IC-SS News 10-03-22:  Fight for Reproductive Freedom

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Reproductive Rights Action: Sat, Oct 8

Save the Date: Defend abortion rights and reproductive freedom in Illinois and the USA. On Saturday, October 8th, join Chicago for Abortion Rights and a coalition of organizations for a rally and march in Chicago. More information coming soon – for now, mark your calendar!

Vote Forward: Tues Oct 11 + Thur Oct 27


 Join your IC-SS friends on Tues October 11 and Thurs Oct 27

What: Vote Forward Letter Parties – Join with us to sip, nibble, and write letters to voters in critical states and Illinois districts. 

  • When: Tuesday, Oct 11 and Thursday, October 27
  • Where: The Nile outdoor patio, 1162 E 55th St.
  • Details: Indivisible Chicago-South Side provides appetizers for the table. Attendees order & pay for their own entrees to support the Nile. You are invited to bring along wine/beer. Dress for outdoor dining!
  • RSVP: Fill in this form to register.
  • Notes:
    • These October parties are the LAST letter-writing sessions before the Big Send, when we’ll mail off the letters in time for voters to receive them before the Nov 8 midterm elections.
    • If the patio closes for the season, we’ll inform everyone who signs up and provide an alternate meeting space in Hyde Park. Please RSVP so we have your contact info. Thank you!

Note: You can sign up with Vote Forward, choose a state, then download and print your own letters to work on at home.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.

Keep IL Blue with Underwood & Casten

Democrats Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten must hold onto their seats in Congress if we want the House to stay blue. Both reps are working to get the word out to their new constituents. Due to redistricting, 70% of the 14th District is new to Rep Underwood and 80% of the 6th District is new to Rep Casten. Help these districts get to know the candidates!

Help re-elect Democratic Reps Sean Casten (6th) and Lauren Underwood (14th)

Oct 9: Join Us in Nathan Hale Park for Rep Casten

On Sunday, October 9th, help send Sean Casten back to Congress! We’re going to Nathan Hale Park to introduce new parts of the 6th district to Sean Casten. To win, Sean needs them to come out in November. Sign up here!

Sean will join us to kick off our canvass at 2pm, and we will be knocking on doors on the southwest side of Chicago. We will arrange carpools, and pair you with a veteran canvasser if this is your first time or you need a refresher. Sign up here to canvass with us on Sunday, October 9.

Oct 16: Join Us in Joliet for Rep Underwood

On Sunday, October 16th,help send Lauren Underwood back to Congress! We’re going to Joliet to introduce new parts of the 14th district to Lauren Underwood. To win, Lauren needs them to come out in November. Sign up here!

Indivisible canvassers for Rep Lauren Underwood this summer – join us Oct 16!We’ll help arrange 11:00 am carpools from Chicago, or you can go straight to Joliet and meet us at Rep Underwood’s HQ at noon. Either way, we’ll pair you with a veteran canvasser if this is your first time or you need a refresher. Sign up here to canvass with us on Sunday, October 16.

ACT for Sean Casten & Lauren Underwood

  • Canvass on Sun, Oct 16. Sign up to knock doors with us for Lauren Underwood  (see above).
  • Phone voters. From your home, join ICA on Zoom and let voters know about the candidates – you get training & friendly support.
  • Text voters. From home, join ICA via Zoom; use your own device to reach voters.
  • NOTE: Check back often – more actions will be added soon. You can also volunteer directly with the campaigns: Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood.

Win Wisconsin & Michigan!

Wisconsin is the front line in the fight for democracy. And Michigan matters too. You can make a difference in our neighboring states – by traveling to nearby districts OR volunteering from your own home.

So close to Michigan & Wisconsin, we can wave. Help our neighbors save democracy.


  • Canvass in Wisconsin & Michigan on weekends. Knock doors, talk to voters face to face, with Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) organizers & volunteers. Big impact!
  • Phone Wisconsin & Michigan voters on Michigan Mondays & Wisconsin Wednesdays. From your home, join ICA on Zoom and encourage Democratic voters to get out and vote. You get training, constant support, and time to share your experiences.
  • Phone Wisconsin voters on Saturdays. From your home, join Indivisible Illinois organizers on Zoom & call voters. Included: Training, support, camaraderie!
  • NOTE: Opportunities are always being added, so check back frequently if you don’t yet see what you’re looking for. And feel free to volunteer directly with WisDems.

IL Supreme Court & Abortion Rights

The Illinois Supreme Court matters. To begin with, it can determine what happens with abortion access and reproductive rights. If we lose the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois could lose abortion rights and reproductive freedom. The IL Supreme Court districts in play are Districts 2 & 3, which do not include Cook County – but you can still help!

Follow Liz Rochford & Mary Kay O’Brien, running for IL Supreme Court

November 8 will be the most consequential election ever for reproductive rights in Illinois, according to Personal PAC, a partner in Jane’s Army.


Organizations & Opportunities

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

In case you missed it…

The Interim Community Commission for Public Safety And Accountability (CCPSA) had it’s first public meeting on Thursday, September 29 at Malcom X College.

They discussed the Police Department budget, filling vacancies on Police Board. Activists in attendance expressed concerns that the new commission be fully funded and staffed. You can watch the meeting here!

America at a Crossroads is a joint undertaking of Community Advocates, Inc. and Jews United for Democracy and Justice. On September 21 they hosted an informational conversation with constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe on the US Supreme Court – its beginnings to the present predicaments.
You can watch the conversation with Prof. Tribe here!

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