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November 2017

Action Steps 11/29/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/29/17

 

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

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Our neighbors in Wisconsin are currently impacted by voter suppression efforts in that state. Whether you’re simply interested to learn more about voter suppression tactics or aim to help support voting rights for all, make a plan to attend the “Voter Suppression/Voter I.D. in Wisconsin” event on Sunday, December 3, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Evanston. RSVP for the free event here.

 

Help Our Puerto Rican Neighbors

 

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the aftermath and struggles of Hurricane Maria—a shameful reality when we consider how little our government has done for Puerto Ricans as compared to hurricane victims in mainland states. As we approach the winter holiday season associated with giving, make a plan to contribute to the Puerto Rican recovery in any way you can.

 

Get Ready to Flip Some Seats

 

With less than a year until the 2018 mid-term elections, now is the time to get to work to take back the House and the Senate from Republicans. That’s the precise mission of Flippable, an organization that enlists volunteers across the country to help current red districts to go blue in the next election. In a district with strong progressive representation, residents of the IL-9 can channel their energies into regions where more progressive voices are needed to make a difference. Sign up to volunteer with Flippable here.

 

Reminder: Choose Your Health Plan—And Remind Others to Sign Up, Too

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts through December 15.

 

Indivisible Illinois is also organizing daily phone banking to alert Illinois residents to the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Whether you’ve got just a few minutes to spare or can gather groups of friends to make calls together, sign up to participate in the phone bank. You’ll be doing your part to ensure everyone in Illinois who needs health insurance through the ACA is able to choose their coverage during open enrollment. You can also use this sign-up form if you’d like to phone bank about tax reform.

Action Steps 11/22/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/22/17

 

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

 

Reminder: Choose Your Health Plan—And Remind Others to Sign Up, Too

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; but that tactic isn’t working, and the ACA website is seeing record enrollments. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts through December 15.

 

Indivisible Illinois is also organizing daily phone banking to alert Illinois residents to the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Whether you’ve got just a few minutes to spare or can gather groups of friends to make calls together, sign up to participate in the phone bank. You’ll be doing your part to ensure everyone in Illinois who needs health insurance through the ACA is able to choose their coverage during open enrollment. You can also use this sign-up form if you’d like to phone bank about tax reform.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Having honest, productive conversations, especially with those whose views differ from our own, isn’t just a useful skill for family holiday meals—it’s vital for our democracy. Organizing for Action and Swing Left are partnering to offer training webinars on the topic of Effective Conversations over the next several weeks, with the next training taking place online November 29 at 7 p.m. Sign up for the training here and equip yourself to have the types of discussions our country needs.

 

Are you a fan of podcasts? These free, on-demand audio programs are a great way to stay informed about national and local politics. If you’re looking to hear more about politics and resistance in Chicagoland, try the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. If national politics is your area of interest, the NPR Politics Podcast offers in-depth coverage and explanation of political goings-on multiple times per week. And if you’re the sort of person who wants to start the day with the latest news and highlights in digestible snippets, trying NPR’s Up First or The Daily from the New York Times.

 

Plan Ahead

 

If you’re the sort of person who likes to plan ahead when it comes to your civic engagement and resistance activities, take some time to peruse the resources from ActLocal, a network of leaders dedicated to promoting allyship and cooperation in the progressive movement. Their handy chronological list of things you can do to get more progressives in office is a must-read for anyone in resistance for the long term.

Action Steps 11/15/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/15/17

 

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

 

Choose Your Health Plan—And Remind Others to Sign Up, Too

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; but that tactic isn’t working, and the ACA website is seeing record enrollments. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts through December 15.

 

Indivisible Illinois is also organizing daily phone banking to alert Illinois residents to the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. Whether you’ve got just a few minutes of your own to spare or can gather groups of friends to make calls together, sign up to participate in the phone bank. You’ll be doing your part to ensure everyone in Illinois who needs health insurance through the ACA is able to choose their coverage during open enrollment.

 

Add Your Name

 

We’re now less than a year from the 2018 midterm elections, which means organizations of every ilk are gearing up to help the voting public be as informed as possible on issues important to them and our country. The March for Science, which organized massive nationwide demonstrations this past April in favor of science and science policy, has just launched their initiative looking toward November 2018: Vote for Science. It’s early stages for this initiative, which aims to get Americans more engaged in advocating and voting for science policy. Add your name by taking their pledge, and stay tuned for more actions and resources from this group.

