Action Steps 9/21/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/20/17


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


Support Health Care for All


Local Indivisible groups are leading a Blue-to-Red State Save the ACA phone bank on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Evanston. Callers will be reaching out to people in red states critical to any vote on the Graham-Cassidy plan, encouraging those residents to call their Senators and demand they vote “no” on this repeal plan. Clear a bit of time in your schedule to make some calls, and RSVP on Facebook.


No one would blame you for feeling whiplash from the rapid succession of terrible repeal-and-replace health care plans that Republicans have been sponsoring in the Senate. Take a few minutes to read up on the latest suggested legislation—the Graham-Cassidy plan mentioned above, which is the last ditch effort before parameters for passing health care legislation change September 30—so you can be informed in the continued fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act.


We’re all concerned that the administration has pulled almost all funding from advertising the open enrollment dates for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2018—essentially attempting to “prove” the vital program is failing by keeping citizens from knowing when and how to use it. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming ACA signup dates via your social media platforms.


Support Just Hurricane Recovery


People of color, women, the elderly, and families living near or below the poverty line are disproportionately affected when natural disasters like hurricanes strike. The road to recovery is considerably more difficult, and in many cases nearly impossible, for many people, but local organizations in Texas and Florida are doing the work to ensure that recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is just and equitable. If you’re looking to contribute to the recovery efforts—which will be ongoing, especially as we’ve still got two months left of Hurricane season—take a look at these roundups of what Texas and Florida organizations can use your support.


Support Sexual Assault Survivors


Secretary of Education DeVos has moved to dismantle procedures in place to protect victims of rape and sexual assault on campus. This move is despicable and perpetuates rape culture at our institutions of higher learning. Make a call to the Department of Education at 800-872-5327 and demand that existing protections remain in place. The lives and rights of students are at stake.


Bonus Ongoing Action: 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. You can find out more on Jan’s website.