On Thursday, May 9
- Join The Illinois Environmental Council, Sierra Club Illinois, and Faith in Place
- State Capitol in Springfield for 2019
- Buses available: Buses will be departing from the Chicago Loop and South Side, River Forest, Schaumburg, Waukegan and Champaign. Or you can travel on your own.
(Directions for RSVP: Choose the second page, Clean Energy Lobby Day. Then choose bus, or on your own–driving or Amtrak. Next page, put in your info.)
CALL: Sen. Tammy Duckworth: (202) 224-2854 Sen. Dick Durbin: (202) 224-2152
Rep. Brad Schneider: DC- (202) 225-4835 Lincolnshire- (847) 383-4870
Tell Trump’s DOE: Protect energy efficiency standards
- help cut carbon emissions
- reduce consumers’ utility bills
- stave off climate catastrophe
Trump and his Department of Energy (DOE) want to drastically weaken two critical energy efficiency initiatives that save consumers billions in energy costs and slash millions of tons of carbon pollution per year. NRDC is fighting back on all fronts and will take the fight to court if necessary.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems).
Email President Trump & EPA Wheeler to stop climate-saving methane regulations roll-back.
The Trump administration has inked a deal that, if finalized, could open the Tongass National Forest to logging and road construction. Together, we must stop them from destroying America’s largest national forest. The Tongass’ 17 million acres are home to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, 800-year-old trees, and an astonishing breadth of wildlife: brown bears, bald eagles, humpback whales, and sea lions. For years, Alaska’s elected officials and Big Timber-backed allies have tried to get their paws — and saws — on the Tongass. Now, this threat looms larger than ever as the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska work to craft a disastrous Alaska-specific version of the celebrated Roadless Rule.
Email the US Forest Service via Sierra Club and tell them to reject Alaska’s proposed change to the Roadless Rule.
Email Sec’y of State Mike Pompeo and tell him of your opposition to TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
The Tenth Congressional District Democrats needs volunteers at its Waukegan office to help build a Blue Wave during the upcoming November election. State Representative Rita Mayfield is helping to organize efforts to help our Democratic candidates on a regular basis. The Tenth Dems Waukegan office is located at 118 N. Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.