Monday, April 16 - Tell Congress to Check Trump’s Reckless Syria Escalation / Support CPAC / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell MoCs to Check Trump’s Reckless Syria Escalation

Donald Trump has again ordered an illegal strike on Syria. Nearly one year to the day after his last unlawful strike, Trump deployed missiles against Syria without congressional authorization, without explanation of his legal justification, and with no apparent strategy for what happens next.

Donald Trump has made a mockery of his solemn duties by launching missiles as impulsively as he launches tweets. Congress, and not the President, holds the authority to determine if and when the United States goes to war. It is Congress’ responsibility to prevent Trump’s belligerence and volatility from escalating this conflict and dragging us into another open-ended and disastrous war in the Middle East.

Make no mistake, the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a grave atrocity. As international investigators continue to gather evidence to assess whether there was indeed a chemical strike and whether the Assad regime carried it out, one thing is clear: a new war will not stop the bloodshed, and instead will escalate the suffering further. Read more about how the Trump Administration has failed on a multiple fronts with this strike.

Congress is a co-equal branch of government that holds tremendous power to check Trump’s recklessness. There are a number of concrete steps that Congress can and should pursue. Any single one of these is better than allowing Trump’s one-off missile strikes to continue.

Congress should:

  • Publicly voice support for the ongoing investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the chemical weapons attack

  • Forcefully insist on its sole authority to authorize military force by demanding that Trump come to Congress before any further strikes in Syria

  • Vote NO on any authorization for further force in Syria, based on Trump’s demonstrated recklessness and lack of a full strategy

  • Publicly denounce Trump’s bigoted Muslim and refugee bans that are harming victims of violence in Syria and elsewhere, and call on the Administration to immediately resettle more Syrian refugees

  • Call on the Administration to lead not by military force, but by engaging international partners to seek a diplomatic and political solution to end Syria’s suffering

  • Hold hearings to assess the U.S. government’s own global war operations and the resulting ramped-up civilian body count across the world.

Call on MoCs to take these steps today!

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 in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to express my dismay that Trump has again launched an unauthorized and strategy-free strike in Syria. I want [MoC] do everything in [his/her] power to rein in Trump’s escalation and urge the Administration to instead lead with diplomacy to help the people of Syria. I want to see the United States support the investigation into the attack, and lead with a diplomatic solution to bring the bloodshed to an end. Will [MoC] pledge to vote against any further force in Syria, and call on the Administration to seek a political solution? Additionally, we should immediately resettle more refugees and give them a place to flee this violence. Can [MoC] at least call on the Administration to do that? Thank you for your time.

Action and script via Indivisible.


Action 2: Support Civilian Police Oversight in Chicago with CPAC

For months now, groups around Chicago, led by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression have been pushing for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). The council, consisting of elected community members from all of the police districts, would be empowered to hold police accountable for the crimes they commit and to control and decide how their communities are policed.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35th Ward) has attempted to bring the CPAC ordinance to the City Council floor to be voted on April 18. However, Alderman Reboyras is blocking the motion by putting CPAC up for a vote during the upcoming Public Safety Committee meeting.

A massive upsurge and movement has rocked Chicago ever since the court-ordered release, over the objections of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, of the police video of the murder of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke. The people of Chicago are demanding community control (not oversight) of the police. Over 50,000 people have signed postcards to their aldermen demanding passage of the ordinance establishing CPAC.

Endorsed by 9 aldermen, the ordinance creating and empowering CPAC has been languishing in the City Council Public Safety Committee since July 2016. Meanwhile, Mayor Emanuel has been in the shadows manipulating the City Council into passing legislation that merely gives the appearance of reform but in substance remains a system of covering up police crimes. We must continue to heighten the fight for CPAC.

Tomorrow, we must support Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa, who is invoking Rule 41, thus bringing CPAC out of the Public Safety Committee and putting it on the City Council floor to be voted on. This is the first time in the history of Chicago that an Ordinance empowering the people to hold the police accountable for their crimes and establishing community control of the police has been brought to the City Council floor. We must be there to support CPAC!

When: Tuesday, April 17  from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall (121 N LaSalle St.)
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Action via Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression


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, the podcast is looking to November and the effort to flip Illinois 6. Tom Moss is joined by candidate Sean Casten, who discusses plans to take on Peter Roskam. Also, Reid McCollum and Elizabeth Hooper from the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th discuss efforts underway to hold Roskam accountable for his voting record.

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

Daily Actions Editor