Thursday, January 4 - Tell Congress to Speak Out Against War on North Korea / Phone Bank for Dream Act / Deputy Voter Registrar Training

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Congress to Speak Out Against War on North Korea

  • Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act TODAY

  • Action 3: Deputy Voter Registrar Training on January 9


Tools You Can Use


Action 1: Tell Congress to Speak Out Against War on North Korea  

Trump’s tweets about North Korea grow more absurd — and more reckless — by the day. The risk of war with North Korea is a Trump-made crisis. The administration has been beating the drums for war, most notably in Trump’s first address in front of the United Nations General Assembly. Building upon the President’s dangerous tweets and promises of “fire and fury,” Defense Secretary Mattis has warned of a “massive military response,” and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley declared that North Korea is “begging for war.”

 The stakes are high—and scary. North Korea’s Foreign Minister has said that these comments amount to a “declaration of war” and has threatened to shoot down U.S. bombers. This comes after the country tested its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb, prompting an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. The rogue nation claimed its new weapon was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile, making rapid progress towards its ability to strike the United States.

We can’t let fear lead us into catastrophic war. Given the extremely volatile nature of the situation, we need measured leadership that leverages every diplomatic tool to de-escalate tensions—not reckless tweets that fuel the flames.

Rep John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced HR 4140: No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act, which has support in both parties, and there is a corresponding bill S.2016 in the Senate. Check to see if your MoC supports HR 4140 or S.2016, then call all of your reps and ask them to speak out on this life-and-death issue.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling because I’m very concerned about the current situation with North Korea, and I want to know how Representative/Senator [name] is responding to Trump’s dangerous warmongering rhetoric.

[If your MoC supports HR 4140/S 2016, thank them for doing so.]

[If your MoC does not yet support HR 4140/S 2016]: I’d like [MoC] to become a vocal supporter of the No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act. This legislation would make explicit that Trump cannot launch a nuclear strike absent a declaration of war from Congress. That bill is [House: H.R. 4140 or Senate:  S. 2016]. I’ll be checking the co-sponsor list to make sure [MoC] is supporting.


Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act TODAY

We have THREE WEEKS left to pass the Dream Act, and Congress must act now.

It is urgent that we organize and mobilize our community; including students, parents, teachers, and allies to phone bank for DACA recipients. Our representatives need to hear our loud and clear message that they are here to stay and that we need a clean Dream Act to pass NOW!

When: Thursday, January 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: WeWork Grant Park (332 S. Michigan Ave.)
Bring: Please bring headphones and laptop/tablet or smartphone with you. Food will be provided!


Action 3: Deputy Voter Registrar Training on 1/9

Looking to make an impact in 2018? By becoming a Deputy Voter Registrar, you’ll be able to register new voters to help make a difference in the important elections this year, including the Illinois Governor’s race.

Join us for Deputiy Voter Registrar training at 5:30 p.m., and stay for a Letters to the Editor seminar by Julie Sampson (Citizen Action IL) and Julie Lynn (Planned Parenthood Action IL) at 7 p.m..

When: Tuesday, January 9 from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Conrad Sulzer Regional Chicago Public Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)
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To attend the training, you must be registered to vote in the city of Chicago.



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