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IL-9 Action Newsletter 5/17/17


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


Boots on the Ground


Children’s education and wellness are at risk due to policy decisions of the current Republican administration—and children are vulnerable both now and in the future, as effects of policy impact their rights and opportunities as they grow. Saturday offers an opportunity to involve youth in the resistance (or to show support for the youth in your life regardless of whether you have kids): the Chicago Children’s March for the Future will take place May 20, from 10-11:30 a.m., at Daley Plaza.


Too many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, unable to save for a stronger financial future or to respond to unplanned expenses like a health crisis or a car accident—all because the minimum wage in this country is too low to support the typical worker, let alone a family. Regardless of the numbers on your own paycheck, make a plan to stand in solidarity with workers demanding a minimum wage that is also a living wage. The March on McDonald’s, part of the nationwide Fight for $15, will take place Tuesday, May 23, from 4-6 p.m., at Daley Plaza.


Add Your Voice, Share Your Story


Both the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate have passed HB40, which would guarantee women’s reproductive rights and access to vital reproductive health care even in the event of federal legislation removing existing guarantees. Yet Gov. Rauner has threatened to veto the bill. Rauner’s threat is purely political and extremely disgraceful—despite running for office on a pro-women’s health and choice platform, the governor is now willing to sacrifice women’s health to court more conservative voters. Call the governor to make it known that he should sign the bill into law and defend the rights of women in Illinois. Reach Gov. Rauner at his Springfield (217-782-0244) or Chicago (312-814-2121) office.


When the president charged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments, one of those included in the review was Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Bears Ears National Monument is on land of great cultural significance for a number of Native American tribes, including over 100,000 individual cultural sites of importance. If you or someone you know has visited Bears Ears, or if you’re simply willing to add your voice to the calls to honor Native American tribes and traditions, add your support for maintaining the monument before the public comment period ends on May 26.


Raise Your Consciousness


If you continue to have questions and concerns about treatment of immigrants and refugees under this administration, make plans to attend an event put on by the Chicago Action Alliance and the 47th Ward Democrats on Monday, May 22, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Conrad Sulzer Regional Library in Chicago. “Land of the Free? The State of Immigration in Illinois” will feature a panel including a state representative, the executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, and attorneys active in immigrants’ rights in Illinois. Learn more about travel bans, ICE, and deportations from experts on how these policies are impacting Illinois.