Friday, February 1 - Shutdown Back Pay for Contractors / Stop Drilling in the Arctic / No Voter ID in Illinois

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Congress to Pay Contractors Affected by Shutdown

Trump is responsible for the longest government shutdown in our nation's history, and while federal workers saw some reprieve getting back-pay, millions of lower-wage hourly federal contract workers who were furloughed have no guarantee of back-pay for the time they were unable to work. The contractors were expected to go into debt in their paid time off or were simply without work and pay for weeks on end

This shutdown has further exacerbated these challenges for the millions of lower-wage service workers and their families across the country who have had to take on second and third jobs just to keep the bills paid and food on the table.

This is unacceptable, because this primarily affects women, people of color, immigrants, and low-income folks. Furloughed federal government contract service workers should not have to pay, feel financial strain, and worry about their very livelihood because of the government was held hostage to promote ineffective, racist policies.

The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act of 2019, introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 678), as well as the companion bill to S. 162 in the Senate, aim to correct this injustice. Call on your members of Congress to support H.R. 678 and S. 162!

Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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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 support [H.R. 678/S. 162], The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act of 2019. Lower wage, federal contract service workers―including food service, janitorial and security workers―who were furloughed should receive back-pay for the time of the shutdown. It is unacceptable that dedicated workers are paying the costs for an occupant of the White House who prioritizes a racist and xenophobic hate wall over serving the people of this country. Please support this bill! Thank you.

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Action 2: Submit a Public Comment Against Arctic Drilling

The Trump Administration is racing forward with their plan to open oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the sacred homelands of the Gwich'in people and one of the last truly wild places on earth.

The Bureau of Land Management is deciding whether or not to approve Trump’s plan, and it’s up to us to keep them from selling the the Arctic Refuge to the highest bidder and destroying our climate.

Submit a public comment to the Bureau of Land Management before March 13 urging them to stop Trump’s land grab for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

 Suggested Comments: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest protected wilderness in the country — and the area’s coastal plain is believed to be the largest prospective untapped onshore oil reserve in the U.S. This is a carbon bomb that must be left in the ground to avert further devastation from global climate change.

For decades, opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has left the region untouched by industry, and we need to make sure it stays that way. Our public lands should should not be sacrificed for fossil fuel industry profit.

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Action 3: Witness Slip Against Voter ID in IL

Voter identification laws are a part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights. Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce participation, and stand in direct opposition to our country’s trend of including more Americans in the democratic process.

Many Americans do not have one of the forms of identification states acceptable for voting. These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Such voters more frequently have difficulty obtaining ID, because they cannot afford or cannot obtain the underlying documents that are a prerequisite to obtaining government-issued photo ID card.

HB0243, the Elections Photo ID Law, was just submitted in the Illinois House, and the chamber is accepting witness slips before the February 6 hearing. Please submit a witness slip in opposition of this bill to protect voting rights in our state!

Witness Slip Instructions:

  1. Click here to view the witness slip

  2. I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

  3. II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  4. III. POSITION: select "Opponent"

  5. IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

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