Monday, July 16 - Tell Rauner to sign 2273 / Tell Congress to Reunify Migrant Children with Families / Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

Tonight: Justice for Harith Augustus Rally

Sunday afternoon, Chicago Police shot and killed a man in his South Shore neighborhood. The was shot in the back after police confronted him for "exhibiting characteristics of an armed person". Illinois is a concealed carry state.

Neighbors of the killed barber protested on Saturday and Sunday, with the Chicago police responded to the protests with force, leading to multiple arrests and injuries.

Join neighbors to protest these latest acts against the black community by the Chicago Police. 

When: Monday, July 16 at 6:00 PM

Where: 71st & Jeffery

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Action 1: Tell Rauner to Sign Crosscheck Bill

Today is critical. Tuesday July 17 is the deadline for Governor Rauner to veto this bill... He needs to get calls to prevent him from doing so!

On Friday special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into Democratic Party systems in 2016. That indictment also showed that Russian intelligence hacked into a state board of elections website and “stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters.” This is believed to be the names and personal information of Illinois voters.

Given this breach, Illinois does not need to make matters worse by continuing its participation in CrossCheck, which has its own massive security failures as detailed by ProPublicaMother JonesThinkProgress, and the Chicago Sun-Times.


Since July 2017, Indivisible Chicago has been working to get Illinois to leave the Crosscheck program. Illinois voluntarily joined the program in 2011, by the decision of the Illinois State Board of Elections. Since then, over 8 million Illinois voter records have been sent to the program every January.

Indivisible Chicago worked with state legislators to introduce legislation (SB 2273) to force the state to leave Crosscheck. That bill has passed both houses of the Illinois state legislature and is now on Governor Rauner’s desk. Unfortunately, Governor Rauner has said that he finds the prospect of leaving Crosscheck to be “troubling.” Call the Governor to let him know that you support SB 2273, and expect him to sign the bill.

  • Springfield Office (217) 782-0244 | Chicago Office (312) 814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is {Name} and I’m calling from [Zip Code]. I’m calling to ask Governor Rauner to sign SB 2273, the bill to end Illinois’ participation in the Crosscheck program. Russia has already hacked Illinois systems and stole 500,000 voter's information. We can't afford to continue with Crosscheck and the many security flaws. I’m counting on Gov. Rauner to protect Illinois voters and sign this bill. Thank you.

Action via Indivisible


Action 2: Tell Congress to Reunify Migrant Children with Families

Since the uproar over Trump’s cruel family separation policy and Trump’s signing of an executive order “solving” the problem, the practice of separating migrant children from their parents has reportedly stopped. But the issue is far from resolved.

The Trump administration is exploring ways to create a system of indefinite family detention — i.e., family jails.

A San Diego court ruled that the Trump administration must reunify all migrant families by July 26th; for more than 100 children under 5, the deadline for reunification was July 10th—a deadline that the administration missed.

The Trump administration is actively trying to undermine protections for children to create family detention facilities. As these cases continue to wind their way through the courts, the most important thing for constituents to do is make sure Congress isn’t enabling Trump’s attempt to detain immigrant families. Trump created the family separation crisis, his new executive order is not a solution, and Congress must not enable Trump’s preferred solution of detaining immigrant families. The only reason why Trump backed down at all was because of the public fury from constituents. Members of Congress need to continue to hear from you that they must not capitulate to Trump.

Call your Members of Congress and demand that migrant children be reunified with their families.

  • Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
  • Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
  • 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 today to thank [him/her] for continuing to speak out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents. It's appalling that so many children have not been returned. These delays will cause more irreparable harm to these innocent babies and children. I’d also like to urge [MoC] to oppose any legislation that would create family detentions or provide more funding to ICE and CBP to create family detention facilities.

Action via Indivisible

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with David Orr & Chicago Votes

On this week’s Indivisible Chicago Podcast, David Orr (@cookcountyclerk) discusses his career fighting the Democratic Machine and the future of elections security in Cook County. Clerk Orr has been serving as Cook County Clerk since 1990, but is not running for re-election this year.

Also this week, Jen Dean and Ethan Ethos Viets-VanLear from Chicago Votes (@ChicagoVotes) discuss the prison voting bill and how you can encourage the Governor to sign it.


Listen, Subscribe, and Rate

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.


Show Notes and Actions

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