April 2018

Action Steps 4/30/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/25/18


5 Ways to Stay Involved in the Resistance


This weekly post, at is currently looks, is going on hiatus. But that doesn’t mean the work of the resistance is done! Use these resources to keep on top of issues in the IL-9, Illinois, and the nation, and hold yourself accountable for continuing to stand for progressive values in our country.


If You’re Focused on Local Resistance


Local Indivisible groups are a great resource for staying aware of and involved in issues relevant in our immediate community. Visit and sign up for Indivisible Chicago and/or Indivisible Evanston to keep abreast of the goings on in and around the IL-9.


If You’re Focused on Illinois Resistance


A number of great Illinois organizations are committed to keeping Illinois residents informed of upcoming, ongoing, and pending issues relevant to our state. Sign up for any or all that speak to you, including Citizen Action/Illinois; ACLU of Illinois; and the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association.


If You’re Focused on Nationwide Resistance


Action Alliance is a network of resistance websites and apps, all of which send subscribers free action ideas on the regular. Their comprehensive list of great action organizations includes those that send daily or weekly emails; apps and text bots; and social media profiles you can follow on your own schedule. Try a bunch and subscribe to your favorites for larger national resistance ideas.


If You’re Committed to Specific Issues


If you’re a resister who prefers to channel your energies into work on a specific issue that’s important to you, by all means devote your time and attention to that issue. Great resources to track if you’re looking for a central issue include the Movement for Black Lives; Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and the Southern Poverty Law Center.


If You’re Committed to Staying Informed (And We All Should Be)


Subscribe to journalism that is reputable and provides you the information you need. This one should be a no-brainer, but in a landscape where so much that seems like news is available for free online, we often overlook the value that subscription journalism can provide to our lives and understanding of the world. Think about the news sources you tend toward now. Are any of them local? If you only subscribe to the New York Times and Washington Post, for example, you’re going to miss out on news stories relevant to Illinois and Chicago in favor of broader national stories. Are any of your go-to sources in-depth journalism? The benefit of resources like ProPublica is that they do in-depth reporting that gets at both the news and analysis of what’s going on, providing deeper context necessary for understanding current events in a meaningful way. Finally, are your go-to sources reflecting only a single viewpoint? Regardless of the beliefs and values you personally hold, it’s worthwhile to hear from a wider range of perspectives in order to better understand them and have a chance at moving conversations forward productively. So review your news sources, subscribe to your local paper or news radio, check out some in-depth reporting, and diversify what you read regularly. Responsible resisters stay informed.

Action Steps 4/18/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/18/18


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


Participate in the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools


Friday, April 20 is the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools, the latest in a series of ongoing demonstrations part of the larger movement to end gun violence. Join the action—including supporting local students who may be walking out of class that day—by taking this pledge from Action Network and engaging in an action that will aid in the ending of gun violence in our country.


Don’t Allow History to Be Forgotten


Recent studies have shown that Americans are woefully uninformed when it comes to some of the most important historical events throughout our country’s existence. Whether it’s ignorance of the realities of the Holocaust, denying slavery led to the Civil War, or overlooking other significant moments in the past several centuries, Americans are forgetting—or not learning at all—the historical realities that give us critical perspective on our world today. Commit to spending some time exploring historical resources related to the vital moments in our country’s history using What Every American Should Know.


Be Prepared to Demonstrate


With the raid of the president’s lawyer’s office last week, there has been a resurgence in talk about the possibility that the president may try to remove special counsel Robert Mueller from the Department of Justice investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Groups across the country have put together rapid response demonstration networks that are ready to spring into action should Mueller be fired. Find your preferred demonstration location and add your name to the list of those to be notified in the event of a Mueller firing.

Action Steps 4/11/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/11/18


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


Speak Up For Science


On Saturday, April 14, from 1-4 p.m. outside the Field Museum, Chicagoans will participate in Speak Up For Science, an afternoon demonstration and celebration of the vitality and necessity of science in our world. A continuation of the sentiments expressed at the 2017 March for Science, the free public event will include a rally for the importance of science as well as an all-ages science fair. Illinois residents will also get free entry to the Field Museum all day Saturday. Find out more here.


Participate in the Tax March


On Sunday, April 15, from 12-1 p.m. at Daley Plaza, demonstrators will extend the work of the 2017 Tax March to continue to demand release of the president’s tax returns as well as fairer tax law. Tax reforms enacted at the end of 2017 have taken effect since the last march, with an end result of over half of Americans paying higher taxes than they were a year ago while those at the top of the tax bracket pay less. Find out more about how to participate in the Chicago Tax March, one of a nationwide series of marches.


Know Your Census History


You’ve likely heard that the Census Bureau, under the direction of our current administration, plans to ask about citizen status on the 2020 Census. If you’re unclear why this additional question raises red flags, take a few minutes to read this Washington Post piece about how a similar question on the 1940 Census led directly to the incarceration of American citizens simply because they or their families emigrated from Japan. Our families, friends, and neighbors are in real danger when these sorts of questions are asked—whether from misuse of the information they share, or from underreporting of immigrant populations in the United States because of low levels of participation in the Census due to fear of how their data could be used.

Action Steps 4/4/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/4/18


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


Make Some Calls for Net Neutrality


Net neutrality is one of the central principles of a free and open internet, and it’s currently slated to go away—which would allow internet providers to make certain webpages to load either faster or slower, depending on who can pay. Despite the recent federal decision overturning net neutrality ushering in the realm of a “pay to play” internet, states across the country are considering enacting their own net neutrality rules. Take a few minutes to reach out to your state representatives to support House Bill 4819, which will preserve the free flow of information online in Illinois.


Demand Justice for Stephon Clark


Add your name to a petition from Color of Change that demands justice for Stephon Clark, the Sacramento man shot 20 times by Sacramento police officers while in his own backyard on March 18. Clark is among a number of Black men who have died at the hands of police using excessive force in the area, and the petition demands that the Sacramento District Attorney ensure justice can be served by conducting a thorough and transparent investigation and holding police officers accountable for their actions. Find out more and add your name here. Remember: police gun deaths are gun violence, too.


Keep Working for Gun Reform Legislation


If you’ve felt particularly motivated to work toward gun reform and ending gun violence in the wake of the March for Our Lives, take a look at this great resource from Gather Activism that outlines ways you can continue this work in Illinois. There’s an activity for every interest and ability.

2018 Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's political organization is accepting applications for a hands-on, learning-based student internship and fellowship program in the summer of 2018. This internship will require light, local travel periodically and will be based primarily in Evanston, IL and the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

Interns will work behind the scenes planning and attending events, canvassing, phone banking/text banking, performing office administration, database management, voter registration, and volunteer organizing.

This is an opportunity to experience a wide variety of political activities and to participate in democracy first-hand. If interested in this unpaid internship or fellowship position, please fill out the appropriate form below. Note that the internship is geared towards first-time political campaigners and the fellowship is designed for those who have had some experience volunteering or interning on a campaign or similar organization.

Sign up for the 2018 Internship Program (no experience required)

Sign up for the 2018 Fellowship Program (some experience suggested)