Monday, January 7 - Support H.R. 1 / Questions for Aldermanic Candidates / Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell reps to support H.R. 1, a bill to reform our democracy
Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Submit a question for the She Votes Illinois aldermanic candidate online forum
Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with guest host Dan Nelson
Action 1: Tell Reps to Support H.R. 1
Now that the Blue Wave has turned control of the House of Representatives over to the Democrats, they have the opportunity to use their new powers to demonstrate a big, bold, progressive vision for the future. This is exactly the strategy that Indivisible calls for in its new guide, Indivisible on Offense.
There’s good news: they plan to do exactly that. The very first bill introduced in the Democratically-controlled House is a democracy reform package, focused on voter empowerment and access, getting big money out of politics, and cracking down on corruption.
You can also call your MoC to tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 1, and make a public statement demanding that it remain a bold, progressive, comprehensive democracy package.
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. 1 and publicly demand that it remain a bold, comprehensive democracy reform package.
I am alarmed by the voter suppression that we are witnessing across the country that prevents everyone from participation and inclusion in our democracy. I am also deeply concerned at the corrupting influence that big, dark money has in our politics.
I’m glad that the first bill in the next Congress, H.R. 1, will fix these problems. I support a bold, comprehensive package that promotes voter empowerment and access, reforms money in politics, and tackles corruption at all levels of government.
Will [REP] co-sponsor this critical legislation, and make a public statement urging that H.R. 1 not be broken up or watered down?
I will be watching for their co-sponsorship, and their public statement in support of bold democracy reforms in the new Congress. Thank you.
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Submit a Question for Aldermanic Candidate Forum
She Votes Illinois is a statewide political action committee aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s voices in elections, government, and policymaking. Their work focuses on three things: voting, education, and getting more women involved in politics.
She Votes Illinois will be showcasing women's voices in the 2019 Chicago Aldermanic race through a social media series leading up to the election on February 26. Women running for alderman will have the opportunity to answer questions by She Votes Illinois and YOU in the form of video, audio, or written responses that will be showcased on their social media sites (She Votes Illinois uses an inclusive definition of “women” to include trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify as femme).
She Votes Illinois will select a few questions submitted by Chicagoans to ask the candidates - and it might be yours!
Please submit your question for the candidates by Monday, January 7. Please make sure your question is applicable to be answered by candidates in ALL 50 wards.
Action via She Votes Illinois
Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.
This week, a special episode! Each week, Tom opens the show with a short essay--a reflection on the week’s news, some historical context for the week’s main interview, or whatever. ICP producer and former co-host Dan Nelson returns to host this week to share some of his favorite essays, including Tom’s evening watching the midterm returns at Little Fort bar, the death of Aretha Franklin, reclaiming the American flag from the right, and the history of fake news.