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>>> Weekly News & At Home Activism <<< 
May 18-24, 2020

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! 

🏠 QUICK LINKS TO TAKE ACTION 🏠
FROM HOME THIS WEEK


KEY ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK:
WISCONSIN:
ILLINOIS:
MICHIGAN:
  • SIGN UP for Indivisible Chicago's Michigan Mondays Phone Banks
  • In addition to winning Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, we are focused on defending the U.S. Senate seat held by Gary Peters, which will be critical to the national effort to flip the Senate.
  • ORDER postcards for Michigan directly or pick them up in Chicago. See postcard block.
PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS 2020:
NATIONAL INDIVISIBLE ACTIONS: 
In this era of 24-Hour digital news and targeted propaganda, it's often hard to discern the difference between good information and disinformation, especially on social media. On May 19, our virtual meeting will feature an expert panel discussion with Northwestern University faculty to help you learn how to "Separate News You Can Use from News You Can Lose." Among other topics, our panelists will address how we can both navigate and disseminate digital news and social media content more responsibly and effectively. 

Meeting Registration, Confirmation & Question Submission
  • Register for the meeting with the link below. This registration link will not get you into the meeting, you must first register to get the meeting link. 
  • Confirmation: once you register, you’ll get an email confirmation from Zoom with the link and login information to the meeting. We strongly recommend you either add the link to your calendar, or save the confirrmation email so you can easily find it at the time of the meeting. 
  • Questions: you can submit a question ahead of time for our panelists, 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. Submit A Question and More Information About Our Panelists
Register for Our May 19 Monthly Meeting on Zoom
Submit A Question To Our May 19 Speaker Panel

The path to Trump’s defeat in November goes through Wisconsin, the state most likely to decide the next president. The Republicans' voter suppression strategy, focused especially on people of color, was in plain sight in its recent primary. Reason: African American voters are the bedrock of the Democratic coalition. Trump won Wisconsin by a mere 23,000 votes, and 40,000 fewer African Americans cast votes in the 2016 election than in 2012. Raising black turnout is crucial to flipping the state back to blue this year.

Recently featured in the New York TimesBlack Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) has knocked on doors in Milwaukee neighborhoods since 2017. BLOC doesn’t just mobilize voters for a particular election; it organizes to develop a robust civic culture and fight for the needs of black communities in the nation’s most segregated city. Its patient, neighbor-to-neighbor work is far more likely to have an effect on those who are struggling to survive and legitimately skeptical of politics than endorsements and political advertising. If black turnout increases in Milwaukee, where most of the state’s African Americans live, BLOC’s work will be the reason.

If you were outraged by Republican ruthlessness in the primary; if you admire the courage of those who voted in spite of the dangers; if you want to help flip Wisconsin and end the Trump presidency, join us to learn more about BLOC’s inspiring work and meet Angela Lang, its remarkable executive director. Deborah Harris, the director of Action Now, which works on the south and west sides of Chicago, will introduce Angela.

RSVP for this event and you will receive a link to this call on the day of the event. 
 

RSVP NOW to MAY 20 IL-9 SALON

We are sorry to report that Tricia Zunker lost to Tom Tiffany in the WI-07 special election on May 12. Thank you to all who participated in phone/text banking.  

It's worth noting that Tom Tiffany and Tricia Zunker are expected to face off again in the November general election in Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District. So we have another opportunity!

Per the NYT - Democrats didn’t pour much money into the Wisconsin special election. Republican outside groups and Tom Tiffany’s campaign spent $2.8 million on TV ads.

Tricia Zunker declared a moral victory by narrowing the margin from 22 points in 2018 to 15 tonight: “We laid the groundwork for this seat to turn blue in November.”

In the meantime…we can't canvass in the midst of an international health crisis, so we have to do the next best thing, which is phone banking.

Phone banking is now the best tool we have to win in 2020, and it's easier than you think. Let us show you how. We are partnering with Indivisible Chicago Alliance – join our 30-minute class that will tell you the secrets, show you the ropes, and answer all your questions. And if you like, you can step from class right into a working phone bank. 


Sign up here for phone bank training 

Learn phone banking NOW: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be offering phone banks again this summer and you'll be ready! 

Phone Bank Training Sign Up

Evanston Postcards to Wisconsin Kickoff!

Welcome to the new IE Postcards 2 Wisconsin campaign! Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin, 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)! 

Until we can meet again in person at our postcard parties, we will 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. We are only writing cards to Wisconsin, so if you would like Michigan cards, you can also sign up with Indivisible Chicago or order them directly.

