Monday, December 3 - Phone Bank for ACA Enrollment / No Charter School Expansion / Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Phone bank for ACA open enrollment on December 4, 5, 11, and 12 in Oak Park
Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Flippable CEO Catherine Vaughan and State Rep-elect Mary Edly-Allen
Action 1: Phone Bank for ACA Open Enrollment
The current administration has tried to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in multiple ways, including making it more difficult for people to sign up for health insurance by:
1. Shortening the open enrollment period from 3 months to just six weeks.
2. Enforcing "downtimes" for maintenance of the healthcare.gov website every Sunday (except the last Sunday of the open enrollment period) from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m..
3. Cutting back significantly on advertisements and outreach efforts to remind Americans about the enrollment period.
This is why we need everyone to spread the word! The last day to sign up or make changes to your insurance from the marketplace is December 15.
Indivisible Oak Park is joining the Legal Assistance Foundation to phone bank for the open enrollment period:
Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
During this phone bank, you will have the chance to connect with a targeted group of LAF's clients to remind them about the enrollment period, and to direct them to the healthcare.gov website or make an appointment for them with a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). Please bring your cellphone and a laptop or tablet if possible.
Action via Indivisible Oak Park Area
Action 2: Say No to Charter School Expansion
On December 5, the Chicago Board of Education may approve as many as three new charter proposals. Charter school expansion has harmed Chicago schools, adding expensive bureaucracy that diverts funding away from classrooms. Charter expansion also spreads CPS resources thin. It creates several “tiers” of teacher and staff, as well, in an effort to undermine fairness, transparency, and solidarity among educators.
Action via Chicago Teachers Union
Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.
Opening: Article V of the US Constitution stipulates how the constitution gets changed. One way is via a convention called by two thirds of the states. How close were we to having a Republican controlled constitutional convention?
Segment 2: A few weeks ago, state representative candidate Mary Edly-Allen came on the podcast to discuss her campaign against a Trumpish opponent. This week, she returns as state representative-elect with a story about how every vote counts.