Whose House? Our House! Day of Action

Indivisible goes on offense on its first day of action in 2019

The North Shore Indivisible 10th District outlines agenda priorities for the First 100 Days of Congress as follows:

The “First 100 Days of Congress” is a period of time during which the new Congress will indicate their agenda priorities for the next two years.

The first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House is expected to be a democracy reform effort (H.R. 1). This legislation is meant to:

  • Strengthen everyone’s right to vote and to have their vote count
  • Stem the tide of big money in politics
  • Root out corruption at all levels of government

Specifically, this package is expected to include:

Voter Empowerment and Access

  • Automatic voter registration
  • Same-day registration
  • Restore the Voting Rights Act
  • Protect against improper purging of voter rolls
  • Require states to upgrade and secure their election systems
  • Restore voting rights to those with past criminal convictions
  • Provide adequate early voting opportunities

Money in Politics

  • Overturn Citizens United – A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system.
  • Amplify small-dollar donations through public financing
  • Encourage small-dollar donations through tax incentives
  • Eliminate “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads)
  • Empower the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law
  • Cut off cooperation between candidates and super PACs

Ethics and Corruption

  • Ensure that ethics rules apply to all government officials – demand disclosure of and divestment from the President’s financial interests that pose conflicts of interest.
  • Prohibit bribery and demand full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest for executive branch and government officials.
  • Write the Office of Congressional Ethics into law and stop Members of Congress from serving on boards.
  • A new code of ethics is needed for the Supreme Court.

Other Key Issues

Other key issues include Net Neutrality and the Dodd-Frank Act (a United States federal law that places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government).  Additional asks of our congressman, Representative Brad Schneider, include:

Net Neutrality

Consumer Financial Protection

  • Legislation Strengthening Dodd-Frank
  • Strengthen Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Join/Support Antitrust Caucus

Take Action

For the issues identified above, North Shore Indivisible and its individual members call on Congressman Brad Schneider for the following:
  • Make a public commitment to EACH of the issues identified above
  • Sponsor or Co-Sponsor Legislation
  • Provide a Timetable for Action
  • Communicate to North Shore Indivisible and the public the progress and status of each issue at 90 day intervals or sooner throughout his term.

About

Indivisible:  The Action Network is the progressives’ grassroots response to The Tea Party movement.  It’s “a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building online power for the progressive movement.”  Indivisible groups are gaining traction throughout the country and recently organized a Whose House? Our House! Day of Action on January 3rd, 2019.

This post has been prepared by Gerri Songer, part of North Shore Indivisible’s delegation in a meeting in the office of Illinois 10th District  Congressman Brad Schneider on January 3, 2019.

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.

Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!

JULY 12TH  IS AN INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY

What you need to know:

With the proposed changes to internet regulation, cable and phone companies like Comcast would be able to:

  • Slow video streaming sites, causing your videos start and stop unexpectedly.
  • Add new fees to your Internet bill. Imagine paying extra for YouTube!
  • Censor videos or content they don’t agree with, like political blogs.
  • Throttle any new sites or apps they don’t own or invest in.
  • Make your connection painfully slow, and charge you more to make it work again.
  • Force streaming sites like Spotify into a slow lane, causing them to buffer constantly.
  • Slow online gaming. Call of Duty would lag and glitch without paying more to your ISP.
  • Charge big sites special “prioritization fees” and slow down everyone else.
  • Take you out of the driver’s seat, and control what you see and hear online.
  • Make the Internet look a lot more like cable TV.
  • And, worst of all, become the first gatekeepers of the Internet in US history.

Net neutrality says we get the *entire* web without interference – no gatekeepers, no tollbooths, no slowlanes. Continue reading “Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!”