💥 IC-SS News 8-10-20: Postcards. Phonebank. CPAC.

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IC-SS Weekly Update: August 10, 2020


GO TIME: Join Together on the Phones

It’s go time – not even 3 months to November 3. Keep penning those postcards, but let’s increase our impact by phonebanking with Indivisible Chicago’s 3 States/1 Mission project.

Kathleen Long (Indivisible Evanston) + Bill Mengebier (Indivisible Chicago) at our Aug 8 Zoom

At our August 4 postcard Zoom, special guests Bill Mengebier of Indivisible Chicago Alliance and Kathleen Long of Indivisible Evanston told us about the difference we can make by phonebanking from home to voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and IL’s 14th District.

One of Kathleen and Bill’s slides: Phonebanking works

Kathleen and Bill emphasized that PHONEBANKING WORKS. Seemingly small margins – like a 3.8% increase in turnout – can change the course of an election.

Individual phonebankers may find that only a few people answer their calls, but, with hundreds of phonebankers, those calls add up. Cumulatively, our conversations can swing an election. 

Another of Kathleen and Bill’s slides: You get info & support

Attend one of Indivisible Chicago’s 30-minute Phonebanking 101 trainings – offered twice a week – and get the info to become a confident and effective phonebanker. Find trainings here.

Sign up for an online phonebank training

Once you start phonebanking from home, you’ll get any needed support before and during each phonebanking session – plus the chance to debrief afterward with friendly folks. Choose among different campaigns, days, and times.  Sign up to phonebank here.

Bill & Kathleen’s Excellent Presentation
SEE IT ALL. Kathleen Long and Bill Mengebier’s virtual visit showed how important phonebanking is and how you can easily take part… with resources and support from Indivisible Chicago. Curious about their presentation? Ready, set, WATCH.

Thank you, Kathleen Long and Bill Mengebier!


Police Accountability – CPAC & the 4th Ward

CAARPR members speak at a July press conference for CPAC, Washington Park

We support community control of police. Thank you to Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward; Ald. Jeanette Taylor, 20th ward; and the 17 other alderpeople who have sponsored CPAC – the ordinance for a Civilian Police Accountability Council.

We’ve written and phoned Ald. Sophia King, 4th Ward, Chair of the City Council’s Progress Reform Caucus, but haven’t yet received her assurance that she’ll vote for CPAC. 

  • Read this CPAC info page from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
  • Read this op-ed on CPAC in the Sun-Times by Professor Craig Futterman, UChicago Law, and Professor Sheila Bedi, Northwestern Law

Here is information from neighbor Olivia Sullivan about a new coalition of 4th Ward residents and supporters, Winning CPAC – 4th Ward:

Residents of the 4th Ward have formed a coalition in support of CPAC. The coalition’s goal is to convince Ald. Sophia King to sign on to support CPAC. The coalition meets every other week and has a comprehensive plan to garner support for CPAC from 4th Ward residents, businesses, organizations, and Ald. King’s donors.

The Winning CPAC – 4th Ward coalition has plans for the immediate future to distribute flyers and posters in the 4th Ward, start a petition, and begin 4th Ward outreach. The coalition invites you to join and get involved with their action plan. Residents from all wards are welcome. Find out more about the coalition by joining the Winning CPAC – 4th Ward Facebook group or emailing oesullivan@gmail.com


Watch Party, Aug 23: Slay the Dragon

Postcarders, phonebankers, textbankers, rally participators, voter registrars, concerned voters, one and all: You won’t want to miss this!

Check out the trailer for the documentary Slay the Dragon

Sign up for Indivisible Chicago Alliance‘s virtual Zoom movie theater on Sunday, August 23, as we come together starting at 4:00 to watch what Variety called “the most important political film of the year,” Slay the Dragon. (View trailer.) This film is about “us” grassroots activists and how we make a difference in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Right after we view Slay the Dragon, at 6:00, the film’s inspiring hero of Michigan’s successful anti-gerrymandering initiative, Katie Fahey, will join us for a panel discussion, along with Ratf**cked author, David Daley, and the film’s Ruth Greenwood, a leader in the ongoing fight against voter disenfranchisement in Wisconsin.

Katie Fahey of Slay the Dragon – you’ll meet her on the panel

SIGN UP HERE for the Slay the Dragon watch party, Sunday, Aug 23, 4:00-7:00 pm. Note: Once you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation and a link to choose your platform for viewing the movie itself; it will cost $4.99 for you to rent the movie.


Got Postcards to Turn In? Want More?

Have you finished your first 100 postcards? 200, 300, or more? Contact IC-SS 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.

Irene Claude shows her work

There’s still time to write more postcards – we have until October! Order another batch here. If you’re on the South Side or in south suburbs, choose HYDE PARK as your delivery/pickup hub.


Next Zoom: Thurs, Aug 27, 7:30-9:00 pm

Join us on Zoom to learn, share, and fellowship. Grab your postcards and fave beverage, and write along with us. But postcards aren’t required. We invite ALL our members and friends. RSVP here.

Thanks to our Aug 4 Zoomers: Esther Peters, Betsy Rubin, Michael Aaron, Patty Cloud, Sara Strack Halbach, Vicky Long, Lisa Rademacher, Teri Watkins, Lucy Lester, Kathleen Long of Indivisible Evanston, Bill Mengebier of Indivisible Chicago, Mary Naftzger, Pat Hofmann, Robin Kaufman

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.


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?
Contact us at Indivisible Chicago-South Side


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