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IC-SS Weekly Update: July 4, 2022

July 13: Grab Your Pen & Join Your Friends

GOTV – Get Out The Vote. That’s one of the most important things we can do in key states. And – with pens, letters, and stamps – we can do it together, while socializing at the Nile.

Register now to meet your Indivisible Chicago-South Side friends and write letters to voters at a Vote Forward Party on Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30-9:00 pm.

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

On Wed., July 13th, 6:30-9:00 meet us on the outdoor patio at the Nile to write letters to voters. If you’ve already signed up with Vote Forward, bring your own printed-out letters and envelopes to work on. But no worries! You’re welcome to just register & show up — our Vote Forward expert Steve Kagan will provide printed letters and envelopes for you to complete during the party.

We invite attendees to donate first-class stamps and bring along pens, highlighters, and stickers to personalize the letters you complete. But as we mentioned, you can 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: Not necessary to bring anything. But you’re welcome to bring stamps, pens, highlighters, stickers, and 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 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 sign up HERE for the IC-SS July 13 Vote Forward Party at the Nile!

Wisconsin Is Critical – Make a Difference from Home

Wisconsin is the frontline in the fight for democracy. You can make a difference in our neighboring state – without leaving your home.

Help Register Voters in Wisconsin – By Phone

Help register key unregistered voters in Wisconsin.

Rust Belt Rising, Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Indivisible Evanston, and Register2Vote write:

We will train you to call targeted Wisconsin voters to help them complete their voter registration.

We are mailing an application and motivational instructional flyer to targets we’ve determined are key unregistered voters, and then texting and calling those targets to encourage them to complete their registration. With these multiple forms of outreach to unregistered targets like people who moved into or around the state, we helped thousands of voters register in 2020.

We need your help to call our targets about completing their registration. Our training will get you comfortable using our virtual phone bank and helping people get registered to vote in Wisconsin.

We hope you can be part of this important push to help more people vote in such a close, critical state.

So many options! Choose from multiple days and different 2-hour time slots to get trained and make your calls. Get info/sign up here.

Protect the Vote in Wisconsin

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

 Primary Notes: Who Won?

Last week was Illinois’s primary election. Thanks to all who voted! Special thanks to those who volunteered by canvassing, texting, and phonebanking for candidates and to those who donated.

Kina Collins thanks volunteers in training on election eve; on election day, poll standers greet voters at 7th district polling places in Chicago & suburbs. Find IC-SS members Betsy Rubin, Steven Dornbusch, and Michael Aaron with our friend Betty Alzamora of Indivisible Chicago & Indivisible Oak Park Area and Ezra Oliff-Lieberman of Sunrise Movement

A Few Key Races – Results

Here are results from a few of the Democratic races we watched:

1. GovernorGov. JB Pritzker decisively won the nomination. In November, Gov Pritzker will be challenged by far-right Trump Republican Darren Bailey.

2. US Congress:

  • IL-01: Jonathan Jackson won a plurality of votes (28.3%) and will almost certainly be the next representative in the district, replacing retiring Congressman Bobby Rush.
  • IL-03: Delia Ramirez, currently an IL state rep, won this newly created district and will almost certainly be elected in November.
  • IL-06Rep Sean Castenwon the primary over fellow incumbent, Marie Newman; the 6th district had been drastically redrawn, pitting two incumbent Democrats against each other in a heartbreaker contest. Orland Park mayor Keith Pekau won the Republican primary. Sean Casten will need support from volunteers and donors, as the new 6th is not assured for Democrats.
  • IL-07Rep Danny Davis won a majority of the votes. He defeated progressive Kina Collins, endorsed by Indivisible Chicago-South Side in addition to prominent national organizations. There is no Republican candidate.
  • IL-14: Rep Lauren Underwood ran unopposed in the primary and will face Republican Scott Gryder in November. Rep Underwood will will need support from volunteers and donors, as her last two victories were hard won and the coming race will be close.

3. IL State House

  • 25th District: Rep Curtis Tarver, II won the primary over challenger Josef Michael Carr and will almost certainly be returned to office in November.

