IC-SS Weekly Update: October 12, 2020
Protect the Results – Nov 4 Action & More
What if Trump loses and refuses to concede? WE ACT.
In Chicago, the Indivisible Chicago Alliance is calling people to gather at Daley Plaza the day after the election – November 4th, 5:00 pm. Read more and sign up here for the Chicago action.
Chicago’s planned action is part of a comprehensive nationwide effort to Protect the Results on November 4th and beyond.
- Sign up for the Nov 4 Chicago action at Daley Plaza
- Attend our Indivisible Chicago-South Side’s Zoom, Wed. Oct 14th, 7:30-9:00 pm. In addition discussing to other topics, we’ll get an overview of Protect the Results from Co-Leader Teri Watkins. RSVP for our group Zoom
Phone/Text Voters or Poll Watch
THREE WEEKS TO GO. Make a difference by phoning or texting voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the 14th Congressional district in Illinois. The citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance provides opportunities to act throughout the week – safely from home.
Speak Spanish fluently? Indivisible Chicago needs Spanish-language phone-bankers and texters. We’ll connect you – just let us know.
Willing to do work on the ground? You can poll watch in Michigan and Wisconsin. We’ll connect you – email us.
Quick links to find Indivisible Chicago actions & sign up:
Indivisible Chicago provides training and support for both novice and experienced callers and texters.
Show Up for Marie Newman
Help progressive Democrat Marie Newman win the seat in Congress for IL’s 3rd district.
Marie Newman will fight for healthcare for all, lower prescription drug costs, paid leave, universal childcare, a jobs engine, protection and advancement of everybody’s rights, investment in infrastructure, and a green economy looking to the future. We need her in Congress.
Sign Up for Our Oct 14 Zoom
Sign up to attend this week’s Zoom gathering, Wednesday, October 14th, 7:30-9:00 pm. RSVP here. We will:
- Give an overview of the nationwide Protect the Results effort, including the planned Nov 4 Chicago action (see info at top of newsletter)
- Work on our Vote Forward letters (for those who are participating – not required!)
- Talk about our voting experiences & answer voting questions
- Invite everyone to share info about resources & opportunities to act
Kudos to the IC-South Side members who turned out to write letters and share activism stories on Zoom on October 8th. Thanks to Nick Uniejewski of Indivisible (national) for being our special guest.
We learned Kineret and Mary have been textbanking and love it. Betsy has been phonebanking and doing lit drops with Michael for the Marie Newman campaign. Lisa has been working 12-hour days as a teacher but still makes time to write Vote Forward letters to voters, inspired by our champion Voter Forwarder Steve.
Sophia has been speedily working with Esther and others on postcarding – and Esther reports that she’s collected more than 21,000 completed postcards from dozens of South Siders/South Suburbanites. Hats off to all the postcarders, letter writers, textbankers, and phonebankers out there!
Quick Message: Community Control of Police
The Indivisible Chicago Alliance and Indivisible Chicago-South Side support CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council) for elected, civilian control of police. We’ve learned the Chicago City Council may soon be considering a different ordinance regarding community control of police, yet to be proposed by Mayor Lightfoot. Rather than support CPAC, the Mayor has signaled she doesn’t want full community control of CPD.
The CPAC ordinance is sponsored by Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th Ward), Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), and seventeen other alderpeople. However, even though Sophia King is chair of the Progressive Caucus, Ald. King (4th) has yet to support CPAC. The CPAC ordinance is currently sitting in the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, set to meet October 20th.
Let the Public Safety Committee and YOUR alderperson know that you expect them to pass the CPAC ordinance. Fill out this form to register your demand.
Vote Forward: Sign Up & Mail Letters Oct 17
Big thanks to Steve Kagan for advising us on this project.
Find the Fair Tax on Your Ballot
You’re itching to cast that vote for president. And all the other offices – not to mention judges. We’re with you. But in our rush to vote on the big-ticket races on our ballot, it’s easy to overlook a vital question for ourselves and our entire state: the Fair Tax amendment. Make sure you find it, and vote YES.
On Chicago mail-in ballots, the Fair Tax question is FIRST on the ballot. It’s on the left, in a light-blue column before the Biden-Trump question. (See the graphic below.)
The words “fair tax” don’t actually appear – instead, look for the heading Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution. And see Ballotpedia for the actual wording of the Fair Tax question on your ballot.
Indivisible Chicago-South Side is a strong supporter of the Fair Tax because it would allow for a graduated Illinois income tax, with the wealthy paying a higher rate than the rest of us. Fair Tax reform would raise more than $3 billion a year that would help fund state and local government, schools and human services, and responsibly pay the state’s bills. So we urge you to vote YES.
Voting for Judges
SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Want info on the judges who appear on your ballot? VoteforJudges.org provides recommendations from 13 different bar groups.
SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR FRIENDS. The Chicago Board of Elections (for city voters) and Cook County Clerk (for suburban) are encouraging people to vote by mail or vote early. In Chicago and in suburban Cook County, you can directly drop off your mail-in ballot in a Secured Drop Box. INFO:
- Drop Box Info – Chicago
- Drop Box Info – Suburban Cook
- Early Voting Info – Chicago
- Early Voting Info – Suburban Cook
More questions? See Indivisible IL’s Virus Free Voting Illinois webpage.
DID YOU KNOW… From Oct 14-Nov 3, Ray School is an Early Voting site, AND it will have a Secured Drop Box for your mail-in ballot? See info from Chicago Board of Elections.
Indivisible Chicago-South Side
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