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March 2017

Action Steps 3/29/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/29/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

Governor Rauner will be attending a fundraiser in Chicago this week—ironic that he’s raising money while he and his administration are responsible for the lack of a state budget in Illinois. Rauner’s appearance at the Governor’s Dinner will be met by constituents demanding he fulfill the responsibilities of his office, including signing a budget so that vital state agencies can conduct their work. Plan to join the demonstration on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m., outside the Hilton downtown.

 

April 4 is Equal Pay Day, and residents of the greater Chicagoland area will be demonstrating for equal pay for equal work downtown. Equal Pay Day takes place every April to symbolize the extent of the pay gap—the date signifies how far into the new year women typically need to work in order to earn what a male would earn in the previous year (that is, it takes a woman more than 15 months to earn what men do in 12). Register to participate in the demonstration on Tuesday, April 4, from 12-1 p.m., at Daley Plaza downtown.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Interested in staying informed on the opposition to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act? Just because Republicans withdrew their American Health Care Act from a vote last week does not mean the Affordable Care Act is safe indefinitely. Participate in a call on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., through Organizing for Action (if you’re not yet a member, create a free account) to learn more about actions to take to defend health care coverage, in particular during the upcoming Congressional recess.

 

The Mass Incarceration Task Force from The People’s Lobby and Reclaim Chicago will be leading an education program about bail bond reform on Monday, April 3, from 7-10 p.m., at Heartland Cafe. The program, part of a Bail Reform Popular Education Series, will explore the ways in which the current criminal justice system in Illinois and Chicago treat poverty as a crime in and of itself and simultaneously cause harm to communities of color. Plan to attend to become more familiar with the ways in which our criminal justice system perpetuates inequity and to learn about steps to take to demand a more just system.


You may have seen media coverage around #findourgirlsDC—girls of color have gone missing across Washington, D.C., in recent weeks. Regardless of the coverage you’ve seen thus far, it’s important to recognize that the disappearance of girls of color is not a new or escalating issue; these disappearances have been occurring steadily for years, and in cities across the country (including Chicago). Read this special report from Essence to get a better sense of the full scope of this issue that touches on both safety and systemic racism.

 
 

Action Steps 3/23/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/22/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will be in Chicago this week for a fundraiser and to promote the American Health Care Act, the proposed law to replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The American Health Care Act will result in higher insurance costs and loss of coverage for many Americans. The resistance will meet Ryan’s visit with a protest on March 23, from 4-7:30 p.m. The demonstration will open with a rally at Federal Plaza before moving to the Chicago Club, where Ryan’s fundraiser is being held.

 

Evanston residents involved in the ACLU’s People Power will meet with the police chief on March 24, at 10 a.m. The meeting is planned to discuss Evanston’s sanctuary cities ordinance, in particular in relation to the ACLU’s 9 model policies and rules for law enforcement. RSVP to attend the meeting and advocate for the safety and welcome of all Evanston residents.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Make plans to get more familiar with Illinois governance this weekend. Illinois State Representative Lou Lang will be presenting a workshop titled “Civics 101” on March 26, from 12-2 p.m. at Oakton Community Center in Skokie. The event, which is open to the public, will provide an all-ages introduction to government and legislative process in Illinois. Families are encouraged to attend together to learn more about how our government operates.

 

Sharing of false, misleading, and biased news—which collectively are being called “fake news”—has been a major problem lately, with misinformation spreading in particular over social media platforms. Be a responsible consumer of news by considering your own reading and sharing habits, especially as they may influence others’ news consumption. A study from the Media Insight Project reveals that who shares an article has a greater influence on whether a person considers that news credible than does the source of the news coverage. That is, if you trust your best friend, you’re more likely to trust a news source they share regardless of the credibility of the source. Use this study as a reminder to be thoughtful and discerning when you read the news, but to also think carefully about what you share in your networks.

 

Share Your Story


The president’s proposed budget includes the defunding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an institution that supports libraries and museums across the country through funding, research, and best practices. Tweet your support for librarians and museums using #saveIMLS to share a story of what libraries and museums have added to your life. Better yet, visit your local public library or museum. If you haven’t visited the library in a while, make sure to update your library card account during your visit.

