C-SS News 10-24-22: See you THIS WEEK

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THIS WEEK: Vote Forward Letters!

  • Last chance – grab it. Across the US, Vote Forward’s “Big Send” is Saturday, Oct. 29. You still have time to write to voters in battleground states NOW – on your own, or with us at our very last Vote Forward Party this Thursday, Oct. 27.
  • Then Parade to the Post Office with us on Saturday, Oct. 29 to drop the letters in the mail! See all the info below.

Our Final Vote Forward Party – Thurs Oct 27


Join IC-SS leaders & organizers to write the last letters on Oct 27

  • What: Our final Vote Forward Letter Party – Sip, nibble, chat, and write letters to voters in critical states & IL districts
  • When: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 pm
  • Where: Inside a Hyde Park-Kenwood home; address sent when you RSVP. (If you already RSVPed, watch for email shortly.)
  • Details: We’ll offer light fare: pizza and beverages – but feel free to bring your favorite beverage or a treat to share. Please be vaccinated, willing to wear a mask. There’s plenty of space to spread out in this home!
  • RSVP for Oct 27 VF Party: Fill in this form to register

Parade to the Post Office – Sat Oct 29

Saturday, October 29th is The Big Send for Vote ForwardThat means you should mail your Vote Forward letters on that day – preferably from a post office – in time to be postmarked on the 29th.

Want to make it a more colorful day? Celebrate your letter-writing by joining our Parade to the Post Office. 

This Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 am, meet us at Henry W. McGee Post Office (4601 S Cottage Grove) as we send off all our Vote Forward letters. Join us there for photos, donuts, and a cheer to ourselves and to our Vote Forward champion, Steve KaganEmail us with any questions.

Win Wisconsin!

To defend democracy in Wisconsin and in the United States, we must see Tony Evers re-elected as governor and Mandela Barnes elected as senator.

Governor Tony Evers and Senate candidate Mandela Barnes

You can make a difference in our neighboring state – by traveling to nearby districts OR volunteering from your own home.

IC-SS Co-Leader Sarah Lincoln helps lead WI phonebanks – & canvasses!


There are only a few more opportunities to take action for Wisconsin. Seize the day!

  • Phone Wisconsin voters on Wisconsin Wednesdays – Oct 26 & Nov 2. From your home, join ICA on Zoom and encourage Democratic voters to go 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 Racine or Milwaukee on weekends: Oct 29, Oct 30, Nov 5. Knock doors, talk to voters face to face, with Indivisible Chicago Alliance (ICA) organizers & volunteers.
  • Or volunteer directly with WisDems.

Michigan Matters, Too

Keep Governor Gretchen Whitmer in office and support other Michigan Democrats! Join our friend Bill Mengebier and phone voters from your home on the final Michigan MondaysTONIGHT/October 24 + Oct 31 + Election Eve/Nov.7Sign up.

Why Knock Doors? To Make a Difference!

Canvassing – talking to voters face to face – is considered the gold standard for getting out the vote. Hear from veteran canvasser and organizer, Sarah Lincoln, a board member of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance and one of the co-leaders of Indivisible Chicago-South Side.

Sarah Speaks on Canvassing

In Racine, Wisconsin this weekend, I canvassed with a partner, and our first and almost last conversations of the day were with people who definitely vote Democratic when they vote and support all the issues – but they don’t always vote.

Both people said they hadn’t really focused on this election or the candidates for various personal reasons. They both said that, if we hadn’t knocked on their door and had the conversation we had, they probably wouldn’t have gotten it together to vote.

The person at the end of the day even went on to say that it meant a lot to him that we had taken the trouble to come to his town and walk his neighborhood and knock doors and talk to people. He felt that, if we thought it was important enough for us to make that effort, then it was important for him to do his part as well.

 Sarah helps prepare canvassers – like Michael

Shout-out to IC-SSers, Canvassing for Sean

Shout-out to canvassers Sarah Lincoln, Betsy Rubin, Michael Aaron, and Doug Bishop, who joined a larger group knocking doors for Rep. Sean Casten in Chicago’s Southwest suburbs. Doug, one of the founders of Indivisible Chicago-South Side, helped make the connection with Sean’s campaign when he first ran in 2018. Proud to continue the effort!

Help Re-elect Reps Underwood & Casten

Join your Indivisible Chicago-South Side (IC-SS) friends leading up to Nov 8 to make sure Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten hold their seats – and prevent the MAGA Republicans from taking over.

