Tuesday, May 28 - Pass the RHA / Consumer First Act / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: URGENT - Tell Reps to Pass the Reproductive Health Act

With the legislative session coming to a close, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) could be coming up for a vote TODAY. Without the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), when Roe is overturned (not if) Illinois could have:

  • Lack of insurance coverage for abortion care and birth control

  • Mandatory spousal consent for abortion

  • 24-hour waiting periods

  • Bans on assisted reproductive techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), House Bill 2495, is all that stands between the women of Illinois and anti-choice extremists wanting to ban safe, legal abortion. Tell your rep to support this bill TODAY!

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.

Extreme politicians are introducing, and right-wing anti-choice people are supporting, unconstitutional bills with one goal - to ban safe, legal abortion. With the current make-up of the Supreme Court and new threats to safe, legal abortion it is critical that Illinois lead in ensuring reproductive freedom is a reality for ALL Illinois women! Women’s rights are under attack and we need you to whatever you can to make sure this bill passes. Thank you.

Action via Men4Chocie Advocacy


Action 2: Support the Consumer First Act

Under acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney and continuing with Director Kraininger, the Trump Administration has gutted the agency’s fair lending enforcement, sided with predatory payday lenders, and dismantled financial protections for servicemembers. The Consumer First Act will reverse the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda and return the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to its original mission: protecting American consumers. H.R. 1500 would restore:

  • Full supervisory and enforcement powers in the Bureau’s fair lending office;

  • Prior interagency agreements that promote effective coordination among governmental offices;

  • Adequate CFPB staffing in its enforcement and supervisory positions to effectively hold predatory lenders accountable; and

  • Create a dedicated CFPB student loan office.

On May 22, the House has passed the Consumer First Act. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration. Tell Senators to support this critical legislation to reestablish the CFPB's important role in protecting consumers.

  • 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 to voice my support of H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to protect Americans from predatory lending and to assist veterans and students navigate the financial system, and not serve the interests of predatory lenders.

Action via 5calls.org


Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast

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: What did the conclusion of Game of Thrones tell us about how government works?

Segment 1: Should the House move to impeach Trump? What is executive privilege, anyway? And even though there’s a jail in the Capitol building, it may not be big enough. Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC commentator, a legal expert, and a former Watergate prosecutor. She joins the podcast to help sort it all out. Find her recent article in JustSecurity.org here

Segment 2: If you’re starting to lose faith, remember there are people out there like Diego Garcia. He’s working hard to make life better in the Brighton Park neighborhood. He’s committed, connected, and is 17 years old.

Daily Actions Editor