How it works: 

  • Go to our Sign Up and select your preferred postcard pickup date/location.
  • Check the blue Sign up box on the date and location you want to pick up.
  • Click on the the black "Submit and Sign up" box at the bottom of the page.
  • Select how many packets of 100 you would like to pick up.
  • Click on the black "Sign Up Now" box to complete your registration.
FAQ's
  • How many cards can I get?
    • For ease of distribution, cards will be available only in packs of 100. But you have six months to complete them. Share them with friends!
  • How do I get stamps?
    • We are not providing stamps. If you don't want to go to the post office to buy stamps, just order them online. CLICK HERE.
    • If you have trouble ordering online, please contact Candace Davis for help.
  • When are we mailing the cards?
    • All cards will be mailed at the end of October. Due to issues surrounding the deadline for absentee ballots, we cannot yet identify the mailing date. We will notify you of the required mailing date closer to the election. 
  • What do I do with the cards once I am done writing them?
    • You can hold onto the completed cards and mail them yourself on the specified October mailing date.
    • You can also bring the completed cards back to where you picked them up, and we will mail them for you in Wisconsin in October.
    • PLEASE do not return cards to us without postage. Thank you!
Thank you for joining us! Together we will turn Wisconsin, the White House, and Congress Blue!
Sign Up for Evanston Postcards to Wisconsin Packets
Sign Up to Pick Up Postcards to WI and MI in Chicago
Order Cards -- Outside Chicagoland ONLY
Answers to ALL your Postcards to WI and MI Questions!
Donate to Support Postcards to WI and MI
Order Your Postcard Stamps Today!
Since we can't canvass in the midst of an international health crisis, we have to do the next best thing, which is phone banking. It's easy and we can prove it! We have 30-minute classes that will tell you the secrets, show you the ropes, and answer all your questions. And if you like, you can step from class right into a working phone bank. Several sessions scheduled and more are on the way. Please sign up here.

VOTE-BY-MAIL PUSH with Indivisible Illinois

We need to plan nationally and statewide (even in IL) for the security of our votes in November 2020! 

1. CALL ILLINOIS LEADERS!

Ask our state legislators, Governor Pritzker, election officials, and ISBE to remove any barriers to receiving, tracking, and returning an absentee ballot.  All jurisdictions should include envelopes with prepaid postage for all voters. 

If vote-by-mail legislation is not passed by the end of May in IL, there will not be time to organize another option, and an expanded vote-by-mail program will not go forward.

  • Script & Contact information to call on your own here
  • Sign up to phone bank with Indivisible IL here. 

2. KEEP CALLING CONGRESS THIS WEEK!!!

Indivisible National has created a tool to help us call our members of Congress — including Democrats — today and demand that they fight to include these emergency protections for our election in the next coronavirus bill. 

Indivisible Evanston Book Club
Next Meeting: June 24 | 7-9 PM 
New Book: Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy by David Daley
 

Thank you to everyone who attended our third book group "meeting" and first virtual discussion of “The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis. This book is especially relevant now, given that it is about how the Trump administration has made our country and citizens more vulnerable to greater risk with government positions left empty, cronyism, and anti-government ideology. We all may be more alarmed, but we are definitely more informed!

David Daley is also the author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count, which we encourage you to read as well, though our discussion will be focused on his most recent book. Daley's journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor of Salon. "Unrigged" excerpt in Rolling Stone: "Kobach and Trump’s Spectacular Voter-Fraud Failure. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidDaley3.

 

We recommend that you order the book online through Bookshop to support our local host bookstore Page 1 Books on Evanston's Central Street. Click HERE to order and it will be shipped directly to you. You can also support Page 1 by ordering your audio version from Libro.fm instead of Audible. EPL is also offering cards online and this can be checked out as an ebook that way. Thank you! 

Discussion will be moderated by IE Co-Leader Laura Tanner if we are able to meet in person at Page 1 or if we have another online Zoom discussion. Also make sure to check our our Facebook Event for this meeting: This is also a great way to discuss this and other books virtually.

Order Your Book Now
Sign Up for the June Book Group

Activities to Support Lauren Underwood in IL-14  
 
As you know, Lauren Underwood is running for re-election to the US House in Illinois’ 14th district. Though COVID-19 is clearly affecting how the campaign can do outreach to voters, there are opportunities to support Rep Underwood. 
Want to get involved? The campaign will be commencing a variety of activities in the coming weeks and months—some of them traditional and others that are more creative in light of the pandemic.
Click a link below to learn more and sign up. More info and details are forthcoming:
QUICK AND EASY ACTION:
Fill Out Your
CENSUS REPORT Today!
  • The 2020 Census questionnaire takes you about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
CLICK HERE to complete your census report
Copy, paste and send the link to your friends & family!
 
Complete Your Census Report Today!

🦠 RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS 🦠 
AND COVID-19 RESOURCES

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

Coronavirus Preparedness Guidelines from NYT
CDC Guidelines on Wearing Cloth Masks

COVID-19 Resources from State Rep. Robin Gabel

Indivisible Evanston Events & Important Dates

May
June
July
  • 4: Evanston 4th of July Parade, Central Street in Evanston (cancelled)
  • 18 & 19: Indivisible Action Weekend, nationwide
  • 18 & 19: DPW Weekend of Action
August
  • 1 & 2: DPW Weekend of Action
  • 4: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center (TBD)
  • 17-21: Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee 
  • 19: IE Book Group, Page 1 Books, Evanston 7- 9pm (TBD)
September
October
  • 13: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center 
  • Women’s March Chicago: March to the Polls: date TBD
November
  • 3: GENERAL ELECTION!!!  🌊🌊🌊
  • 17: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center
SEE LISTINGS ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS & to sign up for specific events. 
For our most up to date news & daily actions, like our page on Facebook and check in often. Make sure to follow and retweet us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, and add us to your email contacts!

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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