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July 27 - August 2, 2020
99 Days Until November 3, 2020
With the election just under 100 days away, Vice President @Joe Biden has a message for Indivisibles all around the country. "Here in America, people motivated by change can always make a difference. Over the last four years, you've shown how powerful we can be when we turn our grief, our anger, our fear into purpose and healing. We have 100 days to go. So let's change the world. Cause I'm telling you: we can do it!"
Watch the Recording:
Indivisible Evanston's July 21 Meeting, 7pm:
Senator Durbin, Biden Team Update &

Discussion with Jill Wine-Banks, Biden Delegate

Many thanks to our inspiring and insightful speakers, Senator Dick Durbin, Jill Wine-Banks and the Biden Campaign Team. We were thrilled that over 200 participants joined us at our July 21 "Electing Joe Biden" monthly Zoom. And excited to get to work to help Joe Biden win in November!

Did you miss it? No worries! It's available until August 20th
Watch the recording of Indivisible Evanston's July Meeting


BOOK CLUB: SIGN UP FOR IE BOOK CLUB: Saturday, August 29, 10-12. "We Were Eight Years in Power," Ta-Nehisi Coates. NEW

CENSUS: SUBMIT your Census Information Online NOW

for the Nov 3, 2020 Presidential Election!

It's EASY - takes 2 minutes. You need:
 Driver's License or State ID # OR 
Last 4 digits of your social security number
Address where you want ballot mailed
Email address

When you apply online to Vote By Mail, the Cook County Clerk's office will send you emails:
• When your ballot is mailed to you,
• When the Clerk's office receives your Ballot Return Envelope, and
• When your ballot has been processed and counted.

Ballots will begin to be mailed out in late September / early October 2020. 
All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes.

New this fall: You may submit the Ballot Return Envelope in a secured drop box at any Cook County Early Voting location! You may also use standard US mail. If you use standard US mail to send your Ballot Return envelope, you must get a postmark before or on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Questions? Learn more, call 312.603.0946 or email

Apply Now to Vote By Mail in Suburban Cook County
TRAININGS: July 27 | 5:30 - 7
Every Monday Night in August
July 28 | 12:30 - 2:30

Every Tuesday Afternoon in August
Join the new Indivisible Evanston/Indivisible Chicago Alliance Texting Team! Texting is a great way to connect directly with voters in addition to making phone calls and writing postcards, especially in a pandemic when we can’t canvass. But it’s not quite as simple as sending a message to your friends from your phone. Each campaign or organization has their own peer-to-peer texting platforms and procedures.

Come to one of our texting classes to learn more about how to reach voters through texting. Our training on July 27 will be for the "IndivisiText Team," the national Indivisible texting program. We'll be learning how to use their platforms, TextOut and Slack. It's easy and fun once you get the hang of it!

This training will prepare and make you part of the ICA texting team that will be ready to jump in whenever texting opportunities arise. As usual, we’ll do it together and learn from each other. And once you're trained, you'll be ready to join our regular Zoom group texting sessions (like our virtual phone banks and postcard parties). We'll also share news about other texting campaigns and trainings so you can also work on your own schedule!

Our instructors and facilitators are Indivisible Evanston's Laura Tanner and Jessica Droeger from Indivisible Lincoln Square. They’ll prep you to participate in our next group texting sessions on July 28, and for texting on your own! Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email and another email with the Zoom meeting registration link the day of the training.

Note: we will continue this program in August with Monday night trainings and Texting Tuesdays, with more texting opportunities being added weekly. 
Join us! Texting voters is the way of the future. And the future is now!
Train with us TONIGHT and text with us TOMORROW!
Sign Up for a July Texting Team Training OR Textbanking Event

We're calling folks to check in to see how they are doing, and if they will support Casten this November. We worked hard for these seats in 2018, and we'll need to work even harder to keep them for 2020!

Sign up here to call Tuesdays from 6:45-8:30pm with Indivisible Evanston. 
Saturday Phone Banks are  also available with the campaign.

