Tuesday, June 26 - Tell Reps to Vote No on Bad Immigration Bill / Affordable Housing on the NW Side / Marshal for Families Belong Together Rally

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Demand a NO vote on Paul Ryan’s bill, which will continue separating families and turbocharge immigration enforcement.

  • Action 2: Email Mayor Rahm Emanuel to advocate for affordable housing on the northwest side (8535 W. Higgins Road)

  • Action 3: Volunteer as a marshal for the Families Belong Together Rally on Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If not already trained, you must attend one of these trainings:

    • Thursday June 28 from 7pm to 9pm at SEIU Healthcare at 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608.

    • Saturday morning at 9am at Daley Plaza before the rally

 

Action 1: Tell Reps to Vote No on Bad Immigration Bill

Yet again, President Trump showed shocking disregard for this country’s laws when he suggested flouting due process in a series of weekend tweets: "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came." No judges or courts? That's not how this country works.

Last week, your calls to Congress scared Ryan into tabling the vote on his bill. Now he's drafting an even harsher version to appeal to the most anti-immigrant factions of House. It does nothing to address Attorney General Sessions' "zero tolerance" policy on prosecuting asylum seekers, and it fails to put a check on the government's authority to separate families. It militarizes the border, turning communities in the southern United States into virtual war zones with soldiers on every street corner. The bill would also hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for Trump's border wall and other anti-immigration wishes – Dreamers would get legal protections only if Trump gets his $23 billion wall.

This is urgent: Call your House representative and demand they vote NO on Ryan's disastrous immigration bill. Putting children in jail is another Trump-made crisis – not a fix.

Find your Representative

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Representative {NAME} to vote NO on Speaker Ryan’s immigration bill. This is an inhumane, unjust bill that will put families in prison camps – we can’t let that be what this country becomes.Thank you.

Action and script via the ACLU

 

Action 2: Advocate for Affordable Housing on the NW Side

Advocates for affordable housing are working to secure 30 units of affordable, accessible housing at 8535 W. Higgins Road as part of a 300-unit apartment building proposed for the long-vacant site. If constructed, this building will include *the first affordable housing, EVER, for the 41st ward* -- a historic breakthrough for fair housing.

The 8535 W. Higgins Road development is located just steps from the wheelchair-accessible Cumberland Blue Line station. Including affordable housing in this development will help transform the lives of people with disabilities, enabling them to live with greater dignity and independence. It will also transform opportunities for working-class Chicagoans, who will gain ready access to an incredible job market, which will only get stronger when O’Hare’s long-awaited expansion starts. For all these reasons, the Chicago Tribune just wrote an editorial endorsing the 8535 W. Higgins Road development.

Let Mayor Emanuel know that you support 8535 W. Higgins Road with its 30 affordable units, and that you expect to hear the Mayor voice his support for the building today as well!

Email Rahm.Emanuel@cityofchicago.org and cc Christopher.Wheat@cityofchicago.org

Sample Script:

Dear Mayor Emanuel,

I am writing you today, asking for your support of the 8535 W. Higgins Glenstar Development located in the O’Hare neighborhood, as it is scheduled to be voted on June 26, 2018, by the Zoning Committee.

The GlenStar development is a 297 unit luxury apartment complex located next to the wheelchair-accessible Cumberland Blue Line Stop that will include 30 units of affordable housing – the first affordable housing, ever, for the 41st Ward.

The O’Hare Expansion project is expected to bring 60,000 jobs – approximately 10,000 permanent jobs at the airport. The O’Hare community could accommodate large rental properties as it is the fifth least population dense out of Chicago’s 77 official communities. Having affordable housing built near the O’Hare airport could save airport workers hours every day in daily commute time, offering them a better quality of life and far more time to spend with family, attend school or volunteer for the community.

According to the Chicago Rehab Network in 2010, over 48% of renters living in the O’Hare neighborhood were rent burdened – a 39% increase from the year 2000.  At the local grammar school, Dirksen Elementary, more than 78% of the children who attend come from low-income families. They could benefit from affordable housing near the school.

The City's official policy is to prioritize density and affordability near transit hubs such as this one. I hope you will encourage the members of the Zoning Committee to vote consistently with these values on Tuesday.

Action via Neighbors for Affordable Housing. 

 

Action 3: Volunteer Marshals for the Families Belong Together Rally on 6/30

Indivisible Chicago will be joining the ACLU, Amnesty International, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, and many more organizations to take a stand against family separation, family detention and cruel deportation and asylum policies on June 30.

We’re expecting a huge turnout, so please volunteer as a marshal (no experience necessary) or donate funds to help us put on a peaceful, powerful event

If not already trained, you must attend one of these trainings:

  • Thursday June 28 from 7pm to 9pm at SEIU Healthcare at 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608.
  • Saturday morning at 9am at Daley Plaza before the rally

Rally Info:
When: Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Richard J.Daley Center (50 W. Washington)
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