IC-SS Weekly Update: June 28, 2021
July 10: Chicago Rally for Election Protection
Our democracy is at stake, and you are needed. Across the nation, dozens of states are imposing restrictions on voting – restrictions that often target Black and Brown communities. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Biden, the For the People Act (S1) would override most state-level voter suppression and, further, would end partisan gerrymandering. There are now enough votes to pass S1 by a simple majority, but if the filibuster remains as is, the bill will fail.
Whether you’ve been active or on hiatus the past few months, now is the time to step up. On Sat., July 10th join us in the fight to defend and extend democracy in the U.S. – come to the Rally for Election Protection, organized by Indivisible Chicago and a coalition of organizations demanding that the Senate pass S1, For the People Act. Our rally is part of a nationwide series of Deadline for Democracy events.
Event: Rally for Election Protection, organized by Indivisible Chicago
Date/Time: Saturday, July 10th, 1:00 pm
Place: Logan Square Park, Chicago
Description: Speakers, performances, tables, and more. Details coming soon!
RSVP: Read more/Sign up
Chicago’s Rally for Election Protection is one of hundreds of Deadline for Democracy events being held nationwide during the Senate summer recess, with national Indivisible as one of the key organizers.
Please let us know if you need help finding transportation or if you have any questions.
What Will You Do This Week?
Join IC-South Side co-leaders & members in democracy activities.
TODAY: Or any day soon! Start writing Vote Forward letters to Democratic-leaning voters in Virginia, reminding them to request absentee ballots in advance of the November election. (Letters to be mailed Sept. 18.) You’ll need a printer, paper, envelopes, a pen, and stamps. Learn more/Sign up.
Wednesday afternoon: Phonebank to voters in support of For the People Act. Wednesday, June 30th, 3:00 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 Cause. Learn more/Sign up*
Wednesday evening: Attend this online Deadline for Democracy event from statewide Indivisible Illinois with special guests Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Mike Quigley, Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons, and a representative from national Indivisible. Wed., June 30, 7:00 pm. Learn more/Sign up.
Saturday: Textbank with Common Cause in support of the For the People Act. Textbanks take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Learn more/Sign up.
* Can’t do Wednesday phonebanks with Indivisible Chicago? Choose a Common Cause phonebank on a different day of the week! Learn more/Sign up.
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.
- New letter campaigns are available via Vote Forward – we recommend writing letters to Democratic-leaning voters in VA.
IC-South Side Supports Democracy
Last week, members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side joined with other organizations in rallies in support of local and national democracy legislation. Thanks to Teri Watkins, Steven Dornbusch, Betsy Rubin, and Michael Aaron of IC-SS, as well as Kathy Tholin and Bonnie Petersen from Indivisible Chicago.
In a June 21 prayer vigil and rally organized in Federal Plaza by The People’s Lobby, organizations such as Common Cause, ONE Northside, Indivisible Chicago, and Indivisible Chicago-South Side joined members of the clergy from LSTC and local churches to call on Senators Durbin and Duckworth to do what it takes to pass the For The People Act. Watch the recording here.
We cannot let restrictive laws in dozens of states prevent Black and Brown citizens from voting. And we must not allow a parliamentary procedure – the filibuster – to stand in the way of all Americans’ freedom to vote.
When allies of the mayor prevented the Public Safety Committee from sending the new version of the ECPS* ordinance to the full City Council, CAARPR organized a June 23 rally at Thompson Center across from City Hall.
We heard from activists as well as a line-up of Chicago alders who are determined to pass this ordinance for democratically elected, community control of police. See the full livestream here or catch video clips in our thread.
Although they did not speak at the rally, the alders representing most IC-SS members – Ald Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th), and Jeanette Taylor (20th) – are strong proponents of ECPS.
*Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance – read CAARPR’s info
Learn about Defending Democracy
Get informed on the urgent need to strengthen and defend our democracy. Check the IC-SS Democracy Doc – new resources weekly: websites, articles, podcasts, videos, and more.
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
Wednesday Town Halls with IL State Rep Curtis Tarver, II
Illinois State Rep. Curtis Tarver, II has announced a series of town halls to be held outdoors this summer. All events are planned for Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm outdoors – BYOC (bring your own chair). For more information or to confirm dates and locations, please phone Rep. Tarver’s District Office at 773-363-8870.
- June 30: Arthur Ashe Park, 2701 E. 74th St.
- July 7: Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.
- July 14: Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.
- July 21: Buckingham School, 9207 S. Phillips Ave.
- July 28: Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G
South Side Quiz #3: Test Yourself!
A few 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?
- Gage Park
- Washington Park
- West Elsdon
- West Englewood
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