IC-SS Weekly Update: November 16, 2020
Congratulations, Rep Underwood!
We’re thrilled that Lauren Underwood has been re-elected to Congress – with the long-awaited results announced November 12th. Thanks to the Indivisible Chicago-South Siders who helped Rep Underwood win by phonebanking with Indivisible Chicago.
One of the Underwood phonebankers was IC-SS member Marva Watkins, seen below at our Election Night Watch Party toasting Marie Newman, called as winner of IL-03 that night. Now, let’s all raise a glass to Congresswoman Lauren Underwood!
Dedicated phonebanker Marva Watkins at our Election Night Zoom
Pretrial Fairness Act: End Money Bond
Should people be incarcerated solely for being poor? Many people awaiting trial – accused, but not convicted – are held behind bars because they cannot afford bond. The Coalition to End Money Bond says that “money bonds compromise public safety because wealth, not safety, determines who remains in jail pretrial.”
On November 9th, IL State Senator Robert Peters, a leader in criminal justice reform, introduced the Pretrial Fairness Act in Springfield. Sen Peters’ bill, sponsored in the Illinois House by IL State Rep Justin Slaughter, would reform the justice system for people awaiting trial and end the use of money bond.
Learn more about the Pretrial Fairness Act on Senator Peters’ website, on the website for the Coalition to End Money Bond, and on this fact sheet. You can also watch video of the November 12 virtual rally for the bill; Sen Peters comes on at ~14:00.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Got 3 minutes? Fill in this form created by The People’s Lobby and submit letters to your state legislators, asking them to support the Pretrial Fairness Act. (If Senator Peters or Rep Slaughter represents you, you can thank them.)
We’ll alert our membership if we learn of opportunities to fill in Witness Slips.
Help Warnock & Ossoff Win in GA
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 and the New Georgia Project to register voters.
- Donate to New Georgia Project
- Donate to Fair Fight
- Donate to Warnock & Ossoff campaigns at once via ActBlue
Ready to Get Started on Your Own? Write to Voters
Here are two projects that involve writing to Georgia voters:
1.Postcards to Swing States has launched a postcard effort to Georgia voters. You can purchase your own cards from the website, receive addresses and instructions, write the brief message word for word, stamp your postcards with your own 35¢ stamps, and mail the cards Dec 26th-28th.
NOTE: In collaboration with Postcards to Swing States, Indivisible Chicago Alliance is planning a local effort to distribute these postcards within the city; our IC-SS group will likely assist with South Side distribution. We will inform you when we have details. Meanwhile, you are welcome to order and pay for postcards on your own (see #1 above).
2.Vote Forward is planning a letter-writing campaign to Georgia voters. If you haven’t signed up with Vote Forward, you can sign up at their website to get alerted when they launch their project.
NOTE ON A SEPARATE PROJECT:
IC-South Side member Sarah Lincoln is working with a group on a quick-turnaround postcard project with Lift Every Voice and the New Georgia Project. If Sarah has more postcards than the group can write before Nov 24, she may need some last-minute help. Let us know if you’d like to be added to the standby list for this quick project.
Watch for other opportunities to make a difference in the Georgia run-offs via Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Illinois, or national Indivisible, including phonebanking and textbanking.
Tues Dec 1 – Join our Zoom Writing Party
Join with IC-South Side friends on Zoom to write to Georgia voters and keep up with our plans moving forward. Whether you’re working on Vote Forward letters or Postcards to Swing States, let’s write together! Heck, you can join us even if you aren’t writing to voters – we want to keep in touch and share ideas.
Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Time: 7:30 pm
RSVP: Email us here
Let’s “Show 2020 the Door”
It’s 2020 and, this past week, our times may have seemed less certain than ever. Many of us were hovering between two extremes: Reassured that Biden, who has a decisive and unassailable victory, will be inaugurated without incident. Alarmed that Trump, without much overt protest from Republicans, was making moves to remain in power.
IC-SS co-leaders are staying in contact with citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance and national Indivisible. Both organizations advise us to be calm and confident but to stay vigilant. Take a moment to read national Indivisible’s special webpage, Showing 2020 the Door.
Indivisible Chicago-South Side
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