Monday, March 26 - Demand Gun Dealer Licensing / Hold Facebook Accountable / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Demand Gun Dealer Licensing

At the historic March for Our Lives this weekend, more than 85,000 Chicagoans joined millions of people around the world to demand government action on gun violence. The youth leading this movement are showing us all that change is possible while shining a light on the vulnerable communities where lives are continually shattered by gun violence.

It’s up to all of us to keep this movement going. We can start right here in Illinois, where Governor Rauner shamefully vetoed SB 1657. This bill would require employees of gun shops to undergo background checks, allow law enforcement to inspect gun shops, and require video security for gun shops to prevent theft. SB 1657 bill would help stem the flow of illegal guns in our state. Illinois NEEDS statewide gun dealer licensing!

Our state senators and representatives can override Rauner’s veto. Call them today, and let them know that Illinois citizens demand this as a first step to preventing gun violence in our state.

Find your state reps’ contact info

Script: Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.  I'm calling to urge Representative/Senator ______ to override Governor Rauner’s veto of  SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. This Act will help reduce gun crime in Illinois by ensuring gun dealerships are more secure. After the powerful March for Our Lives this weekend, I’m counting on {REP} to not let this moment pass by without action and let down the children living in communities where lives are shattered by gun violence. Thank you.

Want to do more to fight gun violence? See Gather Activism's list of more actions you can take, including donating to Kids Off the Block.

 

Action 2: Hold Facebook Accountable

On March 18th, The Guardian published a groundbreaking article about whistleblower Christopher Wylie and his role in harvesting Facebook data used by Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm contracted by the Trump campaign. Wylie asserts they accessed the personal information of 50 million Facebook users without their permission, gathering information via an app called “Thisisyourdigitallife,” which sold itself as a research app used by psychologists to predict personality.

Approximately 270,000 people downloaded the app, collecting detailed information on not only them, but also their online friends who never gave consent. Personal information harvested included name, education, work history, birthdays, likes, locations, photos, relationship status, religious affiliations and political membership. Even more disturbing, The Guardian claims Facebook was made aware of the data violation in 2015, yet they did nothing to ensure the stolen data was destroyed. Cambridge Analytica’s CEO claimed this data was the “secret sauce” that helped Trump win.

Facebook has resisted coming clean about shady 2016 election maneuvers on its platform. The social media giant only recently released information about Russian troll farms’ reported involvement sowing misinformation and divisiveness with posts and paid ads.

The Attorney General of Massachusetts has already launched an investigation into Cambridge Analytica, and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) have sent a joint letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanding chief executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testify before Congress about how their companies share personal user data. “While Facebook has pledged to enforce its policies to protect people's information, questions remain as to whether those policies are sufficient and whether Congress should take action to protect people's private information,” wrote Klobuchar and Kennedy.

Congress and State Attorneys General must act swiftly to investigate the practices of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to ensure the online privacy of users is safeguarded and not shared without informed consent.

Content and script via 5calls.org and DemandProgress.org

Call IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan | 312-814-3000
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 at zip code {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible Chicago.

[FOR AG MADIGAN]: I'm calling to ask that Attorney General Madigan launch an investigation into the practices of Facebook and Cambridge Analytics. Residents of Illinois deserve to have our personal information and online privacy safeguarded from predatory data theft.

[FOR SENATORS]: I'm calling to urge {PERSON} to support public congressional hearings with the CEOs of tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google. After the recent reporting of the massive Facebook data theft perpetrated by Cambridge Analytica, it is time Congress take steps to ensure our online privacy.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

 

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

This week, we talk net neutrality as Tom Moss welcomes UIC Professor Steve Jones, who was an eyewitness as the Internet Age was just getting started. Also, State Representative Ann Williams comes on to talk about HB 4819 and what the state is doing to address net neutrality.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Daily Actions Editor