Friday, November 16 - Rally Against Arming Teachers / Postcard Parties for MS Runoff / Protect IL Education

Actions You Can Take Today

Action 1: TOMORROW - Rally Against Arming Teachers

The IL Association of School Boards Annual Conference is scheduled for November 16-18 this year. They are considering a proposal that the Board shall “support and advocate for legislation which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans” that could include staff members carrying guns in Illinois schools.

Join other Moms Demand Action groups to be visible at the vote on Saturday. Make your voice heard with parents and other concerned citizens in opposition to arming teachers!

When: Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E Wacker)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Moms Demand Action - IL

Action 2: Postcard Parties 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 to write postcards to Mississippi voters and help turn them out for this special election.

Come any time during the scheduled hours, for as long or as little as you can. Please bring postcard stamps if you can. We will provide the postcards.  

Action 3: Call on Reps to Protect IL Education

The veto session means that our state representatives can override Governor Rauner’s vetos on important bills, including two education bills. 

HB5175 - The Charter Commission Bill

This week, the House overrode the Governor’s veto on HB5175, the charter commission bill, and now it’s time to get it through in the Senate! We don’t think an appointed state commission should make local control decisions about where new charters are needed. The commission was set up to grant appeals to charters that are rejected by local school boards.

HB5481 - The Class-Size Goals Bill

House Bill 5481 aims to shed light on data related to class sizes and teacher caseloads in Illinois while setting class size goals that give students their best chance at succeeding inside and outside of the classroom. Call on your House rep to vote yes!

Find your reps’ contact info

Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from [ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask [SENATOR/REP] to pass [HB 5175 for Senate/HB5481 for Reps] in the veto session when its called for an override. Thank you.

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