Tuesday, November 13 - Postcard Party for MS Senate Runoff / Fix Recycling in Chicago / Funding for Prisoner Claims

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TOMORROW - Postcard Party for Mississippi Runoff Election

Election season isn’t over yet! We’re reassembling the Postcard Posse for an important runoff election in pro-Trump Mississippi, where Democrats have one final chance to cut into the GOP’s Senate majority.

Democratic former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy is aiming to upset Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith in a special election runoff on November 27. Hyde-Smith recently joked about lynching and deserves to be taken down by a strong Democrat. Join us on Wednesday to write postcards to Mississippi voters and help turn them out for this special election.

When: Wednesday, November 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gideon Welles (4500 N Lincoln Ave.)
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Action 2: Fix Recycling in Chicago

Chicago’s residential recycling is the worst in the nation--at only 9%. The City of Chicago currently has a managed competition program, with different vendors operating in different neighborhoods. The Better Government Association’s Investigative Team highlighted the fact that one of the city’s outside waste haulers is diverting tons of what it says is contaminated recycling into landfills it owns.

These contracts are set to expire in 2019, and environmental and consumer advocates are calling on the City of Chicago to evaluate this program and ensure that recycling is effective, transparent, and a sound use of taxpayer dollars.

Contact your Alderman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask them to evaluate residential recycling and efficacy of the program.

In addition to using the contact form above, consider calling them to drive the point home!

Call Rahm Emanuel:  (312) 744-5000
Find your Alderman’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP CODE]. I am very concerned to have read recent BGA reports that Chicago's recycling program has led to large amounts of blue carts going straight to landfills.  This program should be managed transparently, and without conflicts of interest or wastes of taxpayer dollars. To ensure this program works for communities throughout Chicago, I ask that you work with ward superintendents to implement a permanent auditing program for contaminated bins before December and release a thorough report before May 2019 that evaluates the managed competition in recycling launched in 2011 and lays out a path forward for the city. Thank you.

Action and script via Illinois Environmental Council


Action 3: Funding for Prisoner Claims

SB 1993: Funding for prisoner claims has a hearing TODAY at 3 p.m. The bill amends the Court of Claims Act to appropriate the necessary funds for “paying claims for time unjustly served in prisons of this State.”

With the Chicago police shoddy record of incarcerating people unjustly, especially people of color, we need to ensure Illinois has the funds to pay out claims filed by those falsely imprisoned.

Fill out a witness slip for SB 1993 TODAY (proponent).

Witness Slip Instructions:

I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

III. POSITION: select "Proponent"

IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only"

Daily Actions Editor