Monday, August 20 - Call Rauner on Voting Rights / Call Reps for ERA / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Call on Governor Rauner to sign HB 4469 to support voting in jails

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

  • Action 2: Call on your representative to support HJRes53 to help ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

  • Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast, which explores immigration and women’s rights


Action 1: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Tell Governor Rauner to Support Voting in Jails

The ACLU of Illinois’ advocacy team led by Khadine Bennett worked throughout the legislative session to move House Bill 4469, a measure that calls on jail facilities across the state to have a plan for people detained pre-trial (and thus still eligible) to have access to the ballot, to exercise a right they already have. The bill also calls for eligible individuals leaving prisons and jails throughout the state to receive a voter registration form and information about their voting rights.

Now, we are hearing that Governor Rauner may use an amendatory veto on the bill – eliminating the information available to persons leaving jails across the state. Such an action will effectively kill the legislation. This would be unfortunate – especially given the work the State of Illinois has done over the past several years to expand access to voting.

The Governor must act by August 21st, so make your voice heard today.  

Call Gov. Rauner | 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 that Governor Rauner sign HB 4469. which would help increase voter access for pretrial detainees, educate people with criminal convictions of their right to vote in this state, and increase voting amongst pre-trial detainees and the formerly incarcerated, cutting the rate of recidivism. Thank you.

Action via ACLU of Illinois


Action 2: Call on Your Rep to support HJRes53

This spring, a bipartisan vote in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, the ERA. This made Illinois the 37th ratification state--we only need one more state to reach the required 38 states.

As we lobby for that 38th state, we need the US Congress to take a bipartisan vote to remove the ERA ratification deadline. HJRes53 would do that, allowing the ERA to remain valid as a proposed Constitutional amendment until it is ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.

Many IL reps already support this resolution, but several do not. Find your rep on the list below, then call them by finding their contact info here before Women's Equality Day on August 26.

Nonsponsors of HJRes53:
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL-12); Rep. Rodney L. Davis (R-IL-13); Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16); Rep.Darin LaHood (R-IL-18); Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3); Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-6); Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15)

Cosponsors of HJRes53:
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17); Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7); Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11); Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL-4); Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL-2); Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8); Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5); Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-1); Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL-9); Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL-10).

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm calling about HJRes53, the resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the ERA, which Illinois just ratified this year in a bipartisan vote. Only one more state needs to ratify the ERA to adopt the amendment to the Constitution.

[If your US Representative is NOT currently a cosponsor of HJRes53:] I urge {Rep} to become a cosponsor of this proposal to make sure we can enshrine equal rights into the Constitution.

[If your US Representative IS a cosponsor of HJRes53:] I wanted to thank {Rep} for their support of HJRes53. I urge {Rep} to make a speak on the floor in support of this resolution.

Thank you.


Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases 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.

This week, Tom speaks with Cecilia Muñoz, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council for Obama, who was on the team that wrote the DACA policy. Now, Stephen Miller sits in her old office. Currently, Ms. Muñoz is Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives for New America. She joins the ICP this week to talk about what it was like to work for Obama, the pain of watching her hard work under fire, and where we go from here.

Then, Tom speaks with Julie Lynn, the Director of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action. Planned Parenthood is leading the charge to stop the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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

Daily Actions Editor