IC-SS News 01-1-21: Dr. King, Inauguration: Act TODAY & All Week

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IC-SS Weekly Update: January 18, 2021

IC-SS Leadership Elections

Indivisible Chicago-South Side will hold formal elections in late February for the four leadership positions. The nominating period will be Feb 15-21 (Mon-Sun), and online elections will be held February 22-28 (Mon-Sun). 

To become a voting member of IC-SS, pleaseregister via this voting member registration form as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 pm, February 21. If you have been active with our group in any way, youqualify.

If you are already a voting member and received our January 8 email asking you to confirm, you need only reply to that email to remain a voting memberIf you did not receive the January 8 emaillast week, please complete the voting member registration form instead. 

This Week: Act with Indivisible Chicago (ICA)

The citywide organization Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) shares these actions and opportunities.

This Wednesday, Jan 20: Celebrate Victories Together

We’ll be there. Will you? Join citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance – and members of our South Side chapter – for an online Inauguration Celebration: Everything New Is Blue Again – Wed, Jan 20, 5:30-7:00 pm. Guests will include Congressional stars Marie Newman IL-03, Sean Casten IL-06, and Lauren Underwood IL-14 plus musical guests and improv, too! Get all the details and order your free tickets here.

PS You just MIGHT see a few of the Indivisible Chicago-South Side superstars too! Order your free ticket here to get the link to this celebration.

Sign the Petition: Restore Our Skyline – Remove the Sign 

The Indivisible Chicago Alliance calls on the City of Chicago to remove the Trump sign and writes: “It’s long past time to remove the symbol of hate on the building at 401 N. Wabash.”

ICA says, “The Chicago City Council is acknowledging this reality with a proposed ordinance introduced January 13. If passed, this ordinance will bar anyone convicted of treason, sedition, or subversive actions from doing business with the city–including having a sign permit. If the US Senate convicts Trump following impeachment by the US House on charges of ‘incitement of insurrection,’ he would fall under this ordinance and the permit allowing this sign is invalidated.

“If not, the City must seek other means to remove this blight. Add your name to the growing chorus of Chicagoans demanding this signs removal and help us spread the word.”

Sign the ICA petition to remove the sign!

The NEW Indivisible Guide

To help us going forward at this critical time, national Indivisible has just released its 2021 guide: Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Fixing Our Democracy.

The guide begins: “We’ve defeated Trump. We’ve defeated his cronies. We won in Georgia and took the Senate. We’ve celebrated. Now, we have a short window to save our democracy. Getting it done depends on all of us, and this new Indivisible guide provides a blueprint.”

Read the new Indivisible Guide here.

Listen, Read, Learn
Dr. Robin DG Kelley on the Roots of the 1.6.21 Attack

National SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) hosted a webinar last week featuring Robin DG Kelley, author and historian at UCLA. In the webinar, “White Backlash: Why It Happens and How to Fight Back,” Dr. Kelley argues that the1.6.21 attack on the Capitol should be understood not as a white backlash based in white working class sentiment but rather a manifestation of a longer history of American fascism.

On Jan 13, Dr. Robin DG Kelley speaks on fascism and the 1.6.21 attack

Watch the webinar via the Zoom recording here (or Facebook live here – FB version includes ASL interpretation).

The entire recording is a bit over an hour. To learn about SURJ, watch from the beginning. Dr. Kelly is introduced at about 21:45 in the Zoom recording (about 21:30 on FB). Resources related to the webinar:

  • Dr. Kelly’s academic research, books, and other publications at his UCLA page
  • Info on the Wilmington (NC) Coup of 1898 – described in this article

Dr. Heather Cox Richardson on 1.6.21

Heather Cox Richardson, historian at Boston College, also weighs in on the 1.6.21 attack on the Capitol. She writes, “Right-wing terrorism in American has very deep roots, and those roots have grown since the 1990s as Republican rhetorical attacks on the federal government have fed them. The January 6 assault on the Capitol is not an aberration. It has been coming for a very long time.” Read Dr. Cox’s January 16th newsletter post here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on “The Other America”

As we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., consider listening to one or more of his speeches. In 1967 at Stanford, Dr. King gave his “Other America” speech, one of several versions he presented in 1967-1968. He speaks of the deep roots of racism. saying “I would like to honestly say to you that the white backlash is merely a new name for an old phenomenon.” Over half a century after Dr. King’s speech, the continuing relevance of his words is a piercing indictment of our country.

Here’s Dr. King’s full “The Other America” speech at Stanford:

Take Action for Our Community, City, State

Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements on issues important in our state, city, and communities.

 Jan 19, KOCO Event: Virtual Town Hall – Mercy Hospital

From the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization:

Join the Chicago Health Equity Coalition (CHEC) this Tuesday as we discuss with other elected representatives the impact of the potential closure and strategies to save lives on the South Side of Chicago.

We need Gov. Pritzker and our elected officials to place a moratorium on hospital closures and secure full funding for safety-net hospitals. Now is the time for leadership to facilitate the sale of Mercy Hospital from Trinity Health to a buyer committed to keeping it open. We won’t accept another closure.

  • Elected officials who will join: State Rep Theresa Mah, State Rep Lamont Robinson, State Rep Kam Buckner, State Sen Mattie Hunter, Ald Pat Dowell, Ald Sophia King
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30 pm
  • Register for online town hallbit.ly/2LyA1k

Remove Catanzara – Sign the Petition

Catanzara needs to go. John Catanzara, President of Chicago FOP (Fraternal Order of Police), made statements in strong support of the 1.6.21 attackers, and his subsequent forced apologies ring hollow. (Read, for example, here and here.) Catanzara, an open supporter of Donald Trump, has a long record of racist and anti-Muslim remarks and posts.

Color of Change invites you to sign a petition, worded as follows:

“John Catanzara, the leader of Chicago’s police union, is defending the violent attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters and white supremacists, dismissing it as an “inconvenience,” saying “they’re entitled to voice their frustration,” lying about there being no violence or destruction of property, and most importantly, actively betraying his oath, as a sworn police officer, to defend the US Constitution. Catanzara must go.

“We call on you to use your power to publicly condemn him and force his immediate firing from the Chicago Police Department, and his removal as leader of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.”

ACTION: Sign the petition to remove Catanzara here

Photo by Sonder Quest on Unsplash

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