Tuesday, May 21 - Protect Right to Protest / Rally for Reproductive Justice / Reject More Money for DHS
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Oppose HB1633, which outlaws protests
Action 2: Chicago Rally for Reproductive Justice on Thursday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St.)
Action 3: Tell your MoC: Reject more money for DHS
Action 1: Oppose ALEC’s HB1633, Which Outlaws Protests
The Koch brothers’ ALEC is trying to make protests illegal. HB 1633 is being pushed by conservatives and Oil & Gas industry lobbyists across the country with the express purpose of weakening our First Amendment rights. It specifically targets environmental activists (the Kochs make their fortune off of oil & gas) by invoking “terrorism” against “critical infrastructure”.
Today just nuclear power plants have extra restrictions. Their bill would apply the same constraints to select telephone poles, cell towers, TV stations, railroad tracks, and ports to steel plants, coal mines, and pipelines.
Trespassing is already a crime. Destruction of property is already a crime. Terrorism is already a crime. This bill would only be a further assault on civil liberties and silence people’s voices just when they need to be heard.
Their bill already passed the Illinois House (see how your State Representative voted here). Sign the witness slip to keep it from reaching the governor’s desk.
Read our blog post for more information.
File a witness slip as an OPPONENT of HB 1633 before 5 p.m. TODAY (May 21)
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
If your state senator is on the Criminal Law Committee call them TODAY to express your opposition and concerns about HB1633, and ask them to commit to voting AGAINST this bill. If you do not know who your senator is or their contact info, look it up here.
Action 2: Chicago Rally for Reproductive Justice on Thursday
Join us as we rally against conservative attacks on abortion rights and uplift a vision of reproductive justice that includes free abortion on demand for anyone who chooses to end a pregnancy. We will be sharing information and hearing from speakers who will help attendees plug into various aspects of the work ahead.
This event will include speakers from Chicago Abortion Fund, Midwest Access Coalition, Lifted Voices, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) and others and performances by Atena Danner and the Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade.
When: Thursday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at
Where: Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St.)
Action 2: Tell Reps to Reject More Money for DHS
On May 1, Trump requested billions of dollars in additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including over $1 billion in funding to expand detention (yes, more cages), hire more ICE and CBP agents, and accelerate deportations. Read more here.
As a member of the Defund Hate coalition, we are joining them to ask MoCs to reject the administration’s supplemental funding request. We need to dismantle Trump’s mass deportation machine, not feed it with billions more in funding.
Call your Member of Congress (MoC) now to tell them to vote no on the administration's supplemental funding request for DHS!
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling because I want you to support and vote YES on the Reproductive Health Act (HB 2495).
I'm calling today to tell [MoC] to reject the White House’s supplemental budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. ICE and CBP have a long track record of abuse and death, mismanagement of funds, and a culture of violence. My tax dollars should not be spent to detain, deport, or terrorize immigrant communities.
Will [MoC] urge their party’s leadership to reject the White House supplemental budget request?
Action via Indivisible