July 2017

Action Steps 7/26/17

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


Boots on the Ground


On Saturday, July 29, from 1-3 p.m., the Chicago rally of the nationwide #SavetheACA demonstration will take place downton. The rally aims to show the continued broad support for the Affordable Care Act, even as Senate Republicans aim to repeal the healthcare law without agreement on a replacement. Grab your friends and family and join the demonstration.


State Your Case


Earlier this year, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 1785, which reforms the Vital Records Act to allow transgender Illinoisans to modify their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity without requiring proof of gender reassignment surgery. The bill has been sitting on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. Use this ACLU of Illinois interface to send a message to Governor Rauner insisting he sign the bill into law to recognize and protect the rights of all Illinois residents.


The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is at an all-time low, thanks in no small part to federal funding that has been put toward teen pregnancy prevention over the past few years. Now Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is calling to eliminate this funding a full two years ahead of schedule—in effect stopping current strategies right when they are being most effective. Write to Secretary Price ( to say that his decision adversely impacts the lives and futures of girls in particular, and demand that funding be restored so we may fully understand and continue to decrease incidents of teenage pregnancy.


Get Trained


Have you ever considered running for public office? Even if the idea is the merest twinkling in the back of your mind, plan to attend this webinar from Run to Win on Monday, July 31, from 6-7:30 p.m. The webinar will guide anyone interested in running for office through the ins and outs of doing so. While the webinar is open to anyone who is interested, it will focus specifically on women running for office.


Raise Your Consciousness

Earlier this month, a Cook County judge issued an order stating that a defendant’s bail cannot be set at a level higher than what they can currently afford to pay. Read up on this victory for bail reform, which means that poorer people accused of crimes will not be disproportionately forced to remain in jail simply because of the amount in their bank account.

Action Steps 7/19/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 7/19/17


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


This week is all about arming yourself with knowledge—about the civic process, items in the news, and the ways in which our habits, no matter how progressive, may be fueling the dichotomous political landscape currently rampant in our country.


Get Trained


The Northside Democracy for America will be leading a two-day Campaign Academy on July 29 and 30 downtown. Registration is open for this event, which will cover all aspects of campaign and volunteer strategy, messaging, fielding, and reporting. Registration fees are discounted for multiple individuals signing up together.


Raise Your Consciousness


You’ve been hearing frequent stories about missile tests out of North Korea. If you’ve been wondering why these recent tests are such a big deal, why missile range always comes into play, and some of the history of our two countries’ nuclear landscape, give this piece from Time magazine a read.


You’ve been hearing about the president’s Election Integrity Commission, which seeks to root out nonexistent voter fraud. But are you aware that a significant percentage of Americans who are legally eligible to vote currently don’t get to exercise that right due to voter suppression tactics? As we resist the demands of the president’s commission, it’s important to recognize all the ways in which the voting landscape is already weighted against many Americans. Give this article from Time magazine about voter suppression a read.


You may have read about privilege—white privilege in particular. If you’re white, however, there’s a good chance that despite any reading and reflection you’ve done, you’re still harboring conceptions about racism that are impeding your ability to be a true racial ally and activist for racial justice. Spend some time with this piece from On Being about recognizing and confronting the racism that is inherent in an American cultural upbringing, even for people with the best of intentions.

When’s the last time you had a conversation with a friend, neighbor, or family member who views the world through a vastly different political lens than you? We’re talking real conversation, in person—not just responding to comments online and then closing your browser window in a righteous huff. Having deep, thoughtful conversations with people who hold different beliefs than you do is vital to American democracy. Read this article from The Atlantic on how our tendency to talk politics in echo chambers is ultimately doing the entire country a disservice, then make a plan to engage in conversation across ideological lines with the intent to hear and understand.

Action Steps 7/13/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 7/12/17

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

Raise Your Voice

July 12 is the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Use your online platform and network to spread the word about the negative impact the elimination of net neutrality would have on the internet and its users—all for the profit of cable companies.

On Friday and Saturday, concerned citizens—many of them women—will be marching from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to demand the NRA remove and apologize for propagandistic videos seeming to advocate for the use of firearms against liberal Americans. If you’re supportive of this action from afar, take a look at the #NRA2DOJ social media support toolkit to find out how you can lend your voice to this weekend’s march.

Boots on the Ground

On Tuesday, July 18, at 12 p.m., the Illinois Health Care Covenant will take place at Chicago Temple. This non-denominational event is meant to demonstrate the broad support of Chicago and Illinois communities for comprehensive health coverage—and to speak out against the current Senate health care bill. Attendees will gather in support of a commitment to ensuring all who need health care may access it, and will demand that Governor Rauner insist the same for all the people in Illinois he is sworn to represent.

Add Your Name

You’ve heard about the president’s Election Integrity Commission—a ploy to get states to turn over private voter data to the current administration. This is data Republicans can use to keep people of color and others from voting. The ACLU has filed suit against the president demanding transparency from the commission to ensure every American is able to exercise their right to vote. Add your name to a petition in support of the lawsuit and stand up for voter rights.

Stay Informed

Looking for ways to stay informed on the dates and candidates of every upcoming election? Take a few minutes to learn about, then download, the new EveryElection app for iOS, which will alert you to all the voting information for your area and for other contacts in your network.

Action Steps 7/5/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 7/5/17


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


Make a Call


Governor Rauner still has not signed HB 40 into state law, despite the measure passing in both the state house and senate. Use this resource from the ACLU of Illinois to reach out to Rauner to express how vital it is he sign this legislation into law to protect the reproductive rights of Illinois residents.


Add Your Name


The current administration has proposed eliminating Amtrak long-distance passenger service, a move that would cut off small towns across the country from connection to commuter routes and their final remaining option for low-cost public transportation. Add your name to the petition asking Congress to reject this proposal and allow Americans to continue to stay connected via Amtrak.


Commit yourself to being a compassionate and supportive member of your community. Sign the Pledge of Allegiance to Each Other, a pledge to honor the dignity in all humans and to join together in community and fellowship.


Stay Informed


Unsure of what to do now that the Supreme Court has allowed aspects of the Muslim Ban to go into effect? Take a look at this infographic, which includes ideas for standing against the ban and standing up for our Muslim neighbors.


In continuing to speak out against the proposed American Health Care Act, the current Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it’s vital to have knowledge of how the AHCA would adversely affect people. Use this resource from Indivisible, which crunched the numbers on the increased costs and decreased coverage that the AHCA would bring to Illinois residents.