IC-SS News 11-09-20: Joy, Reflections, Thanks, Plans

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November 4: Chicago's #CountEveryVote rally & march (Photos: Teri Watkins)

IC-SS Weekly Update: November 9, 2020

Jubilation – and Thanks to YOU

YOU DID THE WORK – WE DID THE WORK TOGETHER. Scores of Indivisible Chicago-South Side members have stepped up to canvass, phonebank, textbank, call our representatives, register and inform voters, attend demonstrations, and write postcards or letters to voters in swing states and districts.

Some of the candidates we’ve worked for or endorsed: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (re-elected); President-Elect Joe Biden/Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris; Congresswoman-Elect Marie Newman; Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (re-election results pending)

Over the past four years, often in partnership with Indivisible ChicagoIndivisible Illinois, or national Indivisible, we’ve focused on campaigns and issues in need of all-out efforts:

  • Joe Biden/Kamala Harris in the general election (after the nomination)
  • Marie Newman (IL-03), Robert Emmons (IL-01), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Sean Casten (IL-06) for Congress
  • Congressional & down-ballot races in swing states Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Georgia, and others
  • Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Fair Tax for Illinois
  • Voting rights and voter registration for young people, community members, and people in pretrial detention
  • CPAC – Civilian Police Accountability Council for Chicago
  • Other campaigns and local efforts. See these Twitter threads for photos and more thanks: Postcards/letters to voters + Voting + Canvassing/Phonebanking/Texting

Thanks to everyone who’s done the work over the months and years. Let’s take care of ourselves and stay strong. Our work will continue – so stay with us as we continue to fight for a better city, state, country, and world.

Election Night with IC-South Side

Esther Peters, Betsy Rubin, Sophia Watson, Alison Hunter, Teri Watkins, Irene Claude, Steve Kagan, Cara Adler & Doug Bishop, Michael Aaron, Marva Watkins starting off the evening. Mary Naftzger (not pictured) joined us after his photo.

We have the good news about Biden/Harris now, but Election Night was a bit rough. Fourteen of us gathered for a Zoom watch party to share the ups and downs. Together in good company, we celebrated the hard-won victories of Marie Newman (IL-03) and Sean Casten (IL-06) for Congress as well Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Thanks to Esther Peters and Doug Bishop for planning the watch party. By 11:00, we had switched from wine and spirits to water and tea, with an eye toward self-care for the work ahead.

The final 4: Esther, Betsy, Lisa Rademacher, Sarah Lincoln stayed on until 11:00

Chicago Turns Out

On November 7th, cars honked and people spilled into the streets across the city from morning ’til night. Glimpse brief videos posted on Facebook Saturday evening by Steven Dornbusch.

Earlier in the day, the Indivisible Chicago Alliance and other groups had planned a Demand Democracy rally at Union Park, and with the election called for Biden/Harris, the spirit was jubilant.

Nov. 7: Defend Each Other/Demand Democracy rally sets up at Union Park (Photo: Teri Watkins)

On November 4, the mood was decidedly different. With full election returns then pending, thousands gathered downtown to demand that every vote be counted and election results protected.

Members of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) joined with other organizations (CAARPRICIRRSEIU HCII,SOUL in ActionSierra Club of IllinoisThe People’s Lobby and others) to rally and march in support of these demands and to commit to fighting for justice regardless who is in office.

November 4: Chicago’s #CountEveryVote rally & march (Photos: Teri Watkins)

Run-offs in GA: Get Ready to Help!

Raphael Warnock; Jon Ossoff

Make a difference in who controls the US Senate. On January 5th, Georgia will hold a run-off election for TWO Senate seats: Democrat Raphael Warnock vs. appointed incumbent Kelly Loeffler, and Democrat Jon Ossoff vs. incumbent Republican David Perdue. 

Help Democrats Warnock and Ossoff win by supporting them with your dollars. You can also support Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight to promote fair elections in Georgia.

*You can also look up each campaign online and donate separately.
 Soon there will be opportunities to contact voters in Georgia. Vote Forward has indicated it will soon offer a new Georgia letter campaign. If you’re already signed up, watch for email updates or check Vote Forward’s website or Facebook page. If you haven’t already written Vote Forward letters, sign up here.

Thanks to Steve Kagan for the Vote Forward tip!

Watch for other opportunities to make a difference in the Georgia run-offs, possibly including postcarding, phonebanking, and textbanking.

We’re certain that Indivisible Chicago Alliance and statewide and national Indivisible groups will take into account the large volume of contacts Georgia voters will be receiving in this time of intense focus on their run-offs. We’ll share any updates we receive. Let’s be ready to act!

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