IC-SS Weekly Update: November 16, 2021

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IC-SS Weekly Update: November 16, 2021

Let’s Stay Positive: Resources
Thanks to the 21 IC-South Side members and friends who gathered Nov 9 for democracy updates and ideas on staying positive by staying active.

Hear Indivisible Chicago’s Mike Bill plus IC-SS co-leaders in our Let’s Stay Positive recording

Special thanks to Indivisible Chicago guests Mike Lenehan and Bill Mengebier. They and IC-South Side Co-Leaders Esther Peters, Sarah Lincoln, and Teri Watkins shared info on:

  • Congress: The Build Back Better Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, the filibuster
  • Illinois: Illinois’s new map for Congressional districts
  • Other states: Recent elections in VA, NJ, other states
  • Chicago: The referendum to expand ECPS, the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance toward community control of police

Say you had to miss the event? We got you!

IL State Senator Robert Peters

SAVE THE DATE: The next IC-South Side event will be the evening of Thursday, December 9th. Illinois State Senator Robert Peters will speak and answer your questions. Watch for details in upcoming newsletters.

THIS WEEK: Join Us & Phone Voters
November is a vital time to move US Senators to pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Join friendly Indivisible Chicago folks like Bill Mengebier and Mike Lenehan, who’ll patiently guide you as you phone voters in other states and patch them through to their senators.


You’ll fight for voting rights by phoning voters in key states and helping them get the message 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 16:Phonebankto Arizona voters – Kyrsten Sinema territory – in support of the new bill, the Freedom to Vote Act. Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 3:00 pm and other dates. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up

Wednesday, Nov 17:Phonebank to voters in other states – in support of the Freedom to Vote Act. Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 5:00 pm and other dates. 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, Letters Get Out the Vote
Get in the winter frame of mind. Grab the cocoa, find a fuzzy friend, write letters to voters to help turn out the vote in key elections.

ACT: Write to voters in one or all of these ways: Vote Forward + Postcards to Swing States + Postcards for Climate

Save Dec 15 for Lauren Underwood Join Team Underwood and Indivisible Illinois on Wed. December 15th in an organizing meeting for Rep Lauren Underwood (IL14). Learn about the new 14th District and plans to help Rep Underwood get re-elected in 2022.

Event: Welcome to the New 14th! Strategy Session (online)
Date/Time: Wed. December 15th, 6:00-7:00 pm
RSVPGet info/Sign up

Indivisible Illinois Convening
At least five members or co-leaders from Indivisible Chicago-South Side attended the November 13 Illinois Convening, presented by Indivisible Illinois. We heard about Indivisible Illinois’s plans for 2022 including campaign work, voting rights, social justice, and more.

At this four-hour virtual event, we heard from leaders affiliated with Indivisible Illinois, national Indivisible, and the Poor People’s Campaign, as well as national advisors to progressive organizations.

Rose Colacino, Co-State Coordinator, Indivisible Illinois, spoke on voting rights

If the recording becomes available, we’ll share it. Meanwhile, check out: Illinois Convening Resource Page from Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, Co-Founder, Co-State Coordinator, Indivisible IllinoisOur own Twitter thread – IC-South Side live tweets

Expand the Court Town Hall – Nov 19
Do you live in Illinois’s 1st district, with Rep Bobby Rush as your congressman? (Check here.) If yes, this announcement is for you.

From Demand Justice: Join Demand Justice volunteers for a virtual constituent meeting with Rep. Bobby Rush’s office to urge the Congressman to co-sponsor the Judiciary Act, which would add four seats to the Supreme Court.

Event: Virtual Meeting – Tell Rep Rush to Support Supreme Ct Expansion
Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 19th, 12:00-12:30 pm
RSVPGet Info/Sign up

Demand Justice adds: This meeting is only for constituents of Rep. Rush [in IL-01]. Even if this will be your first time attending a constituent meeting, don’t worry! We’ll make sure to provide you with training and talking points, so you feel totally prepared. Please note that how we conduct ourselves in this meeting is likely to affect the outcome.

Does My Vote Still Count? Nov 29 Town Hall
Join Rainbow PUSH Coalition, local chapters of the League of Women Voters, and other organizations for a virtual town hall, Promoting Equity IL: Does My Vote Still Count? This online event will take place Monday, November 29th, from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Barbara Arnwine, Esq., and Jay Young are among the expert panelists. Speakers include Dr. Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition; Frederique Desrosiers, Policy Organizer Chicago Votes; Jay Young, Executive Director of Common Cause; Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Moderator: Lance Gough, Former Executive Director, Chicago Board of Elections for over 30 years. 

To attend this Nov 29 online event, register here.

Register Voters!
ILVOTE invites Indivisible Chicago-South Side members to volunteer – find many opportunities to register, inform, and motivate voters! 

Photo courtesy of Julia Kline, Neighbors Who Vote; ILVOTE

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.

Hear Melody Angel, Saturday, Nov 27th

Singer/songwriter and activist Melody Angel will perform Saturday, November 27th at 7:30 at Epiphany, 201 S. Ashland – in-person tickets (and livestream option) here.
Get tickets for Melody Angel’s Nov 27 concert Melody Angel has worked in partnership with Indivisible Chicago and will be uplifting democracy and voting rights messages through her performance.

Support the People’s Map for Chicago Wards
From the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission: It’s time for a Chicago ward map for the people, by the people. Throughout the summer and early fall of 2021, the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission held open public meetings to listen to everyday Chicagoans talk about their communities and how they should be represented in City Council for the next ten years.

In a historic community-led-and-driven ward remap process that featured hundreds of testimonies from all over the city, the commission created a ward map that aims to empower residents and keep communities whole.

LEARN: Get all the info on the People’s Map here.

ACT: Show your support for the People’s Map by signing this petition.
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

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