Wednesday, February 13 - Protect Abortion Rights / Vote No on Barr / Conversations with Mayoral Candidates
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: URGENT 2 p.m. DEADLINE - Sign the witness slip AGAINST HB340, which would undo the abortion protections in last year’s HB40 bill (opponant)
Action 2: Thank Senator Durbin for voting no on William Barr for AG and ask Duckworth to do the same for TOMORROW’S vote
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Action 3: TONIGHT - Conversations with Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church (1936 Michigan Avenue)
Action 1: URGENT 2 p.m. Deadline - Witness Slips Against HB340
A new Illinois bill, HB 340, would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code to reinstate a provision excluding abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births from the list of services provided under the State’s medical assistance program.
Along with other alarming, anti-choice provisions, the bill would reinstate the state “trigger law” that would outlaw abortion in Illinois if Roe v. Wade was overturned. This bill would essentially overturn HB40, the bill that progressives fought so hard for and passed last year.
Witness Slip Instructions:
I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."
II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)
III. POSITION: select "Opponent"
IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only
Action 2: VOTE TOMORROW - Oppose William Barr for Attorney General
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 12-10 in favor of forwarding William Barr’s nomination for Attorney General for a full Senate vote despite his failure to pledge to make the Mueller report public. His final confirmation vote is expected on Thursday, February 14.
If the Senate confirms Barr to replace acting AG Matthew Whitaker, Barr will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Barr, who served as US Attorney General from 1991-1993 under George H.W. Bush, appears qualified for the job on the surface. However, Barr’s recent comments and conduct raise serious concerns about his ability to impartially supervise the Mueller investigation. For example:
Barr interviewed with Trump in 2017 to discuss becoming his chief defense lawyer in the Russia investigation.
In June of 2018, Barr sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a 20-page unsolicited memodeeming special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry as “fatally misconceived.”
In a Washington Post op-ed column, Barr defended Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, arguing Comey had failed as an FBI leader.
In a November 2017 New York Times article, Barr argued that investigating completely unfounded claims about Hillary Clinton’s role in uranium sales to Russia was more justifiable than investigating the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia.
The Senate must require Barr to remove any appearance of bias and demand he pledge to release the full text of Mueller's final report to the public. Senators should only vote to confirm Barr if he agrees to such a mandate. Dick Durbin has already committed to voting no, but Duckworth has yet to weigh in.
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952 - Call to thank him for voting no
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506 - use script below
Duckworth Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to demand Senator Duckworth oppose William Barr's appointment as US Attorney General unless Barr commits to the public release of the full text of Mueller’s final report, subject only to redactions of classified information. Without such a pledge, Barr should not be confirmed.Thank you for your time and attention.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 3: TONIGHT - Conversations with Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia
Aiming to help voters learn more about the lesser-known progressives on the ballot for Mayor of Chicago, Indivisible Chicago is holding a public meeting to talk with two progressive candidates who are relative newcomers as candidates for public office: Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia.
These two candidates sit farthest to the left of the political spectrum, yet our members seem to know the least about them. That’s why we’re organizing a meeting with only these two candidates, moderated by Indivisible Chicago Podcast host Tom Moss and Marj Halperin, Indivisible Chicago Executive Committee member and Democratic Analyst for the WGN-TV Morning News.
Indivisible Chicago’s new Progressive Principles will be the basis for interviews, with additional questions specific to each candidate, and questions from our members. Attendees will be invited to submit questions on index cards throughout the event. We hope you’ll join us!
When: TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Second Presbyterian Church (1936 Michigan Avenue)
RSVP here for free tickets
NOTE: This event does not represent an endorsement, and Indivisible Chicago will not be endorsing any candidates for Mayor.