Wednesday, May 23 - Protest the Domestic Gag Rule / Citizen Watchdog Training / Call Reps on Illegal Gun Trafficking
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Protest the Trump-Pence domestic gag rule with Planned Parenthood TOMORROW, on Thursday, May 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at US Department of Health & Human Services (233 N Michigan Ave.)
Action 2: Attend Citizen Watchdog Training from the Better Government Association TONIGHT from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church Chicago (3857 N Kostner Ave.)
Action 3: Call on state reps to pass SB337, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act
Action 1: TOMORROW - Protest the Trump-Pence Domestic Gag Rule
Everyone, regardless of their race, of their income, or where they live, deserves the best medical care and information available. Under the Trump-Pence domestic gag rule, they won’t get it. Similar to the "global gag rule" that cuts funding to international aid organizations providing abortion services, this "domestic gag rule" policy would make any health clinic in the United States providing abortion services or education ineligible for Title X Family Planning funds.
Cutting off Title X funds would devastate the operation of dozens of health clinics across the country and lead to millions of vulnerable women losing access to their primary health providers. Patients will also have their full scope of medical options kept from them, as physicians will not even be permitted to verbally mention abortion services.
Join Indivisible and Planned Parenthood in protest TOMORROW to send a clear message to the Trump-Pence Administration that this rule is unacceptable!
Action 2: TONIGHT - Citizen Watchdog Training
By popular demand, Indivisible Chicago Northwest Side is hosting the Better Government Association Citizen Watchdog training. Join us to learn how to keep your government accountable.
If you're familiar with Indivisible Chicago's #EndCrosscheck project, a few concerned citizens broke national news stories by using the FOIA process! Who knows what you can accomplish?
One of the training topics teaches people the tools of journalism so they can keep an eye on local government. BGA's attorney teaches citizens how to use the Freedom of Information of Act (FOIA) to ensure government agencies are open and transparent. We'll explain each provision of the Act, talks about organizations that are exempt from the Act, discuss options for remedies in case a FOIA request is denied, and most importantly, provides multiple examples on how to file a FOIA request.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to sign-in. Program will start promptly at 7 p.m., so please arrive at least a few minutes earlier.
Action 3: Call on State Reps to Fight Gun Trafficking
This week, the Illinois House Judiciary Criminal committee is scheduled to hear debate on SB 337, the Combating illegal Gun Traffic Act. This important legislation is a bipartisan effort that came about after Governor Rauner vetoed SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. It overwhelmingly passed the Illinois Senate last week.
The bill would require Federal Firearms License holders to be certified by Illinois State Police. The certification will implement best practices to help reduce guns entering into the illegal market and allow state and local law enforcement to crack down on corrupt dealers. Included among the requirements are: background checks for employees, security requirements to protect our communities, and safe business requirements that would prohibit any new licensee from being within 500 feet of any school.
It’s just common sense, but that doesn’t always prevail in the state capitol. We need your help. Call on your State Representative to help pass SB 337 into law.
Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent of State Rep. _____ calling from [zip code]. Thousands of people are shot every year in Illinois, devastating families and communities across the state. We can prevent many of these tragedies by getting serious about the sources of illegal guns. The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337, Amendment 3) encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable. I urge Rep. ____ to vote for SB 337, Amendment 3, a bill that will keep constituents safe and protected from guns that fall into the wrong hands. Thank you so much for your time!
Action via Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition