IC-SS News 02-21-22: Which action will you take for voting rights + equity?

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IC-SS Weekly Update: Feb. 21, 2022

Protect Elections with Us & Indivisible Chicago

To protect elections and hold onto voting rights, we need to focus on the states. With citywide Indivisible Chicago, we’ve been connecting voters in Florida to their state lawmakers, telling them to halt a dangerous voter suppression bill. We’ll be calling into other states as well. 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.

Let’s have a South Side contingent! Our friend and co-leader Sarah Lincoln will be helping to host phonebanks this week. Look for her on the phones this coming Tuesday and WednesdayGet info/Sign up.

Want to know more before signing up? We’ll be happy to talk with you about what these phonebanks are like. Just email us and we will write back or arrange to chat.

Vote Forward – All Systems Go!

In addition to speaking directly with voters, you can make a difference in voter turnout by writing.

WRITE NOW: New Vote Forward Letter-Writing Campaigns 

From Vote Forward:  The new letter campaigns are LIVE! 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.

Check out ALL the Vote Forward campaigns here – including some in Illinois, including Rep Lauren Underwood’s district (IL-14). But there are so many to choose from. Do a little window shopping and then make your choice!

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.

ACT: Start writing: sign up now right here.

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.

Mary Naftzger & Irene Claude working on past postcard campaigns

You Can Help Wisconsin Win – From Chicago!

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.

Texting and More: Find Your Way to Volunteer for WI

Yes, we live outside Wisconsin but we can help WisDems keep the state blue and save democracy. Say you like texting? They got you! Like helping recruit volunteers by phone? You can do that, too.  Go here for all the info.

And see some specific opportunities below.

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.

Each week, make calls with WisDems organizers like Marzi Branyan 

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?

Now more than ever, local elections will affect our democracy nationwide. To help ensure a strong, healthy democracy, WisDems is seeking poll observers for the local election on Tues April 5th. Poll observers from out of state are welcome. You’d travel to Wisconsin to observe at a polling place and report any problems. Half-day and full-day shifts will be available.

Interested? Fill out this interest form, and 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.

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

Fight Disinfo in the Media – Wed, Feb 23

From Truth Brigade Illinois, an Indivisible Illinois group: Join Truth Brigade Illinois for a discussion on fighting disinformation in the media with author and media critic Eric Boehlert. At this Zoom meeting you’ll also learn more about Truth Brigade Illinois’s mission and get updates on current efforts you can get involved in. Get info/sign up.

Sister District Dates – Focus on the States

The Sister District Project is “a grassroots organization that aims 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 – Kick-Off Meeting Tomorrow

Sister District Greater Chicago is gearing up for the 2022 midterms and seeks new participants. Learn about their planned projects, find out how you can take action. Tomorrow, Tues, Feb. 22 at 7 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.

 Feb 28: Use Your Social Media for Democracy!

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, or other social media? Every other Monday evening, join DemCast on Zoom to get the inside scoop on how we can collectively use social media to win the information war and drive the narrative on the most pressing issues of the day.

Get info/Sign up for the next DemCast Democracy briefing, Mon Feb 28, 7 pm CST, and beyond. (Have to miss that date? Attend the next briefing.)

DemCast’s mission is to cultivate, amplify & maximize the impact of grassroots digital media, bolstering blue electoral and policy victories at all levels of government, across America. Learn more about DemCast here.

The Insurrection Index

Who took part in the January 6 attack on the United States at the Capitol? Stay informed. The Insurrection Index is a searchable database of records on individuals and organizations in positions of public trust who were involved in the insurrection.

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Tell Your Alder: Vote NO on the Civil Asset Forfeiture Ordinance.

Last week, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Public Safety approved Mayor Lightfoot’s gang asset forfeiture ordinance. The ordinance would allow judges or court officers to impose fines up to $10,000 for each “street gang-related” offense and seize “any property that is directly or indirectly used or intended for use in any manner to facilitate street gang-related activity.” 

The problem? The ordinance is likely to harm families and communities without reducing crime. In a Sun-Times editorial, Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell says “Civil asset forfeiture is a tool ripe for abuse. It raises civil liberties concerns and offers little public safety value. It would be a step backward for Chicago after other jurisdictions have abandoned or reformed such tactics.” See also Sharone Mitchell’s letter to the City Council.

Civil liberties and grassroots groups (eg ACLU of IL, Chicago AppleseedCAARPR) agree. Read the letter signed by a broad coalition. Then you can sign your own letter here.


  • Call your alder today and tomorrow (Feb 21-22) and tell them to vote NO on the Civil Asset Forfeiture ordinance on Feb 23. Find your ward and alderperson here.
  • Today or tomorrow, sign a letter to your alder 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.

ACT:  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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