Wednesday, May 2 - Block the AUMF / Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to vote NO on Trump’s Authorization for Use of Military Force!

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

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

  • Action 2: Pass the ERA with Witness slips, Phone Banking, and rallies.

Action 1: Tell Senators to vote NO on Trump’s Authorization for Use of Military Force!

Trump wants to go to war – and Congress is set to give him a blank check to let him. Senators Bob Corker (R) and Tim Kaine (D) have proposed a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, and it’s dangerous. Their bill would replace the 17-year-old AUMF with new authorization that gives Trump even broader military powers than even past presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had when they were in office. Under their bill Trump gets to re-define the “who” and “where” of war: who he gets to direct military troop against, and where on the planet he can send them; all of that without needing a vote in Congress

Trump is already hard at work assembling his War Cabinet. He chose Bush-era warmonger John Bolton as National Security Advisor, Mike “All muslims are terrorists” Pompeo as Secretary of State, and wants to install “Bloody Gina” Haspel as CIA Director. Trump isn’t subtle – he wants massive, destructive, earth-scorching war. And he wants Congress to give him the latitude to do it. This AUMF places Trump’s itchy trigger-finger on the cusp of launching the U.S. into a more aggressive permanent state of war than we’re already entrenched in.

Only Congress has the power to declare war. But under this new AUMF, the limit of what Trump can and can’t do without congressional approval flies directly in the face of the Constitution. Here are some of the major problems with this bill as written:

  • It has no expiration date, virtually extending the forever war
  • It has no geographic limits, potentially stretching the war across the globe
  • It doesn’t meaningfully enhance transparency or oversight
  • It could be used by the Trump Administration to expand indefinite detention without charge or trial
  • It totally reverses the constitutional procedure for warmaking. Constitutionally, the Administration should make its case to Congress before using force, and then Congress should debate and vote that proposal up or down. This bill flips the script, allowing the President to unilaterally add new enemies to the list of military targets without further approval from Congress. It would allow Congress to to vote to disapprove the new targets, but only through a veto-proof supermajority.

The Constitution is clear that only Congress can declare war, and at the end of the day, they’re beholden to you and me. We have to tell Congress to give Trump a hard no on sending our friends, families, and neighbors into longer, more costly, planet-destroying war. Tell Congress to vote NO on the 2018 AUMF

In September, both Senators Duckworth and Durbin voted to debate and repeal the open-ended 2001 AUMF. Ask them to continue their work to reign in the president. 

Further reading on the Indivisible website

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm concerned about the 2018 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been proposed. This AUMF is even worse than the current version and is a virtual blank check for Trump to go to war with little to no regard for what Congress or the American people have to say. No president should have these expanded powers and I'm urging {PERSON} to speak out against it.

Action and script via Indivisible and Demand Progress


Action 2a: Sign a Witness Slip for the Equal Rights Amendment

No, the Equal Rights Amendment still has not been passed, which means gender equality is still NOT part of the U.S. Constitution. 

YOU can be a part of making sure that the ERA finally gets ratified! If Illinois ratifies the ERA that means that only ONE more state would be needed. Congress passed it back in 1972 but needed 38 states to ratify it before going into effect. Illinois could be #37!

Sign a Witness Slip to show the Illinois Legislature how important the ERA is.

Go to this form and fill it out as follows:

  1. Name, Address, City, State, Zip: Complete (no dots or abbreviations)
  2. Firm/Business: "none" or "self."
  3. Title: "self"
  4. Email and phone: Complete these lines
  5. Representation: "self"
  6. Position: Select "PROPONENT" in support
  7. Testimony: Check "RECORD of APPEARANCE"
  8. ILGA Terms of Agreement: Check box to agree
  9. Create your slip

Action 2b: Phone bank to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois hasn't ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (see above). Let's fix that now! 

If 3 states ratify the ERA, Congress can extend the deadline and the ERA can become law in the United States. The Illinois Senate passed the ERA on April 26, 2018, and we have a few votes to secure in the IL House to finally pass the ERA in Illinois.

Come phone bank at the 47th Ward Dems in calling constituents of resistant IL House members to push for a vote.

When: Thursday, May 3, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: 2334 W Irving Park Rd
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Action 2c: Pack The May 7th Chicago Hearing For Ratification of the ERA

Did you know that Illinois has not ratified the ERA? Neither did I.

Help make Herstory! Join us in Chicago and let's pack the room with supporters of equal rights! It's time, Illinois.

When: Monday, May 7 at 10 AM - 11 AM
Where: C-600, 6th Floor Michael A. Bilandic Building Chicago, IL
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Action 2d: Rally & Lobby in Springfield for the ERA May 8th

ERA? Never heard of it. Let's check Wikipedia


Come to Springfield on your own, or take a free bus from Naperville with other ERA supporters. It's imperative legislators see and hear from their constituents. 

When: Tuesday, May 8 at 12 PM - 2 PM

Where: Illinois State Capitol; 401 S 2nd St, Springfield, Illinois 62701
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