Tuesday, May 22 - Oppose the “Protect and Serve” Act / Protect Medical Cannabis / Witness Slip Against Gun Trafficking

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to oppose the “Protect and Serve” Act

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

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

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to sign HB4870 to protect students who need medical cannabis.

    • Call Gov. Rauner | Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

  • Action 3: Sign a witness slip for SB337, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act, before Thursday at 10 a.m. (Proponent)

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Oppose the “Protect and Serve” Act

The House of Representatives has just passed the “Protect and Serve” Act, which will make a deliberate, targeted attack on a law enforcement officer a hate crime, and designating the profession a protected class. This law is unnecessary, divisive, and plays into a false narrative that law enforcement officers are under attack at a time when the opposite is true.

The Senate version of the Act uses the language of hate crime laws meant to protect the most underserved and vulnerable Americans, which is in itself galling. This law is also unnecessary because law enforcement deaths are at historic lows, and there are state and federal statutes already in place that make it duplicative.  

2017 marked an historic drop in violence against cops. Experts point to improvements in training, community engagement, and officer safety as likely reasons for this drop. Crashes, not violence, remain the leading cause of officer deaths. In addition to the drop overall, when a law enforcement officer is the victim of violence, the crime is--without exception--investigated and prosecuted, unlike the marginalized groups protected by hate crime statutes. Rather than addressing the issue of police brutality against unarmed African Americans and others, Congress continues to ignore the problem and seize on the false narrative of a “war on police” that hinders addressing the very real and lethal issue of police accountability.

Call on our Senators to oppose the “Protect and Serve” Act.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge Senator {NAME} to oppose the Protect and Serve Act. This law is unnecessary and divisive. If passed, it will have a negative impact on the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Action via 5calls.org

  

Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to Sign HB 4870

Inspired by a 12-year-old girl who depends on medical marijuana to control her debilitating seizures, HB 4870 allows qualified patients to bring cannabis onto public school property, provided they do not smoke it.

The bill passed the House 99-1, and the Senate voted to pass it last week 50-2. HB 4870 now heads to Governor Rauner’s desk. The Governor is not a fan of marijuana, but it’s vital that he sign this bill to protect students who depend on this drug.

Call Governor Rauner and ask him to sign HB 4870 today:
Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE}. I'm calling to urge Governor Rauner to sign HB 4870 today. This bill will protect young patients who depend on medical cannabis to control seizures and other ailments. These children should be allowed to learn in a safe, healthy environment with the rest of their peers.

 

Action 3: Witness Slips Against Gun Trafficking

SB337, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act, creates a process for all Federal Firearms Licensees to be certified by Illinois State Police and inspected once per year. The bill also incorporates provisions for electronic record keeping and safe storage, requires private sellers to maintain proper transaction records or face penalties, provides penalties for not checking for valid FOID cards, and requires gun dealers to install surveillance equipment, maintain electronic inventory, institute anti-theft measures, and provide employee training.

This bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support largely do a tremendous grassroots effort! Now the bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee and will likely be heard on Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m..

Complete a witness slip as a PROPONENT of SB337, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act.

How to fill out a witness slip:

  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. Create your slip

 Action via the League of Women Voters-Illinois

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