Thursday, March 21 - Defend SNAP / Thank Green New Deal Sponsors / Chicago Election Information
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 2: Do you live in the 4th, 5th or 9th congressional district? Call to thank your rep for supporting the Green New Deal. Live elsewhere? Call and ask for support.
Action 1: Public Comment to Protect SNAP
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is at the core of our nation’s response to hunger. The Trump Administration's Department of Agriculture has proposed a new rule that threatens to leave over 400,000 Illinois residents hungry. Read more about the proposed SNAP changes.
Make sure to write a personal comment that can include facts like:
The proposed rule will increase hunger among our most vulnerable neighbors.
People who can work already do. This rule would punish those who face significant barriers to employment, such as homelessness, undiagnosed mental illness, long-term unemployment, criminal backgrounds, low educational attainment, or living in areas where there simply aren’t enough jobs.
States need flexibility. Here in Illinois, almost every county receives a waiver to protect residents from hunger during challenging economic circumstances. Up to 414,000 people in our state could be affected by this rule. More than 35 other states and territories also request waivers.
SNAP strengthens our economy. In addition to putting needed food on the table, SNAP benefits support local food retailers.
Action via Chicago Food Depository
Action 2: Thank Green Deal Co-Sponsors
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.
Representatives Chuy Garcia (IL-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) have already signed on as cosponsors. Are they your reps? Please call and thank them!
Is your rep not on that list? Use the script below to ask them to co-sponsor this bill.
Script for Non-Sponsors: 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 3: Prepare for the April 2 Runoff Election
Are you prepared for the upcoming runoff election? You can now go ward-by-ward, candidate-by-candidate, issue-by-issue through Chi.vote’s municipal election guide. They’ve compiled news and events about each candidate to bring you all the election information you need in one convenient place. You can even use the guide to help you check your registration and find early voting information.
Explore the guide to learn more about how to vote, who’s running and what they stand for. Then, share the guide on social media to spread the word!
Action via the Chi.vote Collective