IC-SS Weekly Update: Feb. 14, 2022
Federal Voting Rights Bills Failed: What Now?
Hear from Ezra Levin of national Indivisible. The Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act were blocked by the Senate filibuster – what’s the path forward for voting rights and our democracy? Ezra Levin, co-founder of national Indivisible, shares his perspectives with Indivisible Illinois’s Vote By Mail (VBM) Taskforce meeting last week. Hear the recording.
Spoiler alert: Levin says there’s a path forward. Yes, we’re rightfully enraged that Manchin and Sinema joined all 50 Republicans and refused to budge on the filibuster. But let’s recognize the impact of our work over the last year: rallying, contacting our senators, and phonebanking to connect voters in other states to their senators.
We pushed most Democratic senators toward reforming the filibuster, including many who’d been reluctant. We’ll build on this momentum when we can get back to federal democracy bills. Meanwhile, we must focus on holding onto Congress and adding two Democrats to the Senate. We must also support state-level efforts to overcome laws and policies that suppress the vote.
Hear all that Ezra Levin has to say – and stay on to learn about the many projects of Indivisible Illinois’s Vote by Mail Taskforce; access the recording here.
Wisconsin Is Vital: Join the Effort
Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy. We in Chicago can work with WisDems – in Wisconsin or from our own living rooms.
Help Recruit Poll Observers, Tues & Thurs, 5:00-7:00 pm
Let’s protect elections in Wisconsin. Poll observers are our eyes and ears at polling locations, and WisDems needs your help to recruit them so that voters can safely and easily cast their ballots in the April 5 local elections.
Join WisDems to phone likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin and recruit them as poll observers. You get clear instructions and continuous support from WisDems organizers on Zoom. All you need is a phone and a laptop or desktop computer. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00-7:00 pm CT. Get info/Sign up.
Interested in Being a Poll Observer in WI on April 5?
To help ensure a strong, healthy democracy, WisDems is seeking poll observers for the local election on Tues April 5th. Show your interest here.
WisDems writes:Are you interested in being a poll observer in Wisconsin? Poll observers are the eyes and ears for the Voter Protection Team inside polling locations across the state.
On Wisconsin’s Spring Election Day, Tuesday April 5th, there are many local races on the ballot — like judges in nearly every county, mayors, school board, and city and town council members.
Poll observers can choose a full-day or part-day shift, and will be assigned to a polling place for the duration of their shift. You don’t need to be a Wisconsin resident to be a poll observer here!
Once you fill out this interest form, WisDems will contact you with more information about officially signing up to be a poll observer in Wisconsin for the April 5th election. Please note that this is an INTEREST FORM, and WisDems will follow up with you with the official signup form for the program.
Fill in the Wisconsin Poll Observer Interest Form to get more info!
FYI: Wisconsin Election Dates for 2022
- WI spring primary (local): Feb 15
- WI spring election (local): April 5
- WI partisan primary: Aug 9
- US midterm elections: Nov 8
Protect Elections with Indivisible Chicago
To protect elections and hold onto voting rights, we need to focus on the states. With citywide Indivisible Chicago, we’ve been calling voters in Delaware to support a bill that makes it easy for citizens to vote by mail. (Remember that voting by mail increases voter turnout.)
Indivisible Chicago and Common Cause are watching all 50 states with their various election dates, court cases, and pending legislation. We expect our phoning targets to change quickly and often, and we’re ready. Get info/Sign up.
Won’t you join us on the phones on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm or Wednesdays at 5:00 pm? All you need is a phone and a laptop or desktop computer. You get training and support on Zoom from friendly Indivisible Chicago organizers. Get info/Sign up.
Sister District Dates – Focus on the States
The Sister District Project is “a grassroots organization thataims to build enduring progressive power in state legislatures across the country.”
Sister District, founded and led by women, has over 50,000 volunteers nationwide. It’s supported nearly 100 candidates, winning more than 70 of those races. Here are some ways to learn about Sister District – and get involved:
Sister District Greater Chicago – Feb 22 Kick-Off Meeting
Sister District Greater Chicago is gearing up for the 2022 midterms and seeks new participants. Learn about their planned projects, and find out how you can take action. On Tues, Feb. 22 at 7:00 pm, join their 2022 kick-off meeting online. Get info/Sign up.
5th Annual Sister District Summit, Feb 26-27
Join staff and volunteers from around the country to celebrate Sister District’s successes, learn from one other, and strategize for the 2022 midterms. The Summit will take place Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, from 11:00 am-3:30 pm CST each day (9am – 1:30pm PST). Get info/Sign up.
DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison will be the keynote speaker, and featured speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Laphonza Butler, EMILY’s List; and Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino. Get info/Sign up.
We’ve Got to Get Out the Vote – Write!
In addition to speaking directly with voters, you can make a difference in voter turnout by writing.
New Letter-Writing Campaigns with Vote Forward
From Vote Forward: Take some time to find your favorite blue pen, check your printer for ink and paper, and gather your stamps and envelopes. There’s a lot at stake in 2022—and many voters to reach—so Vote Forward is going BIG!
Letter writing this year will be similar to The Big Send 2020, with a few new additions:
- New: For volunteers focusing their efforts on U.S. House races,Vote Forward will have campaigns targeting Democratic-leaning voters at the congressional district level, with new campaigns added as redistricting maps are finalized and after primaries are held.
- Vote Forward will be writing “please vote” letters to voters all year, keeping them stockpiled somewhere safe, and then mailing them on the same day in late October—just before the midterm elections, when research shows your letters have the greatest impact.
TO DO: Get on the Vote Forward email list: sign up now for updates.
Postcards to Swing States
Get ready to write postcards to voters in key states withPostcards to Swing States, a Progressive Turnout Project effort. You’ll get postcards, instructions, and mailing lists for free and then buy your own stamps. Sign up now for alerts to 2022 campaigns.
TONIGHT, Feb 14: Film, Talk on DC Statehood
From the League of Women Voters of DC: Celebrate the League of Women Voters Day of Action for its 102nd birthday. view (on your own or with friends) “The Last Battlefront,” an historical film about how and why DC has lacked full voting rights and statehood for more than 220 years. Join LWV of DC for a discussion of the film TONIGHT, Monday, February 14 at 6:00 pm CT (7:00 pm ET). NOTE: When you register for the event, you’ll get a link to view the film on your own for free.
Extension: Sign Up by Feb 14 – Today!
We invite you to become 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 by 7:00 pm today, Monday, February 14, 2022. You qualify if you have been active with our group in any way.
- 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 Feb 14.
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.
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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