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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.

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 7/13/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 7/12/17


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


Raise Your Voice


July 12 is the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Use your online platform and network to spread the word about the negative impact the elimination of net neutrality would have on the internet and its users—all for the profit of cable companies.


On Friday and Saturday, concerned citizens—many of them women—will be marching from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to demand the NRA remove and apologize for propagandistic videos seeming to advocate for the use of firearms against liberal Americans. If you’re supportive of this action from afar, take a look at the #NRA2DOJ social media support toolkit to find out how you can lend your voice to this weekend’s march.


Boots on the Ground


On Tuesday, July 18, at 12 p.m., the Illinois Health Care Covenant will take place at Chicago Temple. This non-denominational event is meant to demonstrate the broad support of Chicago and Illinois communities for comprehensive health coverage—and to speak out against the current Senate health care bill. Attendees will gather in support of a commitment to ensuring all who need health care may access it, and will demand that Governor Rauner insist the same for all the people in Illinois he is sworn to represent.


Add Your Name


You’ve heard about the president’s Election Integrity Commission—a ploy to get states to turn over private voter data to the current administration. This is data Republicans can use to keep people of color and others from voting. The ACLU has filed suit against the president demanding transparency from the commission to ensure every American is able to exercise their right to vote. Add your name to a petition in support of the lawsuit and stand up for voter rights.


Stay Informed


Looking for ways to stay informed on the dates and candidates of every upcoming election? Take a few minutes to learn about, then download, the new EveryElection app for iOS, which will alert you to all the voting information for your area and for other contacts in your network.
 
 
 

Action Steps 2/1/17

IL-9 Action Steps

 

Things To Do This Week to Resist from IL-9

 

Learn More - Racial Justice Issues

 

The Chicago Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whether you’re new to racial justice work or looking to build on past actions, all are welcome to attend this meeting. Attendees will discuss ways to get engaged in local racial justice work, including emerging campaigns and post-inauguration initiatives.

 

Add Your Name - Petitions

 

Are you appalled by the president’s executive action that is affecting vetted refugees to the United States, in particular those of Muslim faith? Add your name to this petition from MoveOn.org and demand that the full United States Congress reject this Muslim ban. While our federal representatives have strongly denounced the action, many others across the country have remained silent.

 

Raise Your Consciousness - Issues to Know About

 

The president has signed an executive action that advances construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Learn about indigenous activism and the water protectors standing against the pipeline at “NoDAPL and the Future of Indigenous Organizing,” a program from from the Buffett Institute of Global Studies at Northwestern on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30 p.m.

 

January 7th Meeting

Join us!

Anger to Action Community Meeting

Broadway Armory Park

5917 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60660

Click here to RSVP!

Doors open at 2:00PM

Program begins at 2:30PM

 

Join us to figure out how we make next year better! 

We can't sit back and let Congress and/or the Illinois General Assembly turn back all the gains we have made in the past decades.

On Saturday January 7th join me, State Senator Heather Steans, Alderman Harry Osterman, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Committeewoman Carol Ronen for a community forum to hear what is happening in Washington, Springfield and Chicago, and learn what concrete steps you can take right now to have your voice heard and make a difference.

We can put 2016 behind us. But we can't stop fighting for all those things that brought us to the table. A woman's right to choose, affordable health care, equal rights. just to name a few priorities.  We have a lot at stake and we need to act.

 

 

I won't even try to sugarcoat it

I won't even try to sugarcoat what happened on Election Day. It was the most shocking and disappointing Presidential election in my lifetime. 

I waited to communicate with you, after getting some sleep and going from despair to fierce determination to battle on. 

And that is why I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for enabling me to serve another term as Congresswoman and to fight another day. Even my race got pretty ugly, but our 2-1 victory was decisive! 

Team Schakowsky was utterly amazing. We contributed mightily to victories for Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider, who will now return to Congress from Illinois' 10th District. In the fundraising effort led by the fantastic Sarah Gersten, I was able to contribute to 63 campaigns around the country and travel to many of them. THANK YOU for responding to our many requests! 

And, of course, we played a major role in Hillary Clinton's race. I consider her "our Moses,” leading us to the promised land of a woman President. Even though she did not cross over herself, I will be ever grateful to her. 

We are proud of what we did. Under the leadership of my Political Director, Ben Head, our eight campaign staffers working in nine offices throughout the district--along with our 30+ amazing high school interns and 5 volunteer organizers--recruited over 4,000 volunteers, and sent an additional 1,502 volunteers to Wisconsin and Iowa, where they knocked over 60,000 doors! Here in Illinois, our team made 514,483 phone calls and knocked on 84,542 doors! 

We plan to keep this army of progressives on active duty--starting now--no gap. There will be many critical issues on which we must be present in the days and weeks to come and the 2018 elections are just around the corner. You will be hearing more from me on this very soon. 

Again, thank you for your support. Together we will go forward. 

Jan 

Join Jan for Summer Parades!

Join Jan for Summer Parades!

We have an exciting parade season coming up!  

Join Jan and fellow volunteers at any (or all!) of the following upcoming parades:

Click here to sign up!

July 4th: Arlington Heights

Arrive by 9:30am

Parade begins at Dunton and Oakton in Arlington Heights (map)

Exact Line-Up Spot: #34

Click here to sign up!

 

July 4th: Glenview

Arrive by 10:30am

Parade begins at Harlem and Glenview Rd in Glenview (map)

Exact Line-Up Spot #23

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July 4th: Skokie

Arrive by 11:30am

Parade begins at in the parking lot of 7701 N Lincoln in Skokie (map)

Exact Line-Up Spot #58

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July 4th: Evanston

Arrive by 1:30pm

Parade begins at Central Park East and Central in Evanston (map)

Exact Line-Up Spot #80

Click here to sign up!

 

Join Jan for a Rally to Support Hillary Clinton and Women Democrats on September 20th!

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Join Jan and fellow women Democrats for a rally to support Hillary Clinton and women in politics!

Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Sen. Carol Ronen, Sen. Heather Steans, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Rep. Laura Fine, Commissioner Debra Shore, and Commissioner Bridget Gainer as they celebrate women in politics and share the plan for victory in 2016.

Where: Studio Paris, 59 W Hubbard, Chicago IL

When: Sunday, September 20th, 3:00PM

Refreshments provided

Click here to sign up!

2015 Summer Bash

Announcing the 2015 Jan Schakowsky Summer Bash!  

Join us at Headquarters Beercade, located at 213 W. Institute, Chicago, IL 60610 on Friday, July 31st from 5:30pm to 7:00pm!  

Come and enjoy the rotating craft beer selection, play the vintage arcade and pinball games, and catch up with fellow Jan Fans.

Click here for tickets!

 

Jan's Summer Bash

Early Voting and Grace Period Voting Information

If you missed the registration deadline, it is not too late to participate.  At every early voting location in Suburban Cook County, and select locations around the City of Chicago, you may register and vote during Grace Period registration. . You will need two forms of ID to register during grace period registration, at least one of which must show your current address.  Grace period registration will continue until Election Day, with limited locations on the last two days before the General Election, November 3rd and 4th.

Cook County Board of Elections
Chicago Board of Elections