Monday, August 5 - Demand Action Against Gun Violence / Protect Food Access for Low-Income Households / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Demand Action Against Gun Violence

The United States has more guns per capita than any other peer nation; Americans constitute about 4% of the world's population but own 42% of all civilian firearms. On average, there is a mass shooting almost every day of the year in the United States, and the nation has far higher rates of gun homicides than any other developed nation. However, thanks to continued lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has repeatedly failed to take meaningful action and curb gun violence.

America's disproportionately high rates of gun-related deaths are both tragic and shameful. Congress can save lives by passing common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence.

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 take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by...

CHOOSE 1-3 POLICIES BELOW

  • Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks

  • Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support

  • Funding evidence-based community anti-violence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings

  • Reinstating a federal ban on the purchase of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, which is supported by at least 65% of Americans.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action via 5calls.org

Action 2: Protect Food Access for Low-Income Households

On July 24, 2019, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule restricting a SNAP policy known as categorical eligibility. Categorical eligibility enables states to streamline eligibility rules and enrollment processes across means-tested programs targeting the same population. The administration’s proposal would cause 3.1 million individuals to lose SNAP benefits and 500,000 children to lose free school meals. Households with seniors, working families, and households with children would be hardest hit.

We need your help to defeat this harmful policy change! The more people who submit a comment in opposition to the proposed rule, the greater our chance of defeating it. Please take two minutes to weigh in with your opposition to the proposed rule. Share how it would negatively impact low-income individuals in Illinois.

Submit your comment and tell the Administration not to take food away from individuals and families.

Action via Greater Chicago Food Depository

Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Carrie Chapman

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: When it comes to the Democratic debates, what’s more important? What is said by the candidates at the debate? Or what is said by the media about the candidates before and after the debate? Jeff Favre is a journalist, a professor of journalism, Chicago native, and friend of the podcast, and he helps sort it out.

Segment: Healthcare is shaping up to be a key issue in 2020. Now is a good time to be sure we understand the terminology and how the candidates differ. Carrie Chapman is an attorney for the Legal Council for Health Justice, and she joins the podcast for a little Healthcare 101. 

Daily Actions Editor