IC-SS News 01-10-22: Become a voting member, get involved

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IC-SS Weekly Update: January 10, 2022

Be a Voting Member!

Will you become (or remain) a voting member of Indivisible Chicago-South Side? As IC-SS prepares for making candidate endorsements for the 2022 midterms, we invite you to become or remain a voting member to have a voice in leadership, endorsement, and governance decisions for our group. 

To become a voting member of IC-SS, pleaseregister via this voting member registration form as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 13, 2022. You qualify if you have been active with our group in any way.

If you were already a voting member and received our January 7 email asking you to confirm, you need only reply to that email to remain a voting memberIf you did not receive the January 7 email last week, please complete the voting member registration form instead. 


  • Anyone is welcome to take part in Indivisible Chicago-South Side’s open meetings, events, and projects. However, only voting members can vote on endorsements.
  • Youqualify to become a voting member if you’ve been active with our group in any way.
  • If you become a voting member now (or confirm your voting membership), you can vote in any endorsement meeting IC-SS may hold in 2022.
  • IC-SS will hold an endorsement meeting via Zoom on the evening of Wednesday, February 16th, to consider making one or more endorsements before the Illinois primary. Invitations with the Zoom link will be sent to anyone who becomes a new voting member or confirms their continuing membership by February 13th.

Warm Vigil, Cold Night, Thanks to All!

January 6th, 2022: At Federal Plaza, we gathered together to remember the attack on our country one year ago. The threat remains, and we pledged to fight for free, fair elections and for Americans’ right to choose our own leaders.

South Sider Holly Smith (red coat) joins others in Federal Plaza on Jan 6

 On a frigid night, at least five members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side joined the crowd in Federal Plaza holding a vigil for January 6th. The event was organized by citywide Indivisible Chicago, with help from local chapters like ours and other groups.

Among the fiery speakers: Kina Collins; Marj Halperin, Indivisible Chicago;
Troy Gaston, 
Black Lives Matter, Chicago

Speakers included Marj Halperin, Indivisible Chicago; Carla Stillwell, Collaboraction; IL State Rep Delia RamirezKina CollinsTroy Gaston, Black Lives Matter, Chicago; IL State Sen Mike SimmonsDenise Poloyac, Indivisible Chicago. Their eloquent words and their passion for democracy fired us up.

IC-SS co-leaders Teri Watkins and Betsy Rubin

Thanks to Indivisible Chicago organizers, who put together a powerful and focused event. Shout-outs to Steven Dornbusch and Michael Aaron for helping hold the lighted displays, Teri Watkins for engaging speakers and contacting attendees, Betsy Rubin for taking photos and assisting with social media, and everyone who turned out in single-digit temperatures.

In the weeks ahead, let’s all work together for voting rights bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Rep Bobby Rush to Step Down, End of Term

You’ve likely heard the news: Congressman Bobby Rush, representing Illinois’s 1st district, will not run for re-election. We thank Representative Rush for his many years of service and wish him well on his new directions.

Rep. Rush made his announcement on January 4th, saying ” After nearly three decades in Congress, I have been reassigned. While I will not be running for a 16th term, let me make it clear that I am not retiring — I am returning. I’m returning home, returning to my church, and returning to my family and grandchildren.” 

Prior to Rep. Rush’s announcement, several candidates had already declared they would challenge him in the primary, including Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block My Hood My City, and educator Kirby Birgans. See the list of IL-01 candidates to date at Ballotpedia – but expect it to expand.

Since Rep Rush made his announcement, the list of potential candidates has grown considerably, beginning with the declaration by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) that she will end her campaign for IL Secretary of State and instead run for Congress in IL-01. Yesterday, Karin Norington-Reaves, the coordinator for federal workforce training for Chicago and suburban Cook County, announced her entry into the race. We will share more information when there is an updated official list of candidates.

A Critical Time for Our Democracy: Please Help

President Joe Biden’s full speech here

We Must Get Senators to Feel the Urgency

Joe Biden, at last, has sounded the alarm on the vulnerability of our democracy. President Biden said, “Make no mistake about it, we’re living at an inflection point in history.”

If we are to overcome the dozens of voter suppression bills being enacted by states, the Senate must pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. But to pass these bills, the Senate must end or reform the filibuster, a parliamentary rule. How do we get US Senators to act?

Take Action Now – Connect People to Their Senators

What makes a difference? Constituents. Yes, the President influences the thinking of senators. But senators depend on their constituents to keep them in office. In response to pressure from constituents, we are seeing senator after senator indicate they are willing to do something about the filibuster – voters’ opinions matter.

You can do it! Got a phone and a laptop or tablet? You can phonebank to residents of states like West Virginia, Arizona, and others. You’ll patch constituents through to their senators, including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, with the message: Do what it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.

At each phonebank session, you’ll connect on Zoom with friendly Indivisible Chicago folks, who’ll guide you as you patch people in different states through to their senators to tell them to fix the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act. You may even see folks you know, like Teri, Sarah, and Betsy.

Choose your date/time to phonebank:
Tuesday, January 11 + each Tues in January, 3:00-5:00 pm:Learn more/Sign up

Wednesday, January 12 + each Wed in January, 5:00-7:00 pm: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.

Help Candidates Get on the Ballot: Jan 13-16 Events

 The Illinois primary will be held June 28th, and the filing deadline for candidates is March 14th. On Thursday, January 13th, candidates may begin collecting signatures to get on the ballot. In the days and weeks beyond, you can volunteer to help get the needed signatures.

Volunteer with Kina Collins, IL-07

Kina Collins is running for Congress in Illinois’s 7th district. Help Kina collect signatures and get her name on the primary ballot. Then find other ways to volunteer.


Volunteer with Marie Newman, IL-06

 Congresswoman Marie Newman now represents Illinois’s current 3rd district. However, with our state’s redistricting, she will be running to represent the 6th district.


Volunteer with Lauren Underwood, IL-14

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is running to be re-elected to Congress in Illinois’s 14th district.


Help Wisconsin Protect Voters with WisDems

Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy. On Tuesday, January 18th at 5:00 pm, WisDems Voter Protection team is kicking off their 2022 program, and we – Wisconsin’s Illinois neighbors – are invited to attend.

Join WisDems, along with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Chair Ben Wikler, on Zoom to learn all about their plans to protect voting rights in 2022, and find out how you can get involved advocating for voters.


Fighting Disinformation Meeting: Jan 12

Indivisible Illinois, Indivisible Evanston, Western Front Indivisible, and Truth Brigade Illinois are hosting a statewide meeting on Fighting Disinformation with featured speaker Anat Shenker-Osorio, the host of the Words to Win By podcast and author of Don’t Buy It.

Anat Shenker-Osorio is a messaging and communications expert and has appeared on CNN and MSNBC. She co-hosts the Freedom Rising movement briefings and will share with us the best ways to fight disinformation.

We will also hear from Indivisible’s Truth Brigade Illinois and the Conservative Talk Radio Project. Register now and fight for the truth!

  • What: Statewide Meeting – Fighting Disinformation with guest Anat Shenker-Osorio of Words to Win By
  • When: Wednesday, January 12th, 7:30 pm
  • Sign upRegister here to get the Zoom link

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.

 Perfect for a winter’s day: cozy up with a pal and write to voters (Photos Steve KaganBetsy Rubin)

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

 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.

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.

LEARN: The weekly ECPS Zoom workshop is back every Saturday at 10 AM. Join CAARPR to learn about the next stage in the struggle for community control of the police, do some phone banking, and learn how you can get involved. Get info/sign up

: 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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