Volunteer – Democratic National Convention Host Committee

Volunteers are important to the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and the convention.

During the Democratic National Convention, which will be held from July 13 to 16, 2020, and in the weeks leading up to the event, the host committee will welcome thousands of guests and delegates to Milwaukee and the surrounding region. Some of them will be visiting the city for the first time, and our volunteer team will be the first smiles they encounter and a friendly source of information.

Our volunteers will serve as Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee ambassadors, joining a history-making team that welcomes and delivers a positive experience to thousands of visitors from around the country and world, inspiring them to plan return trips to Milwaukee.

Sign up to Volunteer here

Learn more about the volunteer effort here.

Witness: MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols)

Large numbers of Central Americans are no longer appearing at our border seeking a better life. The government of Mexico, under pressure from President Trump, is keeping most of them from getting here. Mexico has reinforced both its southern border and its border with the U.S.

Nonetheless, thousands of people have made it to our border. Instead of following our prior practice of letting them into the U.S. while we consider their requests for asylum, we are forcing them to wait in Mexico.

The conditions on the Mexican side of our border are awful. Neither our government nor the Mexican government is providing adequate food, shelter, or medicine to the asylum seekers. Fresh water, bathing facilities, and toilets are in short supply. Diseases spread quickly through the tent-camps where people are concentrated. The only life-support many of these desperate people get comes from American volunteers who walk over the bridge from the U.S. each day carrying food and supplies that have been donated.

We worked with activists from around the country to bring attention to the immigrant children’s prisons, and we had great success. Several of those horrible places were closed, and the children were freed. Because people showed up at city council meetings and objected, San Antonio, Texas, Universal City, Texas, and Marietta, Georgia have recently refused to allow immigrant children’s prisons to open there, and our fellow activists are working right now to prevent such prisons from opening in other towns. Citizen involvement works!

Starting on January 12, we will begin a new effort. This time we are not only focusing on individual detention facilities. We will be calling for reversal of the Trump policies that force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico. We hope to maintain a regular presence in Brownsville, Texas, at the border crossing that leads into Matamoros, Mexico, where thousands of immigrants are stranded. Once again, we will be bringing attention to a problem that might otherwise fall out of the public consciousness as other news stories emerge.

If you think you might want to stand witness at the border for a few hours or a few days, you can get more information here:

https://tinyurl.com/tlnctgk?fbclid=IwAR2ABsAl13rhjI9jW9D0VBm7GklOJ9G8cdY7L1cJaAXLXBadyyVmxSQMvcQ

Or you can just contact me through the website I will try to answer any questions you have. We will need people not just on January 12, but for as long as it takes to restore decency to our country’s treatment of migrants.

Contributions to help this effort can be made online at:

http://www.peacefulcommunities.org/contribute/

or you can send a check to Peaceful Communities, Inc., PO Box 2324, Northbrook, IL 60065. Contributions are not tax deductible.

Thanks to everyone who has gone to the border, who will go, and who is supporting this effort in any way.

Lee Goodman
Peaceful Communities, Inc.

Ways You Can Become/Stay Involved

Let the countdown begin! 305 days until Election Day on November 3rd. We all signed up in January, 2017 to resist Trump’s agenda and fight for our democracy. Everything we’ve done has had an impact. It’s been an exhausting journey but let’s not give up now. There is still so much more to do. Below are some of the ways you can stay involved along with links to websites to continue getting information.

  • Chicago Women’s March – https://www.womensmarchchicago.org/
    • Saturday, 1/18/20 in Grant Park, 11am to 1pm
  • Help Flip Wisconsin Blue – https://northshoreindivisible.com/flip-wisconsin/
    • Letter writing campaigns
    • Register voters in Milwaukee
    • Canvass
  • Deputy Voter Registration Training – https://tenthdems.org/events/
    • 1/8/20 – Northbrook Library, 7 to 8:30pm (for Cook County residents)
    • 1/15/20 – Lake County Central Permit Facility (2nd Floor Conference Room), 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, 6pm (for Lake County residents)
    • 1/22/20 – County Building (10th Floor – Assembly Room), 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, 2pm (for Lake County residents)
  • Volunteer to help re-elect:
    • Dick Durbin (D-IL) contact Chicago Office 312.353.4952
    • US Rep. Brad Schneider, Deerfield (D-IL-10) contact Lincolnshire Office 847.383.4870
    • US Rep. Sean Casten, Palatine (D-IL-6) campaign contact Phone 630.534.3018
    • Lauren Underwood, Naperville (D-IL-14) campaign contact Phone West Chicago 630. 549.2190
    • IL State Sen. Julie Morrison (29th Dist) campaign contact Deerfield Phone 847.945.5200
    • IL State Rep. Bob Morgan (58th Dist) campaign contact Highland Park Ph. 847.282.0577

CCAN-HRA still meets regularly and all are welcome to attend. If you would like to be notified of our meetings, please let us know and we will add you to our HRA email list. Most of you have hung in there over the past arduous three years and we are so grateful for your willingness to stay involved. However, we also respect those who no longer wish to stay active. Just let us know and we’ll remove your name from the CCAN email list.

