January 2018

Kelly Mazeski!

Come and join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Rep Laura Fine in their effort to elect strong progressive woman into the US House!
Kelly Mazeski (D) has a great opportunity to oust Peter Roskam (R) from the 6th Congressional District and to become the first woman ever to be elected to that seat!
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and State Senate Candidate Laura Fine will be teaming up with Kelly Mazeski to have a Big Day of Action/Canvass to help Kelly flip a Republican House Seat!
Join Us on February 17th!
If you’d like to carpool as part of a larger group, we will be meeting at 
10:00am at 747 Custer Ave, Evanston
If you’d like to drive by yourself and meet us there, we will be meeting at 
11:00am at 3511 Regent Drive, Hoffman Estates


Action Steps 1/31/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/31/18


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


Raise Your Consciousness


Writer Anand Giridharadas was a featured speaker at the Obama Foundation Summit this past October; his talk explored the urgency we currently feel toward enacting change at this moment in history. Read (or watch) his remarks here and consider how illusions of change have impacted your own work toward a more progressive, welcoming country. What can you take away from Giridharadas’s exploration of ways to enact meaningful change?


Make Some Calls


Indivisible Illinois has organized ongoing phone banking to encourage Illinois residents in Republican-led Congressional districts to reach out to their elected officials and express displeasure at the passing of the recent tax reform bill. While we in the IL-9 have progressive-minded support from our elected officials, we can encourage our nearest neighbors to make their voices heard to their more conservative representatives. Find out more and sign up to make calls here.


Help Puerto Rico


Despite the president’s assurance in his State of the Union address that our union is strong, millions of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—even four and a half months following the disaster. Now FEMA is withdrawing aid from the island, leaving few desperately-needed resources for the million still without power and the hundreds of thousands relying on aid to overcome broken infrastructure. Aid from citizens of conscience is still needed; see this PBS article, which lists a number of organizations to which you can donate money or supplies.

Action Steps 1/24/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/24/18


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


Raise Your Consciousness


Have you been looking for perspectives and strategies to up your news literacy game? On Wednesday, January 24, from 7-8:30 p.m., Skokie Public Library will be hosting a workshop exploring what makes something newsworthy. The event is the first is a series called “Get a Grip,” which will consider a variety of aspects of news in our current political landscape. Find out more and register for this free event here.


On Sunday, January 28, at 2 p.m., the Democratic Party of Evanston is offering a free educational event exploring redistricting and the 2018 midterm elections. A panel of experts in voting policy will discuss current redistricting efforts across the nation. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow, in the Guild Lounge of Scott Hall at Northwestern. Find out more here.


In honor of the recent appointment of Jacqueline Woodson as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, take some time this week to find and read a book that helps you to see the world in a different way. Woodson’s platform for her two-year appointment is “Reading = Hope + Change (What’s Your Equation?)”; in that spirit, allow a book from a different perspective than your own to open your mind and heart. Anything from young children’s picture books through to historical nonfiction can fit the bill. Only when we’re open to change can we enact it.

Action Steps 1/17/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/17/18


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


Add Your Name for a Clean Dream Act


The language the president used last week while meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration has pulled attention away from the necessity of passing a clean Dream Act—legislation that would allow DACA recipients (individuals who entered the United States as minors and have been authorized to live, study, and work in this country) to stay here legally and without imminent threat of deportation. Democrats have said that they won’t support a spending bill without a clean Dream Act, but many conservatives are balking at including this legislation in the spending bill that must come by January 19 or the government will shut down. Add your signature to this petition from United We Dream to show just how many Americans believe the Dream Act is a necessity for the success and humanity of our nation.


Grab Your Sign and Get Marching


This Saturday, January 20, the Women’s March Chicago will be leading the March to the Polls, a massive demonstration a year after the 2017 Women’s March (with events happening all weekend across the country). This march is an opportunity to show that women and their allies are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to political activity in this country. Make a sign, grab your pussyhat from the Women’s March in 2017, and head downtown. Find out more here.


Support Young Democrats


College Democrats of Illinois has set a goal to #UnseatTheSeven—that is, to elect progressive candidates in the seven Illinois Congressional districts where sitting Republican officials voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have continued to support the president’s agenda at the expense of the health and wellbeing of Illinoisans. Find out more about the work the College Democrats of Illinois is doing to mobilize many of the youngest voters in the state, then give some funding to their PAC. Their work is vital to the efforts to remove Bruce Rauner from the governor’s mansion in Illinois, too.


