Action Steps 5/11/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 5/10/17


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


Add Your Voice


SB1657, called the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, would require that anyone in Illinois engaged in selling, leasing, or transferring firearms be licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Volunteers are needed to phone bank to constituents in districts where state legislators’ support of this bill is not yet secured. Phone banking efforts are being coordinated by G-PAC and the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. For more information and to get started phone banking in support of reasonable gun laws, contact John Gruber with the Brady Campaign.


As the school year winds down, many families are thinking about summer rather than school lunches. Not so the new Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who has suspended provisions aimed at ensuring school lunches are nutritious and aimed at supporting students to learn. Whether you have school-age children or not, grab a postcard and a pen and write to Perdue to make clear that you oppose such measures that make school lunches less healthy. Mail your postcard to Sec. Sonny Purdue, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250.


Support Climate Science


Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have had a tough job so far under the new administration. Show your continued support for the dedicated workers at the EPA by participating in a Stand with EPA rally on Thursday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Federal Center and Plaza downtown. It’s all good vibes here to demonstrate that we know EPA employees continue to do difficult and needed work in the current political climate.


Show your support for climate action and insist that the United States continue to honor the Paris Agreement. Add your name to this petition from 350, an organization dedicated to working for climate justice and a better, more equitable future.


Raise Your Consciousness


Art often goes beyond the simply aesthetic—it can be a touchstone and a teaching tool, a way to engage with events and stories from our history. Head to the Midwest Buddhist Temple on Saturday, May 13, from 1-5 p.m., for “ReLocation: Quilting Japanese and African American Migration.” The 1940s saw an influx to Chicagoland of Japanese Americans (resettling after incarceration during WWII) and African Americans (moving from the South in the Great Migration). Three teaching artists will share examples of quilts that honor the cultures, experiences, and stories of these communities. The event is free, although RSVPs are requested.


Late Addition Bonus Action

This week’s five actions were already set when news broke of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. This removal of the head of the FBI by the president, while that president and his administration are under scrutiny for possible collusion with a foreign entity, is unprecedented and raises concerns about whether the firing is motivated by a desire to cover up the administration’s actions. Add your name to a MoveOn petition started by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to demand an independent, bipartisan commission to lead the investigation into the administration’s entanglements with Russia.