Monday, April 8 - Defend SNAP / Lift The Ban / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: DEADLINE WEDNESDAY - 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.

You can now submit a comment to the Secretary of Agriculture to protect SNAP and preserve food access. The deadline for public comments ends on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

 Submit a public comment to protect SNAP today!

 Action via Chicago Food Depository

Action 2: Lift The Ban Response to Rep. Tarver's No Vote on Wednesday

Rep. Curtis Tarver is the new state representative from Hyde Park who supported rent control during his campaign, but voted with Republicans in favor of keeping the ALEC-backed law preventing rent control in the state. He blames his promise on an errant staffer now that he is in office, but the truth is that staffer or not, he is more beholden to the Koch Brothers than to his constituents who have overwhelmingly said that they want to #LiftTheBan.

Please join us on Wednesday to let him know how you feel. We will gather at Nichols Park on the side that borders 53rd Street and march to his office to show our displeasure at his vote, and demand that he work to bring the bill to the House floor on behalf of his constituents so that Chicago and other Illinois cities can consider rent control policies.

When: Wednesday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Nichols Park (1355 E 53rd St.)
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Action via ONE Northside

Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Daniel Biss

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: Joe Biden is a man out of time.

Interview: Once manufacturing drove the economies of small and mid-size towns in the states that ring the Great Lakes. Those jobs dried up, and the Steel Belt turned to rust. This week, former state Senator Daniel Biss, now executive director of Rust Belt Rising (@rbrtraining), joins to discuss politics and economy in the Rust Belt. And check out Daniel’s new podcast, IL Informed from State Matters. Find it wherever you find your podcasts.

Daily Actions Editor