Join folks from Indivisible Evanston & other Casten supporters. Training available, too!
Training Note: If you are new to phone banking, a required training session will start 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the first shift you attend.This training is essential to help you better understand the campaign to re-elect Sean Casten, goals of the program and guidelines for making constituent calls. Sign up for training here.
  • If you have already attended a training session, you do not need to attend training again unless you want a refresher course or have questions.
  • Equipment you will need:
  • A fully charged cell phone (or your home phone can be used)
  • A computer or tablet (to connect to ZOOM and record results in VAN)
Sign up for Casten Phone Banking & Training
Turning Wisconsin BLUE Depends on YOU!
Wisconsin Wednesdays Virtual Phone Banks: 6 - 8pm 

The road to the White House runs right through Wisconsin. 
➡️ We will be calling into targeted areas of Wisconsin to engage voters well ahead of the election. What your calls will accomplish: 

✔️ Engage voters

✔️ Confirm party affiliation

✔️ Promote name recognition of Democrats running. Need to prevent GOP from winning a supermajority (only need 3 seats) in the State Assembly so we can keep Governor Evers at the redistricting table

✔️ Identify interest in volunteering with DPW

✔️ Encourage voters to request absentee ballots

✔️ Clean up phone bank lists in the run up to the Fall

We make phone banking easy! Our phone banks begin with a Zoom call orientation and end with the opportunity to debrief. Along the way, our phone bank leaders are available to help you with any problems. After you sign up, we'll get back in touch with all the information you need to connect. We're with you every step of the way! 

Register for Phone Bank here:

July 29, 6 - 8pm:

Aug 5,   6 - 8pm:

Aug 12, 6 - 8pm:

Aug 19, 6 - 8pm:

Aug 26, 6 - 8pm:

Wednesdays don't work? No problem: 📞 Calls can be made day, evening & weekends - just attend one of our phone banks for orientation & then call at your convenience.

New to phone banking? Need a refresher? Sign up for training before our phone banks (5:30 - 6pm) - you can roll right into the phone bank at 6pm if you'd like: Sign up for a phone bank training session 30 minutes before the phone bank.

Questions on the Wednesday virtual phone banks? Email

Want to flip Michigan? Sign up here:

Sign Up for Wisconsin Wednesdays Weekly PHONE BANKS
New to Phone Banking? Need a Refresher? Sign up for 30 minute Phone Bank TRAINING
Join us for Wisconsin Wednesdays! It's fun - bring a friend!
To date we've made over 3,000 calls. Had a visit from rock star WI State Rep. Robyn Vining (14th) whose district we are calling in the 'burbs just west of Milwaukee.
We must help re-elect Rep. Vining who won by only 132 votes in 2018. We need to prevent the GOP from winning a supermajority (only need 3 seats) in the State Assembly so we can keep Governor Evers (D) at the redistricting table.
Thank you to all our volunteers - 89 to date! 
Lauren Underwood Phonebanks
Thursdays 6-8 pm

There are less than 100 days until Election Day, Nov. 3, and ONLY 8 WEEKS UNTIL VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS ARE IN HAND! 

Sign up here for our Thursday Indivisible-Evanston-only virtual phonebank parties (remember to select the day you wish to participate; select multiple days now before you forget)! Since we started on June 25th, we’ve completed nearly 1,800 dials – thank you to all the dialers who’ve participated!

What’s New?

  • Moving start time to 6pm. After some thought on how to attract more volunteers, phonebanks will now be 6-8pm, starting 7/30 (if you’ve already signed up  for that day, you should've received a notification of the new time). 

  • Remember:

    • Our weekly target is a mere 50 calls, which should only take 60-75 minutes. You don’t have to stay the entire duration - join when you can and make your target!

Congresswoman Underwood will join our phonebank Thursday, Sept 3. She’ll come on at 6pm to thank us for our efforts. Please try to join Sept 3rd - would love to have a good Indivisible Evanston showing for the Congresswoman!

Additional Activities

  • Sign up here for August Weekend of Action  - Multiple phonebank opportunities Sat-Sun, Aug 1-2. 
  • Sign up here for biweekly organizing meetings – Hear about outreach and mobilization strategies, and provide feedback to Team Underwood, begin Aug 5th
  • Stay tuned for info on postcarding AND textbanking for Rep. Underwood!

"I’m very encouraged that we are having a direct conversation about race and racism in our country right now. That hasn’t happened in this way in a very long time, so I’m optimistic."
— Rep. Lauren Underwood, Harper's Bazaar, Summer 2020

Sign up for Underwood Phone Bank Parties on Thursdays 5 - 7:30pm

Volunteer to Protect the Vote in Wisconsin

It goes without saying at this point that Wisconsin is one of the most important states this election season, and we're going to have to do all we can to turn it Blue. That includes protecting the vote.

Join the Wisconsin Democratic Party's Voter Protection Volunteer team!

They are looking for volunteers to be poll workers and poll observers in Wisconsinphone banker to recruit volunteers, or to work the Voter Protection hotline. Click here for more details and to sign up for training.

Donate to the Wisconsin Voter Protection Fund.

Sign Up to Protect the Vote in Wisconsin

Postcards to Wisconsin and Michigan

Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin and Michigan, encouraging them to vote in the November Presidential election. We will supply the postcards, names and addresses and script. You just supply the postage (and support the post office at the same time)!

