IC-SS News 05-30-22: Rest Up, Then Catch Up!

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IC-SS Weekly Update: May 30, 2022

1st District Voters: Get Info You Need from Our May 23 Forum

Illinois primary day is Tuesday, June 28th. If you’ll be voting as a Democrat in Illinois’s 1st Congressional District, you’ll need to choose among 17 candidates. To get to know the candidates, look to our May 23 IL-01 Candidates Forum, hosted jointly by Indivisible Chicago-South Side and UChicago Democrats.

Here are Forum resources for you:

1. Virtual Forum Program – PDF

2. Full May 23 Candidates Forum – recorded livestream (scroll to begin at minute 14:00)
    – Hour #1: Group 1 candidates (see listing below)
    – Hours #2-3: Group 2 candidates (see listing below)

3. News story in Block Club Chicago

4. News story in the Hyde Park Herald

Who Spoke at the May 23 Forum?

Group 1. The following Congressional candidates spoke, beginning at 6:00 pm: Ameena MatthewsCassandra GoodrumChris Butler,  Kirby BirgansMichael ThompsonRobert PalmerSteven DeJoie. (See full recording, beginning min 14:00)

Group 2. The following Congressional candidates spoke, beginning at 7:00 pm: Charise Williams, Jacqui CollinsJonathan JacksonJonathan SwainKarin Norington-ReavesNykea Pippion McGriffPat Dowell. (See full recording, beginning min 14:00)

Note: A total of 17 candidates are set to appear on the June 28 Democratic primary ballot for the 1st Congressional District. Candidates Jahmal Cole, Marcus Lewis and Terre Layng Rosner were not present at the May 23 forum.

Thank You to the Candidates, Volunteers, Partners, Attendees!

You likely know that our Candidates Forum had been planned as a live event but had to go virtual at the very last minute, due to a covid outbreak and exposure among our organizers. We have so many people and organizations to thank for the months of planning and assisting – and then for making a swift turnaround from in-person to online. We literally could not have done it without ALL of you!

Thanks to the 14 candidates for agreeing to speak at a live forum, then smoothly pivoting to a remote event. We appreciate the substance you shared at the event, as well as the great communications in advance with you and your staff.

Thanks to our partner, UChicago Democrats, for co-hosting this important event for the voters in IL’s 1st District. We look forward to future collaborations.

Thanks to the First Unitarian Church staff and congregation for your hours and days of work with us to prepare the church as our planned meeting venue. Although we had to abruptly switch to a remote event, we deeply appreciate your commitment to the community and your generosity to our group – in 2022 and in many previous years.

The event hosts (above) send our thanks to all who made this event possible!  L-R top: Warren Stanfield, III, UC Dems Emcee; Robert Emmons, Jr., Guest Emcee; Esther Peters, IC-SS Moderator; Wyatt Fine, UC Dems Moderator. L-R below: Sarah Lincoln, Betsy Rubin,Teri Watkins, IC-SS organizers; Steven Dornbusch, IC-SS Forum Set-Up Coordinator

Thanks to all the people and groups who submitted questions for us to pose to the candidates. While we couldn’t get to every question, we were able to inform the candidates of the issues that you hold important.

Thanks to the many volunteers who advised us on our forum, contributed graphics, made signs, helped plan set-up, prepared to welcome candidates, bought water and masks to contribute, assisted on Zoom, and stood at the ready to help on the night of. Even though our event went virtual, your efforts and your planning made the entire event possible.

Thanks to our media partner, WCPT 820 am radio, which broadcast a portion of our event. And thanks to the Hyde Park Herald and to Block Club Chicago for your reporting.

Thank you, thank you to all who signed up for tickets, expecting to attend in person, and then attended our forum on Zoom or on Facebook. We appreciate your keen interest in this important election and all your interactions at our event.

Our Forum flag graphics were designed by Madeline Baum

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.

Check Your Judges – From Injustice Watch

From Injustice Watch: Cook County, it’s time to #CheckYourJudges! Injustice Watch just published their judicial election guide for the June 28 primary elections.

The guide is the result of months of extensive research and reporting about the 75 candidates running for judge. It includes detailed information on each candidate’s work history and legal experience, as well as their family and political connections and past controversies.

NEW this year, you’ll also find:

  • Campaign finance data and each candidate’s top donors.
  • Information on candidates’ community involvement.
  • Responses to Injustice Watch’s candidate survey.
  • Ratings from all 13 bar associations that evaluate candidates (coming soon!).

Injustice Watch offers the guide as a voting resource. They don’t make endorsements or recommendations.

The guide is available in English and Spanish. You can use the guide to find your subcircuit, research and select candidates to vote for, and print a PDF version of your choices to take with you when you vote. (You can also use the guide on your phone in the voting booth.)

June 2nd: Kina Collins Fundraiser – Indivisible IL9

From Indivisible IL9: Buffalo. Uvalde. Chicago. These are just some of the latest cities experiencing gun violence within the last two weeks. We need the strongest gun control advocates possible in Congress, and that’s why Kina Collins is the best candidate for the 7th district.

Kina Collins is recognized nationwide for her work around gun violence prevention. She organized around the murders of Laquan McDonald and Alton Sterling, and she founded the Chicago Neighborhood Alliance specifically to empower activists to end gun violence in Chicago through civic engagement. Learn more from this recent IL-07 Candidate Forum.

Join Indivisible IL9 this Thursday, June 2nd to fundraise for Kina’s campaign. Can’t make the fundraiser, no problem! You can donate to the campaign here and you can order a yard sign here.

Fundraiser for Kina Collins’ Campaign
Thursday, June 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Andersonville (North Side) – RSVP for exact location

Save the Date: Sat. June 11 for the March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives – Chicago
Saturday June 11th, noon. Location TBA.
Follow the Facebook Event for updates.

From March for Our Lives, Chicago: Four years ago, we rose up together. A million of us demanded change. We built a movement. We voted for new leaders. But our elected leaders grew comfortable, and gun deaths increased.

With the power of a movement comes the responsibility to use it. It’s time to rise up once more and take to the streets. Now is the moment we march again, and we’re counting on you to show up on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 in Chicago and cities across the country. Save the date and watch the Facebook Event for the meeting point.


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