Action Steps 3/15/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/15/17


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


Boots on the Ground


The revised executive order on travel goes into effect on March 16. Despite some of the toned down restrictions in this revised executive order, it is still effectively a Muslim ban, affecting people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting intake of refugees. On March 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., a press conference and demonstration in protest of the order will take place downtown. The demonstration stands in opposition to the Muslim ban as well as the increase in raids by ICE.


If you’re looking for more ways to get involved in resistance work locally, plan to attend Chicago Engaged! Words into Action! on Saturday, March 18, from 2-4 p.m. in Chicago. The event, hosted by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey and Better Together Chicago, is a free advocacy fair that will feature local organizations focused on issues of immigration, health care, LGBTQ rights, and more. Talk to organizations already doing the work and learn how you can help.


Add Your Name


With the rapid pace of alarming news resulting from this administration, it can be difficult to keep abreast of persistent threats to Americans’ civil liberties. The current administration is still discussing the creation of a Muslim registry—a list of all Muslims in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. Resist this unconstitutional idea and make clear your willingness to protect your Muslim neighbors by adding your name to #RegisterMeFirst, a project from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).


Share Your Story


The White House has put out the call for Americans to share their stories about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It’s clear the White House is hoping to hear from people unhappy with the ACA, despite the fact that the majority of Americans approve of the law. Join organizations hoping to overwhelm the comment form with positive experiences of the ACA by adding your own story.


Raise Your Consciousness


Folk Fights Back is a musician-led organization dedicated to raising funds for and consciousness around critical issues in the current administration. On Sunday, March 19, from 6-10 p.m. at the American Legion Post 42 in Evanston, the Chicago chapter will be hosting Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20, with all proceeds going to RefugeeOne, the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. Wrap up your weekend listening to music, learning about an important organization, and supporting immigrants and refugees in Illinois.