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We've got an election to win in November
America's future depends on it
Two years ago Indivisible DuPage embraced a daunting electoral challenge: electing sensible, progressive Democrats to represent the Illinois 6th and 14th districts, including much of DuPage. Daunting because the conservative incumbents, long out of touch with the needs and aspirations of most district residents, were entrenched in decades long rule. Indivisible DuPage, along with other political organizations and hundreds of volunteers, determined that a massive, grass roots campaign could attract thousands of voters yearning for progressive change. The key to harnessing this energy and yearning was selecting candidates the electorate could believe in. Sean Casten in the 6th and Lauren Underwood in the 14th fit that requirement splendidly. Both represented a seismic shift away from career politicians beholden to the billionaires, the fossil fuel economy, the health insurance firewall sentencing millions to inadequate health care, among other special interests. They pledged to not only represent their 750,000 district residents in Congress, they promised to engage them personally, with town halls, public meetings, and myriad communication media virtually nonexistent within memory.
The campaign and the candidates meshed perfectly, propelling Casten and Underwood to compelling victories, nearly reversing the historical lopsided Republican majorities election after election in the 6th and 14th. In the two years since, both have lived up to all hopes and expectations. Gone were championing tax cuts for the billionaires, promoting earth choking fossil fuel businesses, denying tens of millions medical care to serve the health insurance industry, and cutting lifesaving regulations to fatten corporate wealth. Casten and Underwood have been laser focused on their constituents' real needs: championing clean energy initiatives, protecting the environment, promoting health care for all as a basic right, and honoring education and job training to drive a prosperous future.
Heading into the November 3rd election, Indivisible DuPage is once again proud to endorse Sean Casten in the Illinois 6th and Lauren Underwood in the Illinois 14th. Two years ago we said they could serve their districts with distinction. Today we can say they most certainly are serving with distinction. They deserve the support of us all to continue the unfinished work ahead, this time with a Democratic Senate.
How to vote from home:
Illinois has a new law intended to make voting from home easier and you can read the official rules by clicking here. The key things you need to know are:
If you voted in the 2018 general election, the 2019 municipal elections or the March 2020 primary, the state is going to mail you a vote-by-mail application. If you didn't vote, have moved, or don't want to wait, you can download an official application by clicking here.
The application requires your name, address, and precinct number. Supplying your date-of-birth, phone number, and email are optional, but the County Clerk's office says it may aid in the processing of your ballot. If you are unsure about your precinct, it's based on your address and you can look it up here.
The Clerk must receive your completed and mailed application by October 29th (or delivered in person through November 2nd).
Vote-by-Mail ballots will be mailed out starting September 24th. If you apply early, you should receive your ballot by October 5th. Once mail-in voting starts, the Clerk's office will attempt to mail out ballots within two days of receiving an application.
Once you complete your ballot, you'll mail it to the Clerk in the special envelope they provide. Your ballot must be post-marked by November 3rd, and the Clerk must receive it within two weeks of that to be counted.
There are special rules if you are in the military, out of the country, in a hospital, or in a nursing home, so please read the official rules. To prevent fraud, get your information and application form directly from the official county websites linked to above.
Although about a third of the ballots cast in the March primary were mail-in, we know the process will be unfamiliar to many voters. We are here to help! For easy access to virtual office hours every Tuesday through Sunday from 9-10am, please visit the events section of facebook.com/IndivisibleDuPage/
Our country faces an unprecedented public health crisis from what is now a global pandemic. At this writing, it has infected almost 3 million Americans, and caused over 127,000 deaths. It is important that you receive information from authoritative sources. Click here for the official Illinois state web site for the latest virus information. Click here for the the CDC's Situation Summary and here for the World health Organization's information.