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IC-SS Weekly Update: August 23, 2021

The newsletter is BACK from its vacation!

March On DC – Online in Chicago
Mark your calendar for TWO online/virtual events for democracy.

Wed, Aug 25th, 4:00-5:00 PM

This Wednesday, August 25th, 4:00-5:00 pm CT, Illinois grassroots organizations are leading a virtual “National Call to Action” to activate supporters and champions for voting rights across the country.

Via Zoom, join the action for calls and texts to legislators and unregistered voters across the country. Training, scripts and numbers provided, It is easy, fun and VITAL to our democracy.  Learn more/Sign up.

NOTEBy default, the sign-up page lists the street address of one of the organizing groups; please disregard the address. The event is VIRTUAL, via Zoom.

Sat, Aug 28th, 10:00AM – 12:00/Noon

In Washington DC and in Atlanta, national March On will hold major in-person marches to demand voting rights on Saturday, August 28th. Here in Illinois, we can participate online.

Via Facebook Live, you can watch live video from the DC and Atlanta marches and hear from Illinois leaders and activists. SEIU Health Care Illinois and Indiana will stream the FB Live event at this page – tune in on Saturday, August 28th, 10AM – 12:00 noon.

One More Summer Social – Tue. Aug 31

Thanks to the 23 IC-South Side members who’ve attended at least one of our Summer Socials, to connect with fellow activists in a relaxing atmosphere. Summer’s not over yet – we’ve got one more on Aug. 31!

Our Most Recent Get-Together

Last week, we welcomed special guest and native Michigander Bill Mengebier, a board member at citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance and an active participant with Indivisible Lincoln Square. 

Bill Mengebier (in green Michigan shirt) joined us at the Nile

Bill Mengebier has organized Indivisible Chicago’s Michigan efforts, including opportunities for Chicagoans to canvass and phonebank for Democrats there. We helped Michigan go for Biden, and Bill says, “In Michigan, 2022 will set the foundation for 2024.” Bill will keep us posted on ways to act. As always, everyone was interested to hear Jacky Grimshaw‘s perspectives on election politics. Special thanks to Julia Kline, who updated us on ILVote‘s voter registration projects and to Steve Kagan, who alerted us to Vote Forward‘s latest letter-writing campaigns

See You Next Time: Tue., Aug 31 at 7:00 pm

New day, new time! Week after next, on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 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. If it rains, we’ll meet inside.

Glimpses of our first 3 Socials. Join us next time – Tues, Aug 31, 7:00 pm!

You’re welcome simply to show up at the Nile on Aug 31st – but we invite you to register so we can have a sense of how many people are coming. RSVP here – but feel free to just show up at the last minute!

Fall Get-Togethers

Starting in September, we will move to a once-a-month schedule for get-togethers. Watch for details in future newsletters.

What Will You Do for Democracy?

Join IC-South Side co-leaders & members in democracy activities.

Tuesday:NEW! Phonebankto West Virginia voters in support of For the People Act. Tuesday, Aug 24th, 4:30 pm and every Tuesday. Get ALL the training & support on Zoom from Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up

Wednesday, 3:00 pm:Phonebank to voters in Nevada or other states in support of For the People Act. Wednesday, Aug 25th, 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, 4:00 pm: Via Zoom, join the Illinois March On Call to Action for federal voting rights. (See box at top.) Learn more/Sign up.

Saturday: Via Facebook Live, watch national March On’s marches on DC and Atlanta, with local Illinois coverage hosted by SEIU Health Care Illinois and Indiana. (See box at top.) Beginning at 10:00 AM, you can find the Illinois livestream here.

Choose your day: If you can’t make Indivisible Chicago’s phonebanks, choose a Common Cause phonebank on a different day of the week! Learn more/Sign up

Register Voters with ILVOTE

IC-SS member Julia Kline has long been a voter registration activist and a leader in organizing Chicagoland voter registration efforts, particularly on the the city’s South Side.

Julia is now organizing with ILVOTE, a certified state civic organization for voter registration. Per the organization’s new website, ILVOTE “works to increase voter awareness and promote voter turnout for every election at the federal, state and local levels.” 

 IC-SS helps ILVOTE register voters at a recent South Side event (Photo: Julia Kline)

You Can Help: Volunteer

ILVOTE invites Indivisible Chicago-South Side members to volunteer – so many opportunities to register, inform, and motivate voters! For South Side voter registration efforts, Get info/Sign up.

Postcards & Letters to Voters
📨Write postcards or letters to voters.

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.

Tuesday, Aug 24th: Celebrate ECPS

Join CAARPR as well as the Community Renewal Society, JCUA, and ONE Northside to celebrate the passage of the ECPS ordinance by the Chicago City Council. The unity ordinance, Empowering Communities for Public Safety, is a vital first step in community control of police.

When: Tuesday, Aug 24th, 4:00-7:00 pm
Where: St. Agatha Church, 3147 W. Douglas Blvd.
RSVP: Bring your own blanket and chairs! Food and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, Sept 14th: Marie Newman Fundraiser

Help re-elect the great Rep Marie Newman to Congress in IL-03! Attend the MARIE OUT LOUD fundraiser on September 14.

: Tuesday, Sept. 14th, 6:00 pm
Where: Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted
RSVP:  Marie Newman — Donate via ActBlue

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