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!

 

“Fix the FOID” – Petition the Illinois Senate to Pass SB 1966

Fix the FOID

Put your name on Illinois Senator Julie Morrison’s petition to tell the Illinois Senate to “Fix the FOID” by passing her bill, SB 1966.

Background: The Fix the FOID Act is a comprehensive package aimed at addressing problems with Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. It would:

  • Reduce the valid term of a FOID card from 10 years to 5 years
  • Require that all FOID card applications include a set of fingerprints
  • Raise the application fee from $10 to $20
  • Require that firearm transactions take place at a federally licensed dealer
  • Call for creation of a task force of state and local enforcement to ensure that individuals whose FOID cards have lapsed or been revoked have surrendered their cards and transferred their firearms

If these measures had been in place a year ago, they could have prevented two highly publicized shootings in Illinois. These are not onerous requirements and are necessary to make our communities safer.

What to do when discouraged: Americans of Conscience Checklist

Jen Hofmann: Maybe you’ve been feeling it too—the news, the president, the border wall, the climate crisis, racist people in power, international corruption. We’re well past the two-year mark, and it’s still the same awful dudes at the top making worse decisions by the day.

Can we take a moment to just be honest about how overwhelming this is—and what to do about it?

When nothing seems to change, it’s demoralizing. It’s beyond infuriating. It’s enough to make you want to turn off the news, close the laptop, recycle the paper and just ghost it for the next two years.

At the core of this overwhelm and frustration is a flawed thought: I can change this myself.

If you’re accustomed to being listened to and respected… If you’re the kind of person who has had even fleeting success in life… If you’re like me and overcome big challenges, then we have been under the spell of the same limiting narrative.

In the words of Marshall Goldsmith, “What got you here will not get you there.” While you are no doubt capable person, what we’re facing right now—nationally and globally—is like nothing we have ever seen. Solving what lies ahead of us will take more than what’s gotten us this far. Our own willpower isn’t enough. A few letters or phone calls aren’t enough. No heroes—including ourselves—will turn this ship around.

This truth takes time to accept. It takes a deep breath and a willingness to be curious. The truth is you cannot change the outcome alone. Neither can I. None of us can.

Only we can.

Only we can create that change—with skills like cooperation, community, cohesion, collaboration—that will see us through this dark night of the planet’s soul. The roots of each word is “co”, meaning together. Only with others can we create a kind, flourishing world. However (and this is hard), it means banishing the idea that your outrage and effort alone can fix this. It can’t. Only together can we right the wrongs, heal what has been broken, and overcome the obstacles ahead. Together.

So, take a breath. Pause to feel the truth of this. Notice if you’re willing to accept an invitation. Will you commit to more “co-” into your life?

Thankfully, you and I are part of a movement of people who believe strongly enough in a better future to work for it. Even if you didn’t realize it. Even if you just forgot. It’s still true. This week, pause to remember when you dial the phone or write a postcard that thousands of other hearts doing the very same.

For it’s in community that we persevere, and together we create a better, brighter future.

This is from Jen Hofmann, author of the Americans of Concience Checklist.
Subscribe to her newsletter and send her money to support her remarkable efforts to inform and motivate us all.

Read this week’s checklist here. And then take action!
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Tenth Dems Winter 2019 Internship Program

The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Winter 2019 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college, and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists in one of the most widely watched Congressional districts in the country. This is the ideal time to complete a political internship as we prepare for the critically important 2020 elections. Tenth Dems interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2018 election cycle, including legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in helping to turn the US House of Representatives blue. Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, and jobs in Springfield, Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview. Residency in the 10th District is not required but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, be able to travel to our offices, and devote a minimum of eight hours per week to the internship during the school year. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply or request more information, email us at volunteers@tenthdems.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems).

Public Comment to Census Bureau – Deadline 8/7/18

Seal of the United States Census Bureau
The Census Bureau is accepting public comments on its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. To submit your comment before the August 7 deadline, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/08/2018-12365/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-2020-census. 

The League of Women Voters opposes such a question, which will result in an unfair and inaccurate Census that fails to equitably represent the U.S. population. See more below under “Why It Matters.”

WHY IT MATTERS:
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently announced that there will be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The League of Women Voters vehemently opposes this measure, claiming that it will result in an undercount of those living in the United States and will jeopardize fair redistricting and the determination of the allocation of resources. Additionally, the call for a citizenship question is anti-immigrant in nature and will further instill fear, preventing immigrants from participating fully in the count.

