Wednesday, August 1 - Call on Rauner to Protect Medicaid / Protect the Census / Peace in the Preserves

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Call on Rauner to Protect Medicaid in Illinois with HB 4165

Medicaid just turned 53! And, despite many attacks on the program by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress, the program continues to help low-income people and families all across the country and in Illinois. Medicaid is not only a lifeline for millions of Illinoisans, it strengthens our communities in countless ways. These are reasons why the program is overwhelmingly popular: 74 percent of Americans support Medicaid.

Not only does Medicaid help children in Illinois with healthcare and in-school health services, but it also helps seniors--57 percent of Illinoisans living in nursing homes have coverage through Medicaid. Medicaid also pays for 15 percent of Illinois’s buprenorphine expenditure, a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

HB 4165 gives the IL General Assembly the power to provide a critical check and balance to stop any attempts to weaken or reduce Medicaid in Illinois, and the bill is sitting on Governor Rauner’s desk right now. Call him and tell him to sign this bill!

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 HB 4165 (the Do No Harm Healthcare Act). Illinois residents need these bills to safeguard Medicaid access for children, seniors and others across the state, including those with opioid addictions.  Thank you.

Action via Protect Your Care IL (POCIL)

 

Action 2: 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

 

Action 3: Peace in the Preserves on 8/3

Please join the Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism & Hate for a free, family-friendly event -- Peace In The Preserves: A Community Call to Reject Racism and Celebrate Diversity -- in response to the hate crime that occurred at Caldwell Woods on Chicago’s far northwest side last month.

The Peace in the Preserves event will feature family-friendly activities, speakers, music, and beverages for purchase. The event will culminate with a community-wide call for unity, celebration of cultural diversity, and rejection of racism. The Forest Preserves of Cook County, a sponsoring organization for this event, will host activities for families/children including free face painting, “tree cookie” painting to create a “Peace Tree,” and guided nature play. There will also be a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

Proceeds from fundraising efforts will benefit a GoFundMe created by The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago for Hurricane Maria relief work.

When: Friday, August 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Caldwell Woods (6200 W Devon Ave.)
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Action via Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism & Hate

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