Friday, May 24 - Demand Oversight on Trump / IL Anti-Protest Bill / Chicago Abortion Fund
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell Congress to demand oversight of the executive branch
Action 2: Witness slips against anti-protest bill due Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Action 3: Support the Chicago Abortion Fund
Action 1: Tell Congress to Demand Accountability
The Trump Administration has an ongoing and alarming pattern of completely ignoring the checks and balances of Congress, setting the stage for a constitutional crisis. For example:
They are refusing to comply with subpoenas related to the Mueller investigation
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has again delayed a decision to release Trump's tax records
The White House sued Congress over a recent subpoena
Former WH personnel security director Carl Kline will testify before the House Oversight committee after a bitter standoff, but will only discuss “policy and practices”.
White House staffer Steven Miller, President Trump’s controversial immigration adviser, has refused to appear before Congress
Congress has a constitutional right and a duty to check the power of the executive with oversight. Tell your representative that honoring the will of the people and valuing the Constitution are the priority.
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling today to voice my outrage at President Trump's unprecedented defiance of any oversight by the Congressional branch. I expect that [SEN/REP NAME] be vocal and proactive in supporting efforts to hold this administration accountable. Thank you for your time and attention.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 2: Witness Slips to Oppose Anti-Protest Bill
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 slips before Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. to keep it from reaching the governor’s desk.
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
Action 3: Support Chicago Abortion Fund
The Chicago Abortion Fund supports clients in Illinois, and across the Midwest and the entire country who are traveling to access the safe and compassionate care they deserve. Many seeking help come from surrounding low-access states - some from the states we’ve been seeing in the news lately, too. As restrictive bans continue to sweep the nation, we need to double down and dig deep into the wisdom of abortion funds who have been doing this work for decades. Chicago Abortion Fund has been working with sibling funds across the nation to move resources and connect callers to the care they deserve.