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March 2018

Action Steps 3/28

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/28/18

 

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

 

Ensure Breastfeeding Moms Can Be Civically Engaged

 

While Illinois law requires employers to provide a lactation room for breastfeeding mothers, and another law requires such spaces in airports, the law currently does not extend to courthouses. Senate Bill 3503 in the Illinois legislature looks to change that, ensuring that all courthouses provide a lactation room or area that is sanitary (i.e., not a bathroom stall) and accessible. Use this ACLU tool to contact your state senator to ask their support for this bill. Moms who choose to breastfeed shouldn’t have to forego their choice in order to work or perform their civic duties in courthouses.

 

Ask Your State Elected Officials to Override Rauner’s Veto of Gun Dealer Licensing

 

Despite the bipartisan support that passed State Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, Governor Rauner has vetoed this common sense legislation that would require gun shop employees to undergo background checks. Reach out to your state elected officials—both State Representatives and State Senators—to ask them to override the governor’s veto. Find your officials’ contact information here. Make sure to tell them that the time is now to take concrete measures toward ending gun violence in Illinois.

 

Protect Your Data on Facebook

 

If you find yourself concerned about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal you’ve been seeing in the news, but are interested in staying on Facebook, now is the time to lock down your data within the social media platform so you’re sharing only what you’ve chosen to share. This article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation details how to change your Facebook settings so that you’re giving permission for data sharing only where you want to.

 
 

Action Steps 3/21/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/21/18

 

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

 

Join the March For Our Lives

 

On Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at Union Park downtown, demonstrators will gather for the nationwide March For Our Lives. The march is a simultaneous call for an end to gun violence and demand for realistic, intersectional approaches to prevention. Marches will take place across the country. Find out more about the official Chicago march here.

 

Apply for the Electoral Justice League

 

The Movement for Black Lives has announced their new Electoral Justice League initiative, which is seeking applicants for black organizers interested in being leaders in the 2018-2019 election cycle. If you’re a black organizer and activist with a goal of supporting progressive candidates and achieving electoral wins, find out more and fill out the application for the Electoral Justice League, due March 26.

 

Raise Your Consciousness

 

On Monday, March 26, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. downtown, Planned Parenthood Illinois will be hosting a conversation around women’s health. The event, called “Beyond the Stigma: Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights,” will feature a panel of healthcare workers and experts focusing on all aspects of health for cis and transgender women. The free event will include a light breakfast. Find out more and reserve your spot here.

 
 

Action Steps 3/14/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/14/18

 

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

 

Support Students Participating in the National School Walkout

 

On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes in an action that is both an act of remembrance for the 17 students and teachers killed in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month as well as a demand for Congress to consider legislation to prevent additional gun violence in schools. While some schools have expressed that students who choose to participate are supported in doing so, others have warned that demonstrating students will face disciplinary consequences. Give your local school district administrators and board members a call to express your support of students exercising their constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. Tell school officials that participating in the life of our democracy is a powerful civics lesson for students, and you hope participants will not see any negative repercussions for taking part in the walkout.

 

Stand for Immigrant Families

 

The ACLU of Illinois will be holding a rally and vigil on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. at Federal Plaza downtown, to demand that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement not separate families while they are being held in detention. The ACLU has recognized many instances in which young immigrant children have been detained far away from their parents, a tactic that contributes additional emotional trauma for those involved. Find out more about this event and issue here.

 

Go Vote!

 

Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election began on Monday, March 5 and will continue through March 19; Election Day is Tuesday, March 20. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that unexpected commitments on election day don’t prevent you from casting your vote. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site and election day voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.

 
 

Action Steps 3/7/18

IL-9 Action Newsletter 3/7/18

 

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

 

Tell Congress to Fund Libraries

 

The proposed federal 2019 budget once again has eliminated all funding for museum and library services—a pittance of the overall budget, but funding that goes a long way toward serving communities in every state across the country. Join the American Library Association’s efforts to get Congress to fund libraries using this advocacy tool. The tool allows you to see whether your elected officials are signing the Dear Appropriator letters in favor of funding the Library Services Technology Act and Innovative Approaches to Literacy programs; to message your elected officials directly; and to spread the message of library value and encourage others to share their library experiences in support of funding.

 

Hear from Gubernatorial Candidates & Those Impacted by DACA

 

Protection for All, in partnership with Voto Latino, Indivisible IL, and other organizations, is hosting a gubernatorial and immigration forum on Monday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m., at Amundsen High School in Chicago. The event will feature two 45-minute panels: first featuring Illinois gubernatorial candidates sharing their platforms with regard to undocumented Illinois residents, followed by a panel of individuals directly impacted by DACA sharing potential solutions. The free event does require registration; find out more here. Get ready for an evening of thoughtful discussion of major issues for Illinois.

 

Go Vote!

 

Early voting for the Illinois General Primary Election began on Monday, March 5. With early voting available, there are no excuses for not voting—voting early ensures that unexpected commitments on election day don’t prevent you from casting your vote. Type your address into this tool to identify your polling place, your early voting site, and all the details of who and what will be on your ballot for this election.