IC-SS Weekly Update: May 16, 2022
You’ve Got Questions. SHARE THEM NOW.
In 2022, Rep. Bobby Rush will retire, and one person will be elected to serve in Congress representing Illinois’s 1st district. Right now, 17 candidates are on the ballot and at least ten of them will appear at our May 23 Candidates Forum.
What do YOU want to know from the candidates? What issues do YOU care about?
Let us know now – today, this week – so that we can tell the candidates which issues matter to voters in the district. Use this form to tell which issues matter to you and to suggest a question for the candidates.
If you suggest one or more questions to pose to the candidates, you may hear your own question answered at the forum – or be offered the option to pose the question yourself. Even if you can’t be at the forum, you can suggest a question. We welcome questions submitted now from all members of the community.
Fill in this question suggestion form today – and share the URL with a friend (bit.ly/May23ForumQu)!
Come to our Monday, 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.
Indivisible Chicago-South Side is organizing the forum, and we’ve now been joined by UChicago Democrats. 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 Will 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:
- Cassandra Goodrum
- Charise Williams
- Chris Butler
- Jacqueline Collins
- Jonathan Jackson
- Jonathan Swain
- Karin Norington-Reaves
- Michael Thompson
- Nykea Pippion McGriff
- Pat Dowell
- Robert Palmer
- Steven DeJoie
The forum will feature two rounds, each with a different set of candidates. Each of the candidates in the first round will have the opportunity to address the audience for three minutes and later to meet informally with the audience to answer their questions and to share their literature.
The candidates in the second round will be allowed a briefer time to make an opening statement but will have the opportunity to respond to questions collected in advance from our membership and from the broader community. Candidates were selected for one of the rounds based on their fundraising and past political experience.
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 organizers: Indivisible Chicago-South Side and UChicago Democrats
How: Register here for a free ticket.
How You Can Help
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, timekeeping, and more. To see more options and to send us an email, click here.
Help spread the word!
- Print out a flyer for the forum and post it in your building laundry room or share it with your neighbors.
- Share the FB Event on your page or use the “invite” feature to invite your friends.
Lives Lost to White Supremacy and Guns
Ten people had their lives stolen – murdered in an act of racial hatred. A heavily armed white man – a white supremacist – deliberately sought out a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY and shot 13 people, 11 of them Black. Ten died in the attack. The white supremacist had shared a manifesto that spouted the racist rantings on “replacement theory” shared by hosts on Fox news and right-wing talk radio.
We worked to get Trump out of office but were never under the illusion that white supremacy and authoritarianism would abate when he left the White House. Stay aware and keep fighting.
Rally for Abortion Justice
Did you attend the Rally for Abortion Justice on Saturday? Thousands turned out to rally in Union Park and then marched downtown to demand that abortion rights be protected.
Citywide Indivisible Chicago joined with a broad coalition of over 35 groups to organize this event, which featured moderator Jaquie Algee of SEIU Healthcare and speakers representing multiple advocacy and abortion care programs as well as political leaders, including Rep Jan Schakowsky, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton.
With regard to the movement to overturn Roe and even to ban abortion outright, Toni Preckwinkle said, “This situation is not going to change until we have a strong Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate, and we have Democratic majorities in state legislatures across the country.”
Do your part to protect abortion rights and other rights now clearly at risk. One route is to sign up to canvass, phone voters, text voters, and more via Indivisible Chicago’s People Power Progress campaign. Join in!
Neighbors Who Vote: A Triumphant Forum
Last week, Neighbors Who Vote hosted a lively, informative Candidates Forum in Englewood, featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress in IL-01. Moderators were Michelle Rashad of Imagine Englewood If and television journalist Brandon Pope. Read all about it in the Neighbors Who Vote newsletter. Congratulations to Neighbors Who Vote and all the organizing partners!
Organizations & Opportunities
Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.
Saturday, May 28: Save the Point Again!
The Promontory Point Conservancy writes:Join Promontory Point Conservancy for the first annual Point Day celebration, all day on Saturday, May 28 at the Point! Featuring…
- Art-making, music, dance, and theater performances
- Games & activities for kids
- Free firewood for grilling at the fire pits
- Landscape architectural walking tours
- Blessing of the Animals
… and more! Bring your friends, family, pets and a picnic blanket.
Point Day commemorates the birthday of Alfred Caldwell, the landscape architect who designed the Point in the Prairie Style.
In 1937-38, the existing limestone step-stone revetment was constructed as a WPA project that paved the entire Chicago lakefront with limestone blocks. The Point hosts the only remaining section of the original WPA limestone revetment.
The limestone at the Point is again under threat by the city’s plan to demolish it and replace it with concrete–a plan that is more expensive, less aesthetically pleasing, less environmentally sound, and less durable than a true preservation approach. We know that most of the existing limestone can be repaired and retained. #SaveThePointAgain
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