Monday, June 17 - Write Letters to Voters / Juneteenth Police Rally / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TONIGHT - Write Letters to Voters

It's time to get to work on 2020! Help Swing Left get out the vote by writing letters to potential voters in a critical election. This award-winning, proven tactic will help us work on crucial races all over the country!

Think about it: if you help get a voter to the polls in one of our targeted Super States, you can impact key State races necessary to roll back gerrymanders. That’s what Swing Left's Super State Strategy is all about: maximizing the impact of your time and money! Looking forward to seeing you!

When: TONIGHT, Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Moody's Pub (5910 N Broadway)
RSVP here

Action via Swing Left

Action 2: Move the Juneteenth Police Rally

Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States and is commemorated on June 19th every year in 47 states within the United States. Unfortunately, the 16th District Chicago Police Department has planned a "Support Your Local Police Rally " on Juneteenth.

Juneteenth was recognized as an Illinois state holiday in June 2003 in a General Assembly bill brought by then-State Senator Barack Obama. In many ways, Juneteenth represents how freedom and justice in the US has always been delayed for black people. The decades after the end of the war would see a wave of lynching, imprisonment, and Jim Crow laws take root. What followed was the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration, discriminatory housing policies, and a lack of economic investment for people of color.

And now, national and local attention is focused on acts of police violence and the need for police reform. While some progress has been made in black America’s 150 years out of slavery, considerable barriers continue to impede progress toward freedom and justice for all. A police rally on Juneteenth would be an insult to those struggling daily for racial justice, especially in Chicago, a city long plagued by racial injustice and police violence.

Call on your alderperson and Mayor Lightfoot to move the police rally to any day other than Juneteeth.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling on [NAME] to please consider moving the 16th Police District  “Local Police Support Rally” to any day other than June 19 to respect what Juneteeth stands for.

The City of Chicago continues to struggle with racial equity and justice.  A federal judge and the Justice Department has determined the Chicago Police Department requires reform specifically due to a concerning record of civil rights violations. One simple step towards healing, in the City of Chicago, would be for Northwest Side communities and the 16th police district to specifically recognize and respect Juneteenth Day, on June 19, 2019, as a national and state day of observation to celebrate civil rights.

Please consider moving the 16th Police District  “Local Police Support Rally” to any other day. Thank you.

Action via Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism & Hate


Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Congressman Sean Casten

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.

NOTE: Join Tom and Indivisible Oak Park Area for a live recording of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. On Tuesday, June 18, he will be interviewing commentator and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on the topic of impeachment—should we or shouldn’t we. Hamburger Mary’s, 155 S. Oak Park, 6 p.m. for postcards to voters, 7 p.m. for the live recording.

Opening: What do you do about people who believe in ideas the rest of us think are ridiculous? Hint: You don’t start the conversation by pointing that out. Lee McIntyre’s Newsweek opinion piece is here.

Segment 1: Congressman Sean Casten represents Illinois 6 and was part of the Blue Wave that swept a majority of Democrats to office in the recent election. He joins the podcast to catch us up on just some of the issues he’s tackling during his first term in Congress. The Congressman mentioned the writings of scientist Hal Harvey.

Segment 2: Reid McCollum is one of the leaders of the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6, and we talk about what’s happening in the district as they prepare for 2020.

Daily Actions Editor