IC-SS Weekly Update: June 15, 2020
TONIGHT June 15: Meet Them & Act
TONIGHT Monday, June 15th, 6:00-7:00 pm: Care about November 3? Michigan will make a difference! Join us at an online forum to meet the candidates at the heart of Indivisible Chicago Alliance’s strategy to flip Michigan blue:
• Jon Hoadley – U.S. House of Rep. (6th District)
• Christine Morse – MI State House (61st District)
• Chokwe Pitchford – MI State House (79th District)
• Abigail Wheeler – MI State House (66th District)
These candidates can drive the turnout we’ll need to re-capture the 16 electoral votes in this critical swing state. Indivisible Chicago-South Side is proud to partner with Indivisible Chicago Alliance in tonight’s event.
Take an hour this evening to be inspired by these candidates! Sign up to Meet the Candidates and get the Zoom link.
And next steps:
Please join South Siders and other Chicago volunteers in phoning Michigan voters. For opportunities to phonebank and – if you’re new – get a phonebank training, go to this page.
CPAC: Civilian Police Accountability Council
Over the weekend, another police killing of a black man: this time, it was Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. In Chicago, citizens can push our aldermen to support a city ordinance for civilian oversight and police accountability and create a Civilian Police Accountability Council, or CPAC (“see-pack”).
In this March op-ed, UChicago Law Professor Craig Futterman and NU Law Professor Sheila Bedi made the case for CPAC. (See forum box below for the chance to hear Professors Futterman and Bedi speak.)
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) has long advocated for CPAC. Here is CAARPR’s comparison between the CPAC ordinance and Mayor Lightfight’s proposed bill (GAPA):
Graphic and information by CAARPR
The latest information we have is that both Ald Hairston/5th Ward and Ald Jeanette Taylor/20th Ward support CPAC, but Ald Sophia King/4th Ward does not. Check CAAPR’s page for more info on CPAC and to find out if YOUR alderperson supports it.
ACTION: Phone your alderman to thank them for supporting CPAC – or tell them to support it. (Phone numbers in link immediately above.)
Chicago Police Accountability Forum
Friday, June 26, 12:00 pm: Annual Forum on Police Accountability, a free online event presented by presented by Chicago Council of Lawyers, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, and Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Speakers include Craig Futterman/UChicago Law School, Sheila Bedi/NU Law School, and Sydney Roberts/COPA. Register here.
Indivisible and Solidarity with Black Lives
Read the statements and resources from citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance and national Indivisible.
- Indivisible Chicago Alliance: We endorse & support Black Lives Matter’s 10 demands
- Indivisible: Standing in Solidarity with Black Lives
As an Indivisible chapter, we encourage members to follow local Black-led organizations, including, among many others:
- The TRiiBE, a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago
- Black Women Organizing for Power (BWOP)
- Action Now
- CAARPR/Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
- Black Lives Matter Chicago
- Assata’s Daughters
- Good Kids Mad City
Register: June 23 Postcards by Zoom
Register now for our next online Postcard Party Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30-9:00 pm. RSVP by email to get the Zoom link.
What happens at an IC-SS Postcard Party? See old friends, meet new ones, share resources for activism, and find companionship as you pen your postcards to voters in Michigan or Wisconsin.
Last week’s Zoom generated ~200 more postcards penned by Esther Peters, Betsy Rubin, Doug Bishop, Cara Adler, Barbara Roy, Sarah Lincoln, Irene Claude, Lucy Lester, Deb Pratt, Kineret Jaffe, Teri Watkins. You are helping to flip Michigan!
Take Part in ICA’s Postcard Posse
Indivisible Chicago-South Side is participating in the citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance’s Postcard Posse. If you haven’t yet started writing postcards to voters in Michigan or Wisconsin, here’s what to do:
1. ORDER POSTCARDS. Fill in the form at the Postcard Posse order page. Ask for 100 or more (in increments of 100) and select HYDE PARK as your pickup/delivery point.
2. REGISTER. Register at the Postcard Posse registration page. Sign up to write on your own, or choose one of our two teams (by zip code): South Side Scribes, Local 15 or 37.
3. IF YOU CAN, BUY STAMPS. Youaren’t required to stamp your own postcards, but if you can afford to, you can order online: Here’s a link to postcard stamps at USPS.com.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
Contact us at Indivisible Chicago-South Side.
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