IC-SS News 06-22-21: Will you help pass ECPS?

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What Will You Do This Week?
Join IC-South Side co-leaders & members in democracy activities.

Wednesday morning: Please come out in support of ECPS – see Rally for ECPS box below. Wednesday, June 23, 9:00 am. Thompson Center. Join CAARPR to defend the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance.

Wednesday afternoon: Phonebank to voters in support of For the People Act. Wednesday, June 23rd, 5:00 pm and every Wednesday with alternating start times at 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm. Get ALL the training & support on Zoom from Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common CauseLearn more/Sign up*
 * Can’t do Wednesdays with Indivisible Chicago? Choose a Common Cause phonebank on a different day of the week!

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Rally for ECPS: Wed., June 23, 9:00 am

From CAARPRAfter having our democratic rights trampled by obstruction in the [Chicago City Council’s] Public Safety Committee, the fight for community control and civilian oversight continues on. We will not allow a handful of white alderpeople on the north side to stand in the way of Black and brown liberation!

BE THERE: Wednesday, June 23rd, 9:00 am, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. 

See full information about the rally at CAARPR’s Facebook event page.
See more info about ECPS in the box below.

Rally for ECPS: Wed., June 2

Indivisible Chicago-South Side & ECPS Indivisible Chicago-South Side supports ECPS: the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance for police accountability. This past Friday, the City Council Public Safety Committee met to consider the ordinance, but in the end, allies of the mayor blocked the committee from voting on a new, compromise version of ECPS that would likely get enough votes to pass on the floor of the City Council.

In brief, the committee chair, Ald Taliaferro, allowed procedural moves to block ECPS. So now we keep fighting.

For more detail on the Public Safety Committee meeting on ECPS, see this Twitter live-tweet thread from Helena Duncan of Chicago Documenters and this WBEZ story. Or take 10 minutes and hear Ald. Maria Hadden of the 49th ward (Rogers Park) lay out exactly what happened.

Shasta Jones, CAARPR, accepts ECPS signature cards collected by IC-South Side
In advance of the Committee meeting, Indivisible Chicago-South Side Co-Leader Teri Watkins organized tabling efforts in the 3rd ward to document support from voters for ECPS in the form of signature cards; we passed the cards along to CAARPR to share with Committee members and Chair Ald Taliaferro.

Special thanks to IC-SS members Steven Dornbusch, Julia Kline, and Michael Aaron for joining Teri to talk face to face with voters in recent weeks. In addition, Betsy Rubin joined Teri, Michael, and others in phonebanking with CAARPR for ECPS.

Carletta Pittman of Good Kids Mad City with Steven Dornbusch, Teri Watkins, and Julia Kline of Indivisible Chicago-South Side. Julia is also a leader with Neighbors Who Vote. GKMC was distributing food to the community at the same location.ACT. Since the City Council’s Public Safety Committee has not yet voted on ECPS, we can act now by attending the June 23 rally (see box above).

After that, we expect more advocacy actions to be recommended by CAARPR, the lead organization supporting the ordinance.  Would you like to join us in the effort to pass ECPS?Let us know.

Time Is Ticking – Get to Texting!
Common Cause now offers multiple opportunities to TEXTBANK in support of the For the People Act. Textbanks take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Learn more/Sign up.

IC-SS Outdoor Social What a pleasure to get together in person. With gratitude to our host, Lizzie Cooke, members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side gathered outside last week to discuss democracy legislation; contacting voters by postcard, letter, text, and phone; voter registration; and police accountability. Everyone enjoyed catching up face to face. Thanks to all for your work!

Postcards & Letters to Voters
 📨 Write postcards or letters to voters. Via Postcards to Swing States, write postcards to encourage voting. FAQs here + sign up here. Keep checking back for letters – new campaigns coming soon via Vote Forward

For You from IC-SS
In case you missed these, here’s an IC-SS round-up.
  You’ve been meaning to listen. Take one minute right now and hear Indivisible Chicago-South Side Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln describe her experience with patch-through phonebanking to strengthen & defend our democracy. (Then sign up to phonebank here or here.) Listen to this 1-minute video from Sarah on patch-though phonebanking
Democracy resources. Read up on the urgent need to strengthen and defend our democracy. Check the IC-SS Democracy Doc – new resources weekly.


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

We Walk for Her – June 22, 5:00 pm
From Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO): Hundreds of Chicagoans will take to the streets demanding action in the unsolved deaths and disappearance of Black, mostly young women and girls in Chicago. Organizers of the We Walk for Her March are taking to the streets for a news conference and 4th annual march.

The event is sponsored by KOCO, Good Kids Mad City (GKMC), H.E.R. Chicago, Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE), Protect Black Girls, and Long Walk Home. News conference speakers:Ald. Jeanette Taylor, 20th WardAziyah Roberts, Youth Leader, KOCOEsi Koomson, Youth Leader, KOCOKejuana Hopkins, Youth Leader, MOVE
DETAILS: Tues, June 22nd, 5:00 p.m. News Conference with march to follow. Meet at 35th & King Drive, in front of Chase Bank, with march to 51st and King Dr. Register here.

South Side Quiz #2: Test Yourself!
A couple weeks ago, we recommended following Block Club Chicago, Chicago Maroon, Hyde Park Herald, South Side Weekly, and The Triibe, especially for South Side news. How did you do on last week’s quiz? Try another one!

Can you find the following community areas, currently shown as blanks on the South Side map?BridgeportChathamChicago LawnGreater Grand CrossingHegewischKenwoodSouth ChicagoWashington Heights

Check your answers by viewing the map in the June 7 newsletter.

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