Tuesday, March 19 - Witness Slip Roundup / 43rd Ward Alderman Debate / Fight Family Separation
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Sign these urgent Illinois witness slips before Wednesday:
Action 2: TONIGHT - 43rd Ward Aldermanic Runoff Debate from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at DePaul University Student Center (2250 North Sheffield Avenue)
Action 3: Tell your member of Congress to co-sponsor The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) and the No Ban Act
Action 1: Sign These Urgent Illinois Witness Slips Before Wednesday
Illinois’ unique system of witness slips makes it easy for citizens to weigh in on important bills quickly using an online form. Before a bill is heard in the Illinois General Assembly, 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.
Here are a few of the important bills collecting witness slips this week, most of which are due Wednesday. Take a few minutes today to lend your support!
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 "PROPONENT"
IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only
Never miss another slip! Join The Witness Slip Project and make sure you turn your notification settings to All Posts.
Action 2: TONIGHT - 43rd Ward Alderman Debate
As a public service to residents of the 43rd Ward, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association and MidNorth Association along with co-sponsors Park West Community Association, Diversey Harbor Association and RANCH Triangle are sponsoring a 43rd Ward aldermanic runoff debate between incumbent Michele Smith and challenger Derek Lindblom.
When: Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6)
Where: DePaul University Student Center (2250 North Sheffield Avenue)
Action via Sheffield Neighborhood Association
Action 3: Fight All Forms of Family Separations
We still don’t know the true extent of Trump’s Family Separation Policy. We know that several thousand children were separated from their parents through Trump’s family separation policy. But we still don’t know just how many were separated, or whether all will be reunited. While litigation makes its way through courts, Democrats in the House are doing their jobs scheduling investigations into one of the Trump Administration’s most horrific policies.
Family separations don’t just happen at the border. It’s important to remember that family separations happen every day in the U.S. as a result of raids and detention at the hands of ICE. It also happens through Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim and asylum bans that are preventing families from entering the U.S., and in many cases reuniting with loved ones who are already living in the U.S. Additionally, Dreamers and TPS holders remain at risk of deportation due to Trump’ elimination of protections for these groups. Read more about the immigrant communities currently at risk under Trump.
House Democrats will soon introduce a series of bills that would undo some of the damage to immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities and provide relief for those at risk of deportation. Tell your MoC to cosponsor them and demand that the House pass them.
The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6). This bill would provide permanently relief to Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders.
Muslim Ban and Asylum Ban Repeal (S. / H.R. # TBD). This bill would fully repeal Trump’s Muslim and Asylum Bans, ensuring that families from affected countries and asylum seekers from Central America won’t continue to face unconstitutional discrimination. It would allow people from affected communities to reunite with their families in the U.S.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [MoC] to co-sponsor the Dream and Promise Act (HR6) and the No Ban Act, which will soon be introduced. I am counting on [MoC] to stand up to Trump’s racist immigration policies and pass these protections for immigrant families. Thank you.
Action via Indivisible