Friday, November 9 - Call on Congress to Fight Gun Violence / Protect Mueller Investigation / Ethylene Oxide in Illinois

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Congress to fight gun violence

  • Action 2: Call on Senators to only confirm an attorney general nominee who pledges not to interfere in the Mueller investigation.

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

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

  • Action 3: Fill out two witness slips to regulate toxic ethylene oxide emissions in Illinois.

Action 1: Call on Congress to Fight Gun Violence

The United States has more guns per capita than any other peer nation. On average, there is a mass shooting almost every day of the year in the United States. However, thanks to continued lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has repeatedly failed to take meaningful action and curb gun violence.

Gun violence prevention experts have recommended a number of policy approaches to reduce gun violence, including mandatory background checks, community-based interventions such Ceasefire, reinstating the assault weapons ban, or banning high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons.

America's disproportionately high rates of gun-related deaths are both tragic and shameful. Congress can save lives by passing common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence. Call on Congress to act now!

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to ask [Representative or Senator's name] to take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by…

CHOOSE 1-3 POLICIES BELOW

  • Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks

  • Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support

  • Funding evidence-based community antiviolence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings

  • Reinstating a federal ban on the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, which is supported by at least 65% of Americans.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

Action 2: Call on Senators to Protect Mueller Investigation

Not even 24 hours after this week's election, President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “resign”. Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history, but if he's out then the Russia investigation is in serious danger.

This is how: Sessions' replacement will take over the investigation currently led by special counsel Robert Mueller. That gives the new AG the power to fire Mueller or use other obstructive tactics – like cutting funding – to bring the investigation to a screeching halt. We can't let that happen.

Although both Senators Durbin and Duckworth have condemned the acting Attorney General, we need them to demand that whoever is appointed as the next A.G. publicly commit to protecting the Mueller investigation.

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 constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to ask [Senator's name] to pledge that only they will only confirm a new attorney general nominee if the nominee pledges not to interfere in the Mueller investigation. Thank you.

Action via ACLU

Action 3: Regulate Ethylene Oxide in Illinois

Ethylene oxide is a toxic chemical that can increase the long-term risks of breast cancer and lymphomas at extremely low levels. A company called Sterigenics in west suburban Willowbrook has released more than 254,000 pounds of the chemical into surrounding neighborhoods between 1993 and 2017, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Because federal regulations haven’t been updated to reflect the chemical’s long-studied dangers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit in DuPage County Circuit Court against Sterigenics.

While the lawsuit continues, the Illinois House will hold hearings on two bills to regulate ethylene oxide emissions. Please create witness slips as a proponent of BOTH of these bills before Tuesday, November 13:

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