Thursday, September 19 - Support D.C. Statehood / Solidarity Action for Amazon and Student Global Climate Strikers / Youth Climate Strike
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell your rep to support statehood for Washington, D.C.
Action 2: TOMORROW - Solidarity Action for Amazon and Student Global Climate Strikers from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the AT&T Building (227 W Monroe)
Action 3: TOMORROW - Chicago Youth Climate Strike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grant Park
Action 1: Tell Reps to Support Statehood for Washington, D.C.
Residents of Washington, D.C. pay federal taxes, but don't have Senators or a Representative to vote on issues affecting them. Local laws that voters support can be overruled by Congress without the protective rights of a state. D.C. has a larger population than both Vermont and Wyoming, but less say in our government than either. In 2016, 86% of Washington, D.C. voted for statehood over the unjust status quo.
That's why D.C.'s nonvoting Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced H.R. 51, The Washington, D.C. Admission Act to make D.C. America's 51st state. Similar bills have been introduced before, but H.R. 51 has more sponsors than ever and is receiving a committee hearing today. The National Mall and adjacent buildings housing the federal government will remain federally-owned, while D.C. will become a state with 1 Representative and 2 Senators.
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 vote in favor of H.R. 51: The Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Over 690,000 residents of the District of Columbia deserve self-determination and full voting representation in Congress. Fulfill the wishes of the people of DC, who voted 86% in favor of statehood.
Action via 5calls.org
Action 2: TOMORROW - 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: TOMORROW - 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: TOMORROW - Chicago Youth Climate Strike
Tomorrow, youth from Illinois will be participating in this international strike day to demand our leaders take immediate action to address the climate crisis. We will meet at the south end of Grant Park at 11 a.m. and march to Federal Plaza where we will hold a rally featuring performers and speakers.
All ages are welcome. We especially encourage students of all grades to come! Let's make this the biggest strike in Chicago yet!
When: TOMORROW - Friday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Grant Park at S Columbus Dr and E Roosevelt Rd
RSVP and share on Facebook
Action via Illinois Youth Climate Strike