Canvass for Rep Underwood on Sun Nov 6th

Join Indivisible Chicago Alliance with Indivisible Chicago-South Side in Joliet on Sunday, November 6th to canvass for Rep. Lauren Underwood and for Mary Kay O’Brien for Illinois Supreme Court. Get info/sign up here.

Other Ways to Act:

  • Phone voters for Lauren Underwood TOMORROW Tuesday October 25, 6:00 pm. Sign up
  • Canvass for Lauren Underwood Sunday, Nov. 6thSign up.
  • 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.)
  • Volunteer directly with Lauren Underwood or Sean Casten.

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

Our Freedoms, Our Vote!

Democracy: what we’re all about. Thanks to IC-SS folks who came to Federal Plaza on October 17th to demand accountability for the January 6 insurrection and to commit to defending our democracy.

The crowd for this Indivisible Chicago Alliance event was not large, but we heard from inspiring speakers: Denise Poloyac (ICA), Rep Jan SchakowskyJay Young (Common Cause IL)Renato MariottiRep Marie NewmanPaul Kendrick (Rust Belt Rising)Kina CollinsBetty Alzamora (ICA).

See a summary in this Twitter thread. And let the words of the speakers encourage us to keep going through the November 8th election and beyond!

On Your Ballot

Don’t overlook anything on your ballot!

Vote for Judges

SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Want info on the judges who appear on your ballot?

  • VoteforJudges.org provides nonpartisan judicial voter education to people electing judges in Cook County. They report information on judicial candidates from local media outlets, 13 bar associations, and the judicial endorsements of local media outlets.

Vote YES for Workers’ Rights
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!

Vote YES for Forest Preserves

There’s a second referendum on the ballot for Cook County voters – you can vote YES to protect clean water sources, air quality, and wildlife in Cook County forest preserves for generations to come. Get more info about the referendum to protect Cook County forest preserves here.

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, Early Vote in Person, Now thru Nov 8

Early voting is underway! 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 TODAY 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.

Chicago, Vote by Mail

You can still apply online to vote by mail but don’t delay. (Technically, you have until 5 days before an election to apply to vote by mail, but we think it’s risky to wait that long.)  Get vote by mail info here.

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 information and action announcements from other organizations on issues important in our country, state, city, and communities.

TOMORROW: Attend Online Event – Fairness Not Wealth: Ending Money Bail

Information shared by ACLU of Illinois:Please join ACLU of IL virtually on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00 PM to learn the facts about how the Pretrial Fairness Act will restore the presumption of innocence and end wealth-based pretrial incarceration in Illinois, and how you can take action to defend the Pretrial Fairness Act against baseless attacks. Register here.

This event is hosted in partnership with the ACLU of Illinois’ Champaign County, Central Illinois, Peoria, and Springfield Chapters.

Hear directly from experts and advocates on the unjust money bail system. The event will include Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr., Cook County Public Defender; Eric Rinehart, Lake County State’s Attorney; and a panel of speakers from the ACLU

The ACLU of Illinois is a member of the Coalition to End Money Bond. Together with our partners in the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice, the Coalition is working to implement the Pretrial Fairness Act all across the State of Illinois. Register for the event here.

Get the Facts: Pre-Trial Fairness Act & the Bill That Threatens It

Counter the disinformation being spread by right-wing leaders and groups!

  • Chicago Torture Justice Center shares a Twitter thread with articles explaining the Pre-Trial Fairness Act here. Read more on this page of the Coalition to End Money Bond website.
  • Information shared by Coalition to End Money Bond:
    • The Pretrial Fairness Act was designed to protect an individual’s right to the presumption of innocence and to address racial disparities in our pretrial system.
    • SB4228 is a threatening trailer bill proposed to be added to the larger SAFE-T Act, of which the Pretrial Fairness Act is a part. This trailer bill, proposed by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, would undermine the Pretrial Fairness Act. 
    • More than 120 organizations from across Illinois have sent an open letter to the Illinois General Assembly calling on them to protect the Pretrial Fairness Act and oppose SB4228, the proposal for gutting this historic legislation.

Quick Action to Support Pre-Trial Fairness Act

Action shared by Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice: Use a quick form to send a letter to your legislators and Governor Pritzker letting them know you want them to stand strong against calls to roll back or repeal the Pretrial Fairness Act.

As a resident and constituent, your voice matters to these elected officials.Tell them to stand up for Pretrial Fairness! Find the form here.

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