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.
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Learn more about the volunteer effort here.
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
- 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
- Donate money or volunteer to phone bank/write letters or postcards to help re-elect the following Democratic Senators:
- Ditch Mitch McConnell by supporting his challenger:
- Locally Active Political Organizations:
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!!
Human Rights Alliance Committee
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.
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.”
The familiar refrain is often, “What can I do?” often accompanied by some hand wringing about the state of our democracy. For starters, here are some remarkable resources.
Just remember: You can’t do everything. But you can do something. Put a stake in the ground and get to work:
Americans of Conscience Checklist
The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration.
5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
Small Deeds Done (are better than great deeds planned)
So let’s break the work down! Let’s make it manageable. Small actions are not insignificant. A grand master plan means nothing unless someone (like you) takes the small steps that need to happen to make it a reality.
And that’s what Small Deeds is all about. It’s about each of us taking regular, small steps – that together lead to massive, crushing, world-bending change.
North Shore Indivisible is committed to helping citizens exercise their right to vote and make their voice heard. If you seek to help others register to vote, you may be eligible to become a deputy registrar. However, you must act right now. Training classes are forming and you must register at least 48 hours before the training date.
Register for voter registrar training here
To become a deputy registrar you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be registered to vote in your county of residence
- Complete a free training program in your county of residence
Training Schedule Spring 2018
LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
- Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am 10th Floor – County Building A, 18 N. County St., Waukegan
COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00am Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave., Glencoe
Registration at least 48 hours before training is required
Register for voter registrar training here
Write: The two chairs of the Senate Rules and Administration committee.
Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby
Ranking member: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Click the link for each Senator
- Fill out the necessary fields
- Topic is “other” or “not listed”
- Subject is: Support the bipartisan SAVE Act
- 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.
Calls Week of November 6
Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.
Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:
Tell Representative Schneider*:
- Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
- Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
- Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
Tell your Representative and Senators*:
Tell your Senators*:
- Support a clean DREAM act
- Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
- Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
- Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
- Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
- Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
Continue reading “Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017”
Join Traci Fine and other NSI and Swing Left volunteers as they canvass our Swing District as part of Swing Left’s Summer Canvassing Challenge!
This summer, Swing Left* volunteers across the country will be canvassing their target Swing Districts to talk to voters, identify supporters, and ask them to commit to vote in 2018.
- If you have never been canvassing before, this is an easy way to get started!
- You don’t have to talk about a specific issue or politics.
- These friendly conversations asking people to vote in 2018 lets them know how important voting is.
- These kinds of “commitment” conversations are powerful, and have been shown to increase turnout up to 20%.
- Plus Canvassing is a fun outdoor activity, a way to meet neighbors, spend time outdoors, and get some exercise at the same time!
For more information, visit the events listed on our calendar, or RSVP here.
Continue reading “Take Action: Commit to Canvassing in the IL-10th!”