IC-SS News 06-27-22: You can VOTE & you can ACT

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IC-SS Weekly Update: June 27, 2022

Fight for Reproductive Freedom & Other Rights at Risk

It happened. The Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs and overturned Roe, throwing abortion rights back to the states. We knew this decision was coming, but still it was a terrible blow for many.

Moreover, in his concurrence with the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Court “should reconsider” its prior rulings codifying rights to contraception, same-sex relationships, and marriage equality. In other words, the threat to Americans’ rights does not begin and end with abortion. See this article by the Rev William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign.

Assessor Fritz Kaegi, Gov JB Pritzker, City Clerk Anna Valencia, IL House Spkr Chris Welch, MWRD Com Chakena Perry
were among the officeholders marching with thousands on June 24. IL State Sen Robert Peters and Cook Cty Pres Toni Preckwinkle also attended

On the evening of June 24, just hours after the SCOTUS ruling, thousands gathered at Federal Plaza to rally and then to march through the Loop. The protest was organized by a coalition of dozens of organizations, including Indivisible Chicago; many members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side took part.

IC-SS leaders, members & friends: Saskia Young (national Indivisible), Wendy Posner, Sarah Lincoln, Jacky Grimshaw, Betty Magness (Rainbow PUSH)

Besides marching in protest, what can we do?

Vote and encourage others to vote for progressives who’ll fight for us in Congress in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin. (See the People, Power, Progress section of our newsletter).

Pressure our members of Congress to end or reform the filibuster to be able to codify Roe and expand the size of the Supreme Court.

Donate to Illinois abortion service providers or support organizations, which will be seeing an influx of patients from states that now prohibit abortion care. Providers say their greatest need now is monetary contributions. Some places to consider supporting:

  • Midwest Access Coalition – helps people traveling to, from, and within the Midwest access a safe abortion by assisting with travel coordination and costs, lodging, food, medicine, childcare, and emotional support
  • Chicago Abortion Fund – provides financial, logistical, and emotional support to people seeking abortion care in Chicago, in Illinois, and the Midwest
  • Hope Clinic (in Granite City, IL near St Louis) – provides abortion care and other services

For more ideas, read the Medium article by Annie Williams of Indivisible Oak Park Area and Indivisible Chicago: What Word Describes How You Felt When You Heard that Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?

July 13: SIGN UP – Join Us at the Nile, Write to Voters

Hey, remember our IC-SS Socials last summer at the Nile? Let’s meet there again! Mark your calendar now to meet your Indivisible Chicago-South Side friends for a Vote Forward Party on Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Nile, 1162 E 55th St. (on the patio, weather permitting). Register for our Vote Forward Party here.

Register for Our Vote Forward Letter-Writing Party, July 13

IC-SS member Steve Kagan is our event organizer (see Steve peeking through the piles of Vote Forward letters below). Through Vote Forward, Steve has written literally thousands of letters to voters over the past few years, and he’s an expert, ready to answer all your questions.

On Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30-9:00 meet us on the outdoor patio at the Nile. If you’ve already signed up with Vote Forward, please bring a supply of your own printed-out letters and envelopes to work on together with everyone else. But no worries! You are also welcome to just register & show up — Steve will be providing printed letters and envelopes for you to complete during the party.

We encourage attendees to donate first-class stamps and to bring along pens, highlighters, and stickers to personalize the letters you complete. But as noted, it’s fine to register and attend without bringing a thing.

What: IC-SS Vote Forward Party with Steve Kagan
When: Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: The Nile,1162 E 55th St. – outdoor patio (indoors if it rains)
What to bring: You don’t need to bring anything. But you’re welcome to bring stamps, pens, highlighters, stickers, and/or your own letters/supplies if you already signed up with Vote Forward.
RSVP: Please RSVP to IC-SS by filling in this form.

Set Up Your Vote Forward Account – And Start Writing!

Did you know that Vote Forward letters can boost voter turnout by as much as 3.4 percentage points? This is enough to make a difference in an election! Writing handwritten letters to voters through Vote Forward, a non-profit 501(c)(4), is among the most effective ways you can help get out the vote.

Sign up here to start a free account with Vote Forward. You’ll fill in a brief form that Vote Forward reviews to ensure you are a real person, not a bot. Once you’re approved, you can choose a letter campaign and start writing letters. If you already have a Vote Forward account, you can log in and sign up for a letter campaign right away.

Vote Forward will provide all the information you need to print out letters on your home printer. Then you personalize the letters in your own handwriting and you mail them on the date that Vote Forward tells you. You will need to provide your own first-class stamps, envelopes, printer paper, and pens.

