Friday, August 23 - Solar Energy 101 / Unlock Civics Cookout / SNAP Public Comment

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TOMORROW - Solar Energy 101 with

Have you been curious about solar energy options for your home or business? Interested in lowering your carbon footprint or lowering your energy bills…or both? Lots of questions and looking for answers?

Then join 350 Chicago for an educational presentation on residential and commercial solar energy from solar vendor and ISEA member GRNE Solar.

From the basics of a solar panel system to financial and environmental benefits to federal and state incentives, the GRNE Solar team will share their knowledge as an established photovoltaic system designer and installer to help you begin a transition to solar energy for your home or business.

When: TOMORROW, Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The West Room, 2nd floor at the About Face Theater (5252 N Broadway)
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 Action via 350 Chicago


Action 2: TOMORROW - Chicago Votes Unlock Civics Cookout 

Join Chicago Votes for our upcoming Unlock Civics Cookout where we will be re-imagining democracy and uplifting the effects of racial capitalism. This is the last of a series of Give A Sh*t Happy Hours that Chicago Votes is doing with the University of Chicago’s GenForward Survey.

The intersection of racial capitalism and democracy has been at the core of Chicago Votes’ work over the course of 2019; from registering voters in pretrial detention to passing two laws that increase access to the ballot box for black and brown people in the criminal justice system. This event will be a celebration of our volunteers and partners to highlight the progress we have made together to break the civic chains that have confined black and brown people's voices for far too long. We have taken a huge step this year in dismantling the power structure that has given oppressors control over the lives of the oppressed. We have a long way to go, but we should celebrate these victories when they are achieved! And we all love a good party, so join us!

When: TOMORROW, Saturday, August 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento (underneath the canopy)

Action via Chicago Votes

Action 3: Tell the USDA to Protect SNAP

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proposed to drop an estimated 3.1 million people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and potentially to take away affordable school meals from half a million children with this newest proposed rule change.

As the Trump administration continues its war on the most vulnerable among us, we must speak up loudly for one another and for this effective, evidence-based program that helps put food on millions of dinner tables across the country.

For all the administration's attempts to undermine the program, there is ample evidence that SNAP works. Every year, the program lifts millions of people out of poverty and dramatically reduces rates of food insecurity, while boosting economies across the country. This latest proposed rule change limits states' flexibility to ensure residents have access to food assistance, while increasing administrative burden within state agencies and making it harder for people to who need help to apply. And working families with children would feel the worst of the impacts.

Tell the Trump administration to withdraw its proposal that would increase hunger and hardship for millions, including children and seniors. 

The public comment period for this proposed rule will be open until Monday, September 23. Leave a public comment today.

Action via Union of Concerned Scientists

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