IC-SS Weekly Update: April 11, 2022
Mon Apr 18: People, Power, Progress Launch!
Don’t let anyone tell you that midterms don’t matter. Election 2022 is a clear-cut battle to save and expand our progressive majorities in Congress.
On Monday, April 18th, 7:00 pm, join Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) for the online launch of their 2022 campaign. You’ll get an insider’s view of the election landscape from partners who are helping ICA maximize power here in Illinois and in the must-win states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Sign up here.
Event highlights will include a panel discussion featuring Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party (WisDems) and Paula Martinos-Mantay of Statewide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM). Get inspired by more speakers, including Kina Collins and Delia Ramirez, running for Congress – both endorsed by ICA and national Indivisible. Sign up here.
PS IC-SS Co-Leaders will be at the April 18 event, too. Indivisible Chicago-South Side is a local chapter of ICA, and we sit on the ICA Council. We’re looking forward to sharing all the ways to make a difference in Election 2022 – together!
Tues Apr 19: Neighbors Who Vote IL-01 Forum
Live in Illinois’s 1st District? Then you know that Congressman Bobby Rush is retiring and multiple candidates are running in the June 28 Democratic and Republican primaries, hoping to win a spot on the ballot in November.
Next week – on April 19th – hear from candidates at the Neighbors Who Vote 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 (nonpartisan) – organized 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
- Register HERE
Celebrate: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. A brilliant lawyer and judge. A former public defender. A person of honor and integrity. At long last, a Black woman will sit on the Supreme Court.
True, Justice Jackson cannot “save” the Supreme Court, and there are fights ahead to make the Court an institution that we can count on to protect our constitutional rights and our democracy. But Ketanji Brown Jackson will make a difference on the Court, and she is already making history.
If the 2020 election had gone otherwise, none of us would be celebrating this moment. It is vital that we keep fighting, that we keep working to protect and expand Democratic majorities in Congress, electing progressives when possible. Let Ketanji Brown Jackson’s triumph inspire you and all of us to support and volunteer and get active as we move toward November 8.
Contacting Our Senators
Indivisible Chicago-South Side was among 233 Indivisible chapters signing a letter submitted by national Indivisible to the Senate, urging the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Write Letters & Postcards – Have an Impact
Very busy but want to make a difference? Write 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). Make your choice!
ACT: Start writing: sign up now right here.
Postcards to Swing States
Write postcards to voters in key states with Postcards to Swing States, a Progressive Turnout Project effort. For some programs, you get postcards shipped to you; for others, you supply your own postcards. In all cases, you buy your own stamps.
Democrats Deliver: Write postcards to voters in key states to emphasize ways that the Democrats have delivered. For this program, you provideyour 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. Sign up here. PA Primary: While the website has run out of PA postcards, here’s the good news: IC-SS Co-Leader Teri Watkins has a supply, and you can pick up postcards, addresses, and the script from her. Mailing date is May 6. To make arrangements, email Teri.
Recap & Resources: IC-SS Meeting Last Week
A big thank you to all who joined us online last week to reconnect and find important ways to make a difference in the 2022 elections.
We’re grateful to our special guests: Kina Collins talking about the issues, Bill Mengebier announcing Indivisible Chicago Alliance‘s People Power Progress/Election 2022 launch event, and Julia Kline of Neighbors Who Vote (NWV), presenting on Illinois’s permanent vote by mail option.
On behalf of Neighbors Who Vote, Julia explained that Illinois voters can now apply to vote by mail AND can choose to be listed on a permanent vote by mail roster, meaning they would automatically be sent a mail-in ballot for every election. See NWV’s vote by mail slides.
Thanks also to Colleen Doherty and IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln for telling about their experiences as poll observers in the April 5 Wisconsin spring local election. Joy Bunton gave a brief update on work by the People’s Resource Network and ways to support the Take the Vaccine to the People Ordinance. See more info on both topics elsewhere in this newsletter issue.
GOTV, Protecting the Vote in Wisconsin
Chicagoans can make a difference in the battleground state of Wisconsin. By phoning and texting, you can help get out the vote, or you can travel to Wisconsin to canvass or be a poll observer. Find other opportunities, too.
Voter Protection is especially important in Wisconsin, since our northern neighbor has more restrictive voting laws. For example, there are currently no drop boxes for mail-in ballots, and voters are not allowed to give their absentee ballot to anyone else to hand-deliver to an elections office.
IC-SS member Colleen Doherty and IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln each did poll observing in Wisconsin for early voting for the state’s spring local elections. On Tuesday, April 5th, both returned to Wisconsin to poll observe for Election Day. A long but rewarding day!
ACT: Do you live outside Wisconsin but want to help WisDems keep the state blue and save democracy? WisDems wants YOU.
1. To help WisDems get out the vote – from your own living room: Find opportunities to volunteer in Wisconsin – from Chicago.
2. To help WisDems’ Voter Protection Team, in-person in Wisconsin or remotely, sign up 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.
- Phonebank TOMORROW Tues, April 12th, 6:00-800 pm. Sign up.
- Canvass with Team Kina in Chicago on Sat, April 16th, 1:00 pm. Sign up.
- Find many other volunteer opportunities 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.
“Take the Vaccine to the People” Ordinance
At last week’s IC-SS meeting, Joy Bunton shared calls to action by the People’s Response Network, a group dedicated to combating COVID by ending the racial gap for vaccination, testing, and contact tracing.
- Read the People’s Response Network’s 5-Point Program of Demands.
- Read the group’s summary of a proposed “Take the Vaccine to the People” Ordinance, and then email/call your alders, telling them to cosponsor the ordinance. (Find your ward & alder contact here.)
- Send an automatic letter to your alder about the ordinance, and get more info here.
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