Wednesday, May 1 - Oppose Gang Database / Equal Rights Amendment / Chicago Climate Strike

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: DUE TODAY - Witness Slips to Oppose HB2519

HB2519, which is up for a hearing today, would allow the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to access gang database information. While the bill states that policies shall include "the review and purge process from gang databases and shared databases", it does not mandate a notification process or guarantee people's right to due process and appeal.

Please fill out a witness slip to oppose this bill before 5 p.m. today!

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • 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 "OPPONENT"

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

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Action 2: Support the Equal Rights Amendment

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on the ERA for the first time in 36 years. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), first introduced in 1923, is a proposed constitutional amendment that prohibits denying or limiting equality of rights under the law based on sex. Unlike many other nations' constitutions, the US Constitution does not specifically guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex.

When Congress approved the ERA in 1972, only 35 of the required 38 states ratified it by the 1982 deadline, and the ERA failed to pass. Now, Democrats in both chambers of Congress have introduced resolutions that would restart the ratification process to declare that women have equal rights in the United States. With momentum on our side, now is the time to establish landmark constitutional protections against sex discrimination. Senator Durbin has cosponsored the legislation, but Senator Duckworth has not.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling in support of [H.J. Resolution 35 for House/S.J. Resolution 15 for Senate], to restart the process of adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution. Now is the time to establish strong legal protections in our Constitution against sex-based discrimination. Thank you.

Action and script via 5calls.org

Action 3: Climate Strike on Friday

Youth from the Chicago area will be striking from school on Friday, May 3 to put pressure on our politicians to take action on climate change! We will meet at the southwest corner of Grant Park in downtown Chicago at 11 a.m., then march to Federal Plaza for a rally. Join us in fighting for our futures! People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to come.

Can’t make the event? Consider supporting with a donation and/or following the movement at @climatestrikeil

When: Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m.
Where: Grant Park
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Action via Illinois Youth Climate Strike