Ukraine: Understand & Help
It has been devastating to watch the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces at the command of Vladimir Putin. Although this horrific war of aggression will have repercussions around the world for months and years to come, we’re focused now on understanding the situation and on helping the people of Ukraine.
Ukrainian and international organizations accepting donations and recommended by knowledgeable sources:
- Vostok SOS – Comprehensive assistance to conflict-affected persons and IDPs [internally displaced persons], promoting democratic transformation and human rights values in Ukraine
- Voices of Children – Help children affected by trauma of war
- UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency – Help displaced families
- Putin is gambling his future — and Russia’s (by UChicago professors Gehlbach & Luo in WA Post)
- Russia Just Seized Chernobyl. Here’s Why It Matters. (Mother Jones)
- Think twice before sharing pictures from Russia or Ukraine (The Independent)
Some Twitter handles to follow:
- Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon @ksvarnon
- Steven Seegel @steven_seegel
- Faith Hillis @FaithCHillis
- Andrea Chalupa @AndreaChalupa
Protect Elections with Us & Indivisible Chicago
To protect elections and hold onto voting rights, we’re focusing on the states. With citywide Indivisible Chicago, we’ve been connecting Florida voters to their lawmakers, telling them to halt a dangerous voter suppression bill. We’ll call other states as well. Get info/Sign up.
Join us on the phones on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm or Wednesdays at 5:00 pm. All you need is a phone and computer. You get training and support on Zoom from friendly organizers (including our own Sarah Lincoln). Get 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.
Chicago Fights Back for Wisconsin – Join Us!
Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy. Chicago can help.
Find Your Way to Volunteer for WI: Texting & More
Help WisDems keep Wisconsin blue and save democracy too. Say you like texting? They got you! Like helping recruit volunteers by phone? You can do that, too. Go here for all the info – then see specific opportunities below.
Help Recruit Poll Observers, Tues, Wed, Thurs Each Week
Let’s protect elections in Wisconsin. WisDems needs your help to recruit poll observers so that voters can safely and easily cast their ballots in the April 5 local elections.
Interested in Being a Poll Observer in WI on April 5?
Help protect Wisconsin elections! WisDems is seeking poll observers for the local election on Tues April 5th. You’d travel to Wisconsin to observe at a polling place and report any problems. Half-day and full-day shifts will be available. Fill out this interest form, and WisDems will contact you with more information.
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
Write Letters & Postcards – Have an Impact
Super busy but still want to make a difference? Find small gaps in your schedule and write letters from your living room.
Vote Forward Letters
Check out the many Vote Forward campaigns here – including some in Illinois, like Rep Lauren Underwood‘s district (IL-14). Do a little window shopping and then make your choice!
ACT: Start writing: sign up now right here.
Postcards to Swing States
Get ready to write postcards to voters in key states with Postcards 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.
Neighbors Who Vote to Hold IL-01 Forum April 19
Exciting news! Our friends at Neighbors Who Vote have been busy registering voters and holding town halls. Now NWV is planning an IL-01 Congressional candidates forum in Greater Englewood, location TBA. Save the date: Tues, April 19th, 7:00 pm.
With over 15 candidates currently running to replace the retiring Rep. Bobby Rush in Illinois’s 1st District, no one yet know how many Democratic contenders will appear on the primary ballot. Neighbors Who Vote will share more information on their Candidates Forum closer to the date. Read the Neighbors Who Vote newsletter for more information.
3/1: Democracy Won’t Save Itself Forum
Four key leaders in the pro-democracy movement will join BigTentUSA for a “Democracy Won’t Save Itself” forum. They will answer two key questions: what are the threats to our democracy, and what powers can thwart them? Learn more/Sign up.
Thanks to IC-SS member Steve Kagan for this recommendation!
Eric Boehlert on Fighting Disinfo in the Media
Missed the Truth Brigade Illinois meeting? No worries – catch the recording.
Last week, Truth Brigade Illinois hosted a discussion on fighting disinformation in the media with author and media critic Eric Boehlert. Hear from both Eric Boehlert and Jody Rein of national Indivisible. Then learn more about Truth Brigade Illinois’s mission and ways to make a difference using your social media. Watch/listen to the recording here.
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
Good News! City Denies Permit to Polluter General Iron
Good news shared by Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, and Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County (CHE): “Following years of pressure from Southeast Side community members, last Friday, February 18, the Chicago Department of Public Health denied the permit for Southside Recycling, formerly known as General Iron, to operate on the Southeast Side.”
Through the grassroots group Stop General Iron, Southeast Side activists rallied, contacted public officials, used social media, and even took part in a hunger strike to protect their community from harmful pollution and to advocate for environment justice. They were backed up by the work of policy and advocacy organizations with additional support from activists and grassroots groups around the city. Read more in this letter.
We thank Sue Avila of CHE for her advocacy work and for keeping us informed; Sue is also a member of IC-SS. Thanks to everyone who assisted in the effort!
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