June 2017

Action Steps 6/28/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 6/28/17


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


Make a Call


The White House has reduced press briefings and made other changes that drastically limit the ability of the American people to learn what the administration is doing. This unprecedented move is undermining a core tenet of American democracy. Read up on the threats associated with decreased access to White House briefings, then call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 to demand that open press briefings be held on a regular basis so that Americans may stay informed about the activities of the executive branch.


Add Your Name


While Illinois residents across the state have been inundating federal legislators with demands to preserve health coverage guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, our governor has not made any comments on the House and Senate attempts to repeal ACA provisions and leave hundreds of thousands more uninsured. Add your name to a petition demanding that Governor Rauner speak out against proposed bills that would leave Illinois residents without health coverage.


Join Community


People across the country will be hosting Resistance Summer Cookouts this weekend, including at locations in Chicago and Skokie. RSVP to attend a cookout where you can meet others in the resistance, swap strategies for persisting in standing against the current administration, and build stronger community. A full list of cookout dates, times, and locations is available on the Resistance Summer website.


Raise Your Consciousness


With the acquittal of the police officer who shot Philando Castile, the list of unarmed black men and women who have been killed by police without judicial consequences continues to grow. Until Americans recognize the extent of systemic racism in our country, and reckon with its centrality to American history and the stories we tell of our nation, this desecration of black bodies without consequence will continue to occur. Read this five-part series on police brutality by Shaun King, then investigate what your community is doing to ensure that “protect and serve” applies to all residents and not just white ones.

Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 27. Watch Secretary Clinton’s speech in which she touts the ways in which libraries add vital services to their communities, then visit your local library to sign up for summer reading, offer to volunteer, or talk to a librarian about strategies for combating fake news.

Action Steps 6/21/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 6/21/17


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


Boots on the Ground


Come to the Federal Center downtown to greet the Truth Tour bus as it completes its route around Illinois and stand in solidarity with the millions of Illinois residents who rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health care coverage. The Truth Tour demonstration against repealing the ACA for the poor replacement AHCA will take place Thursday, June 22, from 2:30-4 p.m.


A candlelight vigil in memory of Nabra Hassanen, a Muslim teen girl killed over the weekend, will take place on Thursday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m. downtown. Join members of the Muslim community and allies in standing against hateful and racist rhetoric that is contributing to the normalization of harassment and killing of Muslim Americans.


Sunday, June 25 is the annual Chicago Pride Parade. Plan to attend and celebrate in solidarity with LGBTQ Chicagoans and those who recognize their inherent human dignity. Check out the Chicago Pride website for a full listing of events.


Join Community


June 25 is the Day of Dinners nationwide, with ordinary citizens across the country gathering together to share a meal with neighbors both familiar and new. Based on the tenet that our sharply partisan political sphere calls for people to get together, talk, and recognize the humanity in one another, the Day of Dinners offers opportunities for both hosts and attendees to gather around common tables. For information on events near you, visit the website and register.


Raise Your Consciousness


While the current administration doubles down on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the United States, it has recently come to light that Russian hackers perpetrated a cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system and voter information during the 2016 presidential election. Take some time to read up on these hacks so you’re prepared to talk about real issues of voting security.

Action Steps 6/14/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 6/14/17


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


Support Immigrants and Refugees


Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, enacted in 2012, was a step toward making Chicago one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the nation. A rally in support of the ordinance, including a call for the closing of loopholes in its language, will take place on Thursday, June 15, at 11 a.m., across the street from City Hall downtown. Stand in solidarity with this pro-immigrants’ rights action.


June 20 is World Refugee Day. To mark the day, visit the webpage of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and familiarize yourself with the work they do. Print off copies of their “Know Your Rights” card, which has rights information in English, Spanish, Korean, and Polish as well as contact info for families experiencing crisis. Keep a copy in your bag, share one at your local community center, and think about other places where this information might be accessible to immigrant and refugee families who need it.


Raise Your Consciousness


Get a head start on preparing for the 2018 gubernatorial race by taking some time to review the bios of those who have declared they’ll run to challenge Gov. Rauner. Read statements from:

Daniel Biss

Bob Daiber

Chris Kennedy

Alex Paterakis

Ameya Pawar

JB Pritzker


It’s okay to disagree with people who hold different views than your own—but it goes too far to dehumanize them for simply having different beliefs. Take some time this week to read this Vox piece by Brian Resnick exploring the ways we dehumanize those who live, worship, or vote differently from us, and the negative toll it takes on both our country and our minds.


