IC-SS News 08-29-22: See you in September

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IC-SS Weekly Update: August 29, 2022

 See You in September: Sept. 12, 15, 29
Get together with us in September! Mark your calendars – and sign up – for any or all of these 3 dates: Monday, September 12th; Thursday, September 15th; Thursday, September 29th. Get all the info below.

September Social: Monday, Sept. 12th, 6:00-8:30 pm


What: September Social.
 Gather outdoors on Monday, Sept 12 for a casual evening to share pizza, snacks, and beverages. Catch up with South Side friends and fellow activists, share ideas, pick up postcards to write and send to voters in key states.

Where: A welcoming backyard in Hyde Park (get the address when you register)

Food: Indivisible Chicago-South Side provides the pizza. Guests bring beverages, snacks, desserts – or just yourself!

RSVP:Fill in this form to register and get the address by email

Our backyard social last year – join us on Monday, Sept. 12th!

Vote Forward Parties: Thursdays, Sept. 15th & 29th, 6:00-8:30 pm


What: Vote Forward Letter Parties
. On one or both dates (Thurs Sept 15 + 29, new time: 6:00-8:30 pm), meet us on the Nile Restaurant outdoor patio to write letters to voters in critical states and Illinois districts. The purpose? Connect with fellow activists and help get out the vote in November!

Where: The Nile outdoor patio,1162 E. 55th St.

Food: Indivisible Chicago-South Side provides appetizers and wine/beer. Attendees order and pay for their own entrees to support the Nile. You are welcome to bring along wine or beer to share.

RSVP: Fill in this form to register.

Glimpses from our summer Vote Forward letter-writing sessions. Join us on Thursdays, Sept 15 and Sept 29!
 

Our Work with Vote Forward

When voters receive handwritten envelopes and letters, they’re more likely to actually get out and voteThat’s why Indivisible Chicago-South Side has been working on Vote Forward campaigns to get out the vote in key districts in Illinois and in battleground states across the country.

Sign up with Vote Forward, choose a state, then download and print your own letters to work on at home.

NOTE: For our Vote Forward parties, you can bring your own letters printed out via your free Vote Forward account OR work on letters that mentor Steve Kagan brings for you to complete.

Get On the Phones – See Your Friends

See anyone you know? At last week’s “Wisconsin Wednesdays” phonebank, three Indivisible Chicago-South friends took part. In fact, Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln, who’s also on the board of the citywide Indivisible Chicago Alliance, is one of the regular hosts and trainers. Sign up here.

You don’t need experience – just the desire to protect our country & democracy in the November midterm elections. When you sign up to phonebank with ICA, you get training and support from friendly folks like Sarah, and you get to see and meet other folks who are volunteering to make sure that Democrats, especially progressive Dems, get elected to state houses, governors’ offices, US Congress, and more.

What do you need in order to phonebank from home? A laptop, a phone, and a comfy place to sit. You connect with phonebank leaders on Zoom, where you get all the training and support you need before – and during – the two-hour session. In the last 15 minutes, you get to debrief and share phonebank stories with the other callers. Sign up here!

ICA Phonebanks for You – Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings

Can you spare 2 hours a week to protect our country from MAGA fascists? Every Tuesday evening (6-8 pm), you can help Lauren Underwood win in 2022, and every Wednesday (4-6 pm or 6-8 pm alternating), you can help Democrats up and down the ticket win in Wisconsin. Choose your date(s) here!
 

On Tuesdays, phone voters for Rep Lauren Underwood.
On Wednesdays, phone for Wisconsin Dems, like Gov Tony Evers and Senate candidate Mandela Barnes.

ACT: To get the Zoom link to join one or more phonebanks with Indivisible Chicago Alliance, RSVP here.

Tomorrow: Aug 30: Online Event on IL Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court matters. For one thing, it can determine what happens with abortion access and reproductive rights. Join Jane’s Army online tomorrow – Tuesday, August 30 – for this important virtual event.

From Jane’s Army and co-sponsors, including Indivisible Chicago Alliance:Tune in to hear from two candidates for the IL Supreme Court and organizers from Jane’s Army to learn more about what the stakes are this November, why we need to elect these two progressive candidates, and how you can plug into the work.

What: You Be the Judge: Meet Two IL Supreme Court Candidates (an online event)
When: Tuesday August 30th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Info: See the Facebook Event page
Sign up: To get the link to the event, sign up here.

Get Active in Vital Campaigns Across the USA

Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares opportunities to make a difference in key Illinois districts and in other battleground states. Join the efforts!
 

Make a Difference in Georgia: Phone from Chicago

From Georgia Dems: We are excited to “Keep Our Dem Senate”’ with Reverend Warnock and elect Stacey Abrams as Governor! You’re invited with front-row seats.

From now until our big win in November we will have phone bank events that welcome amazing volunteers and special groups across the U.S.
 

ACT:Phone Georgia voters from your home to help turn out the vote for Georgia’s critical elections. Many dates, times to choose from. Sign up here.

Volunteer for Sean Casten – Keep IL-06 Blue

Rep Sean Casten is running for re-election in Illinois’s 6th district, newly redrawn to include many new areas. Let’s help keep this strong pro-environment, pro-choice Democrat in Congress! Learn more about Sean here.

ACT: Volunteer in person … or from your own home:

Organizations and Opportunities

Indivisible Chicago-South Side shares opportunities to make a difference in key Illinois districts and in other battleground states. Join the efforts!


Support ECPS – and Consider a Run for the ECPS District Council!

From the ECPS coalition: Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) is a coalition of community, labor, and faith-based organizations working to hold police accountable and create safe neighborhoods across Chicago.

Last July, the ECPS coalition led the passage of an ordinance that will provide Chicago the strongest, most progressive system of police oversight in the United States. Now that we passed the ECPS ordinance, we’re mobilizing the people of Chicago to get involved in this exciting new chapter for public safety.
Leading up to the Chicago elections in February 2023, the ECPS coalition is educating residents about the new District Councils and city-wide Community Commission created by the ordinance. We are also providing resources for candidates who are interested in running for District Councils positions in their police districts.
For more information, visit the coalition’s website: ChicagoECPS.com. (And see this page for information on the 22 District Councils established by the ECPS ordinance for community control of police. YOU could run to serve!)
Sign up here to receive information about running for an ECPS district council… or simply to learn more about ECPS!

Advocate for the War Divestment Resolution – with Sue Avila

Join IC-South Side member Sue Avila in advocating for a resolution in the Chicago City Council to divest Chicago from war.

Sue writes: Chicago is currently investing taxpayer dollars in the War Machine through its pension funds, which have millions invested in weapons manufacturers and military contractors.
These investments prop up violence and militarism at home. A Chicago Tribune analysis published August 19, 2020, found that Illinois law enforcement agencies received $4.7 million worth of surplus military equipment including several armored vehicles and assault rifles in a two-year period starting in 2017.

Sue continues: A group of us are working to pass a Resolution in the Chicago City Council to divest Chicago from war. Currently the divestment resolution, R2021-1305, has 9 co-sponsors including Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th Ward). The resolution was moved last March to the Finance Committee.  Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) is Co-Chair of that committee. We need your help getting the Finance Committee on board.
ACT: A group of us are organizing to meet with Ald. Hairston in the coming weeks to urge her to support the war divestment resolution. If you are interested in joining the effort, please contact Susan Avila at avila.susan@gmail.com.

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