Wednesday, April 10 - Restore Net Neutrality / Stop For-Profit Jails in IL / Racial Equity Impact Assessment for TIFs
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: VOTE TODAY - Tell your rep to restore net neutrality
Action 2: Call your state representative and urge them to vote YES on HB 2040, the Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act
Action 3: Sign this petition to tell the Chicago City Council: Don't Vote on MegaTIFs without a Racial Equity Impact Assessment! -- Council Votes Today!
Action 1: Tell Your Rep to Restore Net Neutrality
In June 2018, the new rules around net neutrality that Trump’s FCC (led by former Verizon lobbyist Ajit Pai) pushed through on a party-line vote took effect. This move was yet another example of former industry lobbyists in the Trump administration acting in the interest of their former clients at the expense of the public.
House Democrats have introduced legislation to undo Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” and bring back the net neutrality rules that protect the internet -- and its users, like all of us -- from corporate interference. Read more here. The vote could be held today!
Call your MoC and tell them to vote for H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, and reject any amendments or motions to recommit that would weaken it!
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to vote for H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, and to reject any amendments or motions to recommit on this bill that would weaken it.
Net neutrality has ensured that everyone gets an equal voice on the internet, and has made it possible for small internet companies to grow and thrive without being stifled by bigger companies or ISPs. If ISPs and internet behemoths like Facebook are allowed to cut deals to stifle innovation or provide preferential treatment of web traffic, it will be people like me who pay the price.
Will [MoC] commit to voting for this legislation, and voting against any amendments or motions to recommit that would weaken it?
Action via Indivisible
Action 2: Stop For-Profit Prisons in IL
There is an effort afoot to bring a private, for-profit ICE detention center to the state of Illinois. That’s why State Rep. Kelly Cassidy is sponsoring HB 2040, a bill that would ban for-profit prisons in the state, including immigration detention centers.
The bill pass out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee and continues to work its way through the House. It may come up for a vote this week! Call on your rep to support the bill for a more welcoming Illinois.
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. [NAME] to vote yes on HB 2040, the Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act. Has Rep. [NAME] decided to support the bill?
(if YES) Thank you for your support!
(if NO) Can you tell me why the representative objects to this legislation?
(if not sure) I hope the representative will support us. This bill would reduce family separation, save taxpayer money, maintain safety in the community, and uphold the basic public policy of the state opposing private prisons. Thank you for your consideration.
Script via National Immigrant Justice Center
Action 3: Tell Chicago to Pursue Racial Equity Impact Assessment for TIFs
Success! On Monday, the Finance Committee delayed the TIF for Lincoln Yards and the 78, but they are reconvening THIS MORNING at City Hall.
The City has currently proposed the creation of two TIF districts that would commit a total of $2.4 billion in public funds – the proposed Cortland/Chicago River TIF district that includes the “Lincoln Yards” development site, and the proposed Roosevelt/Clark TIF, which includes plans for “The 78” development site.
An investment of this size has significant implications on future policies on a wide range of issues, including affordable and inclusive housing, public parks, public transit, public schools, and economic development.
We know that without being intentional about how these plans fit into the context of Chicago’s history of racial inequity, we are likely to further racial inequity in our future policies. A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a tool to weigh the benefits and burdens of a major decision or policy, to protect against new harm.