Wednesday, February 7 - Community Health Funding / Dream Act Phone Banks / Attorney General Forum

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell MoCs to Restore Funding for Community Health Centers

Along with CHIP, the funding for community health centers expired in September 2017. Despite restoring CHIP funding, Congress has not yet acted on the community health centers. Community health centers cover about 27 million low-income people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across the U.S.

Congressional aides on both sides of the aisle say they expect community health center funding to be attached to the next must-pass piece of legislation--the next avoid-a-government-shutdown funding bill, probably to be passed February 8. There is no existing proposal, however. Community health centers are asking for Congress to keep their funding relatively stable, at $3.6 billion each year, a tiny amount of money compared to the $1.5 trillion price tag of the recent Republican tax cuts.

In December, Durbin and Duckworth secured some grant funding for the Illinois centers, and some local House reps, including Jan Schakowsky, have called for more funding. Reach out to your reps today to remind them how urgent the need for funding is.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask that {PERSON} support reauthorization Community Health Centers immediately. Many of Illinois' 402 community health centers may run out of funding and have to close without the funds, so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate {PERSON}’s support.

 

Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act TODAY

DACA expires in less than ONE MONTH on March 5. Now is the time to make a critical push to protect more than 800,000 people from deportation from the only country they have ever known. The time to pass the Dream Act is NOW.

Please help the effort by making phone calls to voters in key states to ask them to contact their lawmakers on this vital issue. There are two phone bank sessions happening tonight:

Please bring your cell phone and headphones and if possible, a laptop/tablet (this makes it easier to read the call script). Charging cables or extra battery packs are recommended!

 

Action 3: Indivisible Lakeviews Attorney General Forum on 2/28

On Wednesday, February 28, the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Democrats, the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Democrats, and Indivisible Lincoln Park/Lakeview will host a Democratic Attorney General Candidate Forum. The event is open to the public, and a meet and greet with the candidates will follow. All candidates who filed to run in the upcoming March Democratic primary election were invited to participate.

The Attorney General, as Illinois’ chief legal officer, plays a pivotal role in the State’s affairs. This forum will give the candidates an opportunity to address issues pertinent to the legal community and to law students across the State of Illinois. Issues include the recent passage of the TRUST Act limiting police from detaining or arresting individuals based on their immigration status, the need for criminal justice reform, promoting consumer protection, and preserving workers’ rights.

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about the candidates. All attendees must RSVP their attendance in advance here.

When: Wednesday, February 28
Forum: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meet and Greet: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Ave
RSVP here
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