Friday, March 1 - Rally for the Chicago Office of Gun Violence Prevention / Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act / ICIRR Advocacy Day in Springfield

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TODAY - Rally for the Chicago Office of Gun Violence Prevention

Amnesty International is teaming up with Live Free Chicago for its Annual Human Rights Conference, where they will demand that Chicago open an Office of Gun Violence Prevention to save lives!

This rally will call on the City Council to care for our communities and invest in saving lives by:

  1. Creating an Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) using a public health approach

  2. Allocating 50 million dollars to adequately staff the OGVP and provide resources to community-based organizations

  3. Supporting a community-led process for the creation of a city-wide strategy to end gun violence.

When: TODAY, Friday, March 1 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 121 N La Salle St.
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Action 2: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation first passed with bipartisan support in 1994, had it’s funding expire on February 15th after Congress failed to include it in the compromise federal spending bill passed the day before. The VAWA was initially set to expire last September, however Congress approved short-term stopgap funding legislation while negotiations continued.

The act establishes and funds the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and provides funding for the investigation and prosecution of domestic and other interpersonal violence, stalking, and sexual assault. In July of 2017, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a reauthorization bill that would not only reauthorize funding for VAWA's existing programs but also establish new policies to help abuse victims remain in stable housing, expand red-flag laws to block people convicted of dating abuse or stalking from accessing guns, and broaden protections against abuse for Native American women. Unfortunately, the legislation failed to pass due to Congressional Republican push back on expanding the protections provided by the act.

With a new Congress now in place, Rep. Jackson Lee is again pushing forward with a new and expanded VAWA reauthorization bill. Congress must act quickly to restore funding for crucial programs while also modernizing the legislation to be more inclusionary.

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. ’m calling to support reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act to ensure the continuation of crucial programs protecting people from domestic violence. I also fully support the expansion of the act to include

(pick 2-3 reasons important to you):

  • adding protections for transgender individuals,

  • broadening protections for Native American women,

  • helping abuse victims remain in stable housing,

  • expanding red-flag laws to block people convicted of dating abuse or stalking.

Thank you.

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Action 3: ICIRR Advocacy Day in Springfield on 3/5

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is gathering supporters by the busload to head to Springfield on Tuesday, March 5 for a day of advocacy. They will tell our leaders that we want them to:

  • Restore full funding to immigrant services

  • Make schools, healthcare facilities, and courthouses safe for immigrant families

  • Allow Illinois students to apply for state financial aid

  • Fully fund outreach so all Illinois residents are counted during the 2020 census

Buses are leaving from the north and south side of Chicago at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 and returning in the evening. RSVP here for more information.

Action via ICIRR

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