Tuesday, June 12 - Net Neutrality / Postcards to Get Out the Vote in IL6 / Take Back the House Open Meeting

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Net Neutrality is OVER -- Unless Congress Acts

Yesterday, Trump’s rollback of net neutrality (which is the principle that ensures the internet is free and open for everyone) went into effect.

For you, losing net neutrality protections means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to block content or give some sites preferential treatment.

For big telecom companies like Comcast and Time Warner, rolling back net neutrality means they can block or throttle your internet access, or charge websites more to get a “fast lane” that gives them an advantage over their competitors.

There’s still a chance for Congress to act -- but time is growing short, and it’s an uphill battle. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can undo recently-issued rules from government agencies by passing a “resolution of disapproval.” The CRA has an unusual provision that lets Senate Democrats force a vote on the resolution in their chamber last month. That resolution passed 52-47, with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK), Susan Collins (ME), and John Kennedy (LA) joining every Democrat to protect net neutrality.

Now, it’s the House’s turn to act. Congressman Doyle (PA-14) has introduced a companion resolution in the House. But despite overwhelming public support for saving net neutrality (86% of all Americans! 82% of Republicans!), Paul Ryan has refused to bring it to the floor for a vote. Call on your MoC to approve this resolution today!

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Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling today to ask [Rep] to co-sponsor Congressman Doyle’s resolution of disapproval, which would uphold net neutrality and preserve the internet as we know it. I am counting on [Rep] to protect consumers from greedy telecom companies and to preserve free speech online.

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Action 2: Postcards to Get Out the Vote in IL6 on 6/18

Sean Casten is running for Congress in the IL 6th Congressional district to unseat current incumbent Peter Roskam.

Sean, a scientist and successful renewable energy entrepreneur, is much more in tune with his district than the incumbent Congressman Peter Roskam, who has not held a public town hall with his constituents in 10 years. Roskam is the 4th most senior GOP Congressional leader and was one of the principal architects of the recent regressive tax cut legislation.

In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton won this District by 7 points, so there is hope that Sean will be successful in unseating Roskam. The DCCC has identified this race is one of their top 10 Red to Blue races in the country and are actively supporting his campaign.

That’s why Indivisible Chicago-South Side is hosting a postcard-writing event to help get out the vote in the Illinois 6th district. We need as many volunteers as possible to spread the word about this important election.

When: Monday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hyde Park (get the exact location when you RSVP to Indiv.Chi.South@gmail.com)

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Action 3: Take Back the House Open Meeting on 6/19

The Trump Administration is taking our country in a terrifying direction, including now separating parents from their children just for trying to cross the border. Trump's blatant disregard for the principles on which our country was founded is only possible because of the Republican Congress's unwillingness to put a check on his power.

We will keep fighting, but in the end, the most important thing we can do is vote and take back the House. Indivisible Chicago is forming our Take Back the House Working Group, and we are hosting our first meeting on Tuesday, June 19.

Learn what different Indivisible groups are doing to get out the vote for Sean Casten in IL-6, Lauren Underwood in IL-14, and more. We will be doing everything from postcard parties to canvassing, and we need volunteers!

Indivisible Chicago is more than 7000 members strong and we are engaged. If we turn out, we can turn these elections. Whether you want to help lead the efforts to organize our efforts or just want to lend your time and support, you will leave this meeting with ways to immediately make an impact.

When: Tuesday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bar Louie in Printer’s Row (47 W. Polk St.)
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