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April 27 - May 3, 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.


We are so grateful to all of our volunteers for everything you are doing to support our work! 

New/timely/urgent actions this week (please see details for these actions and many others below):
 
1. Indivisible Evanston Book ClubApril 29 | 7-9 PM on ZOOM

2. Help Tricia Zunker win the May 12 race in WI's Congressional District 7 while also keeping WI voters safe by providing information on absentee ballot - Phone Bank!

3. Donate to BLOC -  Black Leaders Organizing for Communities in Milwaukee

4. Take the Indivisible 2020 Pledge and rally behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

As they do for us, we hope that all of our At Home Actions help give you a sense of hope and purpose during this pandemic.

Be well and stay safe.

In solidarity and resistance,

Indivisible Evanston Leadership Team

Kathleen, Laura, Leslye, Rosie, Steve and Susan

This year, it’s NOT enough to vote;
This year we have to ACT (virtually)!


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. 

Read our newsletters, follow us on FB and visit our website for a full list of our 2020 actions. 

🏠 QUICK LINKS TO TAKE ACTION 🏠
FROM HOME THIS WEEK

See Details for many of the Actions in the Blocks below!
 
IE BOOK CLUB: 

WISCONSIN: ELECT TRICIA ZUNKER CD7 & KEEP WI VOTERS SAFE OBTAINING ABSENTEE BALLOTS
ILLINOIS:
MICHIGAN:
 
PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS 2020:

NATIONAL INDIVISIBLE ACTIONS: 
 
CENSUS: SUBMIT YOUR INFO ONLINE NOW

MAKE A DONATION:
IE APRIL 14 MEETING: 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT! 
Indivisible Evanston Book Club

Next Meeting: April 29 | 7-9 PM on ZOOM

The book we are currently reading is: "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis. 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. Click HERE

Get the audio version with Libro.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; we'll email you the info to sign up on Zoom.meeting. Thanks!

HELP KEEP WI VOTERS SAFE: MAY 12 ELECTION

Wisconsin is having another special election on May 12, let's work with our friends at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) to help Wisconsin citizens vote safely.


Tricia Zunker, is running for a vacancy in the 7th Congressional District (NW Wisconsin). 

  • Tricia is a law professor (graduated from UCLAl), an associate justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court, the president of her local school boardand hoping to be the first Native American representative to Congress from Wisconsin. Donate here to help Tricia win.
  • Read ballotpedia to learn more about the WI CD 7 race between Tricia Zunker (D) & Tom Tiffany (R) Obama won CD7 in 2008 and 2012; a Democrat was in this seat 10 years ago - Tricia Zunker can win this race with our help!

HOW WE CAN HELP DPW: PHONE BANK
Follow the three steps below to help Tricia Zunker win & keep WI voters safe. Training webinar & materials provided by DPW:

1. Sign up for the Weekends of Virtual Action here!

  • Second Weekend of Action: May 2 & May 3. Absentee ballots must be requested by the Thursday before the election!
  • Get Out the Vote: May 9, May 10, May 11, & May 12.
2. Review the DPW Training webinar Click on link & use this password: 1K!AV859. 

3. Review the Phone Bank Guide which includes the link to the Dialer & Open Virtual Phone Bank. Check out the tutorial videos links!

Contact Indivisible Evanston leaders Kathleen Long or Laura Swinand if you have questions...We'd be happy to walk you through the process. We plan to hold a Phone Bank Social too - details soon.

Make a Difference... Please DONATE to Milwaukee's 
Black Leaders Organizing for Communities: BLOC

Note from IE Leaders: This is a very worthy organization to support!

Wisconsin is one of the worst places to raise an African American child in the country, and it has the highest incarceration rate for Black men in the country. DONATE TO HELP BLOC make lasting change for Black communities in Wisconsin - Thank you!
Learn about BLOC and BLOC's Goals:

  • BLOC works to lift up the Black citizens, leaders, and businesses in Milwaukee by Empowering Black Leaders with the tools, training, and resources needed to organize and guarantee that their issues, concerns, and values are represented at all levels of government.
  • Read BLOC's Platform for Prosperity
Donate to Support Milwaukee's Black Leaders Organizing for Communities: BLOC!

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. 

Join us in Rallying Behind the 
Presumptive Democratic Nominee: Joe Biden
Take the Indivisible 2020 Pledge

1. Take the We Are Indivisible 2020 Pledge

In May 2019, we asked grassroots activists and the Democratic primary candidates to take the We Are Indivisible 2020 Pledge (every major candidate did!) to make the primary constructive, rally behind the winner, and then do the work to beat Trump.

Indivisibles committed to engage in the primary through the convention, push on issues that the grassroots progressives  care about, and then support the ultimate Democratic nominee, whoever it was — period. These commitments shaped the primary, and now they’ll help us win in November. 

2. URGENT: Register to be able to vote on Indivisible's Endorsement Process - Must be done by 11:59 ET on 4/27
Enter your information and you’ll be added to the email list to be able to participate in upcoming endorsement voting opportunities.


3. Go to Joe Biden's website for a list of virtual events and opportunities to phone bank. Check our newsletter, FB page and website as opportunities to support Joe become available.

Take the Indivisible 2020 Pledge

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:

POSTCARDS TO WISCONSIN (AND NOW MICHIGAN!) UPDATE

As you now by now, we helped Postcards to Wisconsin reach their goal to send 600k handwritten cards to voters for the April 7 primary. Next up, sending 2 million postcards to voters in WI AND MI -- 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, look for details soon on how you can get your postcards directly form Indivisible Evanston!

The Trump administration rejected bailing out the USPSPostal workers are putting their health and lives on the line to help us all survive the pandemic  Help USPS by buying some stamps today, and then use them to send your postcards to voters! 

Chip in to help out with printing and distributing this next wave of cards. Thank you! 
Chip in to Fund 2 Million Postcards to MI & WI Voters
Order Your Postcard Stamps Today!

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. We recommend writing to Michigan, but here are multiple swing state campaigns open. Get started now:

  1. Sign up to write letters by clicking here. Once approved, VoteFWD provides you with names, addresses, and a template to write letters to voters in important states.
  2. NOTE: you will need to print out the letters and provide your own stamps and envelopes.Help USPS and Order Stamps online.
  3. Host a virtual letter writing "party" with friends. VF provides handy toolkits to help you get started
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!
Watch Our April 14 Zoom Meeting - Password: E9@%f47I

🦠 RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS 🦠 
AND COVID-19 RESOURCES

CDC guidelines
City of Evanston Coronavirus Information 
IL Department of Public Health
State of IL Coronavirus Response
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

April:
May
June
July
August
  • 4: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center (TBD)
  • 17-21: Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee (dates TBD)
  • 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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