Tuesday, July 16 - Raise Minimum Wage / What Is Happening with Immigration? / Blue Friday: Meet the Challengers

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, even as the cost of living in the United States continues to rise. After years of sustained pressure, the workers and labor activists leading the Fight for $15 movement have won raises for 22 million workers nationwide through increases in the minimum wage at the local and state levels—but it’s time to do the same for everyone.

Early in the new Congress, Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act (RTWA), to do exactly that. Read our resource here to learn more, then call your member of Congress and tell them to support H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, without any harmful amendments or Republican motions to recommit that would water it down.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to support H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, and to commit to voting against any amendments or Republican motions to recommit that would weaken it.  Even as the cost of living in the United States continues to increase, our federal minimum wage has lagged shamefully behind. It’s been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, and it’s time to fix that. The Raise the Wage Act will raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, and guarantee that it will continue rising into the future to ensure that all working people will be economically secure. Will [MoC] commit to supporting H.R. 582, and voting against any amendments or Republican motions to recommit that would weaken it?

Action via Indivisible

 

Action 2: PASO’s What Is Happening with Immigration? On 7/18

Support immigrant rights' work and join PASO in a conversation with special guests,  Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, State Senator Don Harmon, and State Representative Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez to find out What Is Happening with Immigration at the state and federal level.

Join us to find out what communities are doing and how you can be involved to organize and fight back against unprecedented attacks by the federal government against immigrants and people of color. At a time of increased incarceration, criminalization, enforcement, and dehumanization of people of color, women and LGBTQ communities, learn from community leaders and elected officials about steps taken in Illinois and across the country to not only fight back, but find collective solutions for our communities. 

Reception with light refreshments to follow discussion.

When: Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park (875 Lake St.)
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Action via PASO - West Suburban Action Project

Action 3: Blue Friday - Meet the Challengers on 7/19

Kina Collins and Robert Emmons Jr. have their work cut out for them. They are the young comers who are challenging the entrenched politicos Danny Davis in the 7th congressional district and Bobby Rush in the 1st. They represent the future of the Democratic Party on the south and west sides, and they'll be the special guests this week at Blue Friday, our monthly meeting/happy hour/salon. Come meet them, hear about their plans and policies, and find out how you can help.

Blue Friday is a great way to end your work week: agreeable companions, adult beverages, and political gossip at the coolest bar in town. Admission is free and everybody's welcome. Join us!

When: Friday, July 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Hideout Inn (1354 W Wabansia Ave.)
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