Friday, March 9 - End the War in Yemen / Gubernatorial Candidate Panel

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell our Senators to end the unauthorized war in Yemen

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

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

  • Action 2: Attend a gubernatorial candidate panel and immigration/DACA discussion on Monday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave.)

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to End Our Unauthorized War in Yemen

This doesn’t happen very often—the Senate will soon debate and vote on an American war. Specifically, it will take up a bipartisan resolution (S.J.Res. 54) to end U.S. participation in the Yemen civil war.

This is a big deal. The United States’ role in the Yemen war is complicated and controversial. Importantly, it also hasn’t been authorized by Congress.

For too long, Congress has ceded its war powers to the executive branch. That’s always been a dangerous trend—but it’s especially perilous now that Donald Trump is the commander-in-chief. Learn more about the situation in Yemen and how we got here.

This joint resolution, led by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), uses a procedure to force a vote on the Senate floor within ten days. If passed by both chambers of Congress, the resolution would declare the U.S. participation in the Yemen war unauthorized, and would end American support for Saudi war crimes. It only needs a simple majority to pass. Essentially, a small handful of Democrats will decide the fate of this resolution.

Although, this resolution has a nearly impossible path toward becoming law, passing this in the Senate would set vital precedent for Congress to do this again in other contexts in the future—perhaps to stop a war with North Korea. As progressives, this is something we must demand from Congress.

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 Chicago constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible.I’m calling about the joint resolution introduced by Senators Lee and Sanders to end our unauthorized war in Yemen. It is essential for Senator [name] to support this resolution when it comes to the floor for a vote. Congress has never authorized this war, and evidence shows that the airstrikes the U.S. is supporting are causing a humanitarian crisis and may amount to war crimes. The chaos has allowed terror groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates to gain more power and land. It’s time for Senator [name] to exercise Congress’ constitutional power and end this unauthorized war.

 

Action 2: Gubernatorial Panel on Immigration and DACA on MONDAY

As the March 20 primaries approach, the question arises, "How will our locally elected officials support undocumented residents in Illinois?" Join us on Monday, March 12 to hear the candidates for governor speak about local solutions to offer protection to our undocumented communities. Co-sponsored by Indivisible Chicago and other organizations, including Voto Latino and Women’s March: Illinois, the event will consist of two 45-minute panels:

  • The initial 45-minute panel is comprised of IL Gubernatorial candidates. The candidates will share their plans and ideas regarding policies to protect undocumented community members.

  • The second 45-minute panel will allow directly-impacted folks to share their stories and offer solutions to the DACA issue and share some ways in which our locally elected officials can offer some protection.

Both panels will be moderated by Protection for All Movement members and directly-impacted folks.

Candidates Confirmed: Daniel Biss, Tio Hardiman, Bob Daiber, and Dr. Robert Marshall
Candidates Invited: J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Bruce Rauner, and Jeanne Ives

When: Monday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave.)
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