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>>> Weekly News & Actions <<< April 20 - 26, 2020
Dear Evanston Indivisibles,
We hope this newsletter finds you safe, healthy, and well, and that you're able to care for and be cared for by loved ones in person or virtually.
You showed us that our activism can still make a BIG impact on making change in this country with all the postcards, phone banking and texting we did to reach and help Wisconsin voters in early April.
Thank you for keeping up with our "At Home Activism." Keep taking action with our weekly opportunities we share here, on our Facebook page, and on our website. We are so grateful to all of our volunteers for everything you are doing to support our work!
Five key messages and actions this week:
1. Happy Third Anniversary to Indivisible Evanston!
Three years ago, we had our very first meeting at Reba Place. 200 of you showed up along with great guest speakers, including our Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Daniel Biss, and Alderwoman Cicely L. Fleming.
2. Earth Day 50th Anniversary - April 22!
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, there will be an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization on April 22-24 called Earth Day Live.
Join activists, celebrities, performers, thought leaders, artists and more for an epic moment of community and hope for our future. See details below for more local and virtual activities!
Please register for the meeting on SignUp Genius and then we will email you the info to sign up for the meeting on Zoom. Thank you!.
As they do for us, we hope that these at home actions help give you a sense of hope and purpose during this pandemic.
Be well and hang in there. And thank you again for all your help with keeping voters safe and informed in Wisconsin!
In solidarity and resistance,
Indivisible Evanston Leadership Team
Kathleen, Laura, Leslye, Rosie, Steve and Susan
Happy Third Anniversary IE!
🥂Happy Third Anniversary, Indivisible Evanston! 🥂
It's hard to believe, but three years ago we kicked off our group with our first monthly meeting held at Reba Place Church in Evanston on April 19, 2017. When we started Indivisible Evanston, we had no idea what we were doing, what to expect, what we were starting, or if anyone would even show up to this meeting we had planned.
That night, we were so inspired by the energy generated by our great guest speakers, including our Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, former State Senator and candidate for Governor Daniel Biss, and Evanston 9th Ward Alderwoman Cicely L. Fleming.
Even more, we were surprised, thrilled and inspired that 200 of you showed up that night and signed up to be part of our newly-formed resistance group. And have kept showing up, with 870 of you getting this newsletter every week, 1500 of you liking our Facebook page, and 390 of you in our Facebook group. Thank you for being part of our movement!
Looking back, we love that even in early 2017, we knew that if we stand together, indivisible, we cannot only resist...but we will win! Thank you to all our incredible volunteers: be proud of the success we've had - from turning the House BLUE in 2018 to helping elect Marie Newman IL-3 & Judge Jill Karofsky to the WI State Supreme Court in 2020. Onwards to keeping the House & taking back the Senate & the White House in November!
Thank you to all of you who have been with us since the beginning, and to everyone who has joined us along the way...and we welcome all our new members to join us! We will keep resisting, taking action and standing together -- indivisible. And we will win and take our country back in November, so it can be a better place for all of us!
This year, it’s not enough to vote. Since 2017, we've marched, rallied, resisted and fought to win back the House in 2018. In 2020, Indivisible Evanston is working hard to win back the White House, the Senate, Wisconsin and to keep our gains here in Illinois. CLICK HERE for a full list of all our 2020 activities. Then join us to take action for a blue Wisconsin, Illinois and United States. EVEN DURING THIS CRISIS WE CAN STILL TAKE ACTION FROM HOME!
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FROM HOME THIS WEEK
The fights against the coronavirus and the climate crisis go hand-in-hand, and as we work to flatten the curve of this pandemic, we must strive toward the longer term goal of building a society rooted in sustainability and justice.
For 50 years, we’ve been losing the fight for our planet. But we can make this the century we saved the world — starting on Earth Day. Here’s how you can spread the word and make this as big as possible. Earth Day Goes Digital: Social Media Toolkit
It’s more important now than ever to unite and support each other. That’s why, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, there will be an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization on April 22-24. Join activists, celebrities, performers, thought leaders, artists and more for an epic moment of community and hope for our future. Together, we’ll:
Drive donations to benefit the COVID-19 relief effort.
