Connecting for the Long Haul: The Interdependent Web and the Democratic Process
This week, try reaching out and connecting in one of the following ways:
Have a conversation with someone in your congregation about ways you can support each other in doing this work over the long haul.
Set up a meeting with someone from a local advocacy organization that your congregation is connected to.
Connect with one of the dozens of “Indivisible” groups or Women’s March “huddles” that have sprung up around Illinois.
Find out when your Congressional Rep is having a town hall and go with a group from your congregation.
See this article from The Nation for other ways to get involved, including strategies for “red,” “blue” and “swing” districts. To be clear, this is not just about partisan politics, but about advocating for our values in the face of an administration which is expressing values and pursuing policies contrary to every one of our UU Principles.
Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees: A Matter of Compassion, Worth, and the Democratic Process
The recent executive order – suspending and reducing refugee settlement and effectively banning Muslims but not Christians from seven countries from entering the US – runs counter to our UU values of respect for the equal worth of each person, as well as compassion for those fleeing the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. It is also a violation of the democratic process, specifically Constitutional and legal prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of religion or national origin.
- Urge your member of Congress to support legislation to rescind the January 27 executive order, or thank them for doing so. Click here to send an email, or call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Congressional representative.
The Indivisible Guide is also promoting a strategy of using Senate procedural tools to slow down or stop all other Senate action until the ban is rescinded. This can be seen as an exercise of the right of conscience in the face of an immoral action.
- Call (202) 224-3121 or click here to urge our Senators to withhold consent from any actions (including Cabinet nominations) and filibustering every bill until the executive order is rescinded.
A Responsible State Budget: A Matter of Equity and Compassion
Illinois’ budget crisis continues, affecting those most vulnerable among us most severely. Movement toward a budget has begun, but our elected officials need to hear from their constituents to make the difficult choices required to resolve this crisis. Now is a critical time for our elected leaders to hear from their constituents that Illinois needs a full year, fully funded budget supported by adequate revenue.
- Please call (see below) or click here to urge your elected state officials to pass a responsible, full year, fully funded budget NOW.
Health Care for All: A Matter of Justice, Equity and Compassion
- Please click here to urge your congressional representatives to expand rather than repeal access to health care.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIONS
Saturday, Feb 18, 9:15am: Rep. Brad Schneider Town Hall (D-10th District) at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook.
Saturday, Feb 18, 1:00pm: Rep. Danny Davis Town Hall (D-7th District) at Third Unitarian, 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago.
Saturday, Feb 18, 7pm: Building Up Community, Tearing Down Walls: A Celebration of the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston.
Ongoing: Call for Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18th District) to hold a town hall.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 3:15pm: Don’t Take My Healthcare Candlelight Vigil outside Rep. Mike Bost’s office (R-12th), 300 E Main St, Carbondale.
Tuesday, Feb 21 through Friday, Feb 24: #RoskamWorkWeek at Rep. Peter Roskam’s District Office (R-6th), 2700 International Drive, Suite 304, West Chicago. Since Rep. Roskam is refusing to have a town hall meeting, small groups are meeting in 30-minute shifts outside his office all day long.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 6:30pm: Citizens’ Town Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St, Rockford.
Thursday, Feb 23 3:15pm: Day of Action at Rep. Dan Lipinski’s office (D-3rd), 6245 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.
Saturday, Feb 25, 1pm: Indivisible Training and Action Planning at the Lincoln Library, 326 S 7th St, Springfield.
Monday, Feb 27, 6:00pm: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) webinar on The Path Toward Sanctuary: A Practical Guide. Register here.
Monday, Feb 27, 7:00pm Protecting Our Civil Liberties town hall with State Sen. Daniel Biss, State Rep. Robyn Gabel and State Rep. Laura Fine at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston.
Tuesday, Feb 28, 6:30pm: Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Training at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave, Oak Park. FCNL also has an 8-week online advocacy training – sign up here.
Saturday, March 4, 10am-3pm: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Call to Reimagine workshop at DuPage UU Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road, Naperville.
March 17-19: Camp Wellstone training in Des Moines, Iowa with Grassroots Organizing, Campaign, and Candidate tracks.
April 3-5: UU for a Just Economic Community Reversing Inequality Conference with Chuck Collins and Sister Simone Campbell in Washington, DC.
Friday, April 28, 1-5pm: UUANI Organizing for Justice workshop at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale before the start of MidAmerica Regional Assembly in Oak Brook.
Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate Movement March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in DC, Chicago and elsewhere.