February 2017

Action Steps 2/22/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/22/17


5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9




If you live in Evanston, don’t forget that February 28 is a consolidated primary election. Find the list of candidates--all on the nonpartisan ballot--from the Cook County Clerk’s office, as well as information about voting hours and early voting.


And if you live in an area not voting on February 28, look ahead in your calendar and flag April 4, which is election day for the 2017 consolidated general election.


Money Talks


Have you seen coverage of how the Seattle City Council voted to divest from Wells Fargo in conjunction with that bank’s financial support of the Dakota Access Pipeline? The DeFund DAPL - Seattle Action Coalition, which helped to lead the divestment action, put together a guide on “How To Divest Your City From DAPL,” including step by step instructions and sample documents to help other municipalities pull their money from banks funding the pipeline. Step 1 is to find out where your city, town, or village banks; the guide has tips for finding this information. If you’re concerned your municipality might not respond to a call for divestment based on issues, look to Iowa City, which divested on the basis of financial performance.


Boots on the Ground


Over 850,000 Illinois residents stand to lose their health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and Planned Parenthood is defunded. Health workers across the country are standing in opposition to plans to repeal without replacement, and Chicagoland health professionals will be demonstrating in front of Gov. Rauner’s Chicago office on Saturday, February 25, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Demonstrators will deliver a letter from area health workers and show that professionals directly connected to providing healthcare to residents think unilateral repeal and defunding are bad ideas.


The president has written a memo calling for the Department of Homeland Security to return any migrants entering the United States from Mexico back to Mexico--regardless of whether those migrants are citizens of Mexico or another country. This continued disregard for and aggression toward our Latino neighbors is a core rallying point for the Latinxs Against Trump Protest happening at Cloud Gate on Saturday, February 25, from 2-6 p.m. All immigrants and people of color are invited to participate, and Chicagoland Latinos are particularly invited and encouraged to bring flags representing countries of family origin.


Raise Your Consciousness


Equip yourself with the knowledge to be an active participant and ally in the movement for racial justice in Chicago by attending a two-hour training from the Chicago chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. “Thinking Systemically: A Background to Racism in Chicago,” which will take place on Sunday, February 26, from 2-4 p.m. downtown, will discuss and define systemic racism, its presence in Chicagoland institutions, and strategies for building connections between these institutions and the chapter’s work. RSVP for this important training using the Eventbrite listing.


Bonus Action Beyond the Resistance


If you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community beyond the resistance, plan to attend Chicago Volunteer Expo 2017 on Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The expo is an opportunity to connect with local nonprofits and community-based organizations in need of volunteers to conduct their work.


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IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/16/17


5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from IL-9


Raise Your Consciousness

Whether you’re personally an immigrant or refugee, or if you know someone who is, take a few minutes to review and share this resource from the ACLU, “What To Do If Immigration Agents (ICE) Are At Your Door.” The step-by-step guide explains what might happen if ICE were to come to a personal residence; what they legally can and cannot ask you to do; and what to do if you’re stopped by police, if you’ve been asked about your immigration status, or if you feel your rights have been violated. This resource cannot be shared enough in the current climate with a massive uptick in immigration raids.


Money Talks


Demonstrate your commitment to the United States as a country welcoming of everyone by dining at a local restaurant run by immigrants and featuring foods from all corners of the globe. If you’d like suggestions for where to start, check out the article “Eat Trump’s Immigration Ban” from The Chicago Reader for ideas.


It was big news last week when Nordstrom announced they’ll no longer be selling Trump family products. While the company claims their decision was due to poor sales, the call to boycott companies doing business with Trump may have contributed to their bottom line. Check out this list from Grab Your Wallet to see what companies are still doing business with Trump and family; the site includes contact information so you can call companies to explain that you won’t be a customer so long as they continue to sell Trump products.


Boots on the Ground


Answer Chicago is organizing a protest march on Sunday, February 19, from noon to 4 p.m. The march, called “Stop the Trump Agenda,” will begin outside Trump Tower and proceed to Federal Plaza for a rally. The event specifically stands against the racism, sexism, and bigotry of the Trump administration.


Join the nationwide Not My President’s Day demonstrations at the Chicago site. On Monday, February, 20--President’s Day--people will rally in front of Trump Tower from noon until 4 p.m. The event is meant to demonstrate that Trump’s values are not echoed by all Americans, and to show that many Americans demand better from the person who holds our nation’s highest office.




Action Steps 2/8/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/8/17


5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from IL-9


Write a Letter


Many children and families will be making valentines to share next week. While the craft supplies are out, consider creating postcards or writing letters to the White House about climate change and the environment as part of the Kids 4 Planet Earth 1 Million Letters initiative. Sending letters about issues that affect our youngest generations is a great way to involve kids in organizing and resistance efforts.


Boots on the Ground


Show your support for reproductive rights, which are facing increasing threat across the nation. Join the Rally for Reproductive Justice organized by the Chicago Campaign to Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which will take place Friday, February 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the James R. Thompson Center downtown.


If you’re a resident of Rogers Park and are concerned about the recent executive actions and rhetoric against immigrants and refugees, plan to attend this neighborhood action meeting on Monday, February 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Living Water Community Church. The meeting will focus on understanding the full scope of recent actions impacting immigrants and refugees as well as brainstorming solutions to keep neighbors safe.


Add Your Name


Illinois Women Moving Forward has articulated core principles pertaining to women’s health care, economic security, and justice in Illinois. Take a few minutes to read the principles, then sign on to add your support to upholding these values in our state.


Raise Your Consciousness


As news continues to break at a fast pace, it’s increasingly important to think critically about what types of news sources you’re reading. Take a few minutes to review your news sources and habits with the help of “How to Spot Fake News” from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The infographic shares tips for determining whether an article you come across online is something to take seriously or not.




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Learn More - Racial Justice Issues


The Chicago Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whether you’re new to racial justice work or looking to build on past actions, all are welcome to attend this meeting. Attendees will discuss ways to get engaged in local racial justice work, including emerging campaigns and post-inauguration initiatives.


Add Your Name - Petitions


Are you appalled by the president’s executive action that is affecting vetted refugees to the United States, in particular those of Muslim faith? Add your name to this petition from and demand that the full United States Congress reject this Muslim ban. While our federal representatives have strongly denounced the action, many others across the country have remained silent.


Raise Your Consciousness - Issues to Know About


The president has signed an executive action that advances construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Learn about indigenous activism and the water protectors standing against the pipeline at “NoDAPL and the Future of Indigenous Organizing,” a program from from the Buffett Institute of Global Studies at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30 p.m.