Call on world leaders to take emergency action to build a more sustainable and just world.
Inspire millions to pledge to vote for our future.
Indivisible has started a partnership* with Vote Forward, a nationwide letter-writing campaign to reach voters in key states before the November election, maximize impact, and increase turnout. The Vote Forward mission is to mail heartfelt, handwritten "please vote" and "please register" letters to encourage our fellow citizens to participate in our democracy. (*previously we wrote these letters through Swing Left). We recommend writing to Michigan, but here are multiple swing state campaigns open. Get started now:
Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders targeting voters in close, key races nationally. Their current campaign is for Tricia Zunker, who is running in a special election in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. Hurry, you need to complete your cards (1-50) by April 24th!
As you now by now, we helped Postcards to Wisconsinreach their goal to send 600k handwritten cards to voters for the April 7 primary. Next up, we're going to play an important role in sendin 2 million postcards to voters in WI AND MI - also a critical swing state -- before November. Make sure to watch the recording of our April 14 meeting to learn more from one of the organizers, Reid McCollum.
This program starts May 1, and we will be announcing soon how you will be able to pick up packets from us directly. You can also order them to be sent to you, but it will save the program postage if you get them from us.
Please chip in to help out with printing and distributing this next wave of cards. Thank you for making a donation if you can -- even $10 helps us reach 194 more voters!
You may have heard that the Trump administration rejected bailing out the USPS, which has been struggling in general but also severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. And postal workers are working hard and putting their health and lives on the line to help us all survive the pandamic. Help USPS by buying some stamps today, and then use them to send your postcards to voters!
The book we are currently reading is: "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis. This title is especially relevant now, given that it's about the Trump administration making our country and citizens more vulnerable to greater risk by leaving critical government positions empty, cronyism, and anti-government ideology. More information about the book and author HERE.
You can still order your book online from Page 1 or get the audio version withLibro.fm. Evanston Public Library is also offering temporary library cards online that you can use for ebooks. The discussion will moderated by IE's Co-Leader Laura Tanner on Zoom.
This meeting will be a "virtual book club" on Zoom. Please register for the meeting on SignUp Genius and then we will email you the info to sign up on Zoom.meeting. Thanks!
The coronavirus public health and economic crisis isn’t over and soon Congress will likely have to pass at least one additional response package. We need to continue demanding that any coronavirus response legislation puts people’s needs ahead of corporate profits — in other words, we need a People’s Bailout.
Take these actions below to demand a People's Bailout:
Register Voters: Remind your friends, family and social media networks to register to vote!
Ensuring Safe, Secure Elections Call Page: Call your Senators to demand they cosponsor the “Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act” to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail for this November’s election. Flood Congress with calls on our national Vote By Mail Day of Action on April 17th!
Ensure Safe, Secure Safe Elections Soapboxx: Record a video to your Senators to demand they cosponsor the “Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act” to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail for this November’s election.
Update on Volunteer Opportunities to Support Lauren Underwood
Texting/Phonebanking/Letters to Editor
Though the general election is 7 months away—and COVID-19 has obviously put a damper on canvassing activities—there are a number of things we CAN do. Sign up below. Activities will begin shortly but you should hear from the campaign directly after sign-up.
Stay tuned for info on a weekly virtual volunteer happy hour/hangout session, where you can touch base and share with other volunteers and campaign staff.
Congratulations to Rep. Underwood for being named #19 on Chicago magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women list!
"In 2018, the freshman Democrat and former adviser to Barack Obama unseated incumbent Randy Hultgren in her historically conservative district by campaigning on health care reform. She’s not part of AOC’s Squad, but she is part of a pragmatic clique nicknamed the Big Six: newbie reps who serve as liaisons to congressional leadership and who many observers believe have formidable political futures."
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Indivisible Evanston Mission Statement
The mission of Indivisible Evanston is to resist Donald Trump's attempt to replace our democracy with authoritarian plutocracy. We do not expect our members or our allies to agree on all issues, but we invite those who agree that the Trump presidency is harming our country to work together on issues of common concern. We seek to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we are committed to non-violence in all our actions. Note: We are so happy that you attend our events, but please understand that attendance is at your own risk, and we assume no liability for injury.
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