ūüí• IC-SS News 07-19-21: Hear Stevie Valles, Marzi Branyan 7/22

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THIS WEEK – Thurs, July 22, 7:30 pm

Democracy: A Conversation, Part 2 – Online
Last week, we heard from Professor Tom Ginsburgin Part 1of¬†Democracy: A Conversation. Now it’s time for¬†Part 2: On the Ground: Building Democracy.

Part 2 – On the Ground: Building Democracy

Date/Time: Thurs. July 22, 7:30-8:30 pm (+ added time for discussion)
Special guests:
– Marzi Branyan, Voter Protection Organizer WisDems
– Stevie Valles, Executive Director, Chicago Votes
RSVP: Register here to receive Zoom link.

Topic: If federal democracy legislation is passed, what will need to be done to make sure it’s enforced?  If the legislation is not passed, how can we protect voters and their access to the ballot? How can we help organize and invest in those groups doing the work to help our fellow Americans overcome barriers to voting and to ensure their votes count? Hear insights from Stevie Valles and Marzi Branyan, who are working locally in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Our moderator is IC-SS Co-Leader Esther Peters. Register here.


Recap – Part 1: What Is a Healthy Democracy?

Many thanks to Professor Tom Ginsburg for speaking with us last week on the topic What Is a Healthy Democracy? If you missed the July 15 session, catch the recording here.

And check out the book How to Save a Constitutional Democracy by Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq.


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 21st, 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 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 Stevie Valles and Marzi Branyan in Democracy: A Conversation, moderated by IC-SS Co-Leader Esther Peters. Thurs, July 22, 7:30 pm.  (Info in text box at top.) RSVP here for Zoom link.


IC-South Side Socials, Starting July 29
This summer, IC-South Side will hold weekly in-person socials. Join us any or every¬†Thursday from 7:30-9:00 pm on these dates: July 29, August 5, August 12, and August 19th.¬†We’ll informally share democracy projects and other efforts we’re interested in, discuss political news and resources, and just enjoy re-connecting. On one or more Thursdays, we’ll get to meet a special guest or help with a short-term project.

Join us for an IC-South Side Social on July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 19
 

Next week on Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 pm, we’ll meet on the outdoor patio behind the Nile (1162 E. 55th). Order food and soft drinks from the Nile. IC-SS Co-leaders will provide wine and beer, but feel free to bring your own wine or beer (the Nile is BYOB). If it rains, we’ll meet inside the Nile.

You are welcome simply to show up Рbut we invite you to register so we can have a sense of how many people are coming. RSVP here.


Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil
Remember John Lewis and his lifelong fight for voting rights. Let’s carry his spirit as we advocate for the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and DC Statehood. On Saturday evening, a coalition of organizations gathered at the Demand Justice sculpture at 500 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive to advocate for democracy bills in tribute to John Lewis.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Chicago Women Take Action, and League of Women voters were among the organizers, and they were joined by faith leaders from multiple traditions as well as members of Indivisible groups.

Members of many groups, with faith leaders and Demand Justice artist Maxwell Emcays
at the Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil, July 17

Thanks to IC-South Side members Lisa Oppenheim, Julia Kline, Steven Dornbusch, and Catherine Mardikes, and co-leaders Teri Watkins, Sarah Lincoln, and Betsy Rubin. (Catherine is Executive Vice President of League of Women Voters of Chicago, and Julia is a leader with both ILVote and Neighbors Who Vote.) Thanks also to members of other Indivisible groups Shruti Agarwal, Gretchen Coleman, and Bonnie Petersen. 

IC-SSers Sarah, Teri, Catherine Mardikes (LWV) hold signs to engage passing drivers

Rally and Hearing for ECPS
“Racist policing is an existential threat to all people of color. What better way to counteract the historic abuses than to empower Chicago‚Äôs marginalized, divested communities?” said IC-SS member Steven Dornbusch about the proposed Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance. He called for “community control [of police] – coupled with new models of social investment.”

Steven spoke during the public comment segment of the July 16 session of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, which is considering sending the ordinance to the full City Council. As it happened, the Public Safety Committee is delaying the vote on ECPS until further negotiations take place between Mayor Lightfoot and the coalition supporting ECPS.

Find Teri Watkins, Steven Dornbusch, and Lisa Oppenheim among the rallyers

On the day before the Committee meeting, IC-SS members members Lisa Oppenheim and Steven Dornbusch joined IC-SS Co-Leader Teri Watkins at a rally for ECPS near the Lincoln Park office of 43rd Ward Alder Michele Smith. To date, Ald Smith has not come out in support of ECPS. South Side Alders Sophia King, Leslie Hairston, and Jeanette Taylor all support the ordinance. Please call your alder with the message that they stay strong in their support for ECPS.


IC-SS in the News!
Indivisible Chicago-South Side – and Co-Leader Teri Watkins – were featured in the Hyde Park Herald coverage of the July 10th Rally for Election Protection, organized by the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, as well as ACLU of Illinois and Activate:Chi.

Thanks to reporter/photographer Marc Monaghan for the story and image. Read the article here.


Thanks to National Indivisible
Big thanks to national Indivisible‘s Saskia Young and Jared Launius, Associate Organizing Director and Sr. Regional Organizer respectively, for meeting with IC-South Side’s four co-leaders this month.

Saskia and Jared say that our group’s focus on democracy issues and voting rights legislation is well placed, as this summer is a critical time for both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. We look forward to introducing them to IC-SS membership in the months to come!


Postcards & Letters to Voters
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Learn about Defending Democracy
ūüďú¬†¬†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 CPDCome 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.

Event is Wed July 21, 5:30-7:30 pm in person at the Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Learn more/Sign up.

Sat July 24: Jahmal Cole Campaign Launch
Jahmal Cole is running for Congress in the 1st District. His campaign has posted a Facebook event with the following info:¬†Join the kick-off of Jahmal Cole’s 2022 Congressional campaign at Josephine’s Southern Cookin’ (formerly Captain Hard Times) on Saturday, July 24. You’ll hear from community leaders, artists, and activists who will share their experiences with Jahmal and why they’ll vote for him. And, of course, you’ll hear from Jahmal himself!

WHEN: Saturday, July 24, 2021
TIME: 11am – 1:30pm
WHERE: Josephine’s Southern Cookin’ (436 E. 79th 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:

Th July 29 – Sun Aug 1: Voter Registration at Lolla
From Neighbors Who Vote & ILVoteWant to help register voters during Lollapalooza (Thurs July 29 – Sun Aug 1)? Here’s how:

  • Sign up for a 2.5-hour shift here
  • We’ll provide you with everything you need – including a free t-shirt!
  • No experience necessary – just watch our short training videos (it’s really easy!)

Get all the info at this Facebook Event page.

Join friendly folks with IL Vote, LWV, Ballot Z, & Neighbors Who Vote – like Gretchen, Shruti, Julia

Newsletter on Hiatus

 The IC-South Side newsletter will be on hiatus from July 26-Aug 23. During that time, we’ll still send out a notice for any IC-SS event we plan. Meanwhile, keep in touch by following us on Facebook and Twitter. And feel free to email us at Indiv.Chi.South@gmail.com!


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