Friday, March 23 Daily Actions

March for Our Lives / Call on MoCs to Oppose John Bolton / Support Civilian Oversight of CPD

Action 1: TOMORROW - March with Indivisible Chicago at 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.

Indivisible Chicago is leading a group of marchers. Join us!

When: Saturday, March 24 at 10:45 a.m. (march starts at 11 a.m.)
Where: Union Park at Randolph and Ogden
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Look for the Indivisible Chicago Banner, and wear your Indivisible Chicago T-shirt if you have one!

 

Action 2: Call on MoCs to Oppose Bolton’s Appointment

Foreign policy experts are ringing the alarm bells at yesterday’s White House announcement that Trump will be appointing John Bolton to the position of National Security Advisor following the resignation of H.R. McMaster.

According to Fred Kaplan of Slate, it’s time to push the panic button.John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser—a post that requires no Senate confirmation—puts the United States on a path to war. And it’s fair to say President Donald Trump wants us on that path.”

Here are just a few of the terrifying facts about Bolton:

  • Bolton has repeatedly called for launching a first strike on North Korea.

  • He also wants to destroy the nuclear arms deal with Iran, and then bomb that country too.

  • He is known as one of the primary cheerleaders for the Iraq War, and he called for war with Cuba, using the same false pretense of hidden WMDs.

  • He’s encouraged Israel to use nuclear weapons against Iran.

  • George W. Bush administration stated "John Bolton was by far the most dangerous man we had in the entire eight years of the Bush Administration. Hiring him as the president's top national security advisor is an invitation to war, perhaps nuclear war. This must be stopped at all costs.”

Although Congress will not be voting on John Bolton’s appointment, we need them to take action to block this reckless man from endangering the lives of millions.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent at zip code {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to tell {MoC} that I am adamantly opposed to John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor, and demand that {MoC} do everything in their power to protest this appointment.

John Bolton has a track record of advocating extreme foreign policy views, often to the detriment of the nation. This is why the Senate Foreign Relations Committee determined Bolton was unfit to serve TWICE during the Bush administration and why he’s unfit to serve now. I understand that Congress has no confirmation power when it comes to Bolton. But I demand that Congress pursue other options, including pushing forward with the Markey/Lieu bill limiting the President’s ability to order a first strike. Thank you.

Call script courtesy of Celeste Pewter and #ICALLEDMYREPS.

 

Action 3: Support Civilian Oversight of CPD

In 2016, a broad coalition of community organizations came together and formed the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) for the purpose of responding to the recommendation of the Police Accountability Task Force to develop a “community safety oversight board.”

The oversight board was one of three major structural reforms the Task Force proposed. Following the creation of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and the position of Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, it is the final piece of accountability infrastructure that needs to be put in place.

For almost two years, GAPA members have engaged with communities across Chicago to develop a comprehensive proposal for both a citywide community oversight board and a neighborhood-level body that will work on safety initiatives within each police district. An ordinance embodying the proposal will be introduced in the Chicago City Council.

Contact your alderperson and let them know you support this effort.

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Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent at zip code {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask {PERSON} to support the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) proposal for a “community safety oversight board.” The creation of this board is supported by the Chicago Tribune editorial board, and it is a vital step to ensuring police accountability in Chicago. Thank you.

 

Daily Actions Editor