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October 2017

Action Steps 10/25/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/25/17

 

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

 

Jump in the Ring

 

We know the adage that politics begins at home, and much of the resistance since the 2016 presidential election has demonstrated just how important local, grassroots actions are to our political momentum. If you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping into the political ring yourself, consider the Illinois Democratic Party’s call for individuals interested in serving as Democratic Precinct Committeemen. Express your interest by filling out this online form.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Do you have an interest in equal rights for men and women? An interest in the as-yet-unpassed Equal Rights Amendment? Plan to check out the free screening of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, followed by a panel discussion, on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4 p.m. at Niles West High School. Claim your free seats here.

 

Now that we’re about halfway between the 2016 presidential election that spurred the resistance and the 2018 mid-term election, it’s a good time for a reminder on ways to stay engaged without falling into a spiral of despair at everything new news story. Take a few minutes to read (or re-read) this essay from lawyer and activist Mirah Curzer, “How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind.” The piece is full of important reminders of ways to constructively tune in, productively tune out, and take care of ourselves and each other.

 

Ongoing Autumn Actions

 

In the past few months, the current administration has done all of the following to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: pull funding from the ACA’s advertising budget; announce that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment; and end subsidies that stabilize insurance marketplaces. All of these moves serve to make it harder for the people who rely on the ACA for their health insurance to actually access coverage. Health reporters with the Washington Post estimate these tactics may keep over 1 million Americans from accessing the health coverage they need. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming 2018 ACA signup dates via your social media platforms and make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts November 1 through December 15.

 

Now through November 15, volunteers will be calling Illinois registered voters to encourage them to contact Governor Rauner and insist that his Family Foundation cease distributing false information aimed at denying climate change. Governor Rauner’s Family Foundation has distributed scientifically inaccurate information to over 200,000 teachers across the country, negatively impacting students. Sign up here to phone bank on any upcoming Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

Action Steps 10/18/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/18/17

 

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

 

Boots on the Ground

 

If you’re reading this newsletter early on Wednesday, October 18, consider making your way to O’Hare’s Terminal 5 for the #NoMuslimBanEver rally. The demonstration stands opposed to the newest executive order on immigration, colloquially dubbed Muslim Ban 3.0. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and will take place even after a Hawaii judge blocked the order from going into effect. Find out more at the event Facebook page.

 

Add Your Voice

 

The Department of Health and Human Services has just released their draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, and their proposed revised mission statement would be a blow to reproductive rights and activism in this country. The new plan states that the “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of 61 activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.” Including the language “beginning at conception” is new, and it asserts that the department will pursue activities aligned with anti-choice ideologies. Take advantage of the brief public comment period ending October 27 to add your voice to those saying that a federal department’s strategic plan is no place for partisan posturing and that women’s lives are at stake with the current proposed wording.

 

Support Voting Rights

 

Are voting issues some of your issues of choice in your resistance work? If so, consider attending the Indivisible Evanston meeting on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, where the major topic for the meeting will be voter registration and rights for the 2018 elections. The meeting will also feature a guest speaker from the Sister District Project, which pairs consistently blue districts with “sister” red districts across the country that could go blue in upcoming races with enough voter outreach. RSVP for the meeting here.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

In the past month, the current administration has done all of the following to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: pull funding from the ACA’s advertising budget; announce that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment; and end subsidies that stabilize insurance marketplaces. All of these moves serve to make it harder for the people who rely on the ACA for their health insurance to actually access coverage. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming 2018 ACA signup dates via your social media platforms.

 

Grab Your Phone

 

Now through November 15, volunteers will be calling Illinois registered voters to encourage them to contact Governor Rauner and insist that his Family Foundation cease distributing false information aimed at denying climate change. Governor Rauner’s Family Foundation has distributed scientifically inaccurate information to over 200,000 teachers across the country, negatively impacting students. Sign up here to phone bank on any upcoming Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

 

Bonus Action for Every Day: Believe Women

 

That’s it, really: believe women when they tell you they’ve been harassed, made to feel uncomfortable, assaulted, catcalled, hurt… Don’t ask what they were wearing or what they might have done to invite the inappropriate (and often illegal) behavior or whether they just misinterpreted what happened. Believe women. Believe women. Believe women.

