Friday, February 16 - Call Reps on ADA Bill / No Cop Academy Workshop / March for Gun Reform

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Thank or Shame Your Rep for Their Vote on H.R. 620

Because going after Americans’ healthcare wasn’t enough, the House of Representatives has added another atrocity to their agenda: rewriting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to place additional burdens on people with disabilities. Yesterday, the House has voted to pass H.R. 620, which eliminates the ADA requirement that businesses be “proactive” in making their facilities accessible.

As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) summarizes, “H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make ‘substantial progress’ toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.”

This bill places an unfair burden on individuals with disabilities, completely undermining the goal of the ADA. Call your rep to thank them or shame them for their vote. 

Find your House rep’s contact info

It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify

  • If your rep is a Republican (except Peter Roskam), or if if your rep is Democrat Bill Foster, use this script:

    I’m a constituent calling from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling because I saw that {PERSON} voted against people with disabilities by voting for HR620. By shifting the responsibility of ADA compliance from businesses to people with disabilities, Congress is essentially destroying a key element of the ADA. People with disabilities already face substantial obstacles to full participation in public life. It is unacceptable for you to weaken this provision further. I’m deeply disappointed by this vote and will keep this in mind when it's time for {PERSON}'s re-election.

    Note: Luis Gutierrez did not vote, which means he helped contribute to the bill's passage. If he is your rep, please modify the script above to reflect that.

    If your rep is a Democrat (Except Bill Foster), or if your rep is Republican Peter Roskam, use this script:

    I’m a constituent calling from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to than [REP] for voting against HR 620, the bill that puts more burdens on people with disabilities who are trying to access public spaces. Thank you for standing up for disability rights.


    Action 2: No Cop Academy Workshop TOMORROW

    As the city closes schools, cuts services, and hikes taxes and fees on working people, Rahm Emanuel and his allies such as Ald. Deb Mell are pushing forward with plans to spend $95 million on a new academy for police.

    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.

    On Saturday, 33rd Ward Working Families is hosting a workshop about the campaign. Join them tomorrow from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (3253 W Wilson Ave). RSVP and get more info here.

     33rd Ward Working Families' monthly general meeting will continue after the workshop and include updates on their referendum to lift the ban on rent control.


    Action 3: March for Gun Reform Sunday

    Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Illinois, and Women's March - Illinois for a rally and march to demand gun reform from our elected officials.

    Let's show the rest of the country that we're not interested in standing on the sidelines any more. It's time to get up, stand up and be heard. There's power in numbers, let's come together and fight for our future.

    We will meet at Federal Plaza on Sunday, February 18 at 1 p.m. Get more details and share the Facebook event here. Then, RSVP to let us know you are coming and to get more info from Moms Demand Action.

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