Tuesday, December 18 - Reunite Mom with Her Dying Son / 44th Ward Alderman Forum / Stop Title IX Changes

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Reunite a Mother with her Dying Son

Shaima Swileh is a Yemeni national who currently lives in Egypt. Ms. Swileh's 2-year-old son came to America months ago to receive treatment for his degenerative brain disease. Unfortunately, his mother was not able to obtain a visa to be with her son, due to the Muslim Ban. Even though both Ms. Swileh's husband Ali and her son Abdullah are U.S. citizens, she has been unable to obtain a visa to be with her family at this tragic time. Despite her desperate please for a Muslim Ban waiver, Ms. Swileh has been waiting for over a year and is running out of time.

Doctors at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have indicated that young Abdullah's body cannot withstand life support for much longer. They have indicated that Abdullah may only have days left before he can no longer withstand life support without pain and suffering. We need to demand that Congress pressure the Department of State and U.S. Embassy Cairo to grant Ms. Swileh's waiver.

Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to demand that the Department of State and U.S. Embassy of Cairo grant Shaima Swileh's "Muslim Ban" waiver in order to allow her to be with her dying son, Abdullah Hassan. Ms. Swileh has been waiting for over a year and is running out of time. I urge you to do everything in your power to put politics aside, and reunite this mother with her dying son, before it is too late.

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Action 2: TONIGHT - 44th Ward Alderman Forum

On Tuesday, December 18, come see all four 44th ward aldermanic candidates discuss public health, public service, and public safety in Lakeview. This event is co-hosted by Neighbors for a Better Lakeview, Chicago Votes, Common Cause Illinois, and Otherworld Theatre.

If you have a question that you would like asked, or if you would like to nominate an organization to ask a question, please email betterlakeview@gmail.com. The co-hosts will review and finalize questions beforehand to ensure there is enough time for candidates to fully answer questions. After the program, there will be an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for a free ticket today and share with your neighbors!

When: Tuesday, December 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Otherworld Theatre Company (3914 N Clark St.)
RSVP for a free ticket and share on Facebook

Action via Neighbors for a Better Lakeview\

Action 3: Protect Title IX

Betsy DeVos is now accepting comments from the public on her terrible proposed changes to Title IX. The proposed rule would let schools off the hook for mishandling rape and sexual harassment and would roll back critical protections for student survivors.

There is still time to stop Betsy DeVos from weakening Title IX. Students and their families have a critical chance to make their voices heard in opposition to Betsy DeVos’ proposal.

Submit a public comment to speak out against the rule change before January 28, 2019. Before you comment, read some tips on making the most effective public comment.

Action via Know Your IX

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