IC-SS News 04-04-2022: Connect, Learn, Act With Us

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Can you be with us this Wednesday evening? Join us online on Wed, April 6th, 7:30-9:00 pm to enjoy fun drinks while you reconnect and find important ways to make a difference in the 2022 elections. 

Join us 4/6 to meet Julia Kline/NWV, Bill Mengebier/ICA, Kina Collins/IL-07 candidate

Special Guests

  • 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.


Hear from IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln on Wisconsin’s local primary and share your own action priorities and ideas for involvement. Also: make cocktails/mocktails with Co-Leader Esther Peters – recipes here.

Esther shares ALL the drink recipes here (with/without alcohol). RSVP for event here!


  • Register here & see you this Wednesday, April 6th, 7:30-9:00 pm.

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 Letter Party – Tomorrow, April 5, 7:00 pm

Join Vote Forward online on Tuesday, April 5th, 7:00 pm Central Time.

From Vote ForwardJoin us online to write letters to voters! Vote Forward letters are proven to be one of the most effective tactics at increasing voter turnout ahead of important elections. RSVP here.

Writing letters to potential voters is a fun, easy, and highly effective way to strengthen our democracy by encouraging voters—particularly historically underrepresented young voters and voters of color—to make their voices heard.

Thanks to Vote Forward champion Steve Kagan, who alerted us to this online event. RSVP!

RSVP for tomorrow’s 7:00 pm online writing party, and the Vote Forward team will let you know how to join this event. Invite your friends and family, too and encourage them to become letter writers this year!

Never written letters before? No problem! Visit votefwd.org, make an account, download twenty letters, and the Vote Forward team will show you how to write and prepare them at the event.

Postcards to Swing States

Get ready to write postcards to voters in key states withPostcards to Swing States, a Progressive Turnout Project effort.

  • Democrats Deliver: Write postcards to voters in key states to emphasize ways that the Democrats have delivered. For this program, you provide your own postcards and stamps. Vote Forward emails you a list of voters (minimum 100) and instructions, which will include the postcard script. Mail your postcards by May 31. Order here for the Democrats Deliver program.  
  • PA Primary: For this program, you’ll be shipped special postcards, instructions, and mailing lists at no cost and then buy your own stamps. The minimum order is 200*.  Order here for the PA Primary program.

*Want to write to PA voters but can’t do the 200 minimum? Tell Teri! IC-SS Co-Leader Teri Watkins has a supply, and you can pick up a smaller set of postcards, addresses, and script. To make arrangements, email Teri

Danielle Allen on Democracy: Tomorrow 10 am

Tuesday, April 5th, 10:00 am, watch the livestream of Understanding Our New World – A Conversation with Danielle Allen, political theorist, Harvard University professor, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. This event is part of the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Understanding Our New World virtual conversation series. Get info/Sign up.

Danielle Allen and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss Professor Allen’s views on the state of American democracy, her book Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus, and her run for governor of Massachusetts. If you have a question for Danielle Allen, please include it below in the “Questions & Comments” box or email it to paulsimoninstitute@siu.eduGet info/Sign up!

Neighbors Who Vote to Hold IL-01 Forum 4/19

This month, Neighbors Who Vote (NWV) will hold an IL-01 Candidates Forum: Tuesday, April 19th. 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.”

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.

Kina Collins is challenging longtime incumbent Rep Danny Davis in the Democratic primary on June 28. Learn more about Kina Collins in our resource document and at her website.


  • Canvass with Team Kina in Wicker Park on Sat, April 9th, 1:00 pm. Sign up.
  • Phonebank Sun, April 10th, 4:00-6:00 pm. Sign up.
  • Find many other volunteer opportunities here!

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.

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.

See WisDems website + then find specific volunteer opportunities.

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Call the Warden of Menard Penitentiary

From CAARPR:Menard Correctional Center is the largest operating prison in Illinois, opened in 1878 to house people on death row. While the condemned unit was closed in 2003, Menard is still being used as a house of torture.

Michael Minnifield, Isaiah Brady, Chaz Thrailkill, and Kenyatta Brown have been abused by the staff at Menard penitentiary. They have been beaten by guards, denied medical care, denied access to adequate food, filed multiple grievances that have been ignored or “lost,” and been repressed for speaking up about their mistreatment.

We need these four men safe from backlash as they and their families continue to fight to end the torture of incarcerated people across IDOC.

ACT: Contact Warden Anthony Wills at  618-826-5071 ext. 2225 to demand: Move Kenyatta Brown, Michael Minnifield, Isaiah Brady, and Chaz Thrailkill out of Menard. Get more info and script here.

Stop ShotSpotter, Virtual Teach-In: Sat April 9th, 12pm

ShotSpotter is a surveillance system that blankets select neighborhoods with microphones, aiming to detect the sound and location of gunfire. But many justice organizations argue that this system harms communities. Why would this be?

From the Coalition to Cancel the ShotSpotter Contract: The Coalition to Cancel the ShotSpotter Contract is hosting an online teach-in on Saturday, April 9th from 12-1:30pm. Join in to learn more about how ShotSpotter is connected to police violence and the broader surveillance network of CPD, and get involved in the campaign. Register here.

Recent Rallies – See You Again Soon!

Rallies make a difference – they energize and motivate people to act, they send a message to public officials and the public, they offer you a chance to hear important voices. Follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as our newsletter, for alerts to rallies in Chicago.

Kina Collins speaks at Trans Day of Visibility rally at which SOUL in Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, other groups called for the city & county to defend trans lives, especially Black trans lives.

Last week, IC-SSers Steven Dornbusch, Teri Watkins, Betsy Rubin, and Michael Aaron joined members of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance in attending rallies for trans and LGBTQ rights organized by Equality IllinoisSOUL in ChicagoBrave Space Alliance, and others. Please send us photos of any rallies you attend!

Betty Alzamora (Indivisible Oak Park), Betsy Rubin, Denise Poloyac (Indivisible Chicago), Michael AaronTeri WatkinsBill Mengebier (Indivisible Chicago) at Equality IL rally for trans and queer rights

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