Action Steps 2/22/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/22/17


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




If you live in Evanston, don’t forget that February 28 is a consolidated primary election. Find the list of candidates--all on the nonpartisan ballot--from the Cook County Clerk’s office, as well as information about voting hours and early voting.


And if you live in an area not voting on February 28, look ahead in your calendar and flag April 4, which is election day for the 2017 consolidated general election.


Money Talks


Have you seen coverage of how the Seattle City Council voted to divest from Wells Fargo in conjunction with that bank’s financial support of the Dakota Access Pipeline? The DeFund DAPL - Seattle Action Coalition, which helped to lead the divestment action, put together a guide on “How To Divest Your City From DAPL,” including step by step instructions and sample documents to help other municipalities pull their money from banks funding the pipeline. Step 1 is to find out where your city, town, or village banks; the guide has tips for finding this information. If you’re concerned your municipality might not respond to a call for divestment based on issues, look to Iowa City, which divested on the basis of financial performance.


Boots on the Ground


Over 850,000 Illinois residents stand to lose their health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and Planned Parenthood is defunded. Health workers across the country are standing in opposition to plans to repeal without replacement, and Chicagoland health professionals will be demonstrating in front of Gov. Rauner’s Chicago office on Saturday, February 25, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Demonstrators will deliver a letter from area health workers and show that professionals directly connected to providing healthcare to residents think unilateral repeal and defunding are bad ideas.


The president has written a memo calling for the Department of Homeland Security to return any migrants entering the United States from Mexico back to Mexico--regardless of whether those migrants are citizens of Mexico or another country. This continued disregard for and aggression toward our Latino neighbors is a core rallying point for the Latinxs Against Trump Protest happening at Cloud Gate on Saturday, February 25, from 2-6 p.m. All immigrants and people of color are invited to participate, and Chicagoland Latinos are particularly invited and encouraged to bring flags representing countries of family origin.


Raise Your Consciousness


Equip yourself with the knowledge to be an active participant and ally in the movement for racial justice in Chicago by attending a two-hour training from the Chicago chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. “Thinking Systemically: A Background to Racism in Chicago,” which will take place on Sunday, February 26, from 2-4 p.m. downtown, will discuss and define systemic racism, its presence in Chicagoland institutions, and strategies for building connections between these institutions and the chapter’s work. RSVP for this important training using the Eventbrite listing.


Bonus Action Beyond the Resistance


If you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community beyond the resistance, plan to attend Chicago Volunteer Expo 2017 on Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The expo is an opportunity to connect with local nonprofits and community-based organizations in need of volunteers to conduct their work.