Thursday, April 5 - Town Hall for Our Lives / Witness Slips for Education / Protect 2020 Census

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Town Hall for Our Lives on 4/7

The students of Amundsen High have organized a Town Hall For Our Lives on Saturday. Congressman Quigley, Congresswoman Schakowsky, and State Rep Ann Williams have confirmed their attendance. We are waiting for confirmation from more local elected officials. Search for more Town Halls at the Town Hall Project.

When: Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave.)
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Action 2: Witness Slips for Public Education

Two good education bills are receiving hearings next Tuesday, April 10 in Springfield. Want to help get these bills passed? Fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT for each of them. Here’s a how-to for filling out a witness slip.

  • Class size goals – HB5481: Did you know that the majority of states have policies limiting class size for general education classrooms, but Illinois isn’t one of them? This bill would require school districts to report detailed data on class size, and it sets goals for class sizes by 2020. This bill doesn't mandate lowering class size right now, but it would be an important first step in starting the conversation in our state about why children need smaller class sizes. As Illinois moves to implement a new funding system, we hope that it will be easier to implement class size changes. Submit a witness slip to support HB5481 here.

  • Demand that CPS improve long-term facilities planning – HB5721: Chicago Public Schools has failed to create and adhere to a facilities plan, opening and closing schools that aren’t part of their ten-year plan and making decisions behind closed doors. This bill requires better planning with stakeholders, more transparency, alternative use of space within school buildings and more supports for students who are impacted by closings. Sign on to support HB5721 with a proponent witness slip here.

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Action 3: Tell MoC to Protect the 2020 Census

The United States Census is an under-appreciated function of our federal government. The once-a-decade count is critical for drawing political districts; allocating congressional representatives to states; and fairly distributing federal funds for education, social services, transportation and other necessities. The Trump administration has already allocated insufficient funds to the US Census Bureau, sparking fears about inaccurate counts. Now, the Department of Justice is further threatening the 2020 Census’ validity by asking the Department of Commerce to include a question about citizenship status for the first time since 1950.

The inclusion of this citizenship question will discourage non-citizens from completing the census, leading to an undercount of immigrant populations. States with large immigrant populations could lose seats in the House of Representatives as a result. Furthermore, states could lose essential funding to provide services to their most vulnerable residents, such as people who rely on federally subsidized housing. Both blue states like California and red states like Texas are already strenuously opposing the new census question.

The Trump administration claims the citizenship question is necessary to allow for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. However, the administration’s blatant hostility toward voters of color and immigrants reveals the census question’s true purpose: denying immigrant and communities of color a political voice. Congress and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross must block the proposed census question and ensure a complete and accurate Census 2020 count.

Senators Booker (D-NJ), Hirono (D-HI), and Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced S. 2580, the Every Person Counts Act, to prohibit the inclusion of a citizenship question in the Census and ensure an accurate count of citizens temporarily living abroad (e.g. for military service). Call on your MoCs to support S. 2580 and protect the census.

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

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

  • Find your House rep’s contact info. (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I’m a constituent in {ZIPCODE}  and member of Indivisible.

[IF CALLING HOUSE] I'm calling to urge {PERSON} to strongly oppose the addition of an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Adding this question will skew the census count by discouraging immigrants from participating, thus blocking states from receiving sufficient federal funding.

[IF CALLING SENATE] I'm calling to urge {PERSON} to support The Every Person Counts Act, S. 2580, and prohibit the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Adding this question will skew the census count by discouraging immigrants from participating, thus blocking states from receiving sufficient federal funding. 

Thank you for your time and attention.

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