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.