Wednesday, September 18 - Oppose Steven Menashi / Solidarity Action for Amazon and Student Global Climate Strikers / Chicago NOW Fundraiser

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell Senators to oppose Steven Menashi for a lifetime judgeship

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

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

 

Action 1: Tell Senators to Oppose a lifetime judgeship for Steven Menashi

Steven Menashi, the Trump administration’s nominee for a lifetime seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is yet another judicial appointee with a long history of espousing and defending bigoted views. In college, Menashi wrote antigay, misogynist, and racist editorials. Menashi later defended former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s racist claim that Western culture was superior to Islamic societies. In 2010, he wrote a 65-page article arguing that racial and ethnic diversity led to less effective government. Before he joined the White House general counsel’s office in 2018, he was acting general counsel at the Department of Education, where he provided legal oversight of the department’s reversal of Obama-era civil rights protections.

Recognizing the controversy surrounding Menashi’s nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee quietly scheduled his initial confirmation hearing just two days in advance. During his September 11th confirmation hearing, Menashi refused to answer questions about his role in the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies, his stance on the Bill of Rights, and his positions on gun control.

Menashi’s history of extreme bigoted positions and his stonewalling during his hearing make him unfit for a lifetime judgeship. Urge your senators to oppose his confirmation.

  • 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 [NAME] to oppose Steven Menashi's nomination to the US Court of Appeals. Menashi has a troubling history of espousing racist, sexist and anti-lgbtq views. His extremist beliefs have no place in our federal judiciary.

Action via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Solidarity Action for Amazon and Student Global Climate Strikers on 9/20

Join the Warehouse Workers For Justice and Sunrise Movement Chicago for a joint action in support of the Amazon Tech Workers and the Chicago Youth Climate Strike. The climate strike called by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has spread throughout the world and students all over Chicagoland will be walking out demanding immediate action on climate change.

These students have now been joined by over a 1,000 Amazon Tech Workers nationally who will be walking off their jobs to demand Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos take real action to confront the climate change crisis. With Amazon's rapidly growing fleet of fossil fuel powered airplanes, boats, trains, semi-truck and delivery vehicles, the retailer is a major contributor to climate change. In fact, transportation is now the largest contributor to climate change in Illinois and nationally. Come join us to draw attention to the demands on Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos to take immediate action to combat climate change

When: Friday, September 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: AT&T Building (227 W Monroe)
RSVP and share on Facebook

Action via Warehouse Workers For Justice 

 

Action 3: Chicago NOW’s Women Who Dared Fundraiser on 10/2

Celebrate feminist superheroes who are dedicated to making our city and state a better place for all women and girls at Chicago NOW’s Women Who Dared 2019. Get energized in the fight for equality and justice with stories of the power of activism from this year’s extraordinary honorees: Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and advocate and public servant Sendy Soto.

When: Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: at Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted St.)
Cost: $75 -
Purchase tickets here
Share the event on Facebook

Action via Chicago NOW

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