Friday, September 13 - Defund Hate / Secure Our Vote Day-of-Action / Protect SNAP Benefits

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Call on Congress to Defund Hate

Indivisible Chicago is joining with organizations that supported our July 13th March and Rally to End Detentions and Welcome Immigrants. We are now asking everyone, whether you were able to attend the July 13th event or not, to call their Members of Congress and Senators and demand that they Defund Hate.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I am calling because I am outraged by how immigrants are being treated by the Trump administration and how Congress is enabling that by increasing funding for ICE and allowing the administration to divert funds. I am looking for [NAME] to resist the Administration and not be complicit in these atrocities towards immigrants. We can all see what is happening at the border and here in Chicago/Illinois -- and it is time for Congress to act to stop it. 

I am calling to ask you to Defund Hate by:

(1) voting NO on any budget that includes ANY increase to immigration agencies including Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

(2) Demanding that Congress defund the MPP/Remain in Mexico Program that is denying asylum seekers an opportunity to remain in the U.S. to apply for asylum and is placing vulnerable migrants in even more danger and ensure that all asylum seekers sent back to Mexico are immediately allowed into the U.S.

(3) Ensure that the Administration does not divert funds for its wall or immigration enforcement from other government programs.

 If Congress does not act -- then Congress is complicit. I am asking [NAME] to tell us what he/she is going to do to act.

Action 2: Secure Our Vote Day-of-Action Press Conference on 9/17

The entire national security community agrees that election interference in 2016 was only a preview of what's to come unless Congress acts. Yet the Senate has failed to move forward with critical election security funding for states.

Mitch McConnell is trying to prevent our nation from taking action on Election Security, but due to popular outcry we have a chance to win $600 million to secure our elections by replacing election machines with paper ballots in the next Congressional appropriations whose deadline is October 1.

The House recently passed HR 3351, which would allocate $600 million to states so that they can update electronic voting equipment with systems that use verifiable paper ballots. Paper ballots are the best protection against cyberattacks attempting to change the outcome of our elections.

On Tuesday, September 17, activists are taking part in a nationwide day of action. People across the country are gathering outside their local Senate office to demand the Senate passes allocates funding to secure out elections. Sign up now to attend an event in Chicago!

When: Tuesday, September 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Federal Center and Plaza (219 S Dearborn St)  
RSVP here
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Action via Indivisible Illinois

Action 3: Protect SNAP Benefits

On July 23, the White House announced its latest proposal to restrict access to SNAP. The proposal would restrict a SNAP policy known as broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE). This harmful proposal comes after Congress passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that protects SNAP. Low-income families with children would lose access to critical nutrition programs under this rule. 

The more people who submit a comment in opposition to this policy change, the greater our chance of defeating it and safeguarding food assistance for vulnerable families.

Please leave a public comment speaking out strongly to protect SNAP benefits.

Below are some talking points to get you started, but be sure to use your own words.

  • The proposed rule would increase hunger among our most vulnerable neighbors. This proposal would cause 3.1 million individuals to lose SNAP benefits and 500,000 children to lose free school meals.

  • Making cuts to SNAP harms our most vulnerable neighbors. SNAP already works effectively to address hunger for those most in need. In particular, this rule would make it more difficult for children to access school meals: the Administration estimates that 500,000 children would lose access to free and reduced-price meals at school. Here in Illinois, 41% of those who receive SNAP benefits are children.

  • This proposal will decrease efficiency for state agencies while increasing hunger for families. Categorical eligibility streamlines the process by which families’ eligibility for SNAP is determined. This policy makes it easier for families in need to receive food assistance and allows state agencies to run more efficiently. Changes to this policy would create more work for overburdened state agencies.

  • Cutting SNAP now will have consequences in the future. SNAP is our nation’s frontline defense against hunger, and millions of Americans depend on it to afford a nutritious diet. Cuts to SNAP have consequences for public health and the overall well-being of our community.

  • Food assistance charities cannot compensate for cuts to SNAP. For every meal the Food Depository provides in Cook County, SNAP provides the equivalent of eight meals.

Action via Chicago Food Depository

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