Action Steps 3/15/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/15/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

The revised executive order on travel goes into effect on March 16. Despite some of the toned down restrictions in this revised executive order, it is still effectively a Muslim ban, affecting people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting intake of refugees. On March 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., a press conference and demonstration in protest of the order will take place downtown. The demonstration stands in opposition to the Muslim ban as well as the increase in raids by ICE.

 

If you’re looking for more ways to get involved in resistance work locally, plan to attend Chicago Engaged! Words into Action! on Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 p.m. in Chicago. The event, hosted by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey and Better Together Chicago, is a free advocacy fair that will feature local organizations focused on issues of immigration, health care, LGBTQ rights, and more. Talk to organizations already doing the work and learn how you can help.

 

Add Your Name

 

With the rapid pace of alarming news resulting from this administration, it can be difficult to keep abreast of persistent threats to Americans’ civil liberties. The current administration is still discussing the creation of a Muslim registry—a list of all Muslims in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. Resist this unconstitutional idea and make clear your willingness to protect your Muslim neighbors by adding your name to #RegisterMeFirst, a project from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

 

Share Your Story

 

The White House has put out the call for Americans to share their stories about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It’s clear the White House is hoping to hear from people unhappy with the ACA, despite the fact that the majority of Americans approve of the law. Join organizations hoping to overwhelm the comment form with positive experiences of the ACA by adding your own story.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Folk Fights Back is a musician-led organization dedicated to raising funds for and consciousness around critical issues in the current administration. On Sunday, March 19, from 6-10 p.m. at the American Legion Post 42 in Evanston, the Chicago chapter will be hosting Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20, with all proceeds going to RefugeeOne, the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. Wrap up your weekend listening to music, learning about an important organization, and supporting immigrants and refugees in Illinois.

Action Steps 3/8/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/8/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

The Chicago Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monthly meetings are open to all, whether new to racial justice work or a longtime activist or ally. This meeting will focus on the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability. The event will include free on-site childcare.

 

The ACLU’s new People Power initiative is ramping up with a huge action event. On Saturday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m., sites and homes across the country will livestream a Resistance Training. The training aims to engage volunteers at the grassroots level to resist and make change in their communities. Fill out the form to find an event near you.

 

The sentiments and action of the Day Without A Woman strike and protests are not limited to March 8. Join the Chicago International Women’s Day for Equality, Justice & Power in a demonstration Sunday, March 12, from 12-3:30 p.m., which will take place in front of the Trump International Hotel downtown. Speakers from over half a dozen local organizations will speak about building a united, intersectional movement to resist discrimination and patriarchy.

 

Write a Letter

 

Send a note to your local school district to encourage them to allow students to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds with their gender identity. The current administration has overturned Obama’s protections for transgender students, and the Supreme Court will not be hearing arguments in the case of Gavin Grimm, but you can insist that your local school district respect the rights of all their students, including those who are transgender.

 

Raise Your Consciousness


Chances are you’ll continue to hear people talking about the newest executive order on travel. Take a few minutes to really educate yourself on the new order; this annotated version from NPR is excellent. Be conversant on how this order is different from the first released in January, and be prepared to talk about how this order is similarly harmful to immigrants and refugees headed for the United States.

 
 

2017 Ultimate Women's Power Lunch

Power Lunch 2017 InviteI'm very excited to announce the 2017 Ultimate Women's Power Lunch, with keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator, and special guest Tamika Mallory, Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington.


I hope you can join Gina, Tamika, me, and a couple thousand other powerful women (and some guys), for an energizing and exciting Ultimate Women's Power Lunch.

Click here to purchase tickets.
 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Chicago Hilton
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Power Lunch Guest: $150

Keynote Speaker - Gina McCarthy
Special Guest - Tamika Mallory

 

12:00 PM Lunch and Program

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The next election for most voters in Illinois is April 4th, 2017.  Most people aren’t even aware that these elections are happening—but GOP Super PACs and dark money organizations are paying close attention.

