IC-SS News 04-26-21: Choose Your Actions for Justice, for Democracy

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Sign Up to Meet with Ald Sophia King, May 6th Join Indivisible Printers Row and Indivisible Chicago-South Side in a quarterly online meeting with Ald. Sophia King (4th ward):

Sign Up to Meet with Ald Sophia King, May 6th Join Indivisible Printers Row and Indivisible Chicago-South Side in a quarterly online meeting with Ald. Sophia King (4th ward):

Meet online with Ald King May 6th: RSVP here
 At the March meeting, in response to our questions on police accountability, Ald. King mentioned the compromise ordinance (ECPS) she was helping to work out with the supporters of GAPA and CPAC.

For the May meeting, we can again propose questions on topics of interest to our communities. Please email us any questions you’d like to suggest and we’ll pass them along to Ald. King (deadline Thurs, April 29th).

Please Help – Take Survey – Deadline ExtendedMember Survey: Thanks to everyone who participates in the actions we share. And thanks to those who’ve already taken the survey. We want to hear from everyone – please fill out the survey!

Your ideas and interests matter. Please take the IC-SS survey!

Take 10 minutes and share your ideas and interests with the co-leaders of Indivisible Chicago-South Side. Your input will help us plan events and/or share opportunities in the year ahead. Hope you’ll do it soon – deadline extended to Fri, April 30.  Take your member survey here.

Act NOW For Democracy
How will YOU help assure voting rights and fair representation? You can help pass democracy legislation by getting informed and then writing, phoning, and using your social media to reach voters and lawmakers. Take your pick: 

Sat. May 8th: John Lewis Voting Rights Day of Action Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 8th: John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day. Across the USA, people will turn out in person, in “votercades” (car caravans), or online in support of democracy legislation now before Congress: John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR4), For the People Act (S1), DC Statehood (HR51/S51). We’ll urge our senators to end the filibuster in order to get these vital democracy bills passed!

GET INFORMED, APRIL 28th: This week, learn about the May 8th nationwide day of action. Sign up to attend the online John Lewis Mobilization Town Hall on Wed, April 28th, 6:00 pm CT/ Central Time.

ACT, MAY 8th:Rainbow PUSH Coalition is planning a votercade in Chicago for the John Lewis day of action on Saturday, May 8th, 1:00-3:00 pm:


Phonebank For the People – Every Wednesday in April

Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) has teamed up with Common Cause to expand support for the For the People Act by phoning and asking progressive voters in states like ME, VT, PA, AZ, and GA, to call their senators with a simple message: Pass this bill, whatever it takes.

“It’s rewarding and actually fun to phonebank for a bill,” says Betsy Rubin, one of IC-South Side’s co-leaders. “People are genuinely interested to learn about For the People Act and to discuss their thoughts on the filibuster. You just feel great when a voter agrees to be patched through to their senator’s office to leave the message. And we know that phone calls from constituents do make a difference in how legislators vote.”

When you phonebank with Indivisible Chicago, you get friendly, expert support on Zoom
from folks like Bill, Mike, Nelson, and Marj.    

 Unsure about phonebanking? You can do it! You’ll use your devices from home and get all the training, info, and support you need as you Zoom with the friendly phonebank pros at Indivisible Chicago. Best of all, you’ll know that your work on the phones can help preserve and extend our democracy.

Phonebank for democracy every Wednesday, different timesSIGN UP HERE.

Use Your Social Media & Email to Help Pass S1 Join DemCast, the Democratic Coalition, and a team of everyday people using their social media accounts and email to spread the truth about the urgent need for Democracy Reform. Just head to the For the People Act: Action Center.

Letters & Postcards to Voters

Vote Forward Letters
We thought it was time to check in with our Vote Forward letter champion, Steve Kagan.

True to the title we’ve conferred on him, Steve has been busy penning letters to new voters — most recently, he’s finished up over 400 letters to Georgia voters. With this “mail as you go” effort, Steve says he typically mails 10-20 letters per day.

This is a Vote Forward Lab project with the aim of determining whether the letters encourage sporadic voters to become regular voters. Steve will soon be starting a similar project with Pennsylvania voters.

Are you writing Vote Forward letters, or would you like to? Steve says, “I’ve sourced Forever stamps in quantity for 40 cents/each! If anyone wants stamps, I can share.”

