Wednesday, January 23 - Call Day to End the Shutdown / Rally to End the Shutdown / Healthcare Forum

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Indivisible National Call-In Day to End the Shutdown

We're now over a month into Trump's government shutdown, the longest in modern American history. And as we all know, the shutdown is due entirely to Trump’s childish demands for his border wall.

Mitch McConnell is still refusing to put legislation opening the government to a vote—that means he’s complicit in Trump’s shutdown. There is no reason the Senate shouldn’t immediately act on the *multiple* bills the House has passed to reopen the government. But instead of addressing the most urgent issue, Mitch McConnell keeps trying to bring unrelated bills to the floor for a vote.

It's critical that we make calls to our Democratic Senators EVERY Day. We have heard reports that Democratic Senators are getting more pro-wall calls, so it's important that we call them and let them know we oppose it. In addition, Indivisible reports that a nativist anti-immigration group, Numbers USA, is driving a flood of paid pro-wall calls to the Senate. We need to match them with no-wall, end the shutdown calls to our Senators ASAP.

Also please tell your friends and family to call their Senators, both Democrats and Republicans.

Call Senator Dick Durbin: 202-224-2152 (DC), 312-353-4952 (Chicago)
Call Senator Tammy Duckworth: 202-224-2854 (DC), 312-886-3506 (Chicago)

Script: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask [Senator] to vote against Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant bill, and instead vote to reopen the government by passing a clean budget.

It’s not enough to say the Senator thinks the shutdown should end. This shutdown was caused by Donald Trump, and Mitch McConnell is prolonging it by playing political games and refusing to seriously address the issue. We need [Senator] to pressure him to pass a clean budget bill immediately. Will [Senator] commit to voting against Trump’s extreme wall bill and in favor of a clean budget?

Action via Indivisible

Action 2: TOMORROW - Rally to End Shutdown

The wasteful and shameful government shutdown is now in its FOURTH miserable week. The shutdown is causing 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 for these employees and to call for an immediate end to the government shutdown!

When: TOMORROW, Thursday, January 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via AFGE District 7

Action 3: Toward Healthcare for All Forum Saturday

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

Action via Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

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