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IC-SS Weekly Update: June 29, 2020

Over 10,000: Our Postcard Record

Co-Leader Esther Peters heads up our 6/23 Zoom with Betsy Rubin, Michael Aaron, Barbara Roy, Teri Watkins, Sarah Lincoln, Lisa Rademacher, Vicky Long, Mary Naftzger, Lucy Lester

Did you know that South Side and south suburban activists are currently writing to over 10,000 Michigan and Wisconsin voters? That’s a record project for our group – and, each week, more South Siders than ever are ordering postcards. Join us: see info in SIGN UP box at bottom of email.

Zoom with us: Working hard on your postcards and want some company?Join us online on Thurs, July 9, and Wed, July 22 – from7:30-9:00 pm. RSVP by email to get the Zoom link(s).

Here’s one of our newest postcard writers receiving her order – Pauline Haley of Chicago Ridge. Thanks to Pauline and all who are writing. You’ll make a difference on November 3!

Postcard writer Pauline Haley safely receives her postcards

Postcard writers: Share your postcard photos to appear in the newsletter or on Facebook/Twitter. Just obscure or blur any addresses. Thanks for your work!

Act from Home: Use Your Phone

Already writing postcards? Increase your impact by phonebanking with the citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance – from home! 

 Join South Siders and other Chicago volunteers in phoning voters in swing state Michigan (and soon Wisconsin). Each phonebank session includes an orientation and Q & A via Zoom with helpful Indivisible Chicago Alliance organizers.

For opportunities to phonebank with Indivisible Chicago Alliance (and find a separate phonebank training for newbies), go here.

Act on CPAC for Civilian Control of Police

Everyone imagines a future with no police violence. An immediate measure is to exert civilian control over the Chicago Police.

For years, CAARPR has advocated for Chicago to implement a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC); the citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance has joined in this demand.To learn more about CPAC, see the resources in our June 15 newsletter and June 22 newsletter.

Write to Mayor Lightfoot, calling on her to support CPAC over the weaker proposal (GAPA) that keeps control in the hands of the mayor rather than civilians. You can email the mayor using this script or substituting your own words.

To date, 5th Ward Ald Leslie Hairston and 20th Ward Ald Jeanette Taylor are among a group of 19 City Council members supporting CPAC – but at least 7 more supporters are needed, and Ald Sophia King is not yet among themSee CAARPR’s full list of CPAC supporters in the City Council

Do you live in the 4th Ward? If so, call Ald King and ask her to support CPAC: 773-536-8103. Or, as a 4th Ward constituent, you can email Alderman King, using the suggested script or substituting your own.

If you live in another ward and your alderman is not on the list of CPAC supporters, we ask you to contact them with a similar message. Find your alderman here.

Illinois Needs a Fair Tax

Illinois’s Fair Tax amendment will fix our state’s broken tax system, ensuring that 97% of Illinoisans—those who make $250,000 a year or less—get a tax cut or pay no more than they do now.

What’s more, the Fair Tax system will generate billions in added funding for critical services like education, health care, human services, infrastructure and more.

Check out Vote Yes for Fair Tax, a nonpartisan ballot committee and diverse coalition of organizations in Illinois. (And here they are on Facebook.)

Right now: Share info about Fair Tax with other Illinoisans, and urge them to vote for the Illinois Fair Tax amendment on Nov 3. Here’s a one-minute Fair Tax video to share with friends.

BWOP: July 18 Black Community Town Hall

Black Women Organizing for Power (BWOP Chicago) presents a Black Community Virtual Town Hall to begin important intra-community conversations on what Black Chicago needs to prioritize in the political process.

This discussion centers the needs of Black Chicagoans. Participants from other backgrounds are welcome to be present as an act of solidarity, but Black Chicago voices will be uplifted exclusively.

BWOP’s Virtual Town Hall will be Saturday, July 18th from 1-3 pm. Register here.

SIGN UP for ICA’s Postcard Posse 

As part of Indivisible Chicago Alliance‘s 3 States/1 Mission project, IC-South Side is participating in the citywide Postcard Posse, writing postcards to voters in swing states. What to do for postcards:

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.

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