Action Steps 10/25/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/25/17


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


Jump in the Ring


We know the adage that politics begins at home, and much of the resistance since the 2016 presidential election has demonstrated just how important local, grassroots actions are to our political momentum. If you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping into the political ring yourself, consider the Illinois Democratic Party’s call for individuals interested in serving as Democratic Precinct Committeemen. Express your interest by filling out this online form.


Raise Your Consciousness


Do you have an interest in equal rights for men and women? An interest in the as-yet-unpassed Equal Rights Amendment? Plan to check out the free screening of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, followed by a panel discussion, on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4 p.m. at Niles West High School. Claim your free seats here.


Now that we’re about halfway between the 2016 presidential election that spurred the resistance and the 2018 mid-term election, it’s a good time for a reminder on ways to stay engaged without falling into a spiral of despair at everything new news story. Take a few minutes to read (or re-read) this essay from lawyer and activist Mirah Curzer, “How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind.” The piece is full of important reminders of ways to constructively tune in, productively tune out, and take care of ourselves and each other.


Ongoing Autumn Actions


In the past few months, the current administration has done all of the following to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: pull funding from the ACA’s advertising budget; announce that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment; and end subsidies that stabilize insurance marketplaces. All of these moves serve to make it harder for the people who rely on the ACA for their health insurance to actually access coverage. Health reporters with the Washington Post estimate these tactics may keep over 1 million Americans from accessing the health coverage they need. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming 2018 ACA signup dates via your social media platforms and make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts November 1 through December 15.


Now through November 15, volunteers will be calling Illinois registered voters to encourage them to contact Governor Rauner and insist that his Family Foundation cease distributing false information aimed at denying climate change. Governor Rauner’s Family Foundation has distributed scientifically inaccurate information to over 200,000 teachers across the country, negatively impacting students. Sign up here to phone bank on any upcoming Tuesday or Wednesday evening.