IC-SS Weekly Update: July 27, 2020
Thanks, South Side Postcarders – See You in Aug
Thanks to the 70 people across the South Side and suburbs who are writing postcards to Michigan and Wisconsin voters via Indivisible Chicago Alliance and Postcards to Swing States. You are part of an effort to send millions of postcards to voters in swing states – and you will make a difference in the November 3 election.
In July, a total of 19 activists participated in our Zoom postcard parties – thanks to all for joining together to write postcards and share ways to take further action for our city, state, and country. We share lot of resources motivate one another during these sessions!
Next Zoom parties: Tues, August 4 + Thurs, August 27, 7:30-9:00 pm.
Special guests from Indivisible Chicago Alliance will drop by – details soon.
Let’s Connect: Member Check-In
You may soon be hearing from Teri Watkins, IC-South Side’s Acting Co-Leader for membership. In the coming weeks, Teri will be reaching out to members by phone to hear what issues matter most to you and to help connect you to ways you can stay active – safely – as we count down to November 3rd (and beyond).
As always, feel free to send in your questions or ideas.
Vote Forward – Write Letters to Voters
Join IC-South Side members Steve Kagan and Allen Lang, who are writing letters to voters via Vote Forward. Vote Forward is a letter-writing campaign to reach voters in key states before the November election.
Allen Lang writes: Have 120 letters stamped, boxed, sorted by ZIP. Twenty or so to go. All Texas. I hope the recipients are all well and eager to vote. It is so good to have a wholesome activity here in lockdown.
If you have a printer, paper, envelopes, stamps, and a pen, then you can apply to get started right away with Vote Forward. Got questions? Email us and we’ll put you in contact with Steve Kagan, who can respond to your questions.
Here are some resources shared by our members and friends to inform you and give you the chance to act.
- Learn about efforts to ensure #VirusFreeVoting in Illinois and Wisconsin. In this July 23 panel presented by statewide Indivisible Illinois, hear from organizations promoting the opportunity for everyone to vote – and vote safely. Watch Indivisible Illinois’s Virus Free Voting panel here. (For a quick summary, see IC-South Side’s Twitter thread.)
- Vote safely, vote by mail! Information on voting by mail in Chicago. (You can drop your completed mail ballot into a Chicago Board of Elections Secured Drop Box instead of a US mailbox. And, yes, you can apply to vote by mail, change your mind, and decide to vote in person.)
- Learn from Aislinn Pulley, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, as she speaks with Joy Reid about gun violence and policing in Chicago: Watch Aislinn Pulley here.
- Phonebank with Indivisible Chicago Alliance. Call voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and IL’s 14th District (for Lauren Underwood). Get info on phonebanking and other ways to act at the 3 States/1 Mission page.
Got Postcards to Turn In?
Have you finished your first 100 postcards? 200, 300, or more? Contact IC-South Side Co-Leader Esther Peters to arrange for safe return of your postcards (in batches of 100). You can reply to Esther’s previous emails to you OR let her know right here.
Postcard writers: Share your postcard photos and stories to appear in the newsletter or on Facebook/Twitter. Just obscure or blur any addresses. Thanks!
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.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
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