Need a reminder of why it’s important to get your news from a variety of sources—or, at the very least, not just from a single source? Take a look at this piece from The Washington Post showing what MSNBC, CNN, and Fox included in their coverage of James Comey’s testimony. All three outlets drew from the same primary source, and yet each crafted a unique perspective of the story. Use this example as a motivator to do an audit of your current preferred news sources and to add some new ones to the mix.

Action Steps 6/7/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 6/7/17


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


Boots on the Ground


While demonstrations and marches have been a cornerstone of the resistance since the inauguration, protest is a right that can be exercised by people of all viewpoints—including those who would demonstrate their hate and racism. Drown out the planned anti-Muslim protesters downtown this Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m., as part of Counter-Protest: Chicago Resists Islamophobia. Show your solidarity with Muslim neighbors while denouncing hate.


Show your support of and celebrate Chicago’s LGBTQ community on Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at the Chicago Equity Rally at Andersonville Midsommarfest. RSVPs are requested for this event, which will mobilize community members and allies in confirmation of LGBTQ rights and humanity. This rally is in solidarity with The Equality March for Unity and Pride happening in Washington, D.C., the same day.


Make Some Noise for Climate Action


The biggest administration news since the last action newsletter was the president’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement—making us one of only three nations globally that will not participate. Make it clear to CEOs of major corporations who are serving on the president’s Advisory Council that this decision is unacceptable and dooms the future of the planet. Reach out via social media and email to demand that these CEOs resign from the council and commit their companies to serious action to combat human-caused climate change.


In the wake of the news that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a handful of governors have announced that they will lead their states in upholding the standards of the agreement even without federal support. Give Governor Rauner a call and demand that he commit Illinois to honoring the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement.


Take Some You-Time


Active resistance requires energy, which is why it’s important to take time to recharge your batteries on a regular basis. Take advantage of the calming benefits of coloring by printing off and making beautiful these resistance-themed coloring sheets just released by Planned Parenthood. Share with a friend, color with a kid, and add your finished product to your fridge so you feel invigorated each time you see it.

Action Steps 6/1/17

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


Boots on the Ground


While news has been happening at a breakneck pace since the 2016 election, one feeling prevails: there are so many conflicting accounts of what’s happening in the news that it’s hard to keep track of what’s true. Join the Chicago March for Truth on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn, one of many Marches for Truth that will be happening across the country this weekend. The march platform includes calls for an independent commission, non-partisan and with Congressional funding, to investigate recent behavior of the Trump campaign and administration around Russia.


Moms Demand Action - IL is a local group dedicated to demanding that legislators, companies, and educational institutions act to create common-sense gun reforms. On Saturday, June 3, from 12-3 p.m. at Harold Washington Park, the group will be hosting Wear Orange 2017: Party for Peace. The event is intended to bring together community members in favor of ending gun violence through common-sense reform. There will be food, music, and games, and RSVPs are appreciated. Don’t forget to wear orange!


Peter Roskam, the Congressional Representative for the IL-6, has not been holding town halls—and that’s after he snuck out the back door of a scheduled constituent meeting during the winter in order to avoid interacting with those of his constituents who demanded answers for his seeming agreement with the policies of the new presidential administration. Residents of the IL-6, however, are organizing their own town halls. In what they’re billing as an “Adopt a District Town Hall,” the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th will be hosting a town hall with special guest Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Saturday, June 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Palatine. Residents of the IL-9 can attend in support of their neighbors in the IL-6.


Wear Orange & Share a Photo


June 2 is Gun Violence Awareness Day, and for the second year in a row people across the country will show their commitment to ending gun violence by wearing orange—a bright color that demands to be seen and that signals there is more work to be done to end gun violence. Wear orange on Friday, June 2, and take a selfie. Share and tag photos #WearOrange to demonstrate your support, then visit Wear Orange online to learn what actions you can take to help bring gun violence to an end.


Share a Story


When legislators argue against the policies and proposed budget cuts being put forth by Republicans and the administration, their arguments are all the more powerful when they amplify the experiences of the everyday Americans all elected officials represent. That’s why it’s so important to share your stories and experiences with services that may be on the chopping block, like healthcare, public education, and environmental protections. Hands Off, a project with over fifteen partners including and Planned Parenthood, is providing a forum for Americans to share their experiences with core services. Take some time this week to share your own stories so that your representatives may better advocate for services that you and millions of other Americans rely on.