Action Steps 9/14/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/13/17


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


Hit the Pavement


We can never take it for granted that progressive Democrats will be on our election ballots, even in a part of the country that historically has plenty of Democrat activity. Volunteers are needed to go out and garner petition signatures aimed at ensuring Jan Schakowsky and other Democrats will be on our 2018 ballots. Upcoming times for circulating petitions are this weekend, and you can sign up to help on Jan’s website.


Support DACA Renewals


The president’s executive order travel bans over the winter brought out a flood of immigration lawyers stationing themselves at airports to be able to help travelers in need. Now a similar type of support is needed for DACA recipients (a.k.a. Dreamers) whose current DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018. Lawyers—regardless of whether they have immigration law experience—are needed between now and October 5 for DACA clinics that will assist current Dreamers with their renewals. Fill out this volunteer form at The Action Network if you’re a lawyer, and share with the lawyers in your life. Let none of our neighbors be forced to leave the country they call home due to our own inaction.


At least 10,000 Illinois Dreamers need to renew their DACA status before the October 5 deadline. Did you know that the renewal application includes a $495 fee? That cost can be prohibitive for many Dreamers, especially considering the short timeframe in which they must come up with the money to submit their application. The Protection for All movement is currently crowdfunding to cover renewal fees so that Dreamers in need will be able to submit their applications. Even if you can only spare $5, consider donating to the DACA Renewal Emergency Fund for Chicago Dreamers who need quick financial assistance to get their paperwork complete.


Get Active


One of the many major issues impacting a huge number of individuals and families in our country is the minimum wage. Simply put, the current minimum wage isn’t a living wage—those who make the minimum wage cannot afford simple necessities without constant worry of financial crisis. The Fight for $15 initiative advocates for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, which would have a significant impact on the lives and opportunities afforded to workers. Join the movement by signing onto the Forty for $15, a pledge to spend forty hours between now and the 2018 midterm election engaged in action for a higher minimum wage. Once you’ve signed on, you’ll be prompted throughout the next year with actions you can take to support workers.

We all know how important voter registration is when it comes to having a more progressive slate of elected officials. Soon you can be deputized to register voters in Cook County by attending an upcoming Deputy Voter Registrar Training. The training, hosted by Niles Township Democrats, will take place on Tuesday, October 17, from 7-9 p.m., at Oakton Park Community Center in Skokie. To register for the training, you must be registered to vote in Cook County and fill out this registration form. More information is available with the form.