Thursday, December 6 - Gifts for Gun Violence Victims / Protect Copyright Office / Stop Title IX Changes
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Drop off gifts for children touched by gun violence before Friday, December 7
Action 2: Call on Senator Durbin to keep the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Action 1: Gifts for Children Touched by Gun Violence
The holidays are a tough time for anyone who’s lost a loved one during the year. It’s especially painful for children who've lost family members to gun violence. Help Chicago Survivors provide a happier holiday by donating gifts for these children and their families before Friday, December 7.
1. Purchase a gift or gifts for a specific child. Recommended: one practical gift (hat, clothes, or book) and one fun gift totaling about $25 per child. You’ll get details about the child once you sign up.
2. Donate a $25 gift card to Target, Jewel or Walmart. We provide one gift card to each family to provide a holiday meal.
3. Donate extra gifts, gloves, and hats for children that attend the event but were unable to sign up. These extra gifts ensure that any children who attend this holiday event will leave with a gift.
Gifts should be delivered to one of the following locations:
· Plumbers Union, 1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, on Friday, December 7 between noon and 8 p.m.
· Chicago Survivors, 5600 S. Woodlawn, 4th floor, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Thursday December 6 (312.488.9222)
· North-side early drop offs (by Thursday, December 6) to Betsy Berry: 3740 N. Lake Shore Dr., Unit 11A (leave with doorman)
Action via Blue Beginning
Action 2: Tell Durbin to Protect the Copyright Office
On September 26, the US Senate held a hearing on the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), which passed the House of Representatives in March 2018. This unfortunate and unneeded legislation would remove the hiring authority of the Register of Copyrights from the Librarian of Congress and make it an appointment of the president, which would then require Senate confirmation.
If passed, Congress would voluntarily give up its power to appoint its own copyright advisor and assign it to the president. The bill also grants the president power to fire the appointee at any time.
Librarians are champions for balanced copyright policy that includes both the general public and content creators, which are often one and the same. Neither benefit from this distraction in the midst of a major digital modernization at the Copyright Office, which is making good progress.
The Copyright Office belongs in the Library of Congress. Senator Durbin sits on the Rules and Administration Committee. Call on him to vote no on this bill!
Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
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 Durbin to vote no on the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010). Congress should keep not turn over hiring responsibilities for The Copyright Office to the President. The Copyright Office needs to stay in the Library of Congress to protect its much-needed modernization efforts. Thank you.
Action via American Libraries Magazine
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.
Action via Know Your IX