The US Census, mandated by the Constitution, takes place every 10 years and counts every person living in the United States. The information it collects is used for redistricting and to allocate federal funds to local communities. A citizenship question has not been asked since 1950.

Some of the reasons you may offer in opposing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:

  • Undermines an accurate count: Including a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census will damage the chances for an accurate count of our country’s population.
  • Change is a betrayal: This change to the way we count the number people living in the United States is a betrayal of the idea that in America, every person counts.
  • Misleading motive for the change: This decision isn’t about improving demographic data on citizenship to fulfill the Voting Rights Act. It’s designed to frighten immigrants-citizens and non-citizens alike-so they won’t participate in the Census. It’s a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.
  • Undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens democracy: Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy.
  • Jeopardizes the allocation of important resources: A fair and accurate Census is essential to the way the federal government allocates resources for infrastructure, education, and transportation. Census data is critical when determining resources for fire, water and trash collection.
  • The Constitution mandates an accurate count of ALL people: The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States — not all citizens. Non-citizens are an integral part of our economy and need to be included in the 2020 Census to paint a complete picture of our great country.

Net Neutrality Expired – Take These Steps

Trump’s rollback of net neutrality (which is the principle that ensures the internet is free and open for everyone) has gone into effect.

For you, losing net neutrality protections means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to block content or give some sites preferential treatment.

For big telecom companies like Comcast and Time Warner, rolling back net neutrality means they can block or throttle your internet access, or charge websites more to get a “fast lane” that gives them an advantage over their competitors.

There’s still a chance for Congress to act — but time is growing short, and it’s an uphill battle. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can undo recently-issued rules from government agencies by passing a “resolution of disapproval.” The CRA has an unusual provision that lets Senate Democrats force a vote on the resolution in their chamber last month. That resolution passed 52-47, with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK), Susan Collins (ME), and John Kennedy (LA) joining every Democrat to protect net neutrality.

Now, it’s the House’s turn to act. Congressman Doyle (PA-14) has introduced a companion resolution in the House. But despite overwhelming public support for saving net neutrality (86% of all Americans! 82% of Republicans!), Paul Ryan has refused to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Here are two things you can do to take action on Net Neutrality today:

  1. Read Indivisible’s resource to get the latest information on net neutrality and the fight ahead.
  2. Call your Representative and tell them: co-sponsor Congressman Doyle’s resolution of disapproval to save net neutrality.

It’s unlikely that House Republicans will join the resolution. Many of them have already come out saying they’re happy that Trump’s FCC is getting rid of net neutrality (we don’t get it, either). Right now, the odds are long — but calls from Indivisibles make a difference and move the needle on this issue.

Time and time again, Republicans have gone against public opinion (repealing healthcare, passing the tax scam, inaction on gun violence prevention), and not moving on net neutrality is just the latest example. And if they don’t do what their constituents want, then Indivisibles will replace them with members of Congress who will.

Time to Pick Up the Phones Again!

Call Members of Congress to Vote NO on the Tax Bill.

The House of Representatives thinks it may have enough votes to pass their version of the tax bill, but some Republican Senators have expressed doubts about voting in favor of the Senate version of the bill.  The Senate version includes language to drop the individual mandate (requiring everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty) of the Affordable Care Act which will devastate the marketplace.

Please call your Senators to vote no, but even more importantly, call on these wavering Senators listed below to vote NO the tax bill because of it’s negative effects on the middle class, on the deficit and especially, on health insurance rates for the nation.  Find your member of Congress here if you are not in IL.

Local Members of Congress:

Senator Dick Durbin (IL) – 202-224-2152

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) – 202-224-2854

Possible NO votes:

Senator John McCain (Arizona) – 202-224-2235

Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee) – 202-224-3344

Senator Susan Collins (Maine) – 202-224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) – 202-224-6665

Action: Advocate for a bipartisan bill proposing paper ballots.

Write: The two chairs of the Senate Rules and Administration committee.

Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby

Ranking member: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

  1. Click the link for each Senator
  2. Fill out the necessary fields
    1. Topic is “other” or “not listed”
    2. Subject is: Support the bipartisan SAVE Act
  3. Copy and paste the message:

Dear Senator, I support the bipartisan SAVE Act introduced by Martin Heinrich and Susan Collins. With 21 state elections databases targeted last year, I trust the R&A committee will address the safety of our national voting systems by considering safer, hack-resistant paper ballots. Please do all you can to help S. 2035 proceed. Thank you.

 

NOTE: The links in the above message will not post into the email, but are included for background information for our readers.