Tuesday, February 19 - Reject Trump’s Fake Emergency / Keep Illinois Families Together Act / Lincoln Yards TIF Hearing

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Congress to Reject Trump’s Fake Emergency

On Friday, Trump launched a full-fledged attack on our democracy. After signing the funding bill -- which will lead to even more detention, deportation, and family separations at the border -- he declared a national emergency to build his wall.

Make no mistake: this is an anti-democratic power grab rooted in racism. And, we are not going to let him get away with it.

That’s why we rallied with hundreds of Chicagoans yesterday to take a stand against Trump’s fake emergency. We were joined by local activists from PASO, the ACLU, and other groups as well as Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the only Illinois Democrat to vote against the funding bill, which included millions of additional funds for ICE deportations in the name of “border security.”

Now, we must continue the action. Call on your Members of Congress (MoC) today and ask them to reject Trump’s fake emergency and demand no additional funding for ICE and inhumane deportations.

Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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 If your MoC is Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-4), please thank him for standing strong against the wall and deportations.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to tell [MoC] that I am horrified that Trump just abused his power to declare a fake emergency. Congress must do everything in its authority to stop this antidemocratic power grab. Will [MoC] commit publicly to supporting a resolution to terminate this false emergency? Will they also publicly call for investigations into this abuse of power?

Additionally, I want to voice my concern that [MoC] voted for a budget bill that included millions of dollars for more inhumane deportations. I will be closely watching for [MoC]’s statements and actions on this issue.

 Action via Indivisible

Action 2: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Support Keep Illinois Families Together Act

PASO - West Suburban Action Project, one of our partners at yesterday’s rally, has called on Illinois residents to stand up for immigrant rights here in our state. We can all do this by supporting the Keep Illinois Families Together Act (KIFTA) HB1637.

Families should not fear immigration enforcement when taking their children to school or when going to the doctor. HB1637 provides that the Attorney General, within 90 days of the effective date of this Act, in consultation with the appropriate stakeholders, shall propose new rules related to limiting assistance with immigration enforcement at various public facilities (e.g., schools, medical facilities, government offices).

The bill is collecting witness slips now for a hearing TOMORROW at 8:30 a.m. Please sign a slip before then (Proponent).

Witness Slip Instructions:

Click here to view the witness slip

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 "Proponent"

IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

Action via PASO - West Suburban Action Project

Action 3: TODAY - Protest at Lincoln Yards TIF Hearing

We encourage anyone who can to attend today's Community Development Council meeting to protest the multimillion dollar TIF funding for the "78" Roosevelt/Clark Redevelopment Project. 

Like the Lincoln Yards project, this development would take away TIF funding from the communities who need it. After the CDC meeting, this project will go before the City Council Zoning and Finance Committees and then the full City Council. 

When: Today, Tuesday, February 19 at 1 p.m.
Where: Chicago City Hall, 2nd floor (121 N. LaSalle)
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If you can't make today's meeting, contact your alderman to voice your disapproval of this development project. We need to stop the misuse of TIF funding!

Daily Actions Editor