February 2018

Action Steps 2/28/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/28/18


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


Hear from Democratic Attorney General Candidates


Law School Democrats from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law are hosting an open forum to hear from Democratic candidates for Attorney General; these candidates will be on your primary ballot this March. The forum will take place on Wednesday, February 28, from 6-8 p.m. with a one-hour meet and greet after, at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium. Find out more and register here. The forum is free, although donations will be accepted to help defray event costs.


Know Your Rights


Students who are contemplating participating in school walkouts and peaceful demonstrations to demand gun legislation reform are invited to attend a free “Know Your Rights!” training specifically aimed at exploring the legal rights of students. The webinar, offered by the ACLU’s People Power, will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Sign up for the event here. Teachers, parents, and allies are welcome to attend as well.


Demand Net Neutrality


Organizations across the country declared February 27 a day of action for net neutrality, but your voice is still needed to demand that Congress move to preserve net neutrality for all American internet users. Find out more and join the effort at Battle for the Net, and explore these resources if you need a refresher on why net neutrality is so important. As of Tuesday evening, legislation in the Senate was in need of only one more vote to preserve net neutrality.


Go Vote!


Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election begins on Monday, March 5. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that any unexpected commitments don’t prevent you from casting your vote on election day. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.

Marie Newman!

Come and join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Rep Laura Fine in their effort to elect strong progressive women into the US House!
This year, we have a real chance to defeat Dan Lipinski, an anti-choice, anti-immigrant, anti-lgbtq incumbent and send a REAL progressive to Washington with Marie Newman running in IL-3.
Marie is a pro-choice, pro-lgbtq, pro-minimum wage candidate who has been a national leader on anti-bullying efforts and will represent her community well.
Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and State Senate Candidate Laura Fine and help flip this district for a great progressive woman, Marie Newman!
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 100 S 6th Avenue, La Grange, IL

Action Steps 2/21/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/21/18


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


Show Up to Discuss Gun Violence


Evanston residents of the IL-9 are invited to a community forum on gun violence held by Mayor Hagerty. The open forum will take place on Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center in the Parasol Room. The event aims to be a discussion of issues surrounding gun violence in the community with a particular focus on identifying actions residents can take to address the issue. Find out more here.


Hit the Streets


On Saturday, February 24, at noon at Daley Plaza downtown, demonstrators will gather for Working People’s Day. This demonstration from Action Network aims to affirm the rights and freedoms of working people and to demand legislation that protects rather than exploits them. RSVP here and find out more here.


Prepare to Vote in the Primary


The Illinois General Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 20. While the deadline to register for this election has passed, now’s a good time to double check your polling place and to add the primary election to your calendar. Use the Illinois Voter Registration Lookup tool to find your details.


Action Steps 2/14/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/14/18


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


Send a Valentine to Your Elected Officials


The legislative agenda in 2018 is shaping up to be a rough one, meaning a potentially very bumpy road ahead for elected officials representing the IL-9. Build on the the Valentine’s Day mood and help your officials prepare for upcoming fights by sending them a note of appreciation for their work. Find representative contact information by entering your address here.


Support Libraries


Among the cuts and slashes in the president’s proposed FY19 budget released on Monday was the elimination of all federal funding for libraries. This proposal would have a massively negative impact on libraries across the country who look to the relatively small amount of funding offered through grants in order to provide the most-needed services to their communities. Use this tool from the American Library Association to make it clear that the government needs to fund libraries. If you haven’t visited a local library in a while, take this moment as a reason to do so; pay special attention to all the various ways your fellow community members are using the library while you’re there. Better yet, talk to a library staffer about all their institution is doing to contribute to the life and success of the community.


Help Flip the IL-6


On Tuesday, February 20, from 7-9 p.m. at 2319 Park Place in Evanston, volunteers will be helping out the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th by sending postcards to residents in that district reminding them to get out the vote in the March 20 primary election. Many Illinois groups are supporting efforts for the IL-6 to vote current conservative Congressman Peter Roskam out of office. Find out more here.

Action Steps 2/7/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/7/18


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


Demand Voter Rights


Illinois could do a much better job of ensuring all eligible citizens are able to exercise their right to vote—in particular those citizens who are awaiting trial and those who have served their time in prison and been released. HB 4469 has been proposed in the Illinois legislature to ensure voting franchise of these marginalized individuals; use this tool from ACLU People Power to ask your state legislator to support the bill.


Help Flip Some Seats


While every election is absolutely important, the 2018 midterm elections are shaping up to be particularly influential and interesting. Gerrymandered districts are being redrawn in major battleground states, and groups like Flippable are focusing efforts on individual races in which progressive challengers have the best chance of ousting conservative incumbents and ending the Republican majorities in Congress. We all know that funding factors significantly in these contentious races, so consider sending some cash in the direction of the Flippable Fund as they amp up their 2018 strategy.


Raise Your Consciousness


The hyper-partisan political landscape in which we currently live comes at least in part from both conservatives’ and progressives’ disinclination to engage with one another in conversation and discussion. Watch this TEDx talk to explore why it’s important to “Help make America talk again,” and strategies for having meaningful, transformative conversations in your own life.