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Action Steps 4/26/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/26/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

On Saturday, April 29, marches and demonstrations will happen all over the country as part of the People’s Climate March. The event aims to bring to the forefront demands for justice for both the climate and communities affected by it. Join the Chicago march, which will take place from 12-4 p.m., as it begins at Federal Plaza downtown.

 

Cap off your Saturday night in support of trans lives at the Unicorn Ball hosted by the Trans Liberation Collective. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Shapiro Ballroom. The Unicorn Ball will feature stories, performances, and music from and in support of the Chicago trans community. While there is no cover charge, trans and ally organizations will be fundraising for Trans Liberation Collective at the event. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend.

 

On May Day, the R3 Coalition in Chicago will be demonstrating to underscore the connections between racial justice and economic justice—black communities in the Chicagoland area are both policed and affected by poverty at disproportionate levels. The march on May 1, beginning at 11 a.m., will start off at Ogden and Roosevelt before joining up with a citywide march in Union Park at 1 p.m. This action is in conjunction with the Movement for Black Lives.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Add to your resistance toolkit by learning more about the role of advocacy in affecting policy. Make plans to attend “Advocacy 101,” a workshop led by Illinois State Representative Lou Lang and Action for a Better Tomorrow founder Georgia Logothetis, on Saturday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m. in Evanston. The event, which is open to the public, will discuss how advocacy is different from activism, when advocacy is the best tool for promoting policy reform, and how the Illinois state legislature works from an advocacy perspective. This workshop will be interactive.

 

Learn more about Cook County’s “sanctuary” status as well as the status and implications of existing immigration policy at a free public forum on Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Evanston. The Immigration Policy Forum, moderated by Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ’s Worldview, will feature guests from the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic at DePaul University College of Law, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and the National Immigrant Justice Center as well as the Cook County Commissioner from the 13th District. Refreshments will be served at the forum.