Monday, May 6 - Worker Cooperatives in IL / Postcards for PA Special Election / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: DEADLINE TOMORROW - Witness Slip for HB3663

Illinois currently has more than 1,000 cooperative businesses that support over 3 million cooperative members and nearly 19,000 jobs. Over 60% of new cooperative worker-owners are people of color. Over 66% of total worker-owners are women.

HB3663, the Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act, would create a corporate status which is better suited to the formation of worker-owned cooperatives in Illinois. The bill is being led by communities who are presently forming cooperatives under these less-than-optimal conditions. This bill passed unanimously in the House and is presently being ferried through the Senate.

You have a chance to help this bill pass by filling out a witness slip in support before Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

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 "PROPONENT"

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

Never miss another slip! Join The Witness Slip Project and make sure you turn your notification settings to All Posts.

 

Action 2: Postcards for PA Special Election

Remember the last time Trump got involved in a Pennsylvania Special Congressional Election? Democrat Conor Lamb overcame tough odds to win with just a 755-vote margin.

There's no guarantee that the same sort of victory is possible in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District when voters decide on May 21. But, there are plenty of voters to contact before then.

Over 60,000 volunteer writers have engaged with Postcards to Voters over two years on 159 campaigns (and counting). We need more Postcard Patriots to each write 5 or 10 voters so that no voter is left behind. Your postcards deliver mailbox magic that creates a buzz in the community.  Recipients talk about and even show off the fun, friendly, fully-handwritten postcards and that becomes a force multiplier.

Volunteer to write voter postcards for the upcoming PA special election:

 Action via Postcards to Voters

 

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: To impeach or not to impeach? Is there any lesson in the very first time a US president was impeached? Also, Tom marks the passing of a great writer, teacher, and friend. Read one of Lee K. Abbott's stories here.

Segment 1: Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for the past 46 years—long enough to make it feel like settled law. The ascension of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court changed all of that, and now, Roe is anything but secure. ACLU Illinois is working to ensure that abortion remain safe and legal, and this week, Tom talks about those efforts with Ed Yohnka, Director of Communication and Public Policy for ACLU of Illinois.

Segment 2: Jennifer Lee from Think Big Illinois joins to talk about where things stand with the Fair Tax.