Action Steps 3/8/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/8/17


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


Boots on the Ground


The Chicago Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monthly meetings are open to all, whether new to racial justice work or a longtime activist or ally. This meeting will focus on the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability. The event will include free on-site childcare.


The ACLU’s new People Power initiative is ramping up with a huge action event. On Saturday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m., sites and homes across the country will livestream a Resistance Training. The training aims to engage volunteers at the grassroots level to resist and make change in their communities. Fill out the form to find an event near you.


The sentiments and action of the Day Without A Woman strike and protests are not limited to March 8. Join the Chicago International Women’s Day for Equality, Justice & Power in a demonstration Sunday, March 12, from 12-3:30 p.m., which will take place in front of the Trump International Hotel downtown. Speakers from over half a dozen local organizations will speak about building a united, intersectional movement to resist discrimination and patriarchy.


Write a Letter


Send a note to your local school district to encourage them to allow students to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds with their gender identity. The current administration has overturned Obama’s protections for transgender students, and the Supreme Court will not be hearing arguments in the case of Gavin Grimm, but you can insist that your local school district respect the rights of all their students, including those who are transgender.


Raise Your Consciousness

Chances are you’ll continue to hear people talking about the newest executive order on travel. Take a few minutes to really educate yourself on the new order; this annotated version from NPR is excellent. Be conversant on how this order is different from the first released in January, and be prepared to talk about how this order is similarly harmful to immigrants and refugees headed for the United States.