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Sept 14-20, 2020
50 Days Until November 3, 2020


September Virtual Monthly Meeting
"GOT(Y)V: Turning Out Young Voters"

PANELISTS: Making Our Voices Heard: Getting Out The (Youth) Vote
 Learn what we can do to activate our young relatives

Moderated by Paul Kendrick, Executive Director, Rust Belt Rising

Gretchen Coleman: Founder, Ballot Z Founder
Kemone Hendricks, Founder/CEO of Evanston Present and Future
Bobby Mannis, YVote and Co-Founder, MoVE
Victor Shi, IL Biden Delegate - DNC, Co-Host, Intergenerational Politics

Meeting Registration: Register for the meeting, with the link below. This link will not get you into the meeting, you must receive the confirmation email with the zoom link. 
Registration Link

Question Submission: You can submit a question ahead of time, and you will also be able to post questions in the chat box during the meeting. Given our time constraints, we will do our best to get to everyone's questions but may not be able to do so. Question Submission Link

Sept 22 Monthly Meeting Registration
Question Submission: September 22 Meeting
Join the 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. And it's a great way to reach voters who we can't get a hold of with phone calls. Join us for a training to find out more about texting!

We are starting two new programs this week, texting to get out the vote (by mail and early) in Wisconsin and Michigan for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (and down ticket candidates) with the state Democratic parties. Sign up now for training and to text bank with us or to text on your own!

Texting Tuesdays textbanks are with the national IndivisiText program. At this time, this program is at capacity, so these textbanks with Indivisible are just open to our volunteers who have already completed IndivisiText training with us for TextOut and Slack. Thank you!
Register for WI and MI ThruText Texting Training
Sign Up for A MI OR WI Text Bank
Sign Up for IndivisiText Team Text Bank

Volunteer with the Wisconsin Voter Protection Team!

Wisconsin is often referred to as the breaking point state—as goes Wisconsin, so goes the country. That means that Voter Protection is more important than ever. Every vote is critical, every voter should have their vote count, and every voter we can help make their voice heard brings us one step closer to taking our country back. Check out the different types of volunteering opportunities we offer and see which ones sound right for you, whether you live in Wisconsin or not!

Sign Up for WisDems Voter Protection Team
Turning Wisconsin BLUE Depends on YOU!
WI Wednesdays Phone Banks: 6 - 8pm
NEW: WI Weekend Phone Banks - Saturdays, WI Mondays 6 - 8pm! 

⭐️ Our rockstar Calling Crew of 542 has made over 25K calls to WI since June 24 and we need your help to make more! Please see the block below with the image of our Calling Crew for a discussion of our calling strategy.

Individual WI Wednesday/Weekend Phone Bank sign ups: 
Wed September 16, 6 - 8pm: Sign up | Mon September 21, 6 - 8pm: Sign up 
Wed September: 23, 6 - 8pm: Sign up 
Sat September 26, 10am - 12pm: Sign up 
Mon September 28, 6 - 8pm: Sign up | Wed September 30, 6 - 8pm: Sign up

LINK TO ALL WI Mon/Wed/Sat including October Phone Banks: Sign up here
Want to flip Michigan? SIGN UP.

New to phone banking? Sign up for a phone bank training session

📞Calls can be made any day; morning, noon & night. Just attend one of our phone banks for orientation & then call at your convenience.

➡️ 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! Thanks for joining us in this fight to turn WI BLUE!
Questions? Email Kathleen Long
New to Phone Banking? Need a Refresher? Sign up for 30 minute Phone Bank TRAINING
Sign Up for Wisconsin Wednesdays Weekly PHONE BANKS
Support Rep. Lauren Underwood in IL-14
Phonebanks Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Many thanks to everyone who's joined us over the weeks to make calls to IL-14 voters every Thursday! We've had 100% attendance the last two weeks (all who signed up showed up) and our highest turnout ever. To date, we've made over 5,500 dials!

Lauren Underwood's opponent is already getting a lot of financial support from outside money groups, and the race is expected to be tight so we need to provide all the support we can. Join us and help Rep. Underwood become the first Democrat to win re-election in Il-14! Sign up to join our Thursday Indivisible Evanston-only virtual phonebank parties!
Phonebank Details:
  • Phonebanks are hosted by the campaign and last from 6-8pm
  • No need to stay the entire duration - join when you can and make your target of 50 dials!
  • First-time caller? Training provided by at 6pm for those who need it

Can't make Thursdays? Join Indivisible Chicago's Tuesday Underwood phonebanks OR make calls on your own.


