IC-SS News 10-17-22

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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.

IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln helps lead WI phonebanks; Bill Mengebier does MI


  • 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!
  • Canvass in Wisconsin & Michigan on weekends. Knock doors, talk to voters face to face, with Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) organizers & volunteers. Big impact!
  • 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.

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

Help Re-elect Reps Underwood & Casten

Join your Indivisible Chicago-South Side (IC-SS) friends this month to make sure Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten hold their seats in Congress.

Thanks to Lauren Underwood Canvassers!

Shout-out to all who knocked doors in Joliet yesterday for Lauren Underwood. Since redistricting, 70% of the 14th district is new to Rep Underwood, so we helped voters learn all about her.

IC-South Side canvassers were among 17 volunteers knocking doors for Rep Underwood

Next steps:

  • Volunteer directly with Lauren Underwood or Sean Casten.
  • Write Vote Forward letters to voters in IL-06 (Sean Casten) or IL-14 (Lauren Underwood), to be mailed Oct 29. Find letter campaigns here. (If new to Vote Forward, sign up here.)

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

Final Push – Write with us on Thurs, Oct 27th!

  • What: Our final Vote Forward Letter Party – Join with us to sip, nibble, and write letters to voters in critical states and IL districts. 
  • When: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 pm
  • Where: The Nile outdoor patio, 1162 E 55th St. (or indoor site as needed – RSVP to receive info)
  • Details: Indivisible Chicago-South Side provides appetizers for the table. Attendees order & pay for their own entrees to support the Nile. BYOB. Dress for outdoor dining!
  • RSVP: Fill in this form to register.
  • Notes:
    • This Thursday, October 27 party is the LAST letter-writing session before the Big Send (Oct. 29), when we mail the letters so voters get them before the election.
    • If the patio closes for the season or weather is inclement, we’ll inform all who sign up and provide an alternate meeting space.
    • Be sure to RSVP for Oct. 27 so we have your contact info. 


Last week we met at home of Steve Kagan, our letter mentor. Join IC-SS friends Oct 27.

The Big Send – Oct 29

So, when do we mail our Vote Forward letters? Nationwide, Vote Forward’s Big Send is Saturday, October 29. You can mail your Vote Forward letters that day on your own, or you can join with us to Parade to the Post Office. More info coming soon!

Midterm Elections: It’s Time to Vote!

This month, we’re laser focused on getting out the vote … but let’s remember to cast our own ballots. Chicagoans can vote NOW.

Want to see YOUR sample ballot? If you’re a registered voter in Chicago, just fill in the Chicago Board of Elections form here, and when your info opens up, click on the Sample Ballot tab.

Chicago, Vote in Person, Now Through Nov 8

Early voting has already begun – at two downtown Chicago locations! As of October 7th, residents of the city of Chicago can vote – early, in person – at the Supersite (191 N. Clark) or the Board of Elections Office (69 W. Washington). And, starting October 24, Chicago voters can choose among dozens of early voting sites.

Do your voting early – and feel good! Get ALL the Chicago early voting info here.

Vote early in person – now through Nov 8. All info here.

Chicago, Vote by Mail

Why vote by mail in Chicago? 

  • Easy & unpressured – Fill out your ballot from the comfort of your couch, with plenty of time to check your phone or laptop for info on candidates and referendums. No lines!
  • Convenient – Use the postage-paid envelope to mail in your ballot or drop your ballot in a nearby drop box.
  • Peace of mind – Get an email acknowledgment once your mail ballot is received, and know you’re done – no worries that a last-minute snafu will upset your voting plans.

Chicago vote by mail – all info hereChicago voters can still sign up to vote by mail in the November 8 election only… or permanently in the Nov 8 election AND all elections. If you’ve already signed up to vote by mail, you should receive your ballot soon.

Chicago, Voting on November 8

While we encourage early voting in person or voting by mail, we know some folks will cast their ballots on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8). Ultimately, however you vote is the best way for you!

Be aware that Chicago polling places are changing. If you’re a registered voter in Chicago, get all your voter information – including your new polling place – by filling in a quick online form here.

Live Outside Chicago?

Organizations & Opportunities

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

Vote for the Workers’ Rights Amendment – Nov 8

Are you an Illinois voter? You can protect the lives and well-being of workers in our state. In the November 8 election, vote YES for the Workers’ Rights Amendment!

Vote for the Workers’ Rights Amendment on Election Day!

The Workers’ Rights Amendment will add language to the Illinois constitution guaranteeing employees the fundamental right to organize and collectively bargain for fair wages, meaningful benefits, and worker safety.

Read this WBEZ story on the amendment and get info at the Workers’ Rights Amendment advocacy websiteVote for the Workers’ Rights Amendment, and tell your friends!

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