Action Steps 6/28/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 6/28/17


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


Make a Call


The White House has reduced press briefings and made other changes that drastically limit the ability of the American people to learn what the administration is doing. This unprecedented move is undermining a core tenet of American democracy. Read up on the threats associated with decreased access to White House briefings, then call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 to demand that open press briefings be held on a regular basis so that Americans may stay informed about the activities of the executive branch.


Add Your Name


While Illinois residents across the state have been inundating federal legislators with demands to preserve health coverage guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, our governor has not made any comments on the House and Senate attempts to repeal ACA provisions and leave hundreds of thousands more uninsured. Add your name to a petition demanding that Governor Rauner speak out against proposed bills that would leave Illinois residents without health coverage.


Join Community


People across the country will be hosting Resistance Summer Cookouts this weekend, including at locations in Chicago and Skokie. RSVP to attend a cookout where you can meet others in the resistance, swap strategies for persisting in standing against the current administration, and build stronger community. A full list of cookout dates, times, and locations is available on the Resistance Summer website.


Raise Your Consciousness


With the acquittal of the police officer who shot Philando Castile, the list of unarmed black men and women who have been killed by police without judicial consequences continues to grow. Until Americans recognize the extent of systemic racism in our country, and reckon with its centrality to American history and the stories we tell of our nation, this desecration of black bodies without consequence will continue to occur. Read this five-part series on police brutality by Shaun King, then investigate what your community is doing to ensure that “protect and serve” applies to all residents and not just white ones.

Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 27. Watch Secretary Clinton’s speech in which she touts the ways in which libraries add vital services to their communities, then visit your local library to sign up for summer reading, offer to volunteer, or talk to a librarian about strategies for combating fake news.