Tuesday, August 20 - Protect Reproductive Health Care / Rally for $15 Minimum Wage / The 1619 Project

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Senators to Protect Reproductive Healthcare

Planned Parenthood was forced out of the Title X program — the nation’s only dedicated program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care — because of the dangerous and unethical gag rule. 

Forcing Planned Parenthood out of the program threatens access to affordable health care for millions who get care through Title X. This is similar to the global gag rule that prevents international organizations from delivering critical health services to people most in need around the world. 

Call your Senators and demand they protect access to birth control and Title X, and end the domestic and global gag rules.

  • 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 urge you to protect Title Ten — the nation’s program for affordable birth control — from the gag rule, which was designed to block people from coming to Planned Parenthood. Forcing Planned Parenthood out of the Title Ten program threatens access to care for millions of people across the country who rely on their health centers for birth control and other essential care. This is similar to the global gag rule, which is causing communities around the world to lose access to vital health information and services, including birth control, HIV prevention and treatment, and maternal health care.

As your constituent, I'm counting on you to protect access to birth control and affordable care and to fight back against the domestic and global gag rules. Thank you for your time.

Action via Planned Parenthood


Action 2: $15 Minimum Wage Rally on 8/22

Chicago workers can't wait until 2025 for a living wage of $15 an hour. August 22 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. Black women make 61 cents to every dollar a white man makes.  Stand up for black women. Stand up for workers. Rally to tell Chicago Aldermen to pass the #15CantWait ordinance.

When: Thursday, August 22 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St)
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Action via Raise Chicago 

Action 3: Read and Share The 1619 Project 

The Pulitzer Center has partnered with The New York Times Magazine on an ambitious initiative: The 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project is driven by the fact that 400 years ago this summer, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though the United States had yet to be established, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. 

“1619” is a special New York Times Magazine project observing this anniversary by examining the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.

As the scarring legacy of slavery continues to shape this country, as racism continues to flourish and hatred spews from The White House, it is vital to reflect on the history of slavery and its lasting impact. This history arms us with the knowledge we need to as we work to dismantle white supremacy.

Daily Actions Editor