Wednesday, July 10 - Tell Duckworth to Oppose Acosta / Support Reparations Study / Donate to Immigration Rally

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Duckworth to Demand Acosta’s Resignation

On July 6th, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested upon returning to the United States and charged with sex trafficking of dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida. The arrest comes just two weeks after the Department of Justice refused to throw out the non-prosecution agreement that then Assistant US Attorney Alex Acosta and current Labor Secretary put in place to grant Jeffrey Epstein immunity from prosecution.

Alex Acosta helped a pedophile avoid paying for his crimes and denied his victims a chance at justice. He must resign as Labor Secretary immediately. Senator Durbin has already called for Acosta’s resignation. Tell Senator Duckworth to do the same.

Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge Senator Duckworth to call for Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta's resignation and demand a full investigation into Acosta's secret plea deal with serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta's plea deal likely violated the Crime Victims Act and shows a shocking disregard for the children victimized by Epstein and his co-conspirators. Senator Duckworth needs to join Senator Durbin in calling for Acosta’s resignation.

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Action 2: Tell Congress to Research Reparations

On June 19th, the House held a hearing on H.R.40, a bill that would launch a commission to study how the government can most effectively pay reparations to African-Americans to mitigate the ongoing damage from racist federal policies. The racial wealth gap is enormous - black Americans hold only 3% of the nation’s wealth despite being 12-13% of the population, the median wealth of black families is less than 10% of white families, and over 25% of black families have zero or negative net worth.

The federal government is responsible for many drivers of this wealth gap, including but not limited to keeping slavery legal until the end of the Civil War, discriminatory housing policies (red-lining so federally-supported mortgages were not available in black neighborhoods), interstate highway design that drove “white flight” and subsequent ghettoization of black neighborhoods in the inner cities, and less funding for predominantly black schools.

This commission would examine the federal government’s responsibility for the ongoing impacts of slavery and racially discriminatory federal policies, and propose financial compensation-based solutions, i.e., reparations. Representatives need to hear from their constituents that we have a responsibility as Americans to examine the impacts of our racist federal policies (past and present), and proactively attempt to repair the damage.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [NAME]  to vote in favor of H.R. 40: The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. As a nation, we need to address our past history and current reality of racially-discriminatory federal policies, and the formation of this commission to study and propose reparations is a critical first step.

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Action 3: Donate to Our March to Close the Camps on 7/13

On Saturday, July 13, we will take the streets at Daley Plaza and march against the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and demand an end to concentration camps on American soil. 

As an Indivisible Chicago member, we invite you to join us as we stand on the right side of history.

We need to raise $12,000 to pay for the sound system, porta potties, tents, and everything else needed to put on an event this size. Please consider donating directly to help us put on this event and fight for immigrant rights.

We are still short on volunteers, especially marshals. If you are able, please volunteer. Training will be provided.

Daily Actions Editor