IC-SS Weekly Update: March 28, 2022
NEXT WEEK: Join Us Online on Wed April 6th
2022 is vital for our democracy – you can play a part. Join us online on Wednesday, April 6th, 7:30-9:00 pm to enjoy cocktails or nonalcoholic mocktails while you reconnect and learn important ways to get involved and make a difference in the elections that will shape our future.
Kina Collins, our endorsed candidate for Congress in IL-07. Hear about the issues she’ll fight for and ask her your questions.
Julia Kline, co-leader of Neighbors Who Vote and a member of IC-SS. Learn about Illinois’s new program of permanent vote-by-mail.
Bill Mengebier, from the ICA Election 2022 Team. Learn how you can join with others to fight for progressive candidates and a Democratic majority at the state and national levels.
- IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln will report on Wisconsin’s local primary – after volunteering as a poll observer.
- Co-Leader Esther Peters will mix cocktails and mocktails – get the recipes after you register!
- You can share your own action priorities and ideas for involvement.
Register here & mark your calendars! Meet Kina Collins, Julia Kline, Bill Mengebier, and IC-South Side friends on Wed, April 6th, 7:30-9:00 pm.
Support Rep Lauren Underwood!
Rep Lauren Underwood will run unopposed in the Democratic primary this June, but she is likely to face a fierce battle against a Republican challenger in November. Although Illinois’s redistricting may mean more Democratic voters in the new IL-14, we know that complacency can lead to defeat.
Bear in mind, also, that Rep Underwood will be new to a large swath of the redistricted 14th district, so it is vitally important that we work to get the word out. In short, Congresswoman Underwood’s campaign needs our help.
Rep Underwood’s top priority in Congress is ensuring access to high-quality, affordable health care for families and eliminating cost barriers to care – read about all her priorities. Ready to volunteer? Find opportunities to canvass or phonebank here.
Volunteer with Team Kina
Kina Collins will fight for us in Congress! Let’s fight for her now.
Indivisible Chicago-South Side members voted decisively to endorse Kina Collins for Congress in IL-07, a district that will include part of the South Side, as well as the West Side, nearby western suburbs, and downtown.
- Canvass with Team Kina in Tri-Taylor, Chicago on Sat, April 2nd (Sign up) – or Ukrainian Village, Sun, April 3rd, 1:00-3:00 pm (Sign up).
- Phonebank this Tues, March 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm. Sign up.
- Find many other volunteer opportunities here!
Neighbors Who Vote to Hold IL-01 Forum 4/19
Neighbors Who Vote (NWV) has announced the location for their April 19th IL-01 Candidates Forum! NWV writes: “At this forum, we will hear from all the candidates – both Democrat and Republican – who would like to receive our vote to represent us in Illinois’ 1st Congressional District.”
- IL-01 Candidates Forum, presented by Neighbors Who Vote
- Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open 6:00 pm)
- Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 6248 S. Stewart
- More info: NWV website – IL-01 Candidates Forum page
Chicago Fights for Wisconsin – Join Us!
Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy. Chicago can 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 volunteer info.
Fight for Voting Rights: Phone Voters
Ready to fight for voting rights in the states? All you need is a phone and computer. Newbies welcome! You get training and support on Zoom from friendly organizers from Common Cause and Indivisible Chicago.
- Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm. With citywide Indivisible Chicago, we’ve been calling voters in other states & helping them take action to protect elections. (You may see co-host Sarah Lincoln and other familiar faces.) Get info/Sign up.
- Need other days/times? Common Cause offers phonebank opportunities every day of the week, with many options outside regular working hours. Get info/Sign up
Write Letters & Postcards – Have an Impact
Super busy but still want to make a difference? Find small gaps in your schedule and write to voters 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!
Postcards to Swing States
Get ready to write postcards to voters in key states with Postcards to Swing States, a Progressive Turnout Project effort. For most campaigns, you’ll get postcards, instructions, and mailing lists for free and then buy your own stamps. (For a few campaigns, you provide your own postcards.) Sign up now.
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
TONIGHT, 5:30: Rally for Queer, Trans Communities
From Equality Illinois, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, and other orgs:
As part of national call to action to elevate voices of community members showing support and solidarity for queer and trans communities throughout the country facing anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ legislation and policy, a coalition of Illinoisans organizations will hold a press conference and rally to educate people about the attacks on trans and queer people across the country and encourage folks to take action to support trans and queer in the states.
The Illinois Standing for Queer & Trans Communities press conference and rally will be held at Federal Plaza on Monday, March 28th at 5:30PM. Find info here.
Recent Rallies – See You Again Soon!
Thanks to IC-SSers Steven Dornbusch, Teri Watkins, Betsy Rubin, and Michael Aaron for attending recent rallies for justice. Watch for future rallies in our newsletter or on our social media. Feel free to send us photos!
CAARPR rallied at the Thompson Center on March 23 to demand an end to torture at Menard Penitentiary.
ACT NOW: Ald Sophia King, Ald Jeanette Taylor, Ald Leslie Hairston, and Ald Stephanie Coleman are among approximately 20 co-sponsors of the Anjanette Young Ordinance. Use this quick form from SEIU to read about the ordinance and to send an email to your alder. Or phone your alder and urge them to support the ordinance – if they are already supporting it, thank them!
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