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Action Steps 1/17/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 1/17/18

 

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

 

Add Your Name for a Clean Dream Act

 

The language the president used last week while meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration has pulled attention away from the necessity of passing a clean Dream Act—legislation that would allow DACA recipients (individuals who entered the United States as minors and have been authorized to live, study, and work in this country) to stay here legally and without imminent threat of deportation. Democrats have said that they won’t support a spending bill without a clean Dream Act, but many conservatives are balking at including this legislation in the spending bill that must come by January 19 or the government will shut down. Add your signature to this petition from United We Dream to show just how many Americans believe the Dream Act is a necessity for the success and humanity of our nation.

 

Grab Your Sign and Get Marching

 

This Saturday, January 20, the Women’s March Chicago will be leading the March to the Polls, a massive demonstration a year after the 2017 Women’s March (with events happening all weekend across the country). This march is an opportunity to show that women and their allies are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to political activity in this country. Make a sign, grab your pussyhat from the Women’s March in 2017, and head downtown. Find out more here.

 

Support Young Democrats

 

College Democrats of Illinois has set a goal to #UnseatTheSeven—that is, to elect progressive candidates in the seven Illinois Congressional districts where sitting Republican officials voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have continued to support the president’s agenda at the expense of the health and wellbeing of Illinoisans. Find out more about the work the College Democrats of Illinois is doing to mobilize many of the youngest voters in the state, then give some funding to their PAC. Their work is vital to the efforts to remove Bruce Rauner from the governor’s mansion in Illinois, too.

 

Get Informed About Running for Office

 

We’ve all heard about the influx of people—in particular women, people of color, and transgender men and women—considering running for public office. If you’re female-identified and have felt a calling to find out more about what it would mean for you to run for office, sign up for an upcoming webinar on the topic from EMILY’s List and Run to Win. The webinar, which will take place Monday, January 22, from 6-7:30 p.m., will cover the basics of running for office. Sign up here.

 

Speak Up and Fight Hate

 

It’s still the season for setting goals for the new year, and learning strategies to respond to bigoted language and actively dismantle systems of hate is an important opportunity available to all of us. Take a look at two excellent resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center: Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, a guide that includes realistic responses to that awful thing your family member, friend, or coworker says; and Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, which outlines concrete strategies for acting in a manner that tears down hate and supports the victims of hateful rhetoric, actions, and legislation. Share with your friends.

 
 

Action Steps 11/15/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/15/17

 

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

 

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 of your own 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.

 

Add Your Name

 

We’re now less than a year from the 2018 midterm elections, which means organizations of every ilk are gearing up to help the voting public be as informed as possible on issues important to them and our country. The March for Science, which organized massive nationwide demonstrations this past April in favor of science and science policy, has just launched their initiative looking toward November 2018: Vote for Science. It’s early stages for this initiative, which aims to get Americans more engaged in advocating and voting for science policy. Add your name by taking their pledge, and stay tuned for more actions and resources from this group.

 

Boots on the Ground

 

While we in the Illinois-9 enjoy representation by progressive officials, our neighbors who are represented by Peter Roskam aren’t as lucky. Roskam, a conservative Republican who is in favor of the proposed tax plan that would adversely affect millions of Illinoisans, will be speaking at a major GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove on Thursday—and residents from the Illinois-9 will be showing up to join our neighbors in protest. Protesters will demonstrate on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Ashyana Banquets in Downers Grove.

 

In another bid to help get more progressive candidates on the ballot, volunteers through North Suburban Democrats will be circulating petitions in Arlington Heights this weekend to help Mark Walker, currently Wheeling Township committeeman, to get on the ballot for State Representative. Sign up here and plan to help out on Sunday, November 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Get Democrats on the Ballot in November!

Wheeling Township's own committeeman Mark Walker is running for State Representative and he needs our help to get on the ballot!

Folks, this is crucial: this is the last major weekend petition circulation event of the year and we need to make sure that all of our Democratic candidates in Arlington Heights get on the ballot!


Sign up to join us this weekend!

WHEN: 10:30am, Sunday 11/19
WHERE: Northwest Suburban Democrats, 1310 W Northwest Highway #A, Arlington Heights, IL

Action Steps 10/31/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/1/17

 

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

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Have you been looking for local resources related to health care, Medicare, employment, veterans affairs, and financial wellness? Make plans to attend the Helping Hands Community Resource fair on Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Niles West High School. Organizations and experts from across the community will be at the event to provide resources and guidance on topics important to Illinoisans’ lives. Find more information here.

 

Be Prepared

 

With the indictments of Manafort and Gates stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and the president’s regularly-tweeted dislike of these actions, groups across the country are preparing for the possibility that the president will try to fire Mueller in the same way he did former FBI Director James Comey. While signs don’t currently point toward such a firing, we know that the president’s mood changes on a whim. Add your name to the Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team so that you’re ready to stand against presidential overreach in the event of a Mueller firing.

 

And while you’re at it, keep yourself up to speed on the Mueller investigation and all its players and implications. This tool from the Washington Post is great for understanding the scope of what’s going on.

 

Ongoing Autumn Actions

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 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.

 

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.

Action Steps 10/25/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/25/17

 

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

 

Jump in the Ring

 

We know the adage that politics begins at home, and much of the resistance since the 2016 presidential election has demonstrated just how important local, grassroots actions are to our political momentum. If you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping into the political ring yourself, consider the Illinois Democratic Party’s call for individuals interested in serving as Democratic Precinct Committeemen. Express your interest by filling out this online form.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Do you have an interest in equal rights for men and women? An interest in the as-yet-unpassed Equal Rights Amendment? Plan to check out the free screening of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, followed by a panel discussion, on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4 p.m. at Niles West High School. Claim your free seats here.

 

Now that we’re about halfway between the 2016 presidential election that spurred the resistance and the 2018 mid-term election, it’s a good time for a reminder on ways to stay engaged without falling into a spiral of despair at everything new news story. Take a few minutes to read (or re-read) this essay from lawyer and activist Mirah Curzer, “How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind.” The piece is full of important reminders of ways to constructively tune in, productively tune out, and take care of ourselves and each other.

 

Ongoing Autumn Actions

 

In the past few months, 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. Health reporters with the Washington Post estimate these tactics may keep over 1 million Americans from accessing the health coverage they need. 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 and make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts November 1 through December 15.

 

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.

Action Steps 7/13/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 7/12/17


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


Raise Your Voice


July 12 is the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Use your online platform and network to spread the word about the negative impact the elimination of net neutrality would have on the internet and its users—all for the profit of cable companies.


On Friday and Saturday, concerned citizens—many of them women—will be marching from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to demand the NRA remove and apologize for propagandistic videos seeming to advocate for the use of firearms against liberal Americans. If you’re supportive of this action from afar, take a look at the #NRA2DOJ social media support toolkit to find out how you can lend your voice to this weekend’s march.


Boots on the Ground


On Tuesday, July 18, at 12 p.m., the Illinois Health Care Covenant will take place at Chicago Temple. This non-denominational event is meant to demonstrate the broad support of Chicago and Illinois communities for comprehensive health coverage—and to speak out against the current Senate health care bill. Attendees will gather in support of a commitment to ensuring all who need health care may access it, and will demand that Governor Rauner insist the same for all the people in Illinois he is sworn to represent.


Add Your Name


You’ve heard about the president’s Election Integrity Commission—a ploy to get states to turn over private voter data to the current administration. This is data Republicans can use to keep people of color and others from voting. The ACLU has filed suit against the president demanding transparency from the commission to ensure every American is able to exercise their right to vote. Add your name to a petition in support of the lawsuit and stand up for voter rights.


Stay Informed


Looking for ways to stay informed on the dates and candidates of every upcoming election? Take a few minutes to learn about, then download, the new EveryElection app for iOS, which will alert you to all the voting information for your area and for other contacts in your network.
 
 
 

Action Steps 2/1/17

IL-9 Action Steps

 

Things To Do This Week to Resist from IL-9

 

Learn More - Racial Justice Issues

 

The Chicago Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whether you’re new to racial justice work or looking to build on past actions, all are welcome to attend this meeting. Attendees will discuss ways to get engaged in local racial justice work, including emerging campaigns and post-inauguration initiatives.

 

Add Your Name - Petitions

 

Are you appalled by the president’s executive action that is affecting vetted refugees to the United States, in particular those of Muslim faith? Add your name to this petition from MoveOn.org and demand that the full United States Congress reject this Muslim ban. While our federal representatives have strongly denounced the action, many others across the country have remained silent.

 

Raise Your Consciousness - Issues to Know About

 

The president has signed an executive action that advances construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Learn about indigenous activism and the water protectors standing against the pipeline at “NoDAPL and the Future of Indigenous Organizing,” a program from from the Buffett Institute of Global Studies at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30 p.m.

 

January 7th Meeting

Join us!

Anger to Action Community Meeting

Broadway Armory Park

5917 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60660

Click here to RSVP!

Doors open at 2:00PM

Program begins at 2:30PM

 

Join us to figure out how we make next year better! 

We can't sit back and let Congress and/or the Illinois General Assembly turn back all the gains we have made in the past decades.

On Saturday January 7th join me, State Senator Heather Steans, Alderman Harry Osterman, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Committeewoman Carol Ronen for a community forum to hear what is happening in Washington, Springfield and Chicago, and learn what concrete steps you can take right now to have your voice heard and make a difference.

We can put 2016 behind us. But we can't stop fighting for all those things that brought us to the table. A woman's right to choose, affordable health care, equal rights. just to name a few priorities.  We have a lot at stake and we need to act.

 

 

I won't even try to sugarcoat it

I won't even try to sugarcoat what happened on Election Day. It was the most shocking and disappointing Presidential election in my lifetime. 

I waited to communicate with you, after getting some sleep and going from despair to fierce determination to battle on. 

And that is why I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for enabling me to serve another term as Congresswoman and to fight another day. Even my race got pretty ugly, but our 2-1 victory was decisive! 

Team Schakowsky was utterly amazing. We contributed mightily to victories for Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider, who will now return to Congress from Illinois' 10th District. In the fundraising effort led by the fantastic Sarah Gersten, I was able to contribute to 63 campaigns around the country and travel to many of them. THANK YOU for responding to our many requests! 

And, of course, we played a major role in Hillary Clinton's race. I consider her "our Moses,” leading us to the promised land of a woman President. Even though she did not cross over herself, I will be ever grateful to her. 

We are proud of what we did. Under the leadership of my Political Director, Ben Head, our eight campaign staffers working in nine offices throughout the district--along with our 30+ amazing high school interns and 5 volunteer organizers--recruited over 4,000 volunteers, and sent an additional 1,502 volunteers to Wisconsin and Iowa, where they knocked over 60,000 doors! Here in Illinois, our team made 514,483 phone calls and knocked on 84,542 doors! 

We plan to keep this army of progressives on active duty--starting now--no gap. There will be many critical issues on which we must be present in the days and weeks to come and the 2018 elections are just around the corner. You will be hearing more from me on this very soon. 

Again, thank you for your support. Together we will go forward. 

Jan