Monday, February 18 - Stop Trump’s Power Grab / Keep Gun Laws Strong / Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: TODAY - Emergency Protest: Stop Trump's Power Grab from noon to 1 p.m. at Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
Action 2: URGENT - Sign the NEW witness slip against HB367, which would water down gun protections (opponent) before Tuesday
Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia
Action 1: TODAY - Emergency Protest Against Trump’s Power Grab
Mitch McConnell announced that Trump would sign the negotiated budget deal and then immediately declare a state of emergency to circumvent Congress and get additional funds for hist racist wall, and that’s exactly what happened. This is in defiance of the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution and, given that there is no emergency, is not a legal action.
While we know that this will be challenged in courts, that could take a very long time and we do not want to sit idly by waiting for the courts to act. Indivisible Chicago is part of a coalition of progressive groups, including immigration rights activists, who are joining a nationwide protest of the president's actions. We will be joined by groups all across the nation, demonstrating to the world that we will not sit on the sidelines while the president does and end-around the constitution in a blatant power grab.
Please join us today, and dress appropriately for the weather as we are expecting a cold day.
When: TODAY, Monday, February 18 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St.)
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Action 2: Oppose Weakening IL Gun Laws - Deadline Tuesday
A new bill, HB367 would water down SB337 Gun Dealer Certification by making it only applicable to dealers who have been found to have sold three or more crime guns within the previous five years. In other words, it would remove the IL State Police’s ability to provide meaningful oversight of federally licensed gun dealers.
HB367 It is scheduled for committee hearing this coming Tuesday, so we are asking you to file witness slips against this bill NOW. If you filed last week, you still need to file again for this new hearing.
Please file a slip as an OPPONENT. And ask your friends and family in Illinois to do the same. There is no age limit on who can file a witness slip -- any Illinois resident of any age can file one -- and you do not have to be a US citizen either.
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 via Moms Demand Action
Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia
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.
On Wednesday, February 13, Indivisible Chicago hosted Conversations with Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Amara Enyia. A few hundred voters filled the Second Presbyterian Church on South Michigan where Tom and Marj Halperin co-moderated the event.
While Indivisible Chicago is not making an endorsement in this race, we saw this as an opportunity to get the word out about a couple of candidates who address our Progressive Principles, but who haven’t had the resources to saturate the media markets with their messages.
This week, the ICP presents those conversations in their entirety. Give it a listen here.