NOTE: Postcards are to be mailed on October 21, not before and not after.  If you want to return the completed and stamps cards to us for mailing in Wisconsin and Michigan, they must be returned to us no later than October 19.

We have packets of 100 cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week at three locations in Evanston. You can also sign up to pick up cards in Chicago with Indivisible Chicago, or order directly online to have them shipped to you if you are outside of the Chicagoland area. Learn more on our BLOG: 

Thank you for joining us! Together we will turn Wisconsin, Michigan, the White House, and Congress Blue!
Sign Up for Evanston Postcard Packets
Register for a Monday Zoom Postcard Party Now

Postcards to Swing States Shipping Kit Assembly

Since announcing on July 6 that they were expanding to 10 swing states in addition to WI and MI, Postcards to Swing States has been inundated by orders for 3 million cards...and counting! Check out recent coverage they got in The Hill about their goal to send 13 million handwritten postcards to swing state voters by October. 

With this new goal and influx of orders, the organizers are in desperate need of volunteers willing to “kit” the packets of postcards to ship all over the country. That's where we come in!

Last week, our amazing volunteers packed and shipped 18 "kits." Each kit represents 56 orders, so we helped ship a total of 1008 orders or 201,600 (!!!) postcards to volunteer postcard writers (like us!) nationwide!


  • How does it work? Volunteers pick up kits containing postcards, paperwork, boxes and shipping labels.
  • You assemble the kits at home and mail them with USPS.
  • Each kit includes supplies to prep and ship 56 orders of 200 postcards to volunteers.
    • 2 boxes of postcards with 112 bundles of 100 postcards.
    • Postcard writing instructions and packets of 200 addresses for each order.
    • Prepaid shipping labels, holders and envelopes are provided.
  • Note: postcard boxes are heavy, so please be prepared to lift them. We can help at pickup!
  • Each kit requires 1-2 hours volunteer time to prep for shipping.
  • Once all kits are prepped, you just contact USPS for a pickup.
  • Kits are TIME SENSITIVE and must be shipped within 3-5 days of pickup.

Sign up: Please click on the sign up and choose one of the available pickup slots. Click on the button to sign up for a 15 minute window to pick up your kit. If you can take more than one kit, please sign up for consecutive slots! Thanks!

Pick Up Location: Home of Laura Tanner: 2319 Park Place, Evanston, 60201. Social distancing protocols in effect. Once you sign up, you will receive an email with pickup instructions.

Thank you for helping us help Postcards to Swing States!

Questions? Please contact Laura Tanner

Sign Up for Postcard Shipping Kit

August Virtual Book Club
Saturday, August 29 | 10am to 12pm

Our next book is is We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In this "urgently relevant" collection featuring the landmark essay "The Case for Reparations," the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath -- including the election of Donald Trump. 

Published in 2017, this book is even more relevant today as our country faces an unprecedented reckoning on the issue of our shameful history of racism and violence against Black people. As we approach the November election, Coates' essays provide an important perspective on current events, including the inequity and injustice exposed by the coronavirus epidemic, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor (and countless others), and the resulting surge in awareness and activism around racial justice, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement." More information here.

Sign Up for August 29 Book Club Discussion

This year, it's not enough to vote. In 2020, we all have to act. And we can still stay safe and take action from home.
In 2020, Indivisible Evanston is working hard to win back the White House, the Senate, Wisconsin and to keep our gains in the House and here in Illinois. 

Thank you for reading our weekly newsletters, following us on FB and visiting our website for a full list of our 2020 actions. 

We can do this if we all pitch in -- this is a team effort! 
Indivisible Evanston Events & Important Dates

Multiple Dates:
  • Multiple Dates: see above
  • 20: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center 
  • Women’s March Chicago: March to the Polls: date TBD
  • Multiple Dates: see above
  • 3: GENERAL ELECTION!!!  🌊🌊🌊
  • 17: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center
  • Multiple Dates: see above
SEE LISTINGS ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS & to sign up for specific events. 


CDC guidelines
City of Evanston Coronavirus Information 
IL Department of Public Health
Evanston area COVID-19 community support Facebook group

CDC Guidelines on Wearing Cloth Masks

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Indivisible Evanston Mission Statement

The mission of Indivisible Evanston is to resist Donald Trump, his administration, and like-minded Members of Congress, and to remove them all from office on November 3, 2020, before they replace our democracy with an authoritarian plutocracy. We do not expect our members or allies to agree on all issues, but we invite those who agree that the Trump presidency is harming our country to work together to replace him and his GOP enablers. We seek to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we are committed to non-violence in all our actions.
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