Tuesday, December 11 - Tell Reps to Sign On to Green New Deal / No Funding for Cop Academy / Learn About Alderman System

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Your Rep to Sign on to the Green New Deal Before 12/13

The 2018 midterms swept Democrats into power in the House, and they have brought with them a renewed focus on combating climate change. Sitting Members of Congress (MoCs) and incoming MoCs alike have rallied around a proposal to establish a Select Committee For A Green New Deal as a starting point for making the changes necessary to protect the planet from catastrophic climate change. The Select Committee would be responsible for developing a plan and accompanying draft legislation by March 2020 for a Green New Deal that would be implemented over the next decade.

The Green New Deal is an ambitious, progressive policy framework that would protect the planet and grow the economy. Like the original New Deal, the Green New Deal represents a massive investment in America’s people and infrastructure—but with the additional goals of spending on projects that will transition America to a green economy, and ensuring that these investments are targeted to promote “social, economic, racial, regional, and gender-based justice and equality.” Get more details about the Green New Deal.

Progressives are trying to push their MoCs to commit to supporting the Green New Deal Select Committee by December 13 as Congressional leadership is formalizing their structure for next year. Call your MoC today!

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 [REP] to publicly support establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal in the House Rules for the 116th Congress. Establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal would demonstrate that Democrats understand the kind of action we need to take to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming. Thank you.

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Action 2: Tell Your Alderperson - No Funding for Cop Academy

As the city closes schools, cuts services, and hikes taxes and fees on working people, Rahm Emanuel and his allies such as Ald. Osterman (48th ward) are pushing forward with plans to spend $95 million on a new academy for police. Emanuel is planning to stick the next mayor with the project--if he gets his way.

The #NoCopAcademy campaign is an effort supported by community organizations across Chicago that want to see $95 million invested in our communities rather than police training grounds.

The next city council meeting is December 12. Please call on your alderperson to vote no on funding the Cop Academy!

Find your alderperson’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 [Alderperson] to vote no on Mayor Emanuel’s $95 million dollar Cop Academy. Chicago should be investing in schools, mental health, and other human services--not more police. Thank you.


Action 3: Get a Crash Course in Chicago’s Alderman System

Did you know Chicago’s 51st Ward alderman looks a lot like Hannibal Buress? Trick question! Chicago only has 50 alderpersons.

Our city’s aldermanic system is confusing and opaque. That’s why Chicagoist enlisted Chance the Rapper and Hannibal Buress in a new video that explains wards, aldermanic elections and what kind of power an alderperson has in their ward. They also explore the obstacles that make it challenging for young people to run for alderman.

Indivisible Chicago does not endorse aldermanic candidates, but we do recommend this video as a great educational resource to brush up before the next elections in spring 2019!

Watch the hilarious 15-minute video, then share it with your friends.

Daily Actions Editor