Wednesday, March 21 - Marshal for the March for Our Lives / Stop Howard C. Nielson Nomination / THANK YOU

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Marshal for the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to vote no on Howard C. Nielson’s judgeship nomination

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 3: Thank you for all of your hard work leading up to yesterday’s primary!


Action 1: Marshal for the March for Our Lives

The young adults of Parkland, Florida continue to inspire us with their bravery and their activism in the face of overwhelming tragedy. Their courage is building a movement for gun control across the country.

At the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, we all have the chance to rally in support of their movement and in support for all of the Americans whose lives have been shattered by gun violence.

In addition to marching to combat school shootings, we will march for Chicago communities of color whose gun violence narratives have been silenced for decades. Given the relevance of gun violence prevention for our city’s black and brown communities, the Chicago event will carry a heightened significance in pushing legislators to craft policy that addresses not only mass shootings but systemic gun violence in minority communities. This is an inclusive endeavor. This is everyone's movement.

Gather is currently recruiting volunteer marshals for the event. Anyone can be a marshal--all it takes is one easy training session. Sign up now to show your support for the Parkland youth and gun violence victims everywhere.

Sign up to volunteer as a marshal at the March for Our Lives.


Action 2: Stop the NRA’s Favorite Lawyer From Becoming a Federal Judge

In the wake of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, people across the country have risen up to demand that Congress stand up to the NRA on gun safety.

Despite this movement, Republican Senators are prepared to confirm the NRA’s favorite lawyer to a lifetime district court judgeship. Trump nominated Howard C. Nielson to a cushy lifetime seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures.

This is a major opportunity for Senators to fight back against the gun lobby’s influence, at a crucial time in history. The NRA spent an unprecedented amount of money—surpassing its own previous spending records—in support of Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, Trump is trying to give them their money’s worth. Trump told the NRA, “You came through for me, I am going to come through for you.”

Luckily, the Senate—not Trump—gets to decide whether Howard Nielson will be confirmed as a federal judge. Call your Senators and ask them to publicly commit to voting against Howard Nielson’s nomination.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling today to ask {PERSON} to vote no on the federal judgeship nomination of Howard Nielson. Nielson is the NRA’s favorite lawyer for his work to undermine sensible gun violence prevention laws. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL we should not be rewarding the NRA by handing their champions lifetime judgeship appointments. Thank you.


Action 3: Thank You!! (Yes, YOU!)

From the Indivisible Chicago team, THANK YOU to everyone who phone banked, wrote postcards, canvassed, text-banked, donated, and VOTED in yesterday’s primary election. In 2014, voter turnout in Cook County was 18%. This year, it was 26%--a huge improvement!

So today, treat yourself to a cocktail (or two). You’ve earned it! Rest up, and get ready for the big midterm election in November!

Daily Actions Editor