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Action Steps 3/14/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/14/18

 

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

 

Support Students Participating in the National School Walkout

 

On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes in an action that is both an act of remembrance for the 17 students and teachers killed in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month as well as a demand for Congress to consider legislation to prevent additional gun violence in schools. While some schools have expressed that students who choose to participate are supported in doing so, others have warned that demonstrating students will face disciplinary consequences. Give your local school district administrators and board members a call to express your support of students exercising their constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. Tell school officials that participating in the life of our democracy is a powerful civics lesson for students, and you hope participants will not see any negative repercussions for taking part in the walkout.

 

Stand for Immigrant Families

 

The ACLU of Illinois will be holding a rally and vigil on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. at Federal Plaza downtown, to demand that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement not separate families while they are being held in detention. The ACLU has recognized many instances in which young immigrant children have been detained far away from their parents, a tactic that contributes additional emotional trauma for those involved. Find out more about this event and issue here.

 

Go Vote!

 

Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election began on Monday, March 5 and will continue through March 19; Election Day is Tuesday, March 20. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that unexpected commitments on election day don’t prevent you from casting your vote. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site and election day voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.

 
 

Action Steps 3/7/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/7/18

 

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

 

Tell Congress to Fund Libraries

 

The proposed federal 2019 budget once again has eliminated all funding for museum and library services—a pittance of the overall budget, but funding that goes a long way toward serving communities in every state across the country. Join the American Library Association’s efforts to get Congress to fund libraries using this advocacy tool. The tool allows you to see whether your elected officials are signing the Dear Appropriator letters in favor of funding the Library Services Technology Act and Innovative Approaches to Literacy programs; to message your elected officials directly; and to spread the message of library value and encourage others to share their library experiences in support of funding.

 

Hear from Gubernatorial Candidates & Those Impacted by DACA

 

Protection for All, in partnership with Voto Latino, Indivisible IL, and other organizations, is hosting a gubernatorial and immigration forum on Monday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m., at Amundsen High School in Chicago. The event will feature two 45-minute panels: first featuring Illinois gubernatorial candidates sharing their platforms with regard to undocumented Illinois residents, followed by a panel of individuals directly impacted by DACA sharing potential solutions. The free event does require registration; find out more here. Get ready for an evening of thoughtful discussion of major issues for Illinois.

 

Go Vote!

 

Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election began on Monday, March 5. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that unexpected commitments on election day don’t prevent you from casting your vote. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.

Action Steps 2/28/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/28/18

 

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

 

Hear from Democratic Attorney General Candidates

 

Law School Democrats from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law are hosting an open forum to hear from Democratic candidates for Attorney General; these candidates will be on your primary ballot this March. The forum will take place on Wednesday, February 28, from 6-8 p.m. with a one-hour meet and greet after, at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Thorne Auditorium. Find out more and register here. The forum is free, although donations will be accepted to help defray event costs.

 

Know Your Rights

 

Students who are contemplating participating in school walkouts and peaceful demonstrations to demand gun legislation reform are invited to attend a free “Know Your Rights!” training specifically aimed at exploring the legal rights of students. The webinar, offered by the ACLU’s People Power, will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Sign up for the event here. Teachers, parents, and allies are welcome to attend as well.

 

Demand Net Neutrality

 

Organizations across the country declared February 27 a day of action for net neutrality, but your voice is still needed to demand that Congress move to preserve net neutrality for all American internet users. Find out more and join the effort at Battle for the Net, and explore these resources if you need a refresher on why net neutrality is so important. As of Tuesday evening, legislation in the Senate was in need of only one more vote to preserve net neutrality.

 

Go Vote!

 

Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election begins on Monday, March 5. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that any unexpected commitments don’t prevent you from casting your vote on election day. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.

Marie Newman!

Come and join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Rep Laura Fine in their effort to elect strong progressive women into the US House!
 
This year, we have a real chance to defeat Dan Lipinski, an anti-choice, anti-immigrant, anti-lgbtq incumbent and send a REAL progressive to Washington with Marie Newman running in IL-3.
 
 
Marie is a pro-choice, pro-lgbtq, pro-minimum wage candidate who has been a national leader on anti-bullying efforts and will represent her community well.
 
Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and State Senate Candidate Laura Fine and help flip this district for a great progressive woman, Marie Newman!
 
 
If you’d like to carpool as part of a larger group, we will be meeting at 
10:00am at 747 Custer Ave, Evanston
 
If you’d like to drive by yourself and meet us there, we will be meeting at 
11:00am at 100 S 6th Avenue, La Grange, IL

Action Steps 2/21/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/21/18

 

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

 

Show Up to Discuss Gun Violence

 

Evanston residents of the IL-9 are invited to a community forum on gun violence held by Mayor Hagerty. The open forum will take place on Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center in the Parasol Room. The event aims to be a discussion of issues surrounding gun violence in the community with a particular focus on identifying actions residents can take to address the issue. Find out more here.

