IC-SS Weekly Update: July 12, 2021
THIS WEEK – Thurs, July 15, 7:30 pm
Hear Prof. Tom Ginsburg – Online Event
Join Indivisible Chicago-South Side for a two-part online event, Democracy: A Conversation. Our aim: to contextualize the fight to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
Part 1 – What’s a Healthy Democracy?
Date/Time: Thurs. July 15, 7:30-8:30 pm (+ added time for discussion)
Special guest:Tom Ginsburg, Professor of International Law, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
RSVP: Register here
Topic: Professor Ginsburg will talk about what a healthy democracy should look like, how the current state of our democracy falls short, and what legislation currently being discussed will (and will not) do to help close the gap between the ideal and our reality.
Our moderator is IC-SS Co-Leader Esther Peters, Associate Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at UChicago. Part 2 – On the Ground: How Do We Get to Democracy?
Date and details TBA.
Register here for Part 1 of Democracy: A Conversation, to be held Thurs., July 15th, 7:30 pm. You’ll receive the Zoom link as part of your confirmation. (Note: We sent out a link correction last week. Today’s newsletter also contains the correct link.)
John Lewis Candlelight Vigil: Sat July 17
Join Rainbow PUSH Coalition and other groups in Chicago on Saturday, July 17th, 7:30 pm for the Good Trouble: Candlelight Vigil in Honor of John Lewis. This is one of many events being held nationwide to honor the work of Congressman Lewis and to push the Senate to pass legislation that protects voting rights and fair elections.
The Chicago vigil will take place in front of the recently installed sculpture of Malcolm X and Dr. King at 500 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
SIGN UP: Read about & sign up for the July 17 event here.
What Will You Do This Week?
Join IC-South Side co-leaders & members in democracy activities.
Wednesday: Phonebank to voters in support of For the People Act. Wednesday, July 14th, 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
OR: Choose a Common Cause phonebank on a different day of the week! Learn more/Sign up.
Thursday: Join us online to hear Professor Tom Ginsburg in Democracy: A Conversation, moderated by IC-SS Co-Leader Esther Peters. Thurs, July 15, 7:30 pm. (Info in text box at top.) RSVP here for Zoom link.
Saturday: Bring a battery-powered candle – or just show up – at the Good Trouble: Candelight Vigil in Honor of John Lewis, Sat. July 17th, 7:30 pm at 500 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr. This event supports For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. (See text box above.) Get more info/sign up here.
IC-SS Joins Citywide Democracy Rally
IC-South members and co-leaders joined the Rally for Election Protection on Saturday in Logan Square. Event organizers were the Indivisible Chicago Alliance in partnership with ACLU of Illinois and Activate:Chi. WCPT radio broadcast live from the park – hear it now on Soundcloud.
The three-hour event featured powerful speakers, on-the-spot political action tables, voter registration, art projects, and musical performances. Rep Marie Newman, State Senator Robert Peters, Jill Wine-Banks, Renato Mariotti, and Kimberley Egonmwan from WVON were among the many speakers.
What were the aims of the rally?
- Let people know how important it is to get the For the People Act passed.
- Make clear how the filibuster – a parliamentary procedure – is likely to block democracy legislation and bills for issues we care about: immigration, gun violence prevention, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate change.
- Encourage people to call and write their senators to end the filibuster or at least to reform the filibuster so that democracy bills – favored by a majority of citizens – can become law.
- Get active with Indivisible Chicago or other orgs to take more actions.
Thanks to IC-SS members and friends Josh Fox, Julia Kline, Melanie Norstrom, Michael Aaron, and Steven Dornbusch for joining IC-SS co-leaders Teri Watkins, Sarah Lincoln, Betsy Rubin, and Esther Peters. Special shout-out to Wendy Posner who helped plan the event too. Hey, did we leave your name out? Let us know and send along any photos you might like to share!
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.
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.
Wed July 21: Defund CPD Workshop
From Defund CPD: Come learn about what it means to defund the police! We’ll talk about what abolition means and looks like, why we’re working to defund the police, and how to talk to your friends and neighbors about defunding the police here in Chicago.
Defund CPD is a campaign to reallocate funds from the Chicago Police Department’s $1.8 billion budget into the things our communities truly need. Part of our work looks like creating space for neighbors and community members to come together, discuss the issues we face, and put forth ideas about how we’d like to see city resources spent.
Event is Wed July 21, 5:30-7:30 pm in person at the Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St.
Sat July 24: A March for Medicare For All
A March for Medicare for All (M4M4ALL) is planned for Saturday, July 24, 11:00 am at Federal Plaza in Chicago, one of many cities holding events.
ACT. Want to get involved? Get info here:
- March for Medicare for All – national website
- Info & sign-up – Chicago event
- M4M4ALL public Facebook group – for Chicago
Wed. 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). To confirm dates and locations, please phone Rep. Tarver’s District Office at 773-363-8870.
- 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 Community Organizations – New Quiz!
How did you do on our South Side quizzes? Refresh your knowledge of Chicago’s South Side with the map. Then take a new kind of quiz.
Here are four great South Side organizations. Without clicking the links, see if you can provide the full name of each group — and find the community area on the map where each is based. (Check your answers by clicking the links and visiting the websites.)
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