IC-SS News 09-20-21: Will we see you Thursday?

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IC-SS Weekly Update: Sept 20, 2021

Join Us This Thursday, Sept 23!
Join us at our IC-South Side Social this week: Thursday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm. We’ll meet on the patio of The Nile (1162 E. 55th) to sip, nibble, and share perspectives and resources.

Reid McCollum in 2019

At our Sept 23 Social, we’ll welcome a special guest, Reid McCollum. In addition to his activism with Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th (CBIL6) and for many progressive causes, Reid has organized postcard projects, including Postcards to Swing States and the new Postcards for Climate. Ask Reid ALL your postcard questions!

Join us again this Thursday, Sept 23


  • We’d love to know if you plan to attend our Sept 23 event and invite you to email to RSVP. But we also welcome last-minute walk-ins.
  • Dress for the weather! We’ll meet outside even if it’s cool. (We’ll reschedule only if it rains – for the following Tuesday.)

The Freedom to Vote Act

BIG NEWS: Last week, Senate Democrats worked with recalcitrant colleague Joe Manchin to craft a compromise voting rights/fair elections bill: the Freedom to Vote Act. This bill replaces the For the People Act and can deliver 50 votes in the Senate. However the Freedom to Vote Act will certainly face a filibuster, even if Manchin is able to garner some GOP support for the new bill.

The Freedom to Vote Act, while less sweeping than the original For the People Act, strongly defends and expands voting rights, promotes fair districting for fair representation, and ends dark money in politics.

Most advocates for voting rights and democracy legislation are backing the Freedom to Vote Act – including Stacey Abrams, Ari Berman, Marc Elias, Fair Fight, League of Women Voters, ACLU, national Indivisible, Brennan Center, and Declaration for American Democracy.

By contacting our own senators and phonebanking voters in other states to call theirs, we must continue to urge Democrats to act on the filibuster so the Freedom to Vote Act can pass.

Want to learn more? Check these write-ups:

Phoning Voters for Democracy

Join Sarah, Teri, Betsy, and others from our group in one of these weekly events. Connect to day-of training and constant support via Zoom. All you need is your laptop and a phone.

Tuesday: Phonebank to West Virginia voters – Joe Manchin territory – in support of the new bill, the Freedom to Vote Act. Tuesday, Sept 21st, 4:30 pm and every Tuesday. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up

Wednesday:Phonebank to voters in various states in support of the Freedom to Vote Act. September 22nd, 3:00 pm and every Wednesday with alternating start times at 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up

Choose your day: If you can’t make the above phonebanks, choose a Common Cause phonebank on another day! Learn more/Sign up.

Postcards, Postcards, and More

You’ve written postcards to turn out voters in key districts — keep at it! And, now, you can add in postcards to climate voters.
Postcards to climate voters

Write postcards to make sure people who care about the climate crisis VOTE. This new project starts with cities that have elections this November — cities where climate progress is possible, but only if climate voters show up! Get info and sign up at the Postcards for Climate website.

Postcards to get out the vote

Via Postcards to Swing States, write postcards to encourage voting in key states. FAQs here + sign up here.

Sep 29: Webinar on postcards & voter turnout actions

From Progressive Turnout ProjectAre you one of the countless volunteers and activists who powered Democratic 2020 electoral wins, writing postcards, sending texts or knocking on doors?

On Wed, Sept 29th, 7:00 pm CT, join Progressive Turnout Project to discuss results from the Postcards to Swing States program and compare the turnout methods associated with all your hard work. Get info/Sign up

Vote Forward: Sept 30 Webinar

Are you writing letters to voters via Vote Forward? If not, join in – all you need is a printer, paper, envelopes, stamps, and a pen!

But, you may ask, do letters to voters WORK*? Find out how well the 2020 Vote Forward letter campaigns worked in turning out voters — sign up for the Vote Forward webinar:

  • Webinar:  The Big Send 2020 Results webinar
  • Date/Time: Thurs Sept 30th, 7:00 pm Central (8:00 Eastern)
  • RSVPGet info/Sign up

Member Memo: Audrey Neal’s Letters

Indivisible Chicago-South Side friend Audrey Neal has launched a letter-writing project that’s reached farther than she ever imagined. By emailing a one-page letter to dozens of friends and relatives in red states and swing states across the USA, Audrey Neal has ultimately encouraged hundreds of people to register to vote, check their registrations, and advocate for voting rights. Many of those who hear from Audrey ask if they can email the same letter on to their own family and associates.

