Wednesday, June 6 - Oppose Ronald Mortensen / Expand Medical Marijuana / Postcards 4 Choice

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on MoCs to oppose anti-immigrant hate group leader Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to the State Department

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

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

  • Action 2: Call on Governor Rauner to sign SB 336 to expand access to medical marijuana

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

  • Action 3: Attend Postcards 4 Choice on Sunday, June 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Elastic Arts (3429 West Diversey Avenue #208)

Action 1: Oppose Ronald Mortensen’s Nomination to the State Department

The Trump administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen, a fellow with the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. CIS was founded by a white nationalist in 1993 and has worked to spread white supremacist ideology and foul lies and misinformation about immigrants ever since. Mortensen has been affiliated with CIS since 2009 and even founded another anti-immigrant group in his home state of Utah. Unsurprisingly, Mortensen has repeatedly espoused the lie that immigrants are criminals, even referring to immigrant populations in sanctuary cities as “illegal alien murderers, identity thieves, gang bangers, and other assorted thugs.”

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s purpose is to aid refugees and victims of conflict escaping persecution. Mortensen’s extremist views are directly at odds with the Bureau’s purpose, and his appointment would endanger the lives of hundreds of people seeking relief from violence and oppression in their home countries. Mortensen’s nativist bigotry belongs in the past, not in the State Department. Urge your representatives to reject his nomination

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 reject Ronald Mortensen's nomination for Director of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Mortensen is an anti-immigrant bigot whose racist views make him utterly unfit to oversee refugee settlement in the US. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Call on Rauner to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed SB 336, a measure that would allow medical marijuana to be prescribed in place of traditional painkillers. The bill would also eliminate requirements for patients to get fingerprints taken and pass criminal background checks, greatly expanding access to medical marijuana as an alternative to dangerous narcotics.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The change would allow all new applicants to buy medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries based on their doctors’ orders, rather than having to wait up to four months for bureaucratic approval. Patients could no longer be denied based on criminal convictions.”

The bipartisan bill is now on Governor Rauner’s desk. Call on him to sign SB 336!

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

Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from [ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask Governor Rauner to sign SB 336 to expand access to medical marijuana. This bill would give patients options other than dangerous prescription drugs to treat chronic pain and help address the opioid epidemic in our state. Thank you.

 

Action 3: Postcards 4 Choice on 6/10

Logan Square Solidarity Sunday is hosting an event to write postcards of love and solidarity to clinics here in the Midwest. Whether it was for birth control, that fun annual pap, STD testing and treatment, or yes, an abortion, clinics have been there for us -- so it's time for us to be there for them.

The event will include a discussion on the important role clinics play in many different communities with a panel of people directly involved in clinic services. They'll lead a conversation about how support of clinics can be truly intersectional, and what we can do to help defend them. There will be a great comedian on board to MC, plus food and drink available to fuel your postcard writing!

All of the money raised will go to the Midwest Access Coalition, which helps women traveling to, from, and within the Midwest access a safe, legal abortion. Tickets are $17.89 before the event, and $20 at the door.

When: Sunday, June 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Elastic Arts (3429 West Diversey Avenue #208)
Buy tickets here and share event on Facebook

Daily Actions Editor