Action Steps 4/5/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 4/5/17


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


Write a Letter


We’re now one quarter of the way to mid-term elections in November 2018, or one-eighth of the way to the next presidential election in November 2020. Now is a great time to write a letter to the editor of your newspaper of choice to make sure that topics you care about stay at the forefront of discussion. Take a few minutes to take stock of the issues that have resonated most with you and to think about your ongoing concerns and hopes in these areas. Write some notes and talking points to clarify and focus your message, then submit your letter to your preferred paper. You can submit directly to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times online.


Get Involved


Are you looking for ways to get more involved in resistance work? Whether you’re eager to channel your interest and effort into resistance volunteer projects, are curious about jobs in this work, or you want to meet other Illinoisans dedicated to the resistance, plan to attend the Illinois Resistance Resource Fair on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Chicago. The event will include over 50 organizations and activists who are, or will be soon, actively recruiting for volunteers and employees. If you’re looking for employment opportunities, be sure to have your updated resume on hand.


Money Talks


Do you consider yourself a conscientious consumer? Have you considered ways in which some of your favorite companies may be conducting business in a manner that doesn’t align with your values against hate speech, sexual harassment, and more? Read up on brands’ recent efforts to pull their online ads from spaces associated with hate speech, sexism, and extremist propaganda, then make a plan for how to reach out to your own favorite companies when you notice their ads in reprehensible places. Taking a screenshot of the ad on an offensive site, then Tweeting or sharing it with the company on Facebook along with a complaint, can be a strong start.


Raise Your Consciousness


If you’re looking for ways to better support your Muslim neighbors, understanding the pervasiveness of anti-Muslim sentiment is a good place to start. Identifying anti-Muslim bias will be the topic of part one of a workshop titled Communities Against Islamophobia, which will take place Sunday, April 9, from 12:30-3 p.m. in Chicago. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance so organizers can have an accurate head count to prepare for the light meal offered just before the workshop begins.

Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by the volume and pace of political news in the past months? Being intentional about your media consumption habits is important if you want to stay informed without becoming overburdened by constant updates. Two great podcasts from National Public Radio—one a little over a year old, the other brand new—can help you do just that. The NPR Politics Podcast has new 20-45 minute episodes 2-3 times each week, each featuring NPR political reporters from all areas of expertise talking about the political news of the moment, its context, and its potential impacts. The new podcast Up First will appear in your podcast feed every weekday morning with a brief (10 minutes maximum) overview of the major news you’ll want to know as you begin your day. Up First spans from politics to pop culture, allowing us all a chance to step out of the politics-only bubble if we need the help.