Monday, July 2 - Call on Rauner to Sign Safe Zones Act / Support Immigrant Families / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Rauner to Protect Immigrants

More than 60,000 people marched in Chicago to protest family separations and the Trump administration’s abhorrent immigrant policies this weekend. To everyone who came out or showed support, we say thank you, but there’s something else you can do to ensure the safety of immigrants in Illinois.

Illinois’ Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35) would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant prior to investigating, detaining or arresting people for violating the federal immigration law. The bill would designate places such as medical facilities, schools, and courthouses as safe zones from immigration raids and harassment.

SB 35 is waiting to be signed by Governor Rauner, but he has not committed to doing so yet. Call him today and demand that he do so!

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 the  Safe Zones Act (SB 35). We need to ensure that hospitals, schools, and courthouses are safe spaces in our communities. Please sign this bill immediately! Thank you.


Action 2: Support and/or Sponsor Immigrant Families

Earlier this summer, a caravan of refugees from various parts of Central America headed to the U.S. border to request asylum after traveling thousands of miles to escape violence in their home countries. In response to threats and intimidation from the Trump administration designed to scare refugees into turning back around, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) helped support folks on the caravan by connecting them with volunteer sponsors in the U.S. in order to give them a chance to get out of detention and plead their case for asylum.

In this critical moment in U.S. history, millions of people are outraged by these actions and are looking for something to do to end this policy. Along with many other acts of solidarity taking place across the country, you can sign up to help raise funds to support families being held in detention, amplify their stories via social media, write letters or make phone calls, engage in organizing to help get folks released, or even volunteer as a "sponsor" for an individual or a family seeking a safer life in the U.S.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is looking for volunteers who can help with any of the above actions -- whether it’s social media amplification and fundraising to full-fledged sponsorship. Learn more about volunteering, and sign up to help however you can.

Action via SURJ


Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Ameya Pawar

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.

Alderman Ameya Pawar joins the Indivisible Chicago Podcast this week to discuss how his new media venture, One Illinois, is working to unite Illinoisans around our common concerns and reject the destructive narratives promoted by our current governor. Also, Kate Monkus, a co-lead of Indivisible Lakeview-Lincoln Park, talks to Tom Moss about Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and how that 55-year-old letter still resonates today.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Daily Actions Editor