Tuesday, January 29 - Universal Background Checks / Chicago Mayoral Candidates / Share Your Shutdown Story
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell your representative to support H.R. 8 for universal background checks on gun sales
Action 3: Share your Shutdown Story with Congress
Action 1: Tell Reps to Support Universal Background Checks
The 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, ignited a public outcry at the prevalence of gun violence in the United States and the total lack of action from the Republican-led Congress.
Unfortunately, mass shootings are actually all too common in America and disproportionately impact people of color. But despite strong public support for policies that could help stem the tide of violence, Republicans in Congress refused to act.
Now that Democrats have retaken control of the House, they have the opportunity to change course and do more than extend “thoughts and prayers.” On January 8, 2018, H.R. 8 was introduced, a bill to do just that. This legislation requires background checks on all gun sales, including private sales and online.
H.R. 8 represents a critical first step that would break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress, save lives and reduce the number of guns that fall into the wrong hands.
Call your MoC and tell them: co-sponsor H.R. 8 to close background check loopholes, prevent gun violence and make our communities safer.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [REP] to co-sponsor H.R. 8 and finally begin to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence in America by implementing comprehensive background checks for gun purchases. Will [REP] co-sponsor H.R. 8? I will be watching for their co-sponsorship.
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Research Chicago Mayoral Candidates
Decades of failed policies have devastated Chicago’s neighborhoods, creating a city that is becoming increasingly unlivable for anybody who isn’t rich and well connected. Right now we have an opportunity to turn that around and reimagine what the future of our city looks like.
As Chicago voters prepare to go to the polls on February 26 to choose our next Mayor and City Council, we have an opportunity to demand that candidates stand with us on the issues we care about. Together, we can reimagine a Chicago that invests in our neighborhoods, schools, and services.
Although Indivisible Chicago has not endorsed any candidates, we encourage all Chicagoans to do their research before voting. To get started, we invite you to read WBEZ’s 20-question survey, which went out to all of the major candidates.
Do you know of an unbiased source for researching mayoral candidates? Reply to this email to share, and we’ll post the best ones online.
Action 3: Share Your Shutdown Story
Trump caved. For more than a month, Trump and Mitch McConnell held our government hostage—including 800,000 federal workers who went without pay. On Friday, Trump finally caved and agreed to let the hostages go, but only temporarily.
We are still at risk of another shutdown in three weeks, and the federal workers impacted by the first shutdown haven’t been paid. Keep this issue top of mind for our legislators by writing a letter about how you have been impacted by the shutdown. You can do this easily online, and then our partners at Herd on the Hill will hand-deliver each letter to its intended recipient.
Action via Herd on the Hill