Sign up for Underwood Phone Bank Parties on Thursdays 6 - 8pm
Evanston Fundraiser for Lauren Underwood on 9/17

Postcards to Swing States Update

Indivisible Evanston has distributed over 150,000 postcards to MI and WI and is now distributing postcards to TX and SC!  Postcards to Swing states has also sent out all 15.7 MILLION postcards heading to voters across 14 swing states to get out the vote. Now is the time to write your postcards! You can sign up for one of our weekly Monday night Zoom Postcards parties to get them done with other IE volunteers. Join us!

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. Thank you!

THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers who helped pack and ship approximately 9000 orders (or 2.5 million cards!) since July. We have wrapped up this project, as Postcards to Swing States has received and shipped all orders. Now volunteers (including us!) are hard at work hand writing cards to mail in October!

We have packets of 100 cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week at three locations in Evanston (while supplies last). Sign up today to get cards before they are gone!


Pick Up Texas of SC Postcard Packets
Register for a Monday Zoom Postcard Party Now

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 make calls with Team Casten 
Sign up for Casten Phone Banking & Training


In the coming weeks, we'll all be getting more involved with taking action with the Biden/Harris campaign. Check out our blog for many ideas and lots of information about how we can all do our part to help them win on November 3rd!
Take Action with the Biden/Harris Campaign

Register to Vote and Make Your Voting Plan
Important Dates Now Through Election Day

Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. We have created a resouce that you can access on our website blog with all the details about making sure you are registered and have a plan to vote. We have included deadlines for things like registration (in person and online), requesting and returning your mail in ballot, ballot drop boxes, dates for early voting, election day information and more.
IL Voter Registration and Voting Information
City of Evanston Election & Early Voting Info
Apply Now to Vote By Mail in Suburban Cook County
Drop Box Locations/Hours
Join Indivisible Illinois' VBM Task Force

Voting by mail is considered the safest form of voting during a pandemic. And all Illinois residents can apply NOW to request a vote-by-mail ballot. 

Sign up to phone bank, lobby, write letters to the editor and advocate with Indivisible IL in support of expanding access to voting during the COVID19 outbreak and educating voters about newly passed legislation.  
Virus Free Voting


Directed by Indivisible Evanston member and volunteer Bob Hercules, the documentary film MIKVA! DEMOCRACY IS A VERB premiered online at the Gene Siskel Film Center on September 11th and will be available through Sept. 24th. In the lore of Chicago politics Abner Mikva was famously the ‘nobody that nobody sent.’ But, ironically, Mikva became a passionate advocate for democracy and ethical government, racial justice and gun control who inspired thousands, particularly young people, to effect change. “Mikva! Democracy is a Verb” chronicles both his rise from an impoverished childhood to an epic career as a legislator in Springfield and Washington, Federal Judge and White House Counsel and how his work is being carried on today by his legacy organization, the Mikva Challenge.

This sweeping story shows Mikva prevailing over the powerful Daley machine, challenging the National Rifle Association, amending the Constitution to give 18-year-olds the right to vote, striking down the Pentagon’s ban on gays in the military, and grappling with the 1978 neo-Nazi invasion of Skokie, Il. The film features his protégée, President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, political consultant David Axelrod, former Wall Street Journal reporter Al Hunt, advisor to 7 Presidents, Newton Minow, and allies and family to show how Mikva’s values and skills are sorely needed in public life today. (Description courtesy of Bob Hercules)


Please join us on Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm CDT for a special Facebook Live Q&A with director Bob Hercules and film subjects David Axelrod, Jan Schakowsky, and Mikva Challenge student Schyler Travis. The discussion will be moderated by "Chicago Tonight" host Phil Ponce (WTTW).

Register for the free Q&A here:

MIKVA! Trailer
Watch the Film Online
Sept 16 Panel 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:
  • 2: Last Day of Early Voting
  • 3: Last Day Mail Ballots can be Postmarked & Drop Boxes available
  • 3: GENERAL ELECTION, Register to Vote available  🌊🌊🌊
  • 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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