IC-SS News 05-09-22: Don’t Miss the Big Events!

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IC-SS Weekly Update: May 9, 2022

Get Your FREE TICKET to our May 23 Candidates Forum 

Do you live in Illinois’s 1st Congressional District and plan to vote in the Democratic primary? If so, you know you’ll be choosing from a long list of candidates!

Get free tickets to our IL-01 Candidates Forum to be held in Hyde Park at the First Unitarian Church from 6:00-9:00 pm Monday, May 23. You’ll hear from Democratic candidates running in the June primary, hoping to win the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Bobby Rush. Register here.

This Hyde Park forum is being organized by us – Indivisible Chicago-South Side. Candidates appearing in the forum will meet the criteria of being registered with the Federal Elections Commission and certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. Register here.

Who’ll You Hear at the Forum?

We’re proud to announce that, to date, we have confirmations from the following candidates, listed alphabetically by first name:

We continue to receive new acceptances from candidates. Watch for added names next week. And register here to get your free ticket to attend the forum!

Get Free Tickets to Attend Our Candidates Forum, May 23:

Join us to hear from IL-01 Democratic candidates – and protect everyone’s health and safety. We request that everyone be fully vaccinated against COVID, be symptom free, and wear a mask. Please ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth for the entire time you are inside the venue. Candidates and others addressing the audience may remove their masks while speaking.  Register here to get your free ticket.

What: IL-01 Democratic Candidates Forum in Hyde Park
When: Monday, May 23, 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Event organizer: Indivisible Chicago-South Side
How: Register here for a free ticket.

Volunteer at the Forum!
Want to volunteer for the Forum? We need you! Let us know if you may be able to volunteer before, during, or after the forum.

Tasks include checking in attendees, bringing cases of water for the speakers, posting signs in and outside the church, and more. To see more options and to send us an email, click here.

What Issues Do YOU Care About? Submit a Question for the Candidates:

We want to let all the candidates know what issues the community most wants to hear about. And some candidates will have the opportunity to answer specific questions in depth.

That’s where you come in, right now. Please submit YOUR questions for the candidates, using this form. And feel free to share the question form (bit.ly/May23ForumQu) with friends or family who live in the 1st district! Submit a question.

 Sat, May 14, Downtown: Rally for Abortion Justice

Make your voice heard – rally downtown! Citywide Indivisible Chicago has joined with a broad coalition of organizations to plan a rally downtown at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 14, a nationwide day of action for abortion rights. The exact meeting point will be announced soon. Help make this event massive. Find info & updates here.

Citywide Indivisible Chicago joins a large coalition to organize a rally for abortion justice on Sat., May 14th, downtown Chicago.

Why We Rally

The overturning of Roe v. Wade: what does it mean for our country?

  • Loss of freedom. Women will lose the ability to control their bodies, their health, and the course of their own lives – true for anyone who can become pregnant.
  • Loss of rights. Americans risk losing other rights that depend on the right to privacy, including the right to use birth control, the right to engage in consensual sex with their chosen partners, the right to marry.
  • Loss of justice and equity. Marginalized people will suffer more economically, socially, and legally because they will be targeted by both the SCOTUS decision and the resulting trigger laws against abortion in multiple states.
  • Loss of democracy. The Supreme Court is overturning settled law and removing an established Constitutional right. The decision makers include the three newest conservative justices – all appointed by a president who both lost the popular vote and fomented an insurrection. The leaked decision to strike down Roe reflects a broader authoritarian movement that takes away people’s voting rights, gerrymanders Congressional districts, restricts children’s freedom to learn, and stacks the courts with right-wing judges.  

The overturning of Roe starts with abortion rights, but it doesn’t end there. Will you fight for our rights, our freedom, and our democracy? On the nationwide day of action, let’s turn out by the thousands in Chicago – rally on May 14!

Tomorrow: NWV Candidates Forum in Englewood

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th, Neighbors Who Vote will present its IL-01 Candidates Forum at Freedom Temple COGIC, 1459 W. 74th St. This Englewood event will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. (Doors open 6:00 pm; please be seated by 6:45.)

Register here for NWV’s May 10 Candidates Forum in Englewood. And watch for announcements and updates at NWV’s forum webpage and Facebook Event.

NOTE: The original April 19 forum date had to be changed because of the devastating fire at the original venue, Antioch MB Church. (Donate to Antioch MB Church here.)

People, Power, Progress: Election 2022

It’s 2022, and it’s time to act. Indivisible Chicago-South Side joins with Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA)to make a difference in the future of our nation.  We simply cannot sit this election out. The future depends on us.

Find your way to make a difference. Are you someone who likes to get out in the world and talk to people? Sign up to canvass for a candidate. Prefer to work from home? You can phone or text voters.

Have you been feeling like you should do something, but don’t yet know what, where, or how? The Indivisible Chicago Alliance has got you!  Whatever you choose, you’ll get all the training, support, and camaraderie you’d like. Explore the opportunities below and pick one to try.

Find Actions with Indivisible Chicago Alliance

Organizations & Opportunities

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

May 11: Indiv LaGrange + Indiv Western Springs Candidates Night

Indivisible LaGrange and Indivisible Western Springs & Surrounding Communities have asked us to share this online opportunity to meet candidates running in IL-07 and in the new IL-06.

NOTE: Indivisible Chicago-South Side has endorsed Kina Collins for Congress in the IL-07 Democratic primary, but we make no endorsement in the IL-06 Democratic primary.

What: Meet the Candidates: Kina Collins, Marie Newman
When: Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Organized by: Indivisible LaGrange, Indivisible Western Springs & Surrounding Communities
How: Via Zoom. Register here.

Protect the Point: Join the Promontory Point Conservancy

Save the Point! The Promontory Point Conservancy writes:

The City’s “locally preferred plan” means demolition of the limestone revetment and new construction of textured concrete (faux limestone) and steel at [Promontory] Point. Chilling evidence shows the City’s “locally preferred plan”‘ is not a preservation approach and violates the Secretary of Interior Standards for repair and rehabilitation.

A preservation approach continues to be feasible, more durable, more environmentally and ecologically valid, and may even be cheaper.

Read about the Conservancy’s plan for rehabilitation and repair and find links to upcoming events, including a Thursday, May 26 press conference, a two-day event on and off the Point the weekend of May 28-29, as well as monthly clean-ups, right here: Promontory Point Conservancy.

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