And remember to sign up HERE for Indivisible Chicago-South Side’s July 13 Vote Forward Party at the Nile!

People, Power, Progress: Let’s Fight Together.

In following SCOTUS or the January 6th Committee Hearings, do you ever feel angry or fearful one moment, hopeful and energized the next? You’re not alone. We all recognize the clear and present danger, but we’ve also seen what we can accomplish together in elections.

If we want to protect our democracy, we must work for it right now. To protect reproductive rights, defend free & fair elections, combat climate change, prevent gun violence, and overcome white supremacy, then we must elect legislators who will fight for these causes in our cities, states, and country.

As we get closer to the general mid-term election in November, there will be more and more opportunities to protect our slim majority in the House, increase our majority in the Senate, and have an impact in state races—gubernatorial, state legislature and others—in key states. Find YOUR way to get in the fight.

Act Now with Indivisible Chicago Alliance – And IC-SS Friends!

Make a difference in Illinois, Michigan, and the pivotal state of Wisconsin. One way to get active is via the citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA). 

IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln is on the board of ICA & she helps host Wisconsin phonebanks!

Explore ICA’s opportunities below and pick one to try:

Protect the Vote in Wisconsin

You can help get out the vote in Wisconsin by volunteering with ICA (above).

You can also help protect the vote in Wisconsin: sign up directly with Wisconsin Democrats (WisDems) Voter Protection Team. If you’re interested in signing up with WisDems voter protection team – or you do sign up, let us know, so we can connect!

Thanks to Neighbors Who Vote for the Reinventing Public Safety Forum

Thanks to our friends at Neighbors Who Vote for hosting a live community discussion: Reinventing Public Safety. The forum, held in Woodlawn at the First Presbyterian Church, featured a panel of six candidates running for Congress in IL-01 (l-r in back row): Kirby Birgans, Jonathan SwainCharise Williams, Karin Norington-Reaves, (Sen.) Jacqui CollinsJonathan Jackson.

Moderators included Julia Kline (Neighbors Who Vote), Sylvia Snowden (NABJ-Chicago), Jacoby Cochran (City Cast Chicago), and Grace Chan McKibben (CBCAC). The moderators fostered a lively and informative discussion among a group with many similar views on root-level solutions to community violence but a few surprising differences. Watch the forum here, beginning at about minute 17:45.

IC-SS members and friends who attended: Kevin & Colleen DohertyTeri WatkinsMichael AaronBetsy Rubin, and Letina Brady (of NWV)

Tomorrow’s IL Primary: Resource Roundup for June 28

Illinois primary day is Tuesday, June 28th – tomorrow! If you haven’t yet voted, make your plan to vote today or tomorrow. Here are some resources:

1. Illinois 1st Congressional district – Democratic primary (to replace retiring Rep Bobby Rush)

2. Illinois State House 25th district. Candidates in Democratic primary. 

3. Voting for judges. Injustice Watch has compiled the ratings of 13 bar associations and included candidates’ responses to their own survey in the Injustice Watch judicial election guide.

4. Voting in Chicago:

  • Key dates:
    • Regular, in-person voting in your precinct:  Primary day, June 28
    • Early voting in person: Up to and including June 28 (you may vote at any early-voting site)
    • Mail-in ballots via drop box or by mail: By June 28 (if mailed must be postmarked by June 28; check mailbox/post office pickup times) 
  • Find all Chicago voting info at Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
  • Find info on Voting by Mail, including list of Drop Boxes.
  • Find info on Early Voting in person.

 Pride Parade with Indivisible Chicago

On Sunday, June 26, members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side joined the Indivisible Chicago Alliance and WCPT Radio at Chicago’s Pride Parade. We need moments of joy and celebration like this — and after the parade we will continue to fight for LGBTQ rights and freedoms. RESIST.

Find IC-SSers Sarah Lincoln, Steven Dornbusch, and Teri Watkins, along with ICA friends Marj Halperin, Bill Mengebier, and others.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Julia Kline

Organizations & Opportunities

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

RSVP TODAY for Kina Collins Election Night Party (Tues, June 28)

From the Kina Collins campaign: Tomorrow polls will be closing around the 7th district and we’ll be getting ready to watch the results and celebrate all the work we’ve done together. Space is limited so please RSVP here by the end of the day today (Mon June 27) to let the campaign know if you’ll be able to join the watch party!  

Tuesday, June 28th, 7:30 pm
Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago
Must RSVP here by the end of today (Mon. June 27th)

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