Audrey Neal reaches people by writing

Want to reach out to your own people? Audrey Neal invites you to use her letter as is — or to make adjustments to suit your recipients. (For example, if you write to people in blue states, you can ask them to urge their Democratic senators to end the filibuster so that voting rights bills can actually pass.) Let us know what you do!

Help Register Voters on the South Side

ILVOTE invites Indivisible Chicago-South Side members to volunteer – find many opportunities to register, inform, and motivate voters! Join IC-SS member Julia Kline, who organizes many of these efforts with ILVOTE and Neighbors Who Vote. For South Side voter registration efforts, Get info/Sign up.

Photo courtesy of Julia Kline, Neighbors Who Vote; ILVOTE

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. Updated with info on the NEW bill — the Freedom to Vote Act!

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Canvass Launch with Marie Newman – Sat Sept 25

From our friend Nick Uniejewski, Campaign Mgr, Marie Newman for Congress: We’re heading into the neighborhoods to knock on doors this weekend! Meet us in Garfield Ridge on Saturday, September 25th at 10:00am for a canvass launch with Congresswoman Marie Newman. We’ll provide a quick training and all the materials you need. Please download the app MiniVAN in advance and ensure your phone is charged. Be sure to also dress for the weather.

Event: Canvass to re-elect Rep Marie Newman, IL-03
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 25th, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
Place: Dunkin’ Donuts, 6738 W. Archer (Garfield Ridge neighborhood)
Get info/Sign upGet info/Sign up

Injustice Watch Virtual Town Hall – Wed Sep 29

From Injustice Watch: The criminal justice reform bill passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. Pritzker this year includes changes to almost every area of the justice system.

This virtual town hall – Criminal Justice Reform in Illinois – aims to provide accurate information about what’s in the law, and its implications for communities. Speakers: IL State Senators Robert Peters and Patricia Van Pelt and Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell

Tell Your Alder: No to Street Gang Ordinance

From United Working Families: Mayor Lori Lightfoot supports the Chicago Streetgang Terrorism Prevention Ordinance that, if passed, will allow the city to sue someone it believes to be a gang member and 1) seize any property the city deems was used for gang-related purposes, 2) fine the individual or group of people up to $10,000, 3) file further fines to compensate for perceived harm and damages, and 4) make the person or group of individuals responsible for any attorney fees. 

Far from preventing or stopping gang-related violence, this ordinance would disproportionately and severely impact Black, brown and immigrant communities in Chicago.

ACT:Use the United Working Families form to automatically email your Alderperson to demand that City Council vote NO on Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Streetgang Terrorism Prevention Ordinance. 

Rally for Reproductive Rights – Sat October 2nd

From Planned Parenthood Illinois Action: The Supreme Court has failed millions of Texans. In the dead of the night, the Supreme Court turned its back on 50 years of precedent, rendering Roe v. Wade effectively meaningless in the state. This is unprecedented and we can’t let it stand.

Join Planned Parenthood and a coalition of other groups, including citywide Indivisible Chicago, downtown on Saturday, October 2, when Planned Parenthood and more than 90 other organizations march in all 50 states.

Event: March to Defend Abortion Access
Date/Time: Saturday, October 2nd, 11:30 am
Place: Downtown Chicago, location TBA
Get info/Sign upFacebook event + optional RSVP here.

Online Meeting with Durbin Ofc re Judiciary: Sep 22

From Demand Justice: Join other Demand Justice volunteers for a virtual constituent meeting with Sen. Dick Durbin’s office about the Judiciary Act! This game-changing bill will add four seats to the Supreme Court, eliminating the right-wing super majority that has gutted the Voting Rights Act, turned a blind eye to gerrymandering, and sided with corporate special interests.

We’ll use this virtual meeting to put pressure on Sen. Dick Durbin to vote YES on the Judiciary Act and to publicly announce their support for it. 

Please note that this Demand Justice meeting is only open to constituents of Senator Durbin.

NOTE: The announcement mentions meeting with Senator Durbin’s office, so we do not know if the Senator himself will attend.

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