Tuesday, September 11 - Investigate Puerto Rico Death Toll / Support Affordable Housing / #DoTheWork for the Midterms

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Congress to Investigate the Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

House and Senate legislators have introduced legislation to establish a "9/11 style" eight-member bipartisan independent commission to study the federal government’s preparedness in responding to Hurricane Irma and Maria. The proposed legislation coincides with the release of a Harvard University study finding the storms killed 4,645 people - over 70 times the official death toll of 64. Among other things, legislators are concerned that this artificially low number shaped FEMA’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico, which compounded the suffering of people affected by the storm.

The proposed commission would spend a year conducting an investigation on death toll reporting, 2017 federal preparedness guidelines, disparities in responses, the effect of Puerto Rico’s precarious economic situation, the island’s telecommunications systems and the ability of the federal government to mobilize emergency response efforts on an island. Demand that your member of congress support legislation to examine the federal response to these devastating storms.

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

  • Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Find your rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [REP] to support [S. 3076 for Senate/ H.R. 6103 for House], the National Commission of the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act of 2018. Congress must fulfill its oversight duties and examine the federal government's response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action and script via 5calls.org


Action 2: Support Affordable Housing on the NW Side on 9/13

Neighbors for Affordable Housing has reached a pivotal point in the fight for affordable housing on the Northwest side of Chicago. The movement is getting close to creating affordable homes for 75 neighbors and families in need at 5150 N. Northwest Highway.  

Before that happens, though, the Chicago Plan Commission will be voting on whether the badly needed, affordable and accessible housing at 5150 N. Northwest Highway in Jefferson Park will be built. The vote is happening this Thursday, September 13.

This is a pivotal moment in this campaign. In the past, the opposition has brought out hundreds of people to try to block the creation of this building and retrench segregation. We need to make sure people who stand for equity and inclusion outnumber those who stand for the opposite. Please show up and show support for this important initiative!

When: Thursday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers, (121 N. LaSalle, 2nd Floor)
RSVP Here 

Action via Neighbors for Affordable Housing


Action 3: Plan to Get Out the Vote for the Midterms

We have only weeks left before the midterm election. With each passing day, and each new atrocity coming out of the White House, it becomes more urgent that we take back Congress.

Wondering how you can help? Now is the time get involved! Indivisible Chicago is rallying members to get out the vote in any way they can, whether by canvassing, writing postcards, or phonebanking.

Just a few hours can make a huge difference. Bookmark our comprehensive list of GoTV activities and check back for new listings often. Join your fellow Indivisibles this fall to have fun, make friends, and power an unstoppable #BlueWave!

Daily Actions Editor