IC-SS Weekly Update: May 10, 2021
Thanks for Participating – John Lewis Day We demand democracy! Across the USA on May 8th, people turned out to call on legislators to pass bills protecting all citizens’ freedom to vote.
Thanks to the IC-South Side members who showed up for Chicago’s John Lewis Day of Action votercade and rally, organized by Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Chicago Women Take Action, League of Women Voters of Chicago, and Indivisible Chicago Alliance. Indivisible Illinois assisted with planning statewide
What Will You Do This Week?
Today: Or any day. Tell Senators to end the filibuster. Contact Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth by phone and email. Suggested script: I’m ____, a constituent in [zip code]. I’d like to thank Senator ___ for supporting democracy legislation like For the People, John Lewis Voting Rights, and DC Statehood. Please tell the senator to do whatever it takes to get these bills passed – including ending the filibuster.
Wednesday: Phonebank to voters in support of For the People Act. Wednesday, May 12th, 5:00 pm and every Wednesday with alternating start times at 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm.
- From home, use an easy system to patch voters through to one of their senators to ask them to pass For the People Act, even if it means ending the filibuster.
- Get training/support via Zoom from the friendly Indivisible Chicago team, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up.
Thursday: Attend the online premiere of the Chicago Votes documentary + panel. Thursday, May 13th, 6:00 pm. Join Chicago Votes in the virtual premiere of Silenced: An Unlock Civics Documentary. Then attend the Zoom panel discussing the path towards enfranchisement in prisons & more. Learn more/Sign up.
Write & Type
How will YOU help assure voting rights and keep people voting? Write postcards or letters to voters. Use your social media to reach voters.
Write postcards to voters. Postcards to Swing States has launched its new campaigns! Encourage voting among new voters by writing postcards to them. Find answers to FAQs here and sign up here.
Write letters to voters. Vote Forward is testing to see how well your letters encourage new voters to keep voting. Get info and sign up here.
Get the word out.Join DemCast and use your social media accounts and email to spread the truth about the urgent need for democracy reform and key aspects of the Democratic party’s agenda. DemCast makes it easy! Go to For the People Act: Action Center + Social Media/Messaging Toolkits.
Urge our leaders to pass For the People Act. Via your social media and Letters to the Editor, you can let our senators know we count on them to pass For the People Act. See national Indivisible toolkit.
Learn more about democracy legislation, voting rights, and ending the filibuster. Check out the IC-SS Democracy Doc – updated with new resources each week.
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
Watch, Then Act: Anjanette Young Ordinance
WATCH. Take an hour-fifteen and see the recorded town hall on Chicago’s Anjanette Young Ordinance against harmful police raids.
This powerful session features lead sponsors of the ordinance, including South Side Ald Sophia King, Ald Leslie Hairston, and Ald Jeanette Taylor, and advocates like UChicago’s Craig Futterman. You’ll hear from Anjanette Young herself, as well as Jolanda Blassingame, who – along with her young children – also survived a wrongful raid.
LEARN. Understand why the Anjanette Young Ordinance (AYO) is needed and what it will do.
- Check out this page of Anjanette Young Ordinance resources from SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.
- Read the ordinance and see the list of sponsors in the City Council.
ACT. Inform yourself, then speak out.
- Contact your alder*, using an easy online form, and tell them to support the AYO. If your alder is already a sponsor, just adapt the script to thank them for their support. (See sponsors here.)
- Sign a petition here, showing your support for the AYO.
*Not sure who your alder is? Find out your ward and alder here.
Stop General Iron: Huge News
Activism works. And elections matter. Mayor Lightfoot delays a General Iron permit under pressure from Biden’s new EPA chief, who says a thorough review of health hazards should be done and SE Side pollution issues “epitomize the problem of environmental injustice.” FOLLOW Stop General Iron and #StopGeneralIron. READ articles in Sun-Times and WTTW.
Make Indigenous Peoples’ Day a Reality in Cook County
From Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition: There are “over 120 supporting organizations for the Indigenous People’s Day Coalition of Illinois working hard to get Cook County to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day” (see letter and list).
- Send an automated email in support of IPD to Cook County Commissioners now.
- RSVP to attend a virtual town hall on Mon, May 17th, 6:00 pm.
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