IC-SS News 04-24-23: May Day + more!

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IC-SS Weekly News: April 24, 2023

Sat April 29: International Workers Day

Celebrate May Day at the end of April. This International Workers’ Day, the people of Chicago have much to celebrate — and much to keep fighting for.

Make a plan to come out Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 PM at Union Park (1501 W. Randolph) to join CAARPR and a coalition of people’s organizations, including the Indivisible Chicago Alliance. When we fight, we win!

Our demands:

  • Defend migrant and workers rights
  • Legalization for all
  • Support the right to unionize
  • Stop police crimes
  • Defend LGBTQ and reproductive rights

INFO: Follow updates to the event at the Facebook Event page.

 Visit Brandon Johnson’s New Website


 Learn more about Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson and his transition team – ask to be considered for a role during or beyond the transition – or share your thoughts. Visit the Chicago for the People website.
 

 Stop MAGA Default Crisis – Thank the Fighters

From National Indivisible: The MAGA majority is promising to hold the economy hostage. In exchange for doing the bare minimum — pay the government’s bills — MAGA Republicans want Democrats to agree to cut critical programs like Social Security and Medicare. House Democrats must send a message loud and clear: American’s lives and livelihoods are not bargaining chips.
 

Kevin McCarthy and the extremists in the House Freedom Caucus have made it no secret that they plan to put our economy, jobs, and health at risk to pursue their pet political projects by cutting programs Americans rely on.

President Biden has stood strong, calling out the GOP as bad-faith hostage-takers, and demanding Congress fulfill its obligation to avoid a default crisis without strings attached. We need every Democrat in the house to do the same and unite with President Biden.

Representatives Boyle, Kuster, and Jayapal are asking their Democratic colleagues to sign a letter and make a commitment to the American people to oppose the MAGA Default Crisis, and refuse any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other programs families rely on.

SAY THANKS: So often we contact our reps to urge them to do something or to express our dissatisfaction with their votes. But it’s important to let them know when we approve of what they’ve done!

We’re glad to report that all of Illinois’s Democratic representatives are saying NO to the MAGA Default crisis and YES to saving Social Security and Medicare.

HOW TO ACT: Thank YOUR Democratic Illinois Congressperson for signing and encourage them to keep fighting. Use Indivisible’s easy form to connect.

Organizations and Opportunities

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


Tomorrow, Tues April 25: Online Anti-Voucher Forum

From IL Families for Public Schools (IFPS): Voucher plans are sweeping the country, transferring public funds to private schools. Many Illinois residents don’t realize we have a voucher program right here in the form of a tax credit “scholarship” program, known as Invest in Kids.

Our expert panel will look at this national trend, examine the research on student achievement in voucher schools, get a glimpse of the impact of vouchers on students in our neighboring state of Indiana, and present important information about Invest in Kids.

Learn how you can join the campaign endorsed by more than 50 local, state and national organizations to end the program permanently!

WHAT: What You Need to Know about Invest in Kids: IL’s Tax Credit Voucher Program
WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 7:00-8:30pm
WHERE: Online
ABOUT: Get info
REGISTERSign up here

For Police Accountability: CCPSA Meeting, Thursday

From the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA): Join the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability at their upcoming public meeting on Thursday, April 27th, 6:30pm at Kennedy- King College (6301 S. Halsted).

Agenda includes:

  • Vote to amend bylaws to permit remote attendance by individual Commissioners at meetings
  • Vote to authorize next closed meetings 
  • Police Board Nominations
  • CPD Quarterly Goals 
  • Superintendent search process updates

NOTE: If you can’t attend in person, you can participate via Zoom. Anyone interested in speaking during the virtual public comment period must send a request to Community Commission staff by emailing: Nicole.Garcia@cityofchicago.org.

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