Monday, February 4 - Green New Deal / No Voter ID in Illinois / Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on your member of Congress to support the Green New Deal
Action 2: Submit a witness slip against voter ID laws in Illinois (opponent) before Wednesday, February 6
Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Jackson Park Watch co-president Margaret Schmid
Action 1: Call on Your Member of Congress to Support the Green New Deal
The 2018 midterms swept Democrats into power in the House, and they have brought with them a renewed focus on combating climate change. Sitting Members of Congress (MoCs) and incoming MoCs alike have rallied around a proposal to establish a Select Committee For A Green New Deal as a starting point for making the changes necessary to protect the planet from catastrophic climate change. The Select Committee would be responsible for developing a plan and accompanying draft legislation by March 2020 for a Green New Deal that would be implemented over the next decade.
The Green New Deal is an ambitious, progressive policy framework that would protect the planet and grow the economy. Like the original New Deal, the Green New Deal represents a massive investment in America’s people and infrastructure—but with the additional goals of spending on projects that will transition America to a green economy, and ensuring that these investments are targeted to promote “social, economic, racial, regional, and gender-based justice and equality.” Get more details about the Green New Deal.
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 publicly support establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal in the House Rules for the 116th Congress. Establishing a Select Committee For A Green New Deal would demonstrate that Democrats understand the kind of action we need to take to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming. Thank you.
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Witness Slip Against Voter ID in IL - Deadline Wednesday
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:
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 ACLU
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.
Opening: What has Tom missed while he’s been away for a few weeks? Also, meet New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and learn about the “controversy” that rocked her in January.
Interview: Considering our current situation, many of us get a warm glow remembering the Obama years. Which makes the Obama Foundation's ham-fisted move to put the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, with little public input, so frustrating for the Center’s potential neighbors. Jackson Park Watch co-president Margaret Schmid joins the podcast this week to discuss the situation. Learn more at jacksonparkwatch.org and protectourparks.org