Tuesday, September 5 - #SaveSCOTUS / Call on Rauner to Fight Gun Trafficking / Justice for Laquan McDonald

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Make phone calls to #SaveSCOTUS

    • Thank Senator Durbin for his diligent work in the Kavanaugh hearings | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

    • Call your friends and family in Indiana and tell them to call on Senator Donnelly to vote no

  • Action 2: Call on Governor Rauner to sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337)

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

  • Action 3: Read and share Curtis Black’s article in The Chicago Reporter - “Justice for Laquan McDonald doesn’t end with Jason Van Dyke or the mayor”


Action 1: Make Phone Calls to #SaveSCOTUS

The Senate's hearings for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh started yesterday and will continue through the end of the week. Senators Duckworth and Durbin have each have each been publicly critical of this uniquely controversial candidate and the way his nomination to Supreme Court was made and has rushed through to the. But several senators have not made a public decision and can still be swayed.  

Do you have friends or family in Indiana (or any other swing state)? Call them today and tell them to call Senator Donnelly (or uncommitted Senator) and demand a no vote on Kavanaugh!

From his role on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Durbin will do his part to make sure Kavanaugh gets the tough questions. Call to thank Senator Durbin!

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

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank Senator Durbin for insisting that the Judiciary Committee commit to a transparent and thorough review of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's extensive body of work before voting. Please continue to speak out against this nomination.


Action 2: Call on Rauner to Fight Gun Trafficking

SB 337, the Combating Illegal Gun Traffic Act, is sitting on Governor Rauner’s desk. The bill would require Federal Firearms License holders to be certified by Illinois State Police. The certification will implement best practices to help reduce guns entering into the illegal market and allow state and local law enforcement to crack down on corrupt dealers. Included among the requirements are: background checks for employees, security requirements to protect our communities, and safe business requirements that would prohibit any new licensee from being within 500 feet of any school.

Call on Rauner to sign this bill! Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

Script: Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent of Governor Rauner's calling from [zip code].

Thousands of people are shot every year in Illinois devastating families and communities across the state. We can prevent many of these tragedies by getting serious about the sources of illegal guns. The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337) encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable.

Please pass a message to Governor Rauner that I respectfully ask him to sign SB 337, a bill that will keep his constituents safe and protected from guns that fall into the wrong hands.

Thank you so much for your time!

Script via Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition


Action 3: Justice for Laquan McDonald

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not seek reelection for another term. He chose to announce the day before Officer Jason Van Dyke will go on trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald.

Rahm has damaged this city by closing schools and refusing to give communities oversight into police murders and other crimes against people of color. He was complicit in the coverup of the murder of Laquan McDonald.

Curtis Black details this in The Chicago Reporter, writing, “If Emanuel had his way, Van Dyke would not be on trial. Because the upcoming trial, the investigation, and the prospect of a consent decree wouldn’t have happened without the video. And Emanuel did everything he could to keep the video under wraps.”

Don’t let Chicago forget about Rahm’s role in Laquan’s murder. Read and share Curtis Black’s article with your social network.

Daily Actions Editor