Thursday, January 10 - Rally to End Government Shutdown / Tell Senators to Keep Standing Strong / Healthcare Forum

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: TODAY - AFGE Rally to End the Government Shutdown from noon to 1 p.m. at Federal Center and Plaza (219 S. Dearborn St.)

  • Action 2: Tell Senators to stand strong and refuse to vote against any motion to proceed until there’s a vote to reopen the government

    • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-350

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

  • Action 3: Toward Healthcare for All Forum on Saturday, January 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at SEIU Healthcare IL, Member Hall (2229 S. Halsted Street)

 

Action 1: TODAY - AFGE Rally to End the Government Shutdown

The wasteful and shameful government shutdown is now in its third miserable week. The shutdown has already caused needless suffering for federal employees and their families, many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck and have already fallen behind on their rent, mortgage payments, or bills. As the shutdown continues, vital public services will come to a halt, creating an exponential increase in the cruel effects of the shutdown.

THIS NEEDS TO END.  Please come and show your support on Thursday for these employees and to call for an immediate end to the government shutdown!

When: Thursday, January 10 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Federal Center and Plaza (219 S. Dearborn St.)
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Action 2: Tell Senators to Stand Strong on Ending the Shutdown

It is a terrible, egregious thing when autocrats use the tools of democracy to undermine democracy itself. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday when Trump used the power of the Oval Office and network TV cameras to spout lie after lie during his prime-time address on national television -- all to spread fear over an “undeniable crisis” at the southern US border to get funding for his unpopular, racist wall. This is fear-mongering at its worst.

The only crisis at the border is of Trump’s own making. Separating children from parents and locking them in cages. Tear-gassing families. Denying refugees fleeing violence their legal right to seek asylum.

Senators Durbin and Duckworth have done their part to end this madness. They have committed to making sure that the Senate doesn’t take up any other business while 800,000 government workers are not getting paid. Call on them to stand strong and vote against all motions to proceed until the bipartisan bills passed by the House to reopen the government are voted on by the Senate.

Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-350
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank [Senator] for commiting to put a halt to all business in the Senate until the Senate votes on the bipartisan bills passed by the House to reopen the government. I hope [he/she] continues to stand strong against the GOP’s irrational demands for an unnecessary wall while keeping 800,000 Americans from getting paid. Thank you.

Action 3: Toward Healthcare for All Forum 1/26

In 2017, almost 10% of people nationally and almost 900,000 thousand Illinoisans remained uninsured. Our healthcare system is fragmented, complicated, and still too costly for most of us. Increasing numbers of Americans and elected officials are calling for “Medicare for All”—where healthcare is a human right, guaranteed by health insurance for all, and accessible and free at the point of service. We have much to do to get to this system, and here in Illinois we have an opportunity to move forward, given the election of a Governor who ran on a platform of expanding healthcare coverage in our state.

Chicago Women Take Action, Healthy Illinois Campaign, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Protect our Care Illinois, and SEIU Healthcare are hosting a forum to explore how we might work toward healthcare for all in our state and the nation. We invite activists, community members, health professionals, and others interested in healthcare access and health equity to join us at this free event!

When: Saturday, January 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: SEIU Healthcare IL, Member Hall (2229 S. Halsted Street)
RSVP for a free ticket

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