Thursday, August 22 - Block John Hyten for Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff / Benefit Concert for Immigrant Relief

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Block John Hyten for Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 

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

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-495

  • Action 2: Menotti's The Consul: A benefit concert for immigrant relief on Saturday, September 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Transgressive Theatre-Opera (5060 N Marine Dr)

 

Action 1: Block John Hyten for Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the fourth-in-command of the entire US military. Trump has nominated Air Force General John Hyten, who currently commands the US Strategic Command.

Colonel Kathryn A. Spletstoser has accused her then-commander Gen. Hyten of touching her inappropriately and sexually assaulting her in December 2017. The initial investigation was conducted by an officer junior to Gen. Hyten and was not referred to a court martial. At a time when the Pentagon itself estimates that 6.2% of women and 0.7% of men in the military experience sexual assault, appointing a leader who is suspected of such behavior and who was not fully investigated sets a terrible example.

  • 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 Senator Richard Durbin to block the confirmation of General John Hyten for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The credible accusations of sexual assault from Colonel Spletstoser disqualify Gen. Hyten from leadership of our military as it struggles to eliminate sexual assault throughout its ranks. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Benefit Concert for Immigrant Relief on 9/7

Babies and children, ripped from their families, are caged at our country's border in cells so over-crowded that they must sleep on concrete floors in shifts. As we watch these horrors on our television screens and read about them in the media, we must not become inured to this injurious oppression, meted out at the hands of officials who seek to turn our country from a place of safety for the oppressed to a wasteland where everyone looks like them and thinks exactly as they do. 

In times such as these, artists use their art to comment, to protest, and to share resonant stories with their audiences, introducing characters who can make the struggle of the other very real and present for them. Transgressive Theatre-Opera and Friends are answering art’s dictate by giving a single concert performance of Menotti’s masterpiece, The Consul. This is the perfect time to share Menotti’s story of persecuted immigrants trying to flee their oppressed lives only to be met with a cold bureaucracy demanding they obtain the correct papers in order to escape to asylum. If these papers cannot be obtained, their only choice is to attempt escape over the border, a journey that often ends in a speedy death or worse. 

Everyone involved is donating their talent so that all tickets sales and other donations can go directly to Ebenezers Own Refugee Support and the National Immigrant Justice Center. 

When: Saturday, September 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Transgressive Theatre-Opera (5060 N Marine Dr)
Purchase tickets here starting at $20
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Action via Transgressive Theatre-Opera

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