IC-SS News 01-31-22: How YOU can act for Chicago & Wisconsin

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IC-SS Weekly Update: January 31, 2022

Thurs, Feb 3, 5:00 pm: Van Dyke Protest

Day of Outrage and Direct Action: Justice for Laquan! On February 3rd, Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who murdered 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, is set to be released from prison after serving less than four years of a six-year, nine-month sentence. Indivisible Chicago-South Side will join a broad coalition of organizations to demand the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice indict Jason Van Dyke at the federal level.

The coalition, led by CAARPR and Rainbow PUSH, will gather at Federal Plaza at 5 PM on Thursday, February 3rd for a Day of Outrage and Direct Action to deliver these demands and let the powers that be know: we will not stand by while our loved ones and community members are kidnapped, tortured, brutalized, and murdered with impunity.

Democracy Matters

Find resources and actions on the fight for democracy in the United States.

Supreme Court – Take Action

Last week, Justice Stephen Breyer announced he will retire at the end of the current term, and President Biden reaffirmed his pledge to appoint a Black woman to fill the seat.

Tweet from legal analyst Maya Wiley

ACT.National Indivisible saysCall your Senators now and tell them you want them to urge President Biden to nominate a progressive Black woman who represents the diversity of this country. Then, demand they move with all deliberate speed to confirm her. Fill out this form to be immediately connected via the phone number you provide with your Senators.

Or call or email Senators Durbin and Duckworth directly via their websites:

  • Senator Durbin, Chair of the Judiciary Committee: Contact
  • Senator Duckworth: Contact

Statements & Resources

Last week, we wrote about the defeat of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act at the hands of 50 + 2 senators — and the filibuster.In case you missed our 1/24 newsletter, here are some links.

1. Read statements by some groups & leaders after the Senate vote:

2. Stay informed on democracy matters.

Be an IC-SS Voting Member

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

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

If you were already a voting member and received our January 7 or 19 emails 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. 


  • 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 Wed, Feb 16, 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 13.

Work for Wisconsin

Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy, and it’s not too early to get involved. Wisconsin election dates to keep in mind:

  • WI spring primary (local): Feb 15
  • WI spring election (local): April 5
  • WI partisan primary: Aug 9
  • US midterm elections: Nov 8

Saturday Phonebanks, 4:00-5:30 pm 

Fun phonebanks! Call likely Democratic voters in South Milwaukee to let them know about their Vote By Mail options. The goal? Increase voter turnout. From your home, join WisDems and Indivisible Illinois via Zoom this coming Saturday – or every week:

  • Sat, Feb 5, 4:00pm–5:30pm CST
  • Sat, Feb 12, 4:00pm–5:30pm CST
  • Sat, Feb 19, 4:00pm–5:30pm CST
  • Sat, Feb 26, 4:00pm–5:30pm CST

Get info/Sign up here

You might see Sarah Lincoln or other IC-SS friends on the Zoom phonebank

Voter Protection in Wisconsin

One way to make a difference in Wisconsin: help ensure that every Wisconsin citizen is free to register, to vote, and to have their vote count. You can help the WI Voter Protection efforts (VoPro) via in-person and remote options: poll observing, phonebanking to recruit volunteers, working on the voter protection hotline, and more. 


Connect with IC-SS to Work in Wisconsin

Indivisible Chicago-South Side already has a group of neighborhood folks eager to put in the work. Beyond VoPro efforts, there will be work to do in support of campaigns for WI governor, US senator, and more.

Email IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincolnif you want to learn more about getting connected locally to volunteer for Wisconsin!

Back in the day (2018): Familiar faces from IC-SS, showing up in Milwaukee

TONIGHT: Town Hall on Voting in Prison

Incarcerated citizens are not able to vote, but they are counted as a part of the population for the legislative district of their documented residential addresses. Stripping those who are incarcerated of the right to vote denies a fundamental democratic right and compounds the ill effects of mass incarceration. Restoring the right to vote for this population can help spur them on a path to becoming civically active and better prepared to successfully re-enter their communities.

Tonight at 6:00 pm, join Chicago Votes, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and other organizations for an online community town hallLet’s Talk about Senate Bill 828: Voting in Prison.

Hear IL State Senator Mike Simmons and IL State Rep Lashawn Ford speak about Illinois’s Senate Bill 828 and the opportunity to catalyze criminal justice reform.

  • Mon, Jan 31, 6:00 pm (online)
  • Town hall: Let’s Talk about Senate Bill 828: Voting in Prison
  • Sign up here

Postcards, Letters, Messaging to GOTV

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: Choose a way to write to voters: Vote Forward + Postcards for Climate + Postcards to Swing States (a Progressive Turnout Project effort).

Watch and learn: Did you miss Progressive Turnout Project’s webinar last week? Catch the 45-minute recording on messaging for voter turnout, plans for postcards, and more: How We’ll Rally Democrats to Vote in 2022. Special guest: Anat Shenker-Osorio of Words to Win By.

Watch the 45-min recording of How We’ll Rally Dems to Vote in 2022

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Tomorrow, Feb 1: How Do We Keep All of Us Safe?
From Neighbors Who Vote (NWV):  Tomorrow, NWV will host a community meeting: “How do we keep ALL of us safe?” – an examination of crime in Chicago, as well as the recent laws or ordinances passed to address it.

Given the new legislation, how soon can we expect to see a difference in crime rates? What else needs to be done?

Hear from a panel including Frank Chapman, CAARPR; Aaron Goldstein, Cook County Public Defender’s office; Sgt E. Dixon, 7th District/CPD; and Darryl Smith, Englewood Political Task Force.

  • WHERE: New Joy MB Church, 5941 S Damen (vax & negative test required). OR: Choose to attend online instead.  
  • WHEN: Tues, Feb 1st, 7:00-9:00 pm(doors open 6:30 pm)
  • WHAT: How Do We Keep All of Us Safe? community meeting
  • Register: Get info/Sign up

Hear: Natalie Moore + Panel on Prisons, Rehab

Centering Rehabilitation: Reevaluating Prisons and Punishment — missed the event last week? Watch the 1/24 recording.

Author and WBEZ  Race, Class and Communities Reporter Natalie Moore shares her experience inside Finland’s open prisons and leads a panel discussion about the future of the American criminal justice system, exploring different models of prisoner rehabilitation and the potential for local reform.

Centering Rehabilitation: Reevaluating Prisons and Punishment (~90 min) – Recording 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.


Join CAARPR at the ECPS Zoom workshop, every Saturday at 10 AM. Learn about the next stage in the struggle for community control of the police. Then choose to do some phone banking or find out other ways to get involved. Get info/sign up

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