Action Steps 6/1/17

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


Boots on the Ground


While news has been happening at a breakneck pace since the 2016 election, one feeling prevails: there are so many conflicting accounts of what’s happening in the news that it’s hard to keep track of what’s true. Join the Chicago March for Truth on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn, one of many Marches for Truth that will be happening across the country this weekend. The march platform includes calls for an independent commission, non-partisan and with Congressional funding, to investigate recent behavior of the Trump campaign and administration around Russia.


Moms Demand Action - IL is a local group dedicated to demanding that legislators, companies, and educational institutions act to create common-sense gun reforms. On Saturday, June 3, from 12-3 p.m. at Harold Washington Park, the group will be hosting Wear Orange 2017: Party for Peace. The event is intended to bring together community members in favor of ending gun violence through common-sense reform. There will be food, music, and games, and RSVPs are appreciated. Don’t forget to wear orange!


Peter Roskam, the Congressional Representative for the IL-6, has not been holding town halls—and that’s after he snuck out the back door of a scheduled constituent meeting during the winter in order to avoid interacting with those of his constituents who demanded answers for his seeming agreement with the policies of the new presidential administration. Residents of the IL-6, however, are organizing their own town halls. In what they’re billing as an “Adopt a District Town Hall,” the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th will be hosting a town hall with special guest Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Saturday, June 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Palatine. Residents of the IL-9 can attend in support of their neighbors in the IL-6.


Wear Orange & Share a Photo


June 2 is Gun Violence Awareness Day, and for the second year in a row people across the country will show their commitment to ending gun violence by wearing orange—a bright color that demands to be seen and that signals there is more work to be done to end gun violence. Wear orange on Friday, June 2, and take a selfie. Share and tag photos #WearOrange to demonstrate your support, then visit Wear Orange online to learn what actions you can take to help bring gun violence to an end.


Share a Story


When legislators argue against the policies and proposed budget cuts being put forth by Republicans and the administration, their arguments are all the more powerful when they amplify the experiences of the everyday Americans all elected officials represent. That’s why it’s so important to share your stories and experiences with services that may be on the chopping block, like healthcare, public education, and environmental protections. Hands Off, a project with over fifteen partners including and Planned Parenthood, is providing a forum for Americans to share their experiences with core services. Take some time this week to share your own stories so that your representatives may better advocate for services that you and millions of other Americans rely on.