Friday, August 2 - Oppose Kelly Knight / Indivisible Evanston Meeting / Rapid Response Workshop

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to oppose Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination to UN ambassador

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

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

  • Action 2: Indivisible Evanston monthly meeting with Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Monday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lorraine H. Morton Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave)

  • Action 3: Peace in the Preserves 2019 on Saturday, August 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at LaBagh Woods

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Oppose Kelly Knight

Climate denier and current ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft has been named by Trump to succeed Nikki Haley as UN ambassador. Craft’s qualifications for the UN role are thin, with only nominal roles as a member of the UN delegation during the George W. Bush administration and limited participation in renegotiating the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (formerly NAFTA) as the Canadian ambassador. 

What she does bring is a long track record as a generous Republican donor and supporter of GOP politics in Kentucky, with her chief ally in the Senate being Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The spouse of Kentucky coal billionaire Joseph W. Craft, III, Kelly Knight Craft caused uproar in 2017 by telling journalists “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate. I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science” thus validating a false dichotomy and denying the reality of global climate change. 

Typically, generous donors to both parties have been awarded comfortable, non-controversial ambassadorships, as a token of gratitude for their generosity, but the UN ambassador position is a far more complex, difficult job that has usually been awarded to a person with substantial foreign policy or scholarly experience. With Craft’s nomination, the Trump administration is demonstrating its lack of commitment to the UN and treating it as a reward for a generous donor. 

The Senate is expected to hold a final confirmation vote for Kelly Knight Craft the week of August 29. Demand that your Senator oppose Kelly Knight Craft for UN Ambassador.

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 demand Senator [NAME] to oppose Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination to UN ambassador. With little foreign policy experience and willfully blind views on global issues like climate change, it is clear that she does not have the relevant qualifications for this serious and challenging role representing the United States.

Action via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Indivisible Evanton Meeting with Rep. Schakowsky  

Join us for Indivisible Evanston to find out how you can take action to resist the Trump agenda in 2019, as well as how we can and help support progressive legislation and candidates for office in 2020.

On August 5, we are excited to welcome guest speaker Jan Schakowsky! We will also be introducing some exciting new initiatives as we gear up for the 2020 election, focusing on Growing Young Voters. You'll hear about our college student "Vote Where it Counts" program, Organizing Corps 2020 and the Mikva Challenge. We will also have exciting news and opportunities for voter outreach in Wisconsin, with our "Reach Up" canvassing program in Racine, voter registration in Milwaukee, as well as letter writing and phone banking to WI voters. 

When: Monday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Lorraine H. Morton Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action 3: Come to Peace in the Preserves 2019 on 8/3

Reject racism and celebrate diversity with an afternoon of music, activities, raffles, food vendors, special guests, and more. Visit the event site to see this year’s entertainment lineup.

Feel free to bring a blanket, chair, coolers and just hang out with your family and community and enjoy our beautiful forest preserve.

When: Tomorrow from 3 PM – 7 PM
Where:
LaBagh Woods, 4600-4628 W Foster Ave, Chicago
Get more info and share on Facebook 

Action via Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism & Hate and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Action 4: Workshop for Allies on Raid Rapid Response and Campaigns on 8/5

Learn about the rapid response network in Illinois, a network led by local community organizations, allies, and directly impacted individuals to respond to ICE activity and deportations. We will have information on how to connect to your local organization and how you can take action with other state and federal campaigns.

When: Monday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Sketch Pad (4700 N. Ravenswood)
RSVP and share on Facebook 

Daily Actions Editor