IC-SS Weekly Update: December 13, 2021
A Chorus for Us All: Freedom to Vote!
Thanks to our members and friends who gathered with other Chicago-area Indivisibles to sing democracy carols last Wednesday evening in the Loop. The Indivisible Chicago Alliance chorus started at Millennium Park, then strolled west to Christkindlmarket, stopping to serenade commuters along the way.
In addition to singing, we passed out flyers to passersby, asking them to phone Senators Durbin and Duckworth and tell them to end or fix the filibuster so that the Freedom to Vote Act can pass.
Enjoy & Act:
- Find tweets with photos/video clips via #Chorus4UsAll hashtag.
- See the Indivisible Chicago FB photo album.
- Get the song lyrics and sing them yourself!
- Act: Contact Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth and tell them: Thank you for supporting the Freedom to Vote Act. Please convince your fellow Democrats to end or reform the filibuster so this democracy bill can actually pass.
Sen Peters, Kina Collins Speak with Us
Thanks to all who joined us last Thursday for our in-person event with special guests IL State Senator Robert Peters and Kina Collins.
In his remarks, Senator Robert Peters, Chair of the IL State Senate Black Caucus, said the “hammer of criminalization has been used for thirty years, and it has failed.” Instead of performative tough-on-crime measures which don’t help and which actually cause harm, we must lift people up by addressing root causes of poverty and despair.
Senator Peters cited the dozens of bills – now signed into law – that he has ushered in since he took office almost three years ago. In fact, the day after our event, Governor Pritzker signed the Reimagine Public Safety Act, a bill championed by Senator Peters.
Kina Collins is running for Congress in the Democratic primary for IL-07, a district which includes parts of the South Side as well as downtown, the West Side, and western suburbs. A lifelong resident of the West Side, Ms. Collins has an in-depth history – both locally and nationally – as an organizer for gun violence prevention and health care.
Ms. Collins described her work on legislation in recent years. In 2017, when the Trump administration eliminated an Obama-era policy attacking the civil rights of women and girls, she co-authored & helped pass the IL Council on Women and Girls Act into law. She also spoke about her priorities: Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, reproductive freedom, gun violence prevention, immigrant justice, and economic justice, among others; read more about Kina Collins on the issues here.
We thank the members and friends of Indivisible Chicago-South Side who attended and asked important questions; we appreciate Kina Collins and Senator Peters for listening and answering in earnest. Great conversations! Special thanks to St. Paul and the Redeemer for allowing us to use your beautiful church for our meeting.
Missed the Robert Peters-Kina Collins event?
*Shout-out to Steven Dornbusch for handling the livestream as well as helping with all the set-up!
THIS WEEK: Join Us & Phone Voters
Time is short. Help pass the Freedom to Vote Act! Connect on Zoom with friendly Indivisible Chicago folks, who’ll patiently guide you as you phone people in Arizona and other states and patch them through to the offices of their Democratic senators.
We’re asking the folks we call to give their senators this message: do something about the filibuster so the Freedom to Vote Act can pass!
Tuesday, Dec 14:Phonebankto Arizona residents – Kyrsten Sinema territory – in support of the Freedom to Vote Act. Sign up for other Tuesdays, too. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up
Wednesday, Dec 15:Phonebankto residents of other statesin support of the Freedom to Vote Act. Sign up for other Wednesdays, too. Via Indivisible Chicago, in partnership with Common Cause. Learn more/Sign up
Choose your day: If you can’t make the Indivisible Chicago phonebanks, choose a Common Cause phonebank to call other states on other days! Learn more/Sign up.
This Wed: Lauren Underwood Meeting
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 re-elect Rep Underwood in 2022.
Event: Welcome to the New 14th! Strategy Session (online)
Date/Time: Wed. December 15th, 6:00-7:00 pm
RSVP: Get info/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.
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.
Holiday Support: IC-SS Members Suggest
At our December 9th meeting, IC-South Side members suggested organizations to consider supporting at holiday time. Here’s a list:
Water Resource Fair in Kenwood – Sat Dec 18
From SOUL & Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights: Join in community for the Water Resource Fair on Sat, December 18th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at Ellis Avenue Church, 5001 S Ellis. Learn about the Water for All campaign. There will be on-site resources, mutual aid, live music, and more. For everyone’s health, masks are required. Info here.
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-Leader Teri Watkins
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