Wednesday, March 13 - Tell Congress to Protect First Amendment / Chicago Climate Strike / The Witness Slip Project

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Congress to Investigate Trump’s Breach of the First Amendment

The Trump administration is illegally targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers who are exposing its inhumane practices at the border. This is a chilling violation of the First Amendment and an outrageous abuse of power by an out-of-control administration.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials have admitted that they’ve created a database of dossiers on these individuals. They’ve monitored their social media accounts, placed alerts on their passports, and targeted them for additional screenings and other forms of intimidation at the border. The CBP list includes 50 people who are reporting on the crisis at the border or providing humanitarian aid or legal services to migrants.

Some of the people targeted have been detained and interrogated at the border – simply because they’re telling the American people about the cruel way the administration is treating those seeking asylum in our country.

Call Congress and demand that lawmakers hold hearings to investigate this egregious breach of the First Amendment.

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. I’m calling to urge [REP] to call for hearings to investigate the Trump administration’s illegal targeting of journalists, activists, and lawyers who are exposing its inhumane practices at the border. This is an egregious breach of the First Amendment and it cannot go unanswered. Will [REP] call for hearings on this? Thank you.

 Action via Southern Poverty Law Center

Action 2: Chicago Climate Strike on Friday

Join Chicagoland youth for a strike on Friday, March 15 for environmental justice and to demand that our elected officials address the climate crisis.

We will be meeting at Grant Park (at the corner of S Columbus Dr & E Roosevelt Rd) at 11 a.m. and marching to Federal Plaza, where there will be a rally from noon to 1 p.m. Throughout the rally, there will be various speeches and performances given by those passionate about fighting against climate change and fighting for our futures.

RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Illinois Climate Strike


Action 3: Join the Witness Slip Project on Facebook

Even though Illinois is a blue state, we have a long way to go on progressive policies. Just this week, the Illinois General Assembly has considered bills on nursing home safety, education, prescription drugs and more. Illinois’ unique system of witness slips makes it easy for citizens to weigh in on these bills quickly using an online form.

Before a bill is heard in committee, the chairperson will read who has submitted witness slips and whether they support or oppose the bill. This helps inform legislators as to where Illinoisans and organizations stand before voting. Witness slips are a great and relatively quick way to make your voice heard in state government.

New witness slips come up almost every day that the legislature is in session, sometimes only with a few hours’ notice. The best way to keep up with new slips is to join The Witness Slip Project on Facebook. This nonpartisan group features new slips and gives some background on each bill.

Never miss another slip! Join The Witness Slip Project and make sure you turn your notification settings to All Posts.

Daily Actions Editor