 

Boots on the Ground

 

While we in the Illinois-9 enjoy representation by progressive officials, our neighbors who are represented by Peter Roskam aren’t as lucky. Roskam, a conservative Republican who is in favor of the proposed tax plan that would adversely affect millions of Illinoisans, will be speaking at a major GOP fundraiser in Downers Grove on Thursday—and residents from the Illinois-9 will be showing up to join our neighbors in protest. Protesters will demonstrate on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Ashyana Banquets in Downers Grove.

 

In another bid to help get more progressive candidates on the ballot, volunteers through North Suburban Democrats will be circulating petitions in Arlington Heights this weekend to help Mark Walker, currently Wheeling Township committeeman, to get on the ballot for State Representative. Sign up here and plan to help out on Sunday, November 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Get Democrats on the Ballot in November!

Wheeling Township's own committeeman Mark Walker is running for State Representative and he needs our help to get on the ballot!

Folks, this is crucial: this is the last major weekend petition circulation event of the year and we need to make sure that all of our Democratic candidates in Arlington Heights get on the ballot!


Sign up to join us this weekend!

WHEN: 10:30am, Sunday 11/19
WHERE: Northwest Suburban Democrats, 1310 W Northwest Highway #A, Arlington Heights, IL

Action Steps 11/8/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/8/17

 

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

 

Share Your Thoughts for Education

 

In October, the Secretary of Education released a draft of her priority areas for competitive grant programs for the coming years. These priorities set the bar for what types of educational programs can—and cannot—look to federal funding for support. Through November 13, the Department of Education is seeking feedback on these priority areas. Take a few minutes to submit a comment on what you and your school communities feel are the educational areas needing the most attention. Now is the time to advocate for what sectors of education will most benefit from funding, from school libraries with certified librarians to afterschool enrichment programs.

 

Get Inspired

 

One of the biggest cultural shifts since the 2016 presidential election is in the number of women who are now pursuing elected office. Emily’s List reported in 2016 that 920 women were preparing to run for elected office. That number today is 20,000, and the 2017 results from various states show just how successful women can be when they run. Whether you’re among those ranks or you simply wish to learn how to better support the women in your community who aim to serve, take some time to watch She’s the Ticket, short web videos featuring five women who are stepping up to the challenge.

 

Choose Your Health Plan

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That means it’s time to change or add coverage for yourself and your family, and also to make sure all your friends and neighbors know it’s time to enroll, too. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; we cannot let this tactic work. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to make sure all your friends and family know that enrollment lasts November 1 through December 15.

 

Ongoing Autumn Action

 

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 Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

 

Raise Your Consciousness


Brooke Gladstone, host of the NPR radio program On the Media, was recently in town to give a talk for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Gladstone spoke about her recent book The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. It’s now one full year since the 2016 presidential election, and if you’re still looking to make sense of the result—or even if you’re just curious to better understand why the nation still feels so divided—The Trouble with Reality is a great, short read to add to your list. Bonus: If your local library has a service called Hoopla, you can read it immediately for free on any internet-connected device with your library card number.

Action Steps 10/31/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 11/1/17

 

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

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

Have you been looking for local resources related to health care, Medicare, employment, veterans affairs, and financial wellness? Make plans to attend the Helping Hands Community Resource fair on Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Niles West High School. Organizations and experts from across the community will be at the event to provide resources and guidance on topics important to Illinoisans’ lives. Find more information here.

 

Be Prepared

 

With the indictments of Manafort and Gates stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and the president’s regularly-tweeted dislike of these actions, groups across the country are preparing for the possibility that the president will try to fire Mueller in the same way he did former FBI Director James Comey. While signs don’t currently point toward such a firing, we know that the president’s mood changes on a whim. Add your name to the Indivisible Chicago Rapid Response Team so that you’re ready to stand against presidential overreach in the event of a Mueller firing.

 

And while you’re at it, keep yourself up to speed on the Mueller investigation and all its players and implications. This tool from the Washington Post is great for understanding the scope of what’s going on.

 

Ongoing Autumn Actions

 

It’s time! It’s now open enrollment for those seeking health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In the past few months, the current administration has done plenty to try to undermine signups; we cannot let this tactic work. Visit the Get America Covered project’s website for resources and support to 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.