Wednesday, March 6 - Support H.R. 1 / Marshal Training / Postpone the Lincoln Yards TIF

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell reps to support H.R. 1, a bill to reform our democracy

Action 1: Tell Representatives to Support H.R. 1

We called our representatives in January and all Democrats have now co-sponsored the For the People Act. This week it will soon move to the floor for a vote, where Representatives must ensure it is not watered down through amendments.

Now that the Blue Wave has turned control of the House of Representatives over to the Democrats, they have the opportunity to use their new powers to demonstrate a big, bold, progressive vision for the future. This is exactly the strategy that Indivisible calls for in its new guide, Indivisible on Offense.

There’s good news: they plan to do exactly that. The very first bill introduced in the Democratically-controlled House is a democracy reform package, focused on voter empowerment and access, getting big money out of politics, and cracking down on corruption.

Call your Representative and tell them to vote for H.R. 1 on the floor, and reject any amendments or motions to recommit that would water it down.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME], I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible.

I’m urging Representative [NAME] to vote in favor of  H.R. 1 when it comes to the floor because I’m alarmed by the voter suppression that we are witnessing across the country that prevents everyone from participation and inclusion in our democracy. I am also deeply concerned at the corrupting influence that big, dark money has in our politics.

I am looking to [Representative] not only to vote in favor of H.R 1, but to also reject any amendments or motions to recommit that would water it down. I will be watching for all their votes when H.R. 1 comes to the House floor.

Action via Indivisible

Action 2: RSVP for Indivisible Chicago Marshal Training

This Sunday 3/10 from 2:30-4:30 we’ll be holding our Indivisible Chicago Marshal Training at The Hideout at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

This will be a refresher on basic skills, a covering best practices, building on lessons learned from our past two years of events, and preparing for what we anticipate in the future. So even if someone has attended a training before -- this one will be different and will be the first step in creating more of a structure for our rapid response team.

Anyone can be a marshal--all it takes is one easy training session. It’s a great way to meet other activists, and offers you new expertise. No experience necessary.

Action 3: Tell the Zoning Committee to postpone the Lincoln Yards TIF

Since January, we’ve asked Mayor Emanuel to slow down, protested at City Hall, and protested again.

The proposed Cortland/Chicago River TIF District – and the related Lincoln Yards development plan – do not represent equitable, balanced development. The planning process has not been transparent, comprehensive, or responsive, and it has not challenged the developers to show what they could build without $800 million in public TIF funds. What we do know is that this development will increase property taxes and reduce education funding.

Both mayoral candidates have called for a pause on Lincoln Yards and the former zoning/finance chairs connected to this deal are under federal investigation (Alderman Burke's law firm repped the developer for 10 years and got them over $300,000 in property tax reductions just in 2017). In response, Rahm and developer are trying to jam this through before the newly elected mayor and City Council have a chance to take over.

The zoning committee votes on this development on Thursday March 7th. Please call on them to vote no on the Lincoln Yards TIF!

 Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible.

I'm calling to ask [Alderperson] to vote against the Lincoln Yards TIF until after a new Mayor and City Council is seated. This entire process has been too rushed and opaque. We deserve a fair, transparent, and deliberate review before a vote.

Thank you.

Martin Cuellar