IC-SS News 03-15-21

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TONIGHT 3/15 – Meet Ald. King Online
Indivisible Printers Row (IPR) has invited Indivisible Chicago-South Side members to join them at a brief online meeting with Ald Sophia King (4th Ward) TONIGHT — Monday, March 15, 7:00-7:15 pm.

IC-South Side co-leaders and members have submitted proposed questions to IPR to share with Ald King regarding the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinance, vaccine equity, ward-community communications, and other topics. 

  • To register for tonight’s meeting (Monday, March 15, 7:00-7:15) pmemail IC-SS and we will send you the Zoom link.

Make a Difference in Wisconsin
With less than a month to the April 6th elections in their state, Wisconsin Democrats are starting poll observer trainings, opening their Voter Assistance Hotline to live calls, and ramping up their recruitment program.

Textbanking: Wisconsin Dems is holding their first-ever text bank for voter protection. Join the WisDems text banking team this Wednesday, March 17th, 6-8pm CT to reach out to Wisconsin residents and help recruit poll observers for the April election. Sign up to textbank with WisDems here.

Phonebanking:Help protect the vote in Wisconsin by recruiting poll observers for the April election. All you need is your phone and a computer (laptop or desktop, not a tablet). Training is offered at every phonebank on Zoom. Sign up to phonebank with WisDems here.
Poll Observing: There are also opportunities to be a Poll Observer protecting voters on the ground for the April election (early voting and April 6th). Find out about training opportunities and, if you are able to commit, sign up here.

If you have questions about the WisDems actions, contact IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln here

What Is S1 – the For the People Act? The For the People Act was passed as HR1 in the House and is now before the Senate as S1. The bill removes barriers that prevent people from voting — or registering to vote. It makes districting fair and ensures campaign financing is transparent.

Read more: The Brennan Center provides more detail about S1 here and here.

For Democracy: Learn & Act
In its new guide for 2021, Indivisible writes, “In order to pass health care, environmental, immigration, economic, and social policies that we want to see, we need a democracy that actually reflects the will of all its people.” 

Get Informed on Democracy Legislation: Starting March 23
From national Indivisible: Join Midwestern Indivisibles as we fight for our democracy reform agenda! For the next few months, we’ll be discussing why these federal policies are beneficial to the Midwest and strategize about messaging. We’ll hear from guest speakers, musicians, and then write Letters to the Editor together.

This first event (March 23) will cover S1/HR1, the For the People Act. The guest will be Rep Jan Schakowsky of IL-09. Register for the March 23rd event.

The online democracy series will include the following topics over five events:

  • S1 (For the People Act) – Tues, March 23, 5:00 CT (Register)
  • HR4 (John Lewis Voting Rights Act) – Thur, April 15, 4:00 CT (Register)
  • HR51 (D.C. Statehood) – Sat, May 8, 11:00 am CT (Register)
  • Ending the filibuster – TBA
  • Court reform – TBA

Sign Petition: Restore Voting Rights, Whatever It Takes
From Indivisible Chicago Alliance: Help keep the pressure on Senators Durbin and Duckworth to pass the most sweeping voter protection package since the 1960s. S.1 (“For the People”) protects the right of every American to cast their vote, starting with the critical 2022 election.

Add your name to this petition to let our Senators know you expect them to lead the fight to overcome Republican suppression tactics and protect your vote now! Read and sign here.

Senators Durbin and Duckworth: your leadership is critical.

Pass S.1 now, whatever it takes.

As your constituents, we are calling for the immediate passage of the democracy reform legislation, S.1, the For the People Act, to return power to all American voters.

H.R.1 will protect voting rights, end the dominance of big money in politics and fight corruption in our government. Along with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (H.R.4) and D.C. statehood bill, this legislation is urgently needed to combat the efforts of those who sought to overturn the 2020 election results, inflamed the January 6 insurrectionists and have introduced more than 250 voter suppression measures in 43 states. They say the quiet part out loud, affirming their goal to do whatever it takes to limit votes that would be cast against them. Without the protections of S.1, states will limit voters’ access to register and cast their vote with the singular goal of stifling the will of the people. This tyranny of the minority can destroy our democracy if you don’t stop it now.

We sign this petition calling on you to declare your commitment to passing S.1, whatever it takes–even if it means ending the filibuster. Our democracy depends on the passage of this bill, and we’re counting on you to get it done.

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