Friday, April 6 - Call for Scott Pruitt's Resignation / Town Hall for Our Lives / Call IL Reps for Education

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call for Scott Pruitt's resignation

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

    • 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)

  • Action 2: Attend the Town Hall for Our Lives TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave)

  • Action 3: Call on your Illinois House rep to support two smart public education bills: HB5481 and HB5721

 

Action 1: Call for Scott Pruitt's Resignation

Scott Pruitt, the climate change-denying Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has repeatedly demonstrated that he cannot be trusted with management of the EPA or taxpayer dollars. In his first year at the EPA, Pruitt spent more than $163,000 in taxpayer dollars on first class and military travel and ordered the construction of a $25,000 soundproof booth in his office. It was also recently revealed that Pruitt is renting a condo owned by DC energy lobbyists at a steeply discounted rate, raising red flags about conflicts of interest with Pruitt’s EPA work.

Pruitt’s extensive history of prioritizing industry interests over environmental protection has led him to advocate for harmful, counterintuitive EPA policies. On March 29, Pruitt submitted a plan to the White House to substantially roll back standards for auto emissions and fuel economy established by President Obama. As even automotive industry representatives have noted, this decision will not only exacerbate climate change but also endanger the American auto industry by bucking the global trend towards developing greener vehicles.

Scott Pruitt’s squandering of taxpayer dollars, inappropriate ties with industry lobbyists, and dangerously incompetent policymaking disqualify him from his role as the head of the EPA. The EPA’s role is to protect human health and the environment, and Scott Pruitt has demonstrated that he has no interest in defending either.

Tell MoCs to call for Scott Pruitt’s immediate resignation.

  • 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 the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible.

I urge {PERSON} to call for Scott Pruitt's resignation as EPA Administrator. His inappropriate conflicts of interest with industry lobbyists, use of taxpayer dollars to fund first class flights, and irresponsible policymaking are a danger to human health and the environment, and he cannot be trusted to run the EPA.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Description and script via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: TOMORROW - Town Hall for Our Lives

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: TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave.)
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Action 3: Call on Reps to Support Public Education Bills

Two good education bills are receiving hearings next Tuesday, April 10 in Springfield. If you have not already, sign a witness slip for them. Want to help get these bills passed? Call on your state rep to support these bills today:

  • 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.

  • 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.

 Find your House rep’s contact info.

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible.

I urge {PERSON} to support two education bills coming up for a vote on April 10. The first is HB5481, a bill to support detailed reporting on classroom size. The second is HB5721, a bill that requires that CPS improve long-term facilities planning. Illinois needs both of these bills to pass to support public education in our state. Thank you.

Action descriptions via Raise Your Hand Action.

Daily Actions Editor