Monday, April 29 - Family Act / Protect Voting Systems / Indivisible Chicago Podcast
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Call on your Representative to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act
Action 2: Submit a public comment to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) urging a ban on wireless modems and Internet connectivity in federally certified voting systems
Action 3: Listen to the latest episode of the 100th episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Marie Newman
Action 1: Tell Your Rep to Co-Sponsor the FAMILY Act
In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) granted many working people across the United States access to job-protected, but unpaid, time off from work to address serious health and caregiving needs for themselves and their families. But 26 years later, time off from work is out of reach for the 62 percent of working people who are ineligible for leave under the FMLA, or who can’t afford to take unpaid leave.
The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, would help close this gap by creating an affordable, comprehensive national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Read more about the FAMILY Act here.
Call your MoC today and ask them to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act if they haven't already done so.
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m asking [MoC] to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act. The FAMILY Act would create an affordable, inclusive, comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program. It would help meet the needs of new parents and people with serious personal or family health issues. It is important that a paid leave plan be equal for people of any gender and cover all these reasons, and no less. Will [MoC] co-sponsor the FAMILY Act?
Action and script via Indivisible
Action 2: Protect U.S. Voting Systems
According to Motherboard, the nation's top voting machine maker admitted that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years,
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is the agency responsible for creating federal guidelines for voting systems and certifying equipment to those standards. A new version of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) has been drafted and is out for public comments. It is imperative the VVSG also include a prohibition on connectivity to the public Internet through wireless modems or other means.
Submit a public comment before May 29 to tell the EAC that our voting machines need to be safe and from tampering. We need to urge a ban on wireless modems and Internet connectivity in federally certified voting systems.
Action via National Election Defense Coalition
Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Marie Newman - 100th Episode!
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.
Subscribe via iTunes and rate the show to help get the word out
Listen on WCPT AM-820 Mondays at 7 p.m
Opening: Poet and professor Kirk Robinson has up-close experience with the shifting sands of higher education. He joins the podcast to share those experiences, as well as mark the occasion of our 100th episode.
Interview: For the second time, Marie Newman is taking on a Democratic incumbent in Illinois’ Third Congressional District. She joins the podcast this week to talk about the race—what’s different this time around and why some are saying she’s a favorite? Find out more or get involved with her campaign. Also, you can join Marie at the Polish Constitution Day Parade on Saturday, May 4.