Monday, March 4 - Civic Education Witness Slip / Swing Left VRBM Party / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

Action 1: Witness Slips For HB2265

File a witness slip as a PROPONENT of  HB2265  to require every public elementary school to include civic education in its 6th, 7th, or 8th grade curriculum in March. Please sign before the hearing Wednesday 3/6 at 9:30 am.

Quality civic courses have tremendous impact. For example, when Florida introduced a required civic course in middle school, 61% of Florida students achieved proficiency in civics, compared to 22% of middle school students nationally in the most recent NAEP Civic Assessment.

Citizens with high levels of civic knowledge vote regularly and participate broadly in our democracy.

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • Click here to view the witness slip

  • 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

Action 2: Come to Swing Left Chicago’s “VRBM” Party on Monday March 4 at 7 pm

VRBM = Voter Registration By Mail!

This year Swing Left is making a push to help new voters register in key swing states before the 2020 election. Come out on March 4 and help the team write letters to our fellow citizens to folks in Wisconsin to provide them info to register and vote in the upcoming State Supreme Court election. Conservatives currently hold a 4-3 majority, and the election is to fill the seat of one of the retiring liberals.

Enjoy a drink at the Green Eye Lounge while helping get more people involved in our democracy!

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with State Rep. Greg Harris & Marj Halperin

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: The city election by the numbers: What can Preckwinkle and Lightfoot do to reach the one million registered voters who stayed home on Tuesday?

Segment 1: State Representative Greg Harris was first elected to the legislature in 2006. In January, he was made Majority Leader of the House. He’s also chief budget negotiator, so in the wake of Governor Pritzker’s first budget speech, it seemed like a good time to sit down and talk money.

Segment 2: Indivisible Chicago Executive Committee member Marj Halperin joins to help breakdown the results of the city election.

Martin Cuellar