Tuesday, July 10 - Tell Senators to Vote No on Kavanaugh / Help Us Win the Midterms / Protect the Census

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Vote No on Kavanaugh for SCOTUS

Trump just nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a monumental shift in the court’s balance.

Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories.

Both because of his partisan allegiances and his views on presidential powers, Kavanaugh’s nomination could shield Trump from facing accountability for his crimes and corruption. Kavanaugh once wrote a law review article declaring that presidents should be free from criminal investigations. Also, while taking a shot at the Affordable Care Act in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, he wrote a lengthy opinion asserting that presidents can decline to enforce laws that they think are unconstitutional, even if courts disagree.

In the coming months and years, the Supreme Court could decide whether Trump is held accountable for his corruption and crimes, and if he’s able to expand his executive powers. So, it’s easy to see why he chose Brett Kavanaugh.

The only way we can defeat Trump’s nominee is to get to 51 votes. To start, we need 49 “no” votes from EVERY SINGLE SENATE DEMOCRAT to have a fighting chance.

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 ask {Senator} to commit to voting “no” on Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is an extremely partisan pick who holds dangerous views about Presidential power and has demonstrated hostility towards the ACA. I want the Senator to do everything in his/her power to stop this nomination. Thank you.

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Action 2: Join an Indivisible Chicago Midterm Working Group

The most surefire way to protect the Supreme Court is to ensure a huge Blue Wave in the midterms this November. If we take back to House and Senate in 2018, Democrats can serve as the check on executive power we so desperately need.

That’s why we’ve developed 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. We are 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:

If you want to jump in and get to work, click here to sign up for a working group.

 

 

Action 3: Submit a Public Comment to Protect the 2020 Census

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently announced that there will be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The League of Women Voters vehemently opposes this measure, claiming that it will result in an undercount of those living in the United States and will jeopardize fair redistricting and the determination of the allocation of resources. Additionally, the call for a citizenship question is anti-immigrant in nature and will further instill fear, preventing immigrants from participating fully in the count. Submit a public comment before August 7 to share your thoughts with the Census Bureau. 

Here’s why the question is an awful idea:

  • Undermines an accurate count: Including a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census will damage the chances for an accurate count of our country's population.

  • Change is a betrayal: This change to the way we count the number people living in the United States is a betrayal of the idea that in America, every person counts.

  • Misleading motive for the change: This decision isn't about improving demographic data on citizenship to fulfill the Voting Rights Act. It's designed to frighten immigrants-citizens and non-citizens alike-so they won't participate in the Census. It's a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.

  • Undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens democracy: Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy.

  • Jeopardizes the allocation of important resources: A fair and accurate Census is essential to the way the federal government allocates resources for infrastructure, education, and transportation. Census data is critical when determining resources for fire, water and trash collection.

The Census Bureau is accepting public comments on its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.  Please submit your comment before the August 7 deadline.

Action via League of Women Voters Illinois

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