Get Informed About Running for Office


We’ve all heard about the influx of people—in particular women, people of color, and transgender men and women—considering running for public office. If you’re female-identified and have felt a calling to find out more about what it would mean for you to run for office, sign up for an upcoming webinar on the topic from EMILY’s List and Run to Win. The webinar, which will take place Monday, January 22, from 6-7:30 p.m., will cover the basics of running for office. Sign up here.


Speak Up and Fight Hate


It’s still the season for setting goals for the new year, and learning strategies to respond to bigoted language and actively dismantle systems of hate is an important opportunity available to all of us. Take a look at two excellent resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center: Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, a guide that includes realistic responses to that awful thing your family member, friend, or coworker says; and Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, which outlines concrete strategies for acting in a manner that tears down hate and supports the victims of hateful rhetoric, actions, and legislation. Share with your friends.


Action Steps 1/10/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/10/18


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


Double Check that You’re Registered to Vote


It’s not too early to start thinking about voting in 2018 elections. Now is a great time to double check whether you’re properly registered to vote. Have you moved? Changed your name? Had some other life event that might have affected your voter registration? Check into it now so that you have plenty of time to register should you need to.


Help Ensure the Youngest Voters Can Vote


Did you know that, in Illinois, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the date of the next general election are eligible to preregister to vote? Yet voter education for soon-to-be voters is both vital and sorely lacking. That means there are classrooms of high school students who will be eligible to vote in the November gubernatorial election, but who may not know they can take care of registering to vote now. Share that info with all the 17-year-olds in your life, then reach out to your local high schools and teen organizations to ask what they’re doing to support voter preregistration among their students.


Ask Your Employer to Make Voting Easier


In Illinois, employers are legally allowed to give employees two hours of paid time off on general election days to vote. Many organizations and employers don’t make use of this law, however, and voter turnout at elections—in particular midterm elections, like the one coming up in November—is routinely dismal. Make a plan to talk to your supervisor or your HR department about all employees being able to vote on work time if that makes voting easier for them. Use these resources from to help make your case.


Want to Vote by Mail? File Your Application


Illinois registered voters who are interested in voting by mail in the 2018 primary election may now file the application to cast their ballots via mail in advance of election day. Head to the State Board of Elections website to download the application and for more information. Vote by mail applications for the primary will be accepted through March 15.


Make Your Sign & Get Ready to March


Reminder! On Saturday, January 20, Women’s March Chicago has organized the March to the Polls, a massive demonstration a year after the 2017 Women’s March. This march is an opportunity to show that women and their allies are a voice to be reckoned with when it comes to political activity in this country. It’s also an opportunity to emphasize the importance of registering to vote and voting in all upcoming elections this year. Make sure to get the details on your calendar, and find out more here.

Action Steps 1/3/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/3/18


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


Hear from Illinois Attorney General Democratic Candidates


On Sunday, January 7, from 1:45-4 p.m., local chapters of Democracy for America will be sponsoring a candidate forum at the Irish American Heritage Center. As we gear up for the 2018 elections in Illinois, make plans to hear from the candidates who are hoping to earn your vote and become the Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General. Tickets for Sunday’s forum are free; claim your spot here.


Plan Your Calendar for Voter Activism


2018 is a significant election year, with major races across the country that could turn the Senate and the House of Representatives blue as well as a gubernatorial election here in Illinois. Getting the progressive representation in office that this country and state need is going to be an all-hands-on-deck affair, so get yourself pumped and prepared to engage in activities to get out the vote throughout the year. Take a look at this calendar from ActLocal, which gives you a concrete idea of what you can do in coming weeks, months, and seasons to ensure that progressive voices are heard in upcoming elections.


Assist Detained Immigrants


The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative is looking for attorneys, law students, and people fluent in English plus a second language to serve as volunteers assisting detained immigrants with their legal paperwork to seek release. Volunteers are able to work remotely, so if you care about immigrant rights and have expertise you can share, check out the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative’s site for more information and to help out.


Make a Resolution for a More Energized, Joyful 2018


Activist Jen Hofmann regularly posts information about calls you can make to your representatives, issues in politics, and ways to sustain your energies in the resistance. Her post this week provides three excellent new years resolution options, all of which will help you to have a mentally calmer and more joyful year. Take a look at her three options and determine what would be best for you to have a more tuned-in, fellowship-filled, recharged year.


Get Your Marching Shoes Laced Up


On Saturday, January 20, Women’s March Chicago has organized the March to the Polls, a massive demonstration a year after the 2017 Women’s March. This march is an opportunity to show that women and their allies are a voice to be reckoned with when it comes to political activity in this country. Make sure to get the details on your calendar, and find out more here.