Find full election results at sites like the Sun-Times or WGN. See also Hyde Park Herald reporting for some interesting differences between Hyde Park-area voting and overall district voting.

Illinois Primary Takeaways

Turnout was low in Illinois (19% unofficial) and in Chicago (19.8% unofficial), according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The Hyde Park Herald reports that area precinct turnout was higher, at 30% unofficially. These low turnout rates are a signal that GOTV efforts are critical for the November elections!

Now that the primary is over, Democrats in key IL districts will need our help. Democratic victories are in no way assured, and we can lend help by canvassing, phonebanking, and texting for these candidates:

Thanks & Appreciation

Thank you to Kina Collins, the candidate we endorsed for Congress in IL-07, in good company with the Chicago Tribune, national Indivisible, the Sunrise Movement, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Chicago-South Side, Indivisible Downtown Chicago, and so many other organizations.

Ms. Collins, you profoundly understand all the issues and how they interconnect. You formulate policy solutions, you care about people, and you listen to them. You mounted a strong, brave campaign against the powers that be. We look forward to your next steps!

At our December in-person event, we heard from candidates Kina Collins and Sen Robert Peters. Candidate Kirby Birgans was in attendance.

Thank you to Congresswoman Marie Newman for your fierce service in Congress and the impact you made for the people of your district and for us all. While the Illinois remap lamentably forced two Democratic incumbents into rivalry, we appreciate your call for unity in the new IL-06 at this time. We know you have lots more to do, and our state and country will benefit from your leadership.

Josef Michael Carr spoke to us about his candidacy for the IL State House; Rep Marie Newman & campaign political director Nick Uniejewski reconnected with IC-SS Co-Leader Teri Watkins at a gun violence prevention rally

Thank you to all the candidates who spoke to the members of Indivisible Chicago-South Side this past year: Kina Collins; Ameena Matthews, Cassandra Goodrum, Charise Williams, Chris Butler, Senator Jacqui Collins, Jonathan Jackson, Jonathan Swain, Karin Norington-Reaves, Kirby Birgans, Michael Thompson, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Alderman Pat Dowell, Robert Palmer, Steven DeJoie; Josef Michael Carr; and Senator Robert Peters. We appreciate that you took the time to speak with and listen to our membership and the people of the community. Whether you did or didn’t win your election, we know you believe in a better world and you’ll keep fighting for that.

Of 17 names on the ballot for IL-01, these 14 candidates spoke at the IC-SS IL-01 Candidates Forum

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Courts Matter to Voting Rights & Protection: Wed., July 6

From Vote By Mail Taskforce, NWSOFA, and other groups affiliated with Indivisible Illinois: This Wednesday, July 6th, 7:30-9:00 pm, attend the online session Courts Matter to Voting Rights & Protection.

The overturning of Roe vs Wade – despite the leak of the draft opinion – was a stunning occurrence with the reverberations still being felt today. How did this happen? We know that it was decades in the making.

The creation of the Federalist Society and massive amounts of investments are just part of the story. The change in our judicial system toward a more conservative slant appears prevalent at all levels from appellate to circuit to the highest court in the land.

Where do we go from here? How do we start?

The Vote By Mail Taskforce is proud to host a presentation by Courts Matter IL to give us a deep dive into our judiciary system. In order to return power to the people, we must understand how the fundamental right to vote is tied to our Courts. We welcome you to join us to increase our understanding and harness that power to fight for our voting rights, reproductive freedom, and gun violence prevention.

Please join the Vote By Mail Taskforce for Courts Matter to Voting Rights & Protection at 7:30PM CDT on Wed. July 6th on Zoom!  Signup link: https://bit.ly/VBM_CMI

Supreme Court Decisions and Our Future: July 11

From Chicago Women Take Action: Abortion, guns, separation of religion and state, and the environment. The Supreme Court will be ruling on these significant issues in blockbuster cases this term, and it is not looking good for things we care about. Join Carolyn Shapiro and Colleen Connell in an informative online dialogue of how these Supreme Court decisions will impact our future.

What: Supreme Court Decisions and Our Future
When: Monday, July 11, 5:45 pm CT
RSVP:Sign up here to get the Zoom link

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