IC-SS News 10-19-20: Act with Us!

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Steve Kagan mailed his 1540 Vote Forward letters on Oct 17 (Photo: Steve Kagan)

IC-SS Weekly Update: October 19, 2020

Phone Voters – Text Voters – Canvass – Poll Watch

TWO. WEEKS. TO. GO. Make a difference up and down the ticket 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.

Willing to go out in public – carefully? Canvass with Indivisible Chicago in Michigan! Get canvassing info and sign up here.

Phonebankers Zoom together before starting their calls and sometimes get to meet the candidates!
Here’s Rep Lauren Underwood (IL-14) chatting with Indivisible Chicago phonebankers.

Quick links to find Indivisible Chicago actions & sign up:

Indivisible Chicago provides training and support for both novice and experienced callers and texters.

Speak Spanish fluently? Indivisible Chicago needs Spanish-language phone-bankers and texters. Let us know.

Protect the vote in person: poll watch. If you’re willing/able to volunteer in person, you can help protect the vote by poll watching in person in Michigan or Wisconsin. Deadlines for signing up are fast approaching. Sign up to poll watch – go here for Michigan, here for Wisconsin.

Don’t Miss the Fair Tax on Your Ballot!

Vote YES for the Fair Tax! On Chicago mail-in ballots, the Fair Tax question is FIRST on the ballot. Find it on the left, in a light-blue column before the Biden-Trump question. (See graphic below.) The words “fair tax” don’t actually appear – instead, look for the heading Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution. Read Ballotpedia for the actual wording of the Fair Tax question on your ballot.

Find the Fair Tax question on your ballot – Graphic by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Indivisible Chicago-South Side supports 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.  More info: Vote Yes for Fair Tax + Vote Yes for Fairness

Protect the Results – Nov 4 and Beyond

What if Trump loses and refuses to concede? WE ACT.

Protect the Results is a consortium of over 100 organizations that have joined together to protect the results of the election Nov. 3rd. Headed by Indivisible and Stand Up America, the broad coalition includes MoveOn, Voting While Black, Working Families Party, National LGBTQ Task Force, Republicans for the Rule of Law, Sunrise Movement, SURJ, citywide Indivisible Chicago, and others.

Protect the Results will activate large-scale protests aimed at capturing the public narrative throughout the country if Trump does any of the following:

  • Refuses to concede
  • Declares himself the winner before the votes are tallied
  • Pressures state legislators or governors in key states regarding electors
  • Uses law enforcement to intimidate potential voters
  • Other legal maneuvers

Chicago’s first action will take place at Daley Plaza on Wednesday, Nov 4th at 5:00 PM. Similar actions will occur across the country at 5 PM local time. Keep following Protect the Results for information about actions beyond November 4th.

Read more & sign up here for the Chicago Nov 4 Protect the Results mass action Important: Sign up EVEN IF you can’t be there in person. You can help get the word out and create buzz.

Show Up for Marie Newman

Show up for Marie. Go to the Marie Newman for Congress website to support progressive Democrat Marie Newman’s campaign and volunteer to phonebank, do lit drops, or help in other ways. Or sign up directly here!

Sen Peters: End Money Bond Town Hall

Join IL State Senator Robert Peters, the Coalition to End Money Bond, and the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice at a virtual town hall to learn about the movement to end money bond, the harms of pretrial incarceration, and the comprehensive solutions provided by the Pretrial Fairness Act.

Dates: Tues, Oct 20 at 7:00 pm; Thurs, Oct 22 at 6:00 pm; Tues, Oct 27 at 7:00 pm. RSVP here.

Act Now: File Witness Slip TODAY (10/19)

On Tuesday, October 20th, the Illinois General Assembly’s Special Committee on Public Safety is holding a subject matter hearing on ending money bond. This hearing is an important step towards a vote on legislation that will end money bond and make all of our communities safer by dramatically decreasing the number of people incarcerated while awaiting trial in Illinois.

TODAY – Monday, October 19 – please file a Witness Slip as a proponent of this subject matter. For full information, please see this page from the Illinois Coalition to End Money Bond.

Vote Forward – Thanks, Writers!

Steve Kagan mailed his 1540 Vote Forward letters on Oct 17 (Photo: Steve Kagan)

Shout-out to all the IC-South Siders who wrote and mailed Vote Forward letters to voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and other key states.

Steve Kagan alone wrote a total of 1540 letters and encouraged IC-South Side members to join him in writing too. We joined Vote Forward’s nationwide effort sending over 15 millions letters on October 17th – together, we’ll make a difference. Thanks, Steve, and thanks, writers!

Voting Resources

DID YOU KNOW…  Through November 3 (Election Day), Ray School is an Early Voting site, AND it has a Secured Drop Box for your mail-in ballot? Find this and all the Secured Drop Boxes Chicago Board of Elections Early Voting page.

Just-voted feeling: Charlotte Adler, Cara Adler, Doug Bishop dropped their ballots at Ray School (Photo: Doug Bishop)

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:

More questions? See Indivisible IL’s Virus Free Voting Illinois webpage.

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.

In addition, Injustice Watch is releasing its final judge recommendations on October 6. Check here for the Injustice Watch judicial recommendations; see also this posting by Injustice Watch.

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