Tuesday, August 7 - Abolish ICE Rally / Tell Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act / Protect the Census

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: TONIGHT - Abolish ICE Rally

Today, Fuego, a branch of United We Dream will mobilize folks from all across Chicago with one clear message for ICE and the GEO Group: GET OUT, AND STAY OUT OF CHICAGO.

Just this May, the GEO Group—one of the largest for-profit prison and detention companies in the United States—expressed their interest in collaborating with ICE to build a new detention camp near Chicago in addition to the already existing ones in the midwest. This is a threat, again from this administration, to continue criminalizing and incarcerating undocumented and marginalized communities.

So, come on out and meet us at the corner of Congress Pkwy. and Clark St. tonight at 6:30 p.m. to throw down across the street from the Chicago ICE office to make it loud and clear that people come before profit and that we will NOT stop until the we #AbolishICEand take down the GEO Group.

When: Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 101 W Congress Pkwy
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Action via United We Dream
 

Action 2: Tell Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act

Fifty-three years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, calling the day ''a triumph for freedom". The VRA outlawed discrimination in the voting booth, regardless of race or language, and is a cornerstone piece of legislation ensuring every American has the right to vote.

Unfortunately, in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned an essential provision of the VRA in the decision of Shelby County v. Holder—an outcome that has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans.  Since that wrongful decision, we have seen voters across the country face institutionalized obstacles at the voting booth:

  • Unnecessary voter purges that disenfranchise eligible voters.

  • Discriminatory voter photo ID requirements.

  • Restrictions on early voting.  

  • Fewer and more crowded polling locations in underrepresented communities.

Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the Voting Rights Act, but has taken no action in spite of mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Every day that Congress fails to act Americans are at risk of finding new barriers at the polls. Tell Congress to mark the anniversary of the VRA by restoring its key protections!

  • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

  • 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 to urge {SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE} to stand up for the right to vote by restoring the protections of the Voting Rights Act. 

Infringing on the right to vote is un-American, yet since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, 14 states have enacted voter suppression laws. Americans died for the right to vote and we can’t let state and local officials take that right away. {SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE} must act to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. 

 

Action via the League of Women Voters
 

Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - 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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