IC-SS Weekly Update: April 18, 2022
TONIGHT 4/18: People, Power, Progress – Online!
Tonight, Monday, April 18th, 7:00 pm: Join us online for Indivisible Chicago Alliance‘s campaign launch: People, Power, Progress – Election 2022. Grab your fave beverage and see what you can do to protect and expand Democratic majorities in Congress in the critical midterm elections. 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, both running for Congress, both endorsed by ICA and national Indivisible. Sign up for tonight’s event here.
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. Find the actions you’d like to try out – and learn about all the training and support you’ll get!
PS Indivisible Chicago-South Side is a local chapter of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, and we sit on the ICA Council. We’re looking forward to sharing all the ways to make a difference in Election 2022 – together. See you tonight!
April 19 Candidates Forum – NWV to Announce New Location
Hundreds of people are already registered to attend tomorrow’s non-partisan IL-01 Candidates Forum organized by Neighbors Who Vote (NWV) – and you may be among them. This promises to be a lively and enlightening evening!
Because the original location suffered a fire just before the Easter holiday, NWV is getting ready to confirm a new location for the Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm Forum and plans to announce it tonight.
See our Organizations & Opportunities section below to learn about the fire at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and how you can help.
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 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. 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.
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 IL-07 and all of us! Let’s fight for her now.
Kina Collins has been endorsed for Congress in IL-07 by Justice Democrats, NOW, Sunrise Movement, People’s Lobby, People’s Action, national Indivisible, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Indivisible Chicago-South Side (us!), and many other local and national groups.
Our own endorsement was the result of an endorsement meeting convened for IC-SS voting members, followed by a decisive vote by our voting membership. Go, Kina!
- Canvass for Kina Collins – Saturday, April 23, 1:00 pm – Info/Sign up
- Phonebank – Sunday, April 24, 4:00 pm – Info/Sign up
- Find tons MORE volunteer opportunities all week, every week with Team Kina here.
Wisconsin Politics: A Closer Look: Fri, April 22, 6:00 pm
Wisconsin is at the frontline in the fight for democracy. Chicago can help WisDems keep Wisconsin blue and save democracy too. Here’s a special opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin politics.
From WisDems:Join us as we take a closer look into Wisconsin’s recent political history and gear up for an important midterm year. New volunteers encouraged, but anyone who is interested in learning more about Wisconsin politics is welcome!
- Wisconsin Politics: A Closer Look (Virtual Community Event)
- Friday, April 22, 6:00-7:00 pm online
- Get info/Sign up
VOLUNTEER: Find volunteer opportunities at WisDems. And watch for many opportunities to volunteer for Wisconsin with Indivisible Chicago Alliance – coming soon!
April 23: Meet Ezra Levin, Phonebank w/ Indivisible Illinois
Saturday, April 23, 4:00-5:30 pm: Join statewide Indivisible Illinois & WisDems on Zoom and…
- Meet Ezra Levin, Co-founder of national Indivisible
- Phone voters in IL-14 (Rep Lauren Underwood’s district); Illinois’s Champaign County or Vermilion County; OR in/around Milwaukee, Wisconsin – your choice!
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
Fire at Antioch MB Church in Englewood
On Good Friday, April 15, a fire gutted the roof and damaged the interior of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on S. Stewart Ave. in Englewood. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. Read more in these stories by Block Club Chicago here and here.
The congregation of Antioch MB Church is led by Pastor Gerald Dew. Under his leadership, the Church has served the community and worked with many local organizations. Would you like to donate to Antioch MB Church? Please visit their website.
Join CAARPR to Table for ECPS – Community Control of Police
CAARPR writes: We’re tabling across Chicago every Saturday throughout the warm season to spread the word about ECPS (the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance). The Saturday tabling will replace our weekly informational workshops so we can get out on the street and start talking with our neighbors. Come out!
LEARN: Read about ECPS – the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance.
ACT: On the South Side, meet every Saturday, 11:30 am at the CAARPR at 6353 S. Cottage Grove. Receive instructions and materials. For more information, contact CAARPR at (312) 939-2750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IL Standing for Queer & Trans Communities – Wed April 27, 5:30 pm
Illinois Standing for Queer & Trans Communities: Join Equality Illinois, Indivisible Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, and many other groups for a press conference and rally at Federal Plaza on Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30 pm. Get info here.
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