 

Hit the Streets

 

On Saturday, February 24, at noon at Daley Plaza downtown, demonstrators will gather for Working People’s Day. This demonstration from Action Network aims to affirm the rights and freedoms of working people and to demand legislation that protects rather than exploits them. RSVP here and find out more here.

 

Prepare to Vote in the Primary

 

The Illinois General Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 20. While the deadline to register for this election has passed, now’s a good time to double check your polling place and to add the primary election to your calendar. Use the Illinois Voter Registration Lookup tool to find your details.

 
 

Action Steps 2/14/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/14/18

 

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

 

Send a Valentine to Your Elected Officials

 

The legislative agenda in 2018 is shaping up to be a rough one, meaning a potentially very bumpy road ahead for elected officials representing the IL-9. Build on the the Valentine’s Day mood and help your officials prepare for upcoming fights by sending them a note of appreciation for their work. Find representative contact information by entering your address here.

 

Support Libraries

 

Among the cuts and slashes in the president’s proposed FY19 budget released on Monday was the elimination of all federal funding for libraries. This proposal would have a massively negative impact on libraries across the country who look to the relatively small amount of funding offered through grants in order to provide the most-needed services to their communities. Use this tool from the American Library Association to make it clear that the government needs to fund libraries. If you haven’t visited a local library in a while, take this moment as a reason to do so; pay special attention to all the various ways your fellow community members are using the library while you’re there. Better yet, talk to a library staffer about all their institution is doing to contribute to the life and success of the community.

 

Help Flip the IL-6

 

On Tuesday, February 20, from 7-9 p.m. at 2319 Park Place in Evanston, volunteers will be helping out the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th by sending postcards to residents in that district reminding them to get out the vote in the March 20 primary election. Many Illinois groups are supporting efforts for the IL-6 to vote current conservative Congressman Peter Roskam out of office. Find out more here.

Action Steps 2/7/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 2/7/18

 

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

 

Demand Voter Rights

 

Illinois could do a much better job of ensuring all eligible citizens are able to exercise their right to vote—in particular those citizens who are awaiting trial and those who have served their time in prison and been released. HB 4469 has been proposed in the Illinois legislature to ensure voting franchise of these marginalized individuals; use this tool from ACLU People Power to ask your state legislator to support the bill.

 

Help Flip Some Seats

 

While every election is absolutely important, the 2018 midterm elections are shaping up to be particularly influential and interesting. Gerrymandered districts are being redrawn in major battleground states, and groups like Flippable are focusing efforts on individual races in which progressive challengers have the best chance of ousting conservative incumbents and ending the Republican majorities in Congress. We all know that funding factors significantly in these contentious races, so consider sending some cash in the direction of the Flippable Fund as they amp up their 2018 strategy.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

The hyper-partisan political landscape in which we currently live comes at least in part from both conservatives’ and progressives’ disinclination to engage with one another in conversation and discussion. Watch this TEDx talk to explore why it’s important to “Help make America talk again,” and strategies for having meaningful, transformative conversations in your own life.

Kelly Mazeski!

Come and join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Rep Laura Fine in their effort to elect strong progressive woman into the US House!
 
Kelly Mazeski (D) has a great opportunity to oust Peter Roskam (R) from the 6th Congressional District and to become the first woman ever to be elected to that seat!
 
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and State Senate Candidate Laura Fine will be teaming up with Kelly Mazeski to have a Big Day of Action/Canvass to help Kelly flip a Republican House Seat!
 
Join Us on February 17th!
 
If you’d like to carpool as part of a larger group, we will be meeting at 
10:00am at 747 Custer Ave, Evanston
 
If you’d like to drive by yourself and meet us there, we will be meeting at 
11:00am at 3511 Regent Drive, Hoffman Estates
 

 

Action Steps 1/31/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/31/18

 

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

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Writer Anand Giridharadas was a featured speaker at the Obama Foundation Summit this past October; his talk explored the urgency we currently feel toward enacting change at this moment in history. Read (or watch) his remarks here and consider how illusions of change have impacted your own work toward a more progressive, welcoming country. What can you take away from Giridharadas’s exploration of ways to enact meaningful change?

 

Make Some Calls

 

Indivisible Illinois has organized ongoing phone banking to encourage Illinois residents in Republican-led Congressional districts to reach out to their elected officials and express displeasure at the passing of the recent tax reform bill. While we in the IL-9 have progressive-minded support from our elected officials, we can encourage our nearest neighbors to make their voices heard to their more conservative representatives. Find out more and sign up to make calls here.

 

Help Puerto Rico

 

Despite the president’s assurance in his State of the Union address that our union is strong, millions of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—even four and a half months following the disaster. Now FEMA is withdrawing aid from the island, leaving few desperately-needed resources for the million still without power and the hundreds of thousands relying on aid to overcome broken infrastructure. Aid from citizens of conscience is still needed; see this PBS article, which lists a number of organizations to which you can donate money or supplies.