Wednesday, May 9 - Witness Slips for Voting Rights / Midterm Working Groups / Justice for Michele Robey
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Sign a witness slip to protect voting rights in Illinois jails (HB 4469) - Proponent
Action 3: Attend the Justice for Michele Robey march against police violence on Friday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the southwest corner of Irving Park and Western Ave.
Action 1: Witness Slips for Voting Rights in Illinois Jails
Did you know that, in Illinois, detainees awaiting trial are not guaranteed the right to vote while they’re in jail? It’s true. Depending which county they are in, detained citizens are denied access to a ballot.
HB 4469, sponsored by state rep Juliana Stratton, aims to change that. Many people remain in jail before their trials because they are not able to afford jail--this does not mean they are guilty of a crime. People who make bail are not denied the right to vote--why should pretrial detainees be treated differently?
After a contentious debate, Stratton’s bill passed the house on Monday, and it’s now heading for the senate.
We need as many proponent Witness Slips as possible to show support for the equal voting rights of ALL Illinois citizens.
How to fill out a witness slip:
Name, Address, City, State, Zip: Complete (no dots or abbreviations)
Firm/Business: "none" or "self."
Email and phone: Complete these lines
Position: Select "PROPONENT" in support
Testimony: Check "RECORD of APPEARANCE"
Create your slip
Action via Chicago Votes.
Action 2: Join an Indivisible Chicago Midterm Working Group
It's no exaggeration to say that President Trump has been worse than we even could have imagined. He has worked to sabotage the very fabric of our democracy, railing against the press and making a mockery of the truth. And, while we can fight back against all the legislative nonsense put forth by the GOP such as ACA Repeal or the Trump Tax Scam, it's much harder to fight for our democracy. We just aren't set up as a country to deal with a narcissistic despot and an enabling Congress.
In fact, ultimately there is only one form of resistance that is truly effective against the desecration of our norms: Voting. If we take back to House and Senate in 2018, Democrats can serve as the check on executive power we so desperately need. And, with that, Indivisible Chicago is rolling out the Indivisible Chicago 2018 Midterm Working Groups. We are fighting to win in 2018 at all levels. We are fighting for both the House and the Senate by supporting candidates, but also we are going to fight back against voter suppression and to register voters. As discussed in this week’s podcast, we will be partnering with groups like Swing Left, Flippable, and Let America Vote in our efforts to help build the Blue Wave.
You can click here to sign up for as many of our working groups as you are interested in. Any amount of commitment to these groups will make a difference.
Indivisible Chicago Midterm Working Groups:
House: Take Back the House - Follow the Facebook group
Senate: Flip the Senate
State: Illinois State Elections
Rights: Voting Rights Task Force - Follow the Facebook group
Vote: Voter Turnout
Hero: The important work nobody else wants to do
Action 3: Justice for Michele Robey March on 5/11
Michele Robey was struggling with a mental health crisis when she was shot and killed by Chicago Police on February 11, 2017. Please come honor her life and work, and demand CPAC, the elected civilian police accountability council!
This is a call to strong action against police violence toward the most vulnerable of our community. May is Mental Health Awareness month. The Robey family and organizations including Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, American Indian Center, and Indivisible Chicago will march in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of color and others who have suffered at the hands of police violence.
Try to wear black and also comfortable walking shoes so we can take our demand straight to the Mayor's house (1.2 miles). Rides will be available for those who are unable to walk.
When: Friday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: at the southwest corner of Irving Park and Western Ave.
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