Friday, January 11 - Volunteer for MLK Day / Tell Senators to Keep Standing Strong / Operation Activation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Find an MLK Day volunteer opportunity for Monday, January 21

  • 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: Participate in Operation Activation from Women’s March Chicago on Saturday, January 19


Action 1: Find an MLK Day Volunteer Opportunity (1/21)

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

For MLK Day on Monday, January 21, find a local volunteer opportunity and give back.

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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 committing 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: Operation Activation on January 19

Marching motivates! As we learned since we first marched together in January 2017, making our voices heard empowers us to act whether collectively or as individuals. In celebration of Women’s March Chicago’s third anniversary, we are asking our amazing community to come together for a day of action. Please join us on Saturday, January 19, 2019 for Operation Activation.

To be clear, WMC is not holding a march in January. This time around, Operation Activation is celebrating your power to effect change. WMC is calling on you to spearhead an action in your community that helps people feel safe, included, respected and represented, while encouraging others to activate.

It can be as large as organizing a rally in support of gun violence prevention in your local park (please dress warmly). Or as small as a gathering around your dining room table to write postcards to politicians denouncing the current administration’s immigration policies. If it snows, you can help elderly or disabled neighbors shovel their walks. Or your family can host a neighborhood coat drive to help the homeless. The possibilities are endless and no action is too small! Be creative! Think of ways you can connect with volunteers around important initiatives. Then register your event and we’ll get it posted on the calendar and promote it on social media.

See all scheduled action on the national March On map, as well as WMC’s event calendar, Let’s see how our collective energy radiates across the city and beyond!

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Daily Actions Editor