For too long, the GOP has organized and beaten us at the local level—mayors, school boards, township trustees—and that local dominance is part of the reason they now control  the White House, Congress, and the Governor’s mansion.  If we want to reclaim our country and deliver it from the forces of misogyny, racism, hatred, fear, and bigotry, we have to start at the true grassroots: local elections.

While these elections may be local, their consequences are not.  Mayors determine whether or not the local police force will be part of Trump’s deportation force or if they’ll stand against it as a sanctuary city.  School boards decide not only how much funding your public schools get, but how things like climate change and evolution are taught.  Trustees determine whether or not families in crisis have the resources they need to get back on their feet. 

We can’t vote Trump out of office until 2020.  We can’t vote Rauner out of office until 2018.  But on April 4th, 2017 we can make a real impact right here in our own communities.  These are smaller elections so every vote—and every volunteer—counts even more.

Across Illinois, outside groups are spending money and influence to recruit, train, and support candidates who push an extreme agenda that includes cutting or eliminating food bank resources, mental health services, programs for the severely disabled and children in crisis.  These candidates are often anti-choice, anti-worker, and anti-immigrant and seekito enact Trump and Rauner’s agenda at the local level.

This is our chance to make a difference—not in two years, not in four years, but right here and right now.

There are enough people who vote Democratic in Presidential elections that if a fraction of them came out to vote in their local races, we’d win every race by a mile.  Unfortunately, most of these Democratic voters don’t come out to vote in municipal elections.

That’s where we come in.  We are going to shine a light on these important elections to help create voter enthusiasm and participation.  Help us run a comprehensive Get Out The Vote phone bank operation!  We’re going to call fellow Democrats in these areas, educate them about the upcoming election, and get their commitment to get out and vote!

 

Take Back Local Government!

The next election for most voters in Illinois is April 4th, 2017.  Most people aren’t even aware that these elections are happening—but GOP Super PACs and dark money organizations are paying close attention.

For too long, the GOP has organized and beaten us at the local level—mayors, school boards, township trustees—and that local dominance is part of the reason they now control  the White House, Congress, and the Governor’s mansion.  If we want to reclaim our country and deliver it from the forces of misogyny, racism, hatred, fear, and bigotry, we have to start at the true grassroots: local elections.

Will you join us?  Click here to sign up!

While these elections may be local, their consequences are not.  Mayors determine whether or not the local police force will be part of Trump’s deportation force or if they’ll stand against it as a sanctuary city.  School boards decide not only how much funding your public schools get, but how things like climate change and evolution are taught.  Trustees determine whether or not families in crisis have the resources they need to get back on their feet. 

We can’t vote Trump out of office until 2020.  We can’t vote Rauner out of office until 2018.  But on April 4th, 2017 we can make a real impact right here in our own communities.  These are smaller elections so every vote—and every volunteer—counts even more.

Will you join us?  Click here to sign up!

Across Illinois, outside groups are spending money and influence to recruit, train, and support candidates who push an extreme agenda that includes cutting or eliminating food bank resources, mental health services, programs for the severely disabled and children in crisis.  In other places, there are three fantastic candidates who support immigrants, women’s rights, and worker’s rights.  They’re up against anti-choice, anti-worker, and anti-immigrant candidates that are seeking to enact Trump and Rauner’s agenda at the local level.

This is our chance to make a difference—not in two years, not in four years, but right here and right now.

Will you join us?  Click here to sign up!

There are enough people who vote Democratic in Presidential elections that if a fraction of them came out to vote in their local races, we’d win every race by a mile.  Unfortunately, most of these Democratic voters don’t come out to vote in municipal elections.

That’s where we come in.  We are going to shine a light on these important elections to help create voter enthusiasm and participation.  Help us run a comprehensive Get Out The Vote phone bank operation!  We’re going to call fellow Democrats in these areas, educate them about the upcoming election, and get their commitment to get out and vote!

Will you join us?  Click here to sign up!