We have the opportunity to flip the White House and YES, even the Senate this November! If we do this together, our activism will have a better chance at succeeding. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get back to work!!

CCAN-HRA

Human Rights Alliance Committee

Joni Reed

847-948-7333 (h)

847-558-5826 (c)

joni.reed@comcast.net

Wisconsin Actions You Can Take Between Now and January 16, 2020

Help us WIN WISCONSIN!  We have several initiatives going on that you may want to consider:
1. Registering voters in Milwaukee.  This commitment is during the week, during business hours. Attached is information (click for PDF) about the program.  Laura Kushner, our Wisconsin Initiative Campaign Manager has been up to Milwaukee herself a few times to register voters, so reach out to her if you have any questions about the process.
2. Letter writing campaigns.  You are welcome to write letters on your own at home. Attached is a ‘how to’ sheet on what to do.  You are also welcome to come and join our monthly letter writing parties at the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire.  our next party is January 16 at 7:00 PM. We will be in the Youth Services Room.  Come and join us!
3. There is canvassing going on in Kenosha on Jan. 11.  If you are interested you should contact Nancy Bruski at nancysbruski@gmail.com .  Note that there are more canvassing opportunities coming up later in the winter and spring.  If you are on the email list you will receive emails about them from North Shore Indivisible.

Get involved in the fight for Medicare for All on Dec 4 at 7 PM CST

Get involved in the fight for Medicare for All on Dec 4 at 8 PM ET.

Our friends at Public Citizen have invited Congressional champions to share insights about how local resolutions efforts, like the recently passed resolution in Los Angeles, can support the growing momentum for Medicare for All in Congress. Make sure to RSVP to learn more from the activists and policymakers who pushed those resolutions across the finish line, and to get organizing updates from across the country.

Make Calls to Ensure a Fair and Open Impeachment Trial in the Senate

Sign up to make some calls connecting voters to 13 key senators.

With impeachment hearings moving forward this week in the House, it’s critically important that we prepare for the next stage — a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. We’ve hit 600,000 calls (!!) but we still have a ways to go to make our goal of calling one million constituents of the 13 senators who really need to hear from them. We’re asking you to call voters in those states and ask them to turn up the pressure on their elected officials. It’s a simple four-part process:

– You call a progressive voter in a key state with one of these 13 Republicans. These folks are your friends—they attended the Women’s March and/or fight for progressive causes.
– You explain how they have power now. You’ll remind them why the continued fight for impeachment is so important—and why they have particular power in this moment.
– You ask them to use their power. Then, you’ll ask them to call their senator and make their voices heard on why we’re demanding courage in this moment.
– You push a button and connect them to their senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the senator’s DC office.

Help more new voters before the 2020 primaries.

Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative help citizens obtain the IDs they need in order to vote. They exceeded their original 2019 goal of 300 IDs early on. Now, thanks to Americans of Conscious Checklist subscribers who have already donated an amazing $15,000+ this year (you rock!), we’re getting closer to our amended goal of helping 600 new voters (every $40 donated provides an ID for one new voter).

Donate: To Spread the Vote here.

 

Advocate for Automatic Voter Registration & $upport Those Who Do

If you live in AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NV, NJ, NM, OR, RI, UT, VT, WA, or WV: Your state (or district, in the case of Washington, DC) has already adopted some form of AVR.

Donate to the Brennan Center here to fund their advocacy for automatic Voter Registration and other voting rights issues.

Read more about their efforts here.

“The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute. We strive to uphold the values of democracy. We stand for equal justice and the rule of law. We work to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work, for all.”

Sign the petition! The 116th United States Congress & other US Elected Officials/Candidates: US Officials: Defend American Sovereignty & Fight Foreign Election Influence

Friend,

I signed a petition on Action Network telling The 116th United States Congress & other US Elected Officials/Candidates to US Officials: Defend American Sovereignty & Fight Foreign Election Influence.

Background
DemCast USA and grassroots partners have created the Pledge to Defend American Sovereignty because we want our politicians to overtly state that they will refuse and rebuke foreign support/interference in US elections, including monetary or in-kind support, campaign coordination, and digital/social media interference.
Apparently, given current circumstances, we have to ask for this…though we shouldn’t have to. We need to know who will sign this pledge. And – almost more importantly – who won’t.

Why Should You Sign This Petition?
We need to draw a line in the sand, and let our politicians know that we need them to pick a side on foreign interference in our elections. All signatures gathered, along with all verbatim comments, will be shared with appropriate Congressional delegations (based on signers’ zip codes) by November 30th, 2019. With a groundswell of energy, we can pressure our officials to sign this pledge. Those politicians who do agree to take the pledge will be listed on DemCastUSA.com, where we can track who has proactively agreed to the simple but incredibly important terms of the Pledge.
We hope that all politicians – on both sides of the aisle – agree to defend our sovereignty. Pledge language below.

Can you join me and take action? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/pledge-to-defend?source=email&

Thanks!