Environmental Messaging Project

Governor Rauner's Family Foundation supports the Heartland Institute, which has distributed inaccurate/outdated “science” information to 200,000 teachers across US in its efforts to deny climate change.

Join our phone bank to help refine the environmental message and demand that Governor Rauner put the planet over politics!

Sign up here to phone bank for the environment!

Action Steps 10/11/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/11/17

 

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

 

Prepare for Future Elections

 

Across the country since last November, our nation has seen an uptick in individuals interested in running for public office someday. If you or a friend have that urge to serve but feel like you don’t yet have all the information you need, mark your calendars for the “How to Run for Public Office” panel on Thursday, October 19, from 7-8 p.m., at Skokie Public Library. This free event will feature three local elected officials and hopefuls sharing why they felt drawn to a life in a public service, the steps they took to determine where they could best serve, and gathering resources to become informed candidates with strong campaigns. Call the library at 847-673-7774 to register.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

Not only has the current administration pulled funding from the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget, but they’ve also announced that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment—essentially doubling down on efforts to “prove” the vital program is a failure by keeping people from knowing when and how to enroll for 2018. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming ACA signup dates via your social media platforms.

 

And if you personally will be enrolling in ACA for 2018, or if you have friends or family members who will, take advantage of the resources and alerts provided by Get America Covered. Add your email to their database to receive enrollment information and resources to support others in your community who rely on the ACA for health insurance.

 

Stay Informed

 

The president continues to throw the term “fake news” at every news story he doesn’t like—a disgraceful habit that undermines the fact that democracy operates when information is accurate and accessible. If you haven’t yet, now’s a good time to live your values and subscribe to a reputable news publication. Whether you opt for The Washington Post, The New York Times, a local paper like The Chicago Tribune, or a donation to a journalism organization like ProPublica, news organizations need our financial support in order to keep reporting on what’s really happening in our country and the world.

 

Ongoing Action: Hit the Pavement

 

We can never take it for granted that progressive Democrats will be on our election ballots, even in a part of the country that historically has plenty of Democrat activity. Volunteers are needed to go out and garner petition signatures aimed at ensuring Jan Schakowsky and other Democrats will be on our 2018 ballots. You can find out more on Jan’s website.

Action Steps 10/4/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 10/4/17

 

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

 

Support Fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

 

Weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, residents on the island are still suffering from catastrophic living conditions: only 5% of the island’s power supply has been restored, much of the island is without running water, and residents are waiting in line for hours to purchase food. Relief is needed, and two organizations—United for Puerto Rico and UNICEF—are doing the work to ensure Puerto Ricans get what they need as the island works toward recovery. Donate what you can.

 

Even once hurricane recovery is eventually complete in Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans who live on the island have additional longstanding financial and legislative strikes against them. Sign this petition from MoveOn.org to demonstrate your support of alleviating Puerto Rican debt and outdated legislation that negatively impacts lives and livelihoods on the island.

 

Prepare for Upcoming Elections

 

Our Revolution Illinois will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 8, from 1-3 p.m., at the Chicago Teachers Union Center. Seven Democratic candidates for governor are confirmed to attend and will share their platforms and visions for Illinois. Attendance is expected to be full, and interested attendees should RSVP and read how the venue will seat those at the event. The gubernatorial primary election will take place in March 2018.

 

The next local training to become a voting registrar—someone who can register those eligible to vote—will take place on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Reba Early Learning Center in Evanston. The training is free, but you must sign up to attend. Register here and do your part to ensure that all eligible residents are able to vote in upcoming elections. Participants must already be registered to vote in Cook County.

 

Ongoing Action on Health Care

 

Not only has the current administration pulled funding from the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget, but they’ve also announced that they’ll be taking down the ACA website for so-called maintenance every Sunday but one during open enrollment—essentially doubling down on efforts to “prove” the vital program is a failure by keeping people from knowing when and how to enroll for 2018. We cannot let this tactic work. Join the thunderclap to remind members in your community of the upcoming ACA signup dates via your social media platforms.

 

Bonus Ongoing Action: Hit the Pavement

 

We can never take it for granted that progressive Democrats will be on our election ballots, even in a part of the country that historically has plenty of Democrat activity. Volunteers are needed to go out and garner petition signatures aimed at ensuring Jan Schakowsky and other Democrats will be on our 2018 ballots. You can find out more on Jan’s website.