I urge Senator {NAME} to pressure ICE to stop Yesica’s deportation and reunite her with her family in Chicago. Ms. Jovel is a 22 year old young woman and a survivor of torture and sexual assault who has been in detention in Houston for two years, too long. She deserves to be safe and reunited with her family. Thank you.

Action and script from and Chicago Religious Leadership Network


Action 3: March to the Polls Rally on 10/13

We're heading to Grant Park again on Saturday, October 13 for another rally and march in Grant Park to celebrate new voters and fire up thousands more to #MarchToThePolls for the 2018 elections.

The rally areas, including the Voter Village and First Time Voter Experience open at 9 a.m. This rally will be 'festival style' with a bustling hub of booths in the Voter Village and performers and speakers on the main stage. The day will culminate with a literal march to the polls where Chicago and Cook County voters can cast ballots at the downtown early voting sites.

Indivisible Chicago is a co-sponsor and we will have a table in the Voter Village. Not only would we love to see you there, we would love your help signing up canvassers. Sign up here for a volunteer shift at the March.

When: Saturday, October 13

  • Gates open 9 a.m.

  • Rally starts 10 a.m.

  • March begins 12:30 p.m.

Where: Grant Park
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