Let’s Stay Positive – Zoom, Tues Nov 9th
Ever feel discouraged? We get it. It can be easy to miss the important, good things happening. Let’s join together Tuesday, Nov 9th, 7:30-9:00 pm, to discuss recent developments in Congress, in the states, and in our city. We’ll share ways to stay positive and keep fighting for better.
Remember that energy? Get new info, share your thoughts on Nov 9
- Updates in Congress: The Build Back Better Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, the filibuster. What’s good, and what do we keep fighting for?
- Updates in Illinois: We have a new map – new Congressional districts. What are they? What does this mean?
- Updates in other states: What just happened in VA & NJ?
- Updates in Chicago: What’s new with ECPS, the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance toward community control of police?
- How do we keep up our energy and stay positive? Share your actions & ideas!
Now that the weather is getting cold, we’ll hold our next get-together on Zoom: Tues, Nov. 9th, 7:30-9:00 pm. Sign up here.
If you’re working on postcards, feel free to bring ’em along to our Zoom gathering. Scroll down for info on ordering postcards & join the effort.
Today/Tomorrow – GOTV in VA
Join Swing Left in Virginia to get out the vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor as well as other candidates up and down the ticket. Phonebank TODAY and TOMORROW (Election Day)! Get info/Sign up
Big News: Illinois Remap
Last week, the Illinois General Assembly voted to approve a map with the new Illinois districts.
Detail from the interactive draft remap that was approved by the IL legislature
The new map placed Marie Newman’s home into IL-04 (Rep Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s district), but she has announced that she will run in IL-06, which now will include a large portion of her current district (IL-03). In other words, Newman will be challenging incumbent Sean Casten in the Democratic primary.
Also, in response to the remap altering his district, Republican Rep Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) has announced he will not run again.
If your head is spinning, you are not alone – we’re still sorting out the news. Here are statements from Marie Newman and Chuy Garcia.
And here are some recent news stories from WBEZ, Sun-Times, Politico.
Nov 13: Indivisible Illinois Convening
From Indivisible Illinois: Attention Progressives in Illinois, and Our Coalition Allies! Indivisible Illinois‘ coalition of leaders and progressive groups will be hosting a free Convening on Saturday, November 13 from 1-5 pm.
A convening is an exhilarating get-together of progressive activists! Via Zoom, we’ll hear from dynamic speakers, talk about issues that concern us, and get revitalized to work for the 2022 election to get out those voters for progressive candidates.
This Convening will be even more powerful with nationally renowned speakers, including: REVEREND WILLIAM BARBER, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and EZRA LEVIN and LEAH GREENBERG, Founders and Chairs of Indivisible National. It also includes HEATHER BOOTH, A Civil Rights Activist and a leading strategist for progressive issues.
We at Indivisible Illinois are ‘fired up and ready to go’. We hope you are too. Please join us on Zoom. Get info/sign up
THIS WEEK: Join Us & Phone Voters
Good news – the Freedom to Vote phonebanks are continuing! Help support the Freedom to Vote Act by phoning voters in key states and patching them through to their senators. Connect to day-of training and constant friendly support via Zoom. All you need is your laptop and a phone.
Tuesday, Nov 9:Phonebankto West Virginia voters – Joe Manchin territory – in support of the new bill, the Freedom to Vote Act. Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 3:00 pm. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up
Wednesday, Nov 10:Phonebank to voters in other states – in support of the Freedom to Vote Act. Nov. 3rd, 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.
Build Back Better – Call Again!
Who’s your representative in the U.S. House — Rep Bobby Rush (IL-01), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Marie Newman (IL-03), or someone else? If you’re not sure, find out here.
Contact Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Marie Newman, or whoever reps you in Congress!
In Chicago, our representatives have joined with the 96% of Congressional Democrats in supporting Biden’s agenda. But we want to ensure they all hold strong. Let’s insist: no bipartisan infrastructure vote without a vote for Build Back Better.
ACT: Take 5 min to pick up the phone and contact your US Representative in Congress using the script below as your basis. (You called last week? Great – and do it again!) Find your rep
Suggested script: Hi, my name is [your name] and I’m calling to urge [your rep] to support the Build Back Better bill. I ask that they NOT vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until Build Back Better has been passed. Pass both together!
Find more info in Indivisible Chicago’s Friday Daily Action here.
Postcards, Letters Get Out the Vote
Lots of IC-SS members are writing to voters. Research shows this work is effective in getting out the vote (GOTV) among the voters we want to encourage.
Postcards to Swing States – check them out, as well as other ways to reach voters
ACT: Write to voters in one or all of these ways: Vote Forward + Postcards to Swing States + Postcards for Climate. (NOTE: You can get on the mailing list for alerts to upcoming campaigns.)
ILVOTE invites Indivisible Chicago-South Side members to volunteer – find many opportunities to register, inform, and motivate voters!
Stay Informed on Voting Rights
Stay informed on the urgent need to strengthen and defend our democracy – including voting rights, fair elections, and counteracting the filibuster loophole as an obstacle. 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.
Gun Possession Symposium: New Perspectives
At the end of September, Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic hosted a symposium called Gun Possession in Chicago: What the Headlines Don’t Tell You. The clinic also launched an initiative called the Illinois Blueprint for Peace; and the symposium recording is posted here.
Watch sessions from the Gun Possession symposium here
The Blueprint website has just posted the different sessions of the four-hour symposium. Watch the Gun Possession session at this page. What you hear may change your thinking on gun possession, criminal system responses, and violence prevention.
Community Control of Police: Join the Fight!
This summer, the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance (ECPS) was passed in the Chicago City Council. This legislation gives Chicago residents some of the most comprehensive accountability over city police in the nation. The struggle for police accountability, however, is not done.
Now we need the City Council to put a referendum on the ballot, so Chicago residents can vote for even further control.
If there is a referendum, Chicagoans can vote to give civilians the power to directly elect a commission of community members who will have powers over the police superintendent, members of the police board, COPA Chief, and police union contracts. This will mean further safety from police violence for Chicagoans.
The first step: convincing the City Council. This means reaching voters in key wards and urging them to pressure their alders to agree to a referendum. We can help by working with CAARPR.
ACT: You can help encourage community members to notify their alders that Chicago needs the referendum. Please sign up to phonebank, drop literature, or table. Contact the CAARPR organization or IC-SS Co-LeaderTeri Watkins.
See Renato Mariotti: Can the Courts Save Us?
Western Front Indivisible – our sister group in the western suburbs – shares a recording: CAN THE COURTS SAVE US? Hear Renato Mariotti on what the federal courts can and might do. Renato Mariotti, a Chicago-area attorney and former federal prosecutor, is a legal analyst who appears regularly on CNN.
Agree or disagree with Mr. Mariotti, you’ll be interested in his take. Watch here.
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