If you are writing Vote Forward letters or plan to, let us know so you can join any future postcard/letter parties we offer. Do tell us if you’d like us to connect you by email with Steve re getting discounted stamps or just to compare notes.

PS Steve informs us he’s also ordered a batch of postcards from Postcards to Swing States… Read about the postcard effort below.

Postcards to Swing States/Turnout PAC
Postcards to Swing States has launched its new campaigns! Encourage voting among new voters by writing postcards to them.

WHAT TO DOOrder your postcards here. (See FAQs.)Buy your stamps at a post office or order from USPS.com ($36 per 100 stamps).After you order your postcards from Postcards to Swing States, let us know. Follow the instructions you receive to write, address, stamp, and mail your postcards.

Democracy Resources – NEW ONES!

Read listen and watch: Newly shared articles, podcasts, postings, and videos on democracy, voting rights, and the filibuster.


Watch or Listen

Democracy Doc: Our NEW Resource for Democracy Info

In the face of mounting threats to our democracy, we must protect and strengthen our freedom to vote. We must keep our elections fair and do away with partisan gerrymandering. Let’s help one another get informed and stay informed!

Check out our NEW Democracy Doc. We’ve gathered many of the democracy resources we’ve shared over the past few months and organized them into an accessible document. Go here to find trustworthy and reliable sources of info on voting rights, democracy legislation, ending the filibuster, and ways to make our democracy strong and sound.

If you have a suggested democracy resource, please send us a link to it. We may share it in a newsletter or add it to the Democracy Doc. Thank you!

Chicagoans Demand ECPS: the People’s Ordinance On Wednesday, April 21st, Chicagoans gathered at the Thompson Center or joined a car caravan in support of ECPS, the People’s Ordinance. “The Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance will give communities a decisive role in shaping public safety in their neighborhoods and determining the authority they have over the CPD, and create a pathway for community control of the police,” wrote CAARPR, which organized the rally and march.

ECPS, a unity ordinance created through the work of two large coalitions, has gained national attention as a transformative approach to police oversight. Speakers on April 21 included Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Elijah Gerald Ford, and Frank Chapman, as well as two well-known figures who flew in from California: actor Danny Glover and former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport. All speakers called on the City Council to pass the ordinance and the mayor to sign it.

Co-leaders Teri Watkins and Betsy Rubin attended the event along with Steve Dornbusch and members of Indivisible Chicago and Indivisible Illinois. Here are photos taken by Teri:

Photos: Teri Watkins  – Watch CAARPR’s full recording of rally here & Danny Glover here

Get informed on the ECPS ordinance:Read CAARPR’s info page on ECPS.Watch full recording of CAARPR’s April 21 rally here & Danny Glover hereWatch CAARPR’s recording of the April 17 Community Briefing on the People’s Ordinance (ECPS), incl. guest Elijah Gerald Reedwatch the briefing here.See summary of CAARPR’s ECPS Community Briefing on our Twitter thread.ACT:If your alder is Ald. Sophia King or Ald. Leslie Hairston, call or email to thank them for their efforts to bring together coalitions to create ECPS. Let them know you appreciate the work they are doing to persuade other alders to support this ordinance as well.If you have a different alder, call their office and find out whether they support ECPS. If yes, thank them. If no, urge them to support it.

Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.

Support HB 1727: End Qualified Immunity
From ACLU of Illinois: After decades of unacceptable police abuse, current Illinois law still protects out-of-control officers from being held accountable for violating the constitutional rights of people. 

Because of qualified immunity, … police can continue to engage in unconstitutional conduct against residents with virtually zero consequences or ramifications. 

House Bill 1727, [introduced by Rep Curtis Tarver with chief co-sponsor Rep Kam Buckner], addresses this outdated and dangerous concept. For lawsuits brought under the law, police would not be able to rely on qualified immunity as a defense, and would instead have to show that they acted reasonably under the circumstances.

Learn about HB1727 and why we need to end qualified immunity at ACLU of IL website

  • Watch a recording of the April 19th briefing on HB 1727, hosted by ACLU of Illinois. Rep Tarver is one of the speakers.
  • Contact your State Rep and ask them to support HB 1727, or thank them for supporting it already. (See list of co-sponsors here.)
  • Get more info at this page from ACLU of IL.

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Co-Leaders: Sarah Lincoln, Esther Peters,
Betsy Rubin, Teri Watkins
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