September 2017

Action Steps 9/14/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/13/17


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


Hit the Pavement


We can never take it for granted that progressive Democrats will be on our election ballots, even in a part of the country that historically has plenty of Democrat activity. Volunteers are needed to go out and garner petition signatures aimed at ensuring Jan Schakowsky and other Democrats will be on our 2018 ballots. Upcoming times for circulating petitions are this weekend, and you can sign up to help on Jan’s website.


Support DACA Renewals


The president’s executive order travel bans over the winter brought out a flood of immigration lawyers stationing themselves at airports to be able to help travelers in need. Now a similar type of support is needed for DACA recipients (a.k.a. Dreamers) whose current DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018. Lawyers—regardless of whether they have immigration law experience—are needed between now and October 5 for DACA clinics that will assist current Dreamers with their renewals. Fill out this volunteer form at The Action Network if you’re a lawyer, and share with the lawyers in your life. Let none of our neighbors be forced to leave the country they call home due to our own inaction.


At least 10,000 Illinois Dreamers need to renew their DACA status before the October 5 deadline. Did you know that the renewal application includes a $495 fee? That cost can be prohibitive for many Dreamers, especially considering the short timeframe in which they must come up with the money to submit their application. The Protection for All movement is currently crowdfunding to cover renewal fees so that Dreamers in need will be able to submit their applications. Even if you can only spare $5, consider donating to the DACA Renewal Emergency Fund for Chicago Dreamers who need quick financial assistance to get their paperwork complete.


Get Active


One of the many major issues impacting a huge number of individuals and families in our country is the minimum wage. Simply put, the current minimum wage isn’t a living wage—those who make the minimum wage cannot afford simple necessities without constant worry of financial crisis. The Fight for $15 initiative advocates for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, which would have a significant impact on the lives and opportunities afforded to workers. Join the movement by signing onto the Forty for $15, a pledge to spend forty hours between now and the 2018 midterm election engaged in action for a higher minimum wage. Once you’ve signed on, you’ll be prompted throughout the next year with actions you can take to support workers.

We all know how important voter registration is when it comes to having a more progressive slate of elected officials. Soon you can be deputized to register voters in Cook County by attending an upcoming Deputy Voter Registrar Training. The training, hosted by Niles Township Democrats, will take place on Tuesday, October 17, from 7-9 p.m., at Oakton Park Community Center in Skokie. To register for the training, you must be registered to vote in Cook County and fill out this registration form. More information is available with the form.

Action Steps 9/6/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/6/17

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

Support Dreamers

While the president and his administration announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will expire in six months, there’s still plenty you can do to support affected dreamers (the 800,000 immigrants currently on student or work permits through the DACA program) while legislators work to pass a law protecting their status in the United States. Take a look at this resource from the organization Here to Stay and share publicly the ways that current dreamers can legally continue their education and work. Make sure that every dreamer in your community knows their rights and that you stand alongside them.

Raise Awareness

Did you know that the current administration has slashed the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act by 90%? That’s right—since he couldn’t see the ACA repealed through the legislative process, the president is now trying to make the healthcare program look like a failure by keeping Americans who rely on the ACA from knowing when it’s time to enroll in the program. Don’t allow the president’s disgraceful tactics to succeed; make sure every American who counts on the ACA knows they can enroll in the program this fall between November 1 and December 15. Share enrollment dates and info on Twitter and Facebook, and consider making flyers to post in publicly visible spaces so that any neighbor needing the information can find it.

Demonstrate Character

On Wednesday, September 13, over 100,000 groups across the world will participate in Character Day, a global endeavor to engage in discussions about what it means to be a person of character. In these starkly partisan times, when much of the news feels mired in fear, spite, and antagonism, we can all benefit from taking some time to talk to one another about what it means to be the type of people we want to be. Check out resources for the fourth annual Character Day from Let It Ripple.

Be Prepared

Despite the majority of news coverage focused on Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, and DACA in recent days, resistance groups haven’t forgotten about the antagonism the president has shown toward Robert Mueller and the investigation he’s leading looking at possible Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 election. These groups are taking rumors that the president might fire Mueller as potential fact, and they’re preparing a massive response. Look for local groups who will be demonstrating in the event Mueller is fired by the president for doing his job.

Islamophobia remains a significant issue in our country, and Chicagoland is no exception. Be prepared to put your values of welcoming everyone into practice by exploring ways you can be an ally to Muslim women, who face verbal and physically harassment on a regular basis. Watch this short video with six tips for being an ally to Muslim women.