IC-SS Weekly Update: May 11, 2020
Michigan Mondays – Phonebank from Home
We can’t knock doors, but we can ring phones. Join Indivisible Chicago Alliance to call voters on “Michigan Mondays.” Each session starts with a 30-minute orientation. Sign up for Michigan Mondays phonebanking.
PS What if you’re new to phonebanking? Or experienced but seeking tips? Attend a free, 30-minute training from the phonebank experts at Indivisible Chicago Alliance. At the end, you have the option to go straight into the phonebanking session that follows. Sign up for the Phonebank Training for Bashful Activists.
Postcard Posse LAUNCH
Excited to report that Indivisible Chicago-South Side now has 4000 postcards to write to Michigan voters. Co-Leader Esther Peters is managing the Hyde Park hub, and she’s arranging to get postcards to everyone who placed an order and selected the Hyde Park pick-up/delivery location.
To recap: Indivisible Chicago-South Side belongs to the Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA). ICA has joined the Postcards to Wisconsin & Michigan effort, but we’ll be operating mainly through ICA’s Postcard Posse. The Postcard Posse will have teams and standings and the chance for members to work together via online connectivity tools.
If you want to write postcards but haven’t yet signed up, please:
1. ORDER POSTCARDS. Fill in your order form at the Postcard Posse order page. Ask for 100 (unless you know you’ll need more) and select HYDE PARK as your pickup/delivery point.
2. REGISTER. Sign up at the Postcard Posse registration page to get notifications from ICA about the project, opportunities to take part in citywide Zoom socials, and chance to compete with a team.
- Team players: If you want to be on an IC-South Side team, choose Join an Existing Team option and then choose one of two teams: South Side Scribes, Local 15 or South Side Scribes, Local 37. Pick according to your zip code – or your whim! (You and your friends can also create and name your own team, if you prefer.)
Of course, you are welcome to just write postcards on your own. The most important thing is to WRITE POSTCARDS to voters. Postcards work. Learn more by watching the recording of the ICA Postcard Posse kick-off.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at Indiv.Chi.South@gmail.com.
Black Resilience Roundtable – May 11, 5:00 pm
The Workers Center for Racial Justice invites you to a virtual town hall featuring IL State Rep Kam Buckner TONIGHT, Monday, May 11, 5:00 pm. Sign up here for Black Resilience Roundtable: A virtual town hall to advance a racial justice response to COVID-19 in Illinois.
Free Them All – Requests from CAARPR
Attend a virtual educational rally and action around demanding the immediate pardon for all survivors of police torture.
- Join the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) for the Free Them All Forum on Saturday, May 16, 3:00-4:30 pm. CFIST is a project of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR).
CAARPR also asks people to sign these two petitions to Gov Pritzker:
- Pardon Gerald Reed, who was tortured into a confession decades ago and is disabled because of the torture: sign here
- Immediately pardon all survivors of police torture: sign here
South Side COVID-19 Relief – Donate
Market Box Initiative: Experimental Station is working with Star Farms Chicago to provide boxes of locally sourced produce, eggs, and bread to our neighbors on the South Side, supporting the community and the farmers that feed us. Donate here. (And read Hyde Park Herald story.)
Hyde Park Refugee Project. The Hyde Park Refugee Project (HPRP), a program of the Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council, is asking for donations to help refugee families living in the neighborhood affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. Donate here.
City of Chicago.Chicago’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
SHARE Network (South Side Healthy Aging Resource Experts.) SHARE Network has compiled a tailored list of COVID-19 Resources for older adults, caregivers, healthcare providers, and the community at large: COVID-19 resources (find resources along left side of screen) (new listing)
City Bureau. Chicago COVID Resource Finder
Chicago Reporter.How is COVID-19 affecting your ZIP code in Illinois?
South Side Weekly’s COVID-19 Tracker by ZIP Code, showing how many deaths each Chicago community area has suffered; updated daily: SSW COVID-19 Live Tracker.
South Side Weekly.COVID-19 South Side Community Resource Guide
Chicago Jobs Council.Resources regarding employment/unemployment, SNAP benefits, and COVID-19
Illinois Call4Calm Text Line: If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line, a nationwide service. If you are in crisis and don’t know where to turn, you can text the word Home to 741741. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, offering 24/7 support via text. (Recommended at a City of Chicago forum hosted by South Shore Works.)Get info on Crisis Text Line.
Serve Illinois – Volunteer opportunities
Where to donate on the South Side – some suggestions from Hyde Park Herald
Greater Chicago Food Depository – Ways to help or get help
University of Chicago info & service resources:
- UChicago Community Support
- UChicago Coronavirus Updates
- UChicago Medicine Information and Resources
- UChicago Medicine Ways to help
- UChicago Ways to help campus & community
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