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Action Steps 11/22/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/22/17

 

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

 

Reminder: Choose Your Health Plan—And Remind Others to Sign Up, Too

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; but that tactic isn’t working, and the ACA website is seeing record enrollments. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts through December 15.

 

Indivisible Illinois is also organizing daily phone banking to alert Illinois residents to the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Whether you’ve got just a few minutes to spare or can gather groups of friends to make calls together, sign up to participate in the phone bank. You’ll be doing your part to ensure everyone in Illinois who needs health insurance through the ACA is able to choose their coverage during open enrollment. You can also use this sign-up form if you’d like to phone bank about tax reform.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Having honest, productive conversations, especially with those whose views differ from our own, isn’t just a useful skill for family holiday meals—it’s vital for our democracy. Organizing for Action and Swing Left are partnering to offer training webinars on the topic of Effective Conversations over the next several weeks, with the next training taking place online November 29 at 7 p.m. Sign up for the training here and equip yourself to have the types of discussions our country needs.

 

Are you a fan of podcasts? These free, on-demand audio programs are a great way to stay informed about national and local politics. If you’re looking to hear more about politics and resistance in Chicagoland, try the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. If national politics is your area of interest, the NPR Politics Podcast offers in-depth coverage and explanation of political goings-on multiple times per week. And if you’re the sort of person who wants to start the day with the latest news and highlights in digestible snippets, trying NPR’s Up First or The Daily from the New York Times.

 

Plan Ahead

 

If you’re the sort of person who likes to plan ahead when it comes to your civic engagement and resistance activities, take some time to peruse the resources from ActLocal, a network of leaders dedicated to promoting allyship and cooperation in the progressive movement. Their handy chronological list of things you can do to get more progressives in office is a must-read for anyone in resistance for the long term.

Action Steps 11/8/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/8/17

 

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

 

Share Your Thoughts for Education

 

In October, the Secretary of Education released a draft of her priority areas for competitive grant programs for the coming years. These priorities set the bar for what types of educational programs can—and cannot—look to federal funding for support. Through November 13, the Department of Education is seeking feedback on these priority areas. Take a few minutes to submit a comment on what you and your school communities feel are the educational areas needing the most attention. Now is the time to advocate for what sectors of education will most benefit from funding, from school libraries with certified librarians to afterschool enrichment programs.

 

Get Inspired

 

One of the biggest cultural shifts since the 2016 presidential election is in the number of women who are now pursuing elected office. Emily’s List reported in 2016 that 920 women were preparing to run for elected office. That number today is 20,000, and the 2017 results from various states show just how successful women can be when they run. Whether you’re among those ranks or you simply wish to learn how to better support the women in your community who aim to serve, take some time to watch She’s the Ticket, short web videos featuring five women who are stepping up to the challenge.

 

Choose Your Health Plan

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; we cannot let this tactic work. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts November 1 through December 15.

 

Ongoing Autumn Action

 

Through November 15, volunteers will be calling Illinois registered voters to encourage them to contact Governor Rauner and insist that his Family Foundation cease distributing false information aimed at denying climate change. Governor Rauner’s Family Foundation has distributed scientifically inaccurate information to over 200,000 teachers across the country, negatively impacting students. Sign up here to phone bank on Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

 

Raise Your Consciousness


Brooke Gladstone, host of the NPR radio program On the Media, was recently in town to give a talk for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Gladstone spoke about her recent book The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. It’s now one full year since the 2016 presidential election, and if you’re still looking to make sense of the result—or even if you’re just curious to better understand why the nation still feels so divided—The Trouble with Reality is a great, short read to add to your list. Bonus: If your local library has a service called Hoopla, you can read it immediately for free on any internet-connected device with your library card number.

Action Steps 10/18/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/18/17

 

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

 

Boots on the Ground

 

If you’re reading this newsletter early on Wednesday, October 18, consider making your way to O’Hare’s Terminal 5 for the #NoMuslimBanEver rally. The demonstration stands opposed to the newest executive order on immigration, colloquially dubbed Muslim Ban 3.0. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and will take place even after a Hawaii judge blocked the order from going into effect. Find out more at the event Facebook page.

 

Add Your Voice

 

The Department of Health and Human Services has just released their draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, and their proposed revised mission statement would be a blow to reproductive rights and activism in this country. The new plan states that the “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of 61 activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.” Including the language “beginning at conception” is new, and it asserts that the department will pursue activities aligned with anti-choice ideologies. Take advantage of the brief public comment period ending October 27 to add your voice to those saying that a federal department’s strategic plan is no place for partisan posturing and that women’s lives are at stake with the current proposed wording.

 

Support Voting Rights

 

Are voting issues some of your issues of choice in your resistance work? If so, consider attending the Indivisible Evanston meeting on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, where the major topic for the meeting will be voter registration and rights for the 2018 elections. The meeting will also feature a guest speaker from the Sister District Project, which pairs consistently blue districts with “sister” red districts across the country that could go blue in upcoming races with enough voter outreach. RSVP for the meeting here.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

In the past month, the current administration has done all of the following to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: pull funding from the ACA’s advertising budget; announce that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment; and end subsidies that stabilize insurance marketplaces. All of these moves serve to make it harder for the people who rely on the ACA for their health insurance to actually access coverage. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming 2018 ACA signup dates via your social media platforms.

 

Grab Your Phone

 

Now through November 15, volunteers will be calling Illinois registered voters to encourage them to contact Governor Rauner and insist that his Family Foundation cease distributing false information aimed at denying climate change. Governor Rauner’s Family Foundation has distributed scientifically inaccurate information to over 200,000 teachers across the country, negatively impacting students. Sign up here to phone bank on any upcoming Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

 

Bonus Action for Every Day: Believe Women

 

That’s it, really: believe women when they tell you they’ve been harassed, made to feel uncomfortable, assaulted, catcalled, hurt… Don’t ask what they were wearing or what they might have done to invite the inappropriate (and often illegal) behavior or whether they just misinterpreted what happened. Believe women. Believe women. Believe women.

Environmental Messaging Project

Governor Rauner's Family Foundation supports the Heartland Institute, which has distributed inaccurate/outdated “science” information to 200,000 teachers across US in its efforts to deny climate change.

Join our phone bank to help refine the environmental message and demand that Governor Rauner put the planet over politics!

Sign up here to phone bank for the environment!

Action Steps 10/11/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/11/17

 

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

 

Prepare for Future Elections

 

Across the country since last November, our nation has seen an uptick in individuals interested in running for public office someday. If you or a friend have that urge to serve but feel like you don’t yet have all the information you need, mark your calendars for the “How to Run for Public Office” panel on Thursday, October 19, from 7-8 p.m., at Skokie Public Library. This free event will feature three local elected officials and hopefuls sharing why they felt drawn to a life in a public service, the steps they took to determine where they could best serve, and gathering resources to become informed candidates with strong campaigns. Call the library at 847-673-7774 to register.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

Not only has the current administration pulled funding from the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget, but they’ve also announced that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment—essentially doubling down on efforts to “prove” the vital program is a failure by keeping people from knowing when and how to enroll for 2018. 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.

 

And if you personally will be enrolling in ACA for 2018, or if you have friends or family members who will, take advantage of the resources and alerts provided by Get America Covered. Add your email to their database to receive enrollment information and resources to support others in your community who rely on the ACA for health insurance.

 

Stay Informed

 

The president continues to throw the term “fake news” at every news story he doesn’t like—a disgraceful habit that undermines the fact that democracy operates when information is accurate and accessible. If you haven’t yet, now’s a good time to live your values and subscribe to a reputable news publication. Whether you opt for The Washington Post, The New York Times, a local paper like The Chicago Tribune, or a donation to a journalism organization like ProPublica, news organizations need our financial support in order to keep reporting on what’s really happening in our country and the world.

 

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.

Action Steps 10/4/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/4/17

 

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

 

Support Fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

 

Weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, residents on the island are still suffering from catastrophic living conditions: only 5% of the island’s power supply has been restored, much of the island is without running water, and residents are waiting in line for hours to purchase food. Relief is needed, and two organizations—United for Puerto Rico and UNICEF—are doing the work to ensure Puerto Ricans get what they need as the island works toward recovery. Donate what you can.

 

Even once hurricane recovery is eventually complete in Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans who live on the island have additional longstanding financial and legislative strikes against them. Sign this petition from MoveOn.org to demonstrate your support of alleviating Puerto Rican debt and outdated legislation that negatively impacts lives and livelihoods on the island.

 

Prepare for Upcoming Elections

 

Our Revolution Illinois will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 8, from 1-3 p.m., at the Chicago Teachers Union Center. Seven Democratic candidates for governor are confirmed to attend and will share their platforms and visions for Illinois. Attendance is expected to be full, and interested attendees should RSVP and read how the venue will seat those at the event. The gubernatorial primary election will take place in March 2018.

 

The next local training to become a voting registrar—someone who can register those eligible to vote—will take place on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Reba Early Learning Center in Evanston. The training is free, but you must sign up to attend. Register here and do your part to ensure that all eligible residents are able to vote in upcoming elections. Participants must already be registered to vote in Cook County.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

Not only has the current administration pulled funding from the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget, but they’ve also announced that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment—essentially doubling down on efforts to “prove” the vital program is a failure by keeping people from knowing when and how to enroll for 2018. 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.

 

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.

Action Steps 9/27/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/27/17

 

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

 

Support Health Care Rights

 

Even with the (apparent as of the writing of this list on the morning of 9/27) failure of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, we’re still concerned that the administration has pulled funding from the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget—essentially attempting to “prove” the vital program is failing by keeping citizens from knowing when and how to enroll for 2018. 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.

 

Our governor still has not signed HB40 into law, despite the fact that it’s been on his desk, confirmed by both the state house and senate, for months. This law protects the reproductive rights of Illinois residents regardless of any future federal legislation, and it’s vital for women’s health. Find out more, including how to call the governor at his offices, at Pass HB 40.

 

Strategize for Voter Rights

 

If you care about voter rights and making it simple for all eligible Americans to vote, you’ll want to participate in the “Let People Vote” launch event from People Power taking place this Sunday, October 1. Volunteer to host an event to watch the livestream, or find an event near you. Regardless of how you can participate, keep in mind that voting rights campaigns are crucial to the resistance and need your support.

 

Support Racial Justice

 

This Saturday, September 30, in Washington, D.C., thousands will be participating in the March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women. Demonstrators will be marching to strengthen nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. For information on getting from Chicago to D.C. through associated bus transportation, check out this resource.

 

If you can’t get to Washington, D.C. this weekend—and even if you can—take some time to read the bios and accomplishments of the black Americans identified by The Root as the Root 100 2017. One baby step toward racial justice is committing to seeing the humanity in every person, and seeking to learn the stories of others can be a start.

 

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.

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.

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.

Action Steps 9/6/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 9/6/17


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


Support Dreamers


While the president and his administration announced on Tuesday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will expire in six months, there’s still plenty you can do to support affected dreamers (the 800,000 immigrants currently on student or work permits through the DACA program) while legislators work to pass a law protecting their status in the United States. Take a look at this resource from the organization Here to Stay and share publicly the ways that current dreamers can legally continue their education and work. Make sure that every dreamer in your community knows their rights and that you stand alongside them.


Raise Awareness


Did you know that the current administration has slashed the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act by 90%? That’s right—since he couldn’t see the ACA repealed through the legislative process, the president is now trying to make the healthcare program look like a failure by keeping Americans who rely on the ACA from knowing when it’s time to enroll in the program. Don’t allow the president’s disgraceful tactics to succeed; make sure every American who counts on the ACA knows they can enroll in the program this fall between November 1 and December 15. Share enrollment dates and info on Twitter and Facebook, and consider making flyers to post in publicly visible spaces so that any neighbor needing the information can find it.


Demonstrate Character


On Wednesday, September 13, over 100,000 groups across the world will participate in Character Day, a global endeavor to engage in discussions about what it means to be a person of character. In these starkly partisan times, when much of the news feels mired in fear, spite, and antagonism, we can all benefit from taking some time to talk to one another about what it means to be the type of people we want to be. Check out resources for the fourth annual Character Day from Let It Ripple.


Be Prepared


Despite the majority of news coverage focused on Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, and DACA in recent days, resistance groups haven’t forgotten about the antagonism the president has shown toward Robert Mueller and the investigation he’s leading looking at possible Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 election. These groups are taking rumors that the president might fire Mueller as potential fact, and they’re preparing a massive response. Look for local groups who will be demonstrating in the event Mueller is fired by the president for doing his job.


Islamophobia remains a significant issue in our country, and Chicagoland is no exception. Be prepared to put your values of welcoming everyone into practice by exploring ways you can be an ally to Muslim women, who face verbal and physically harassment on a regular basis. Watch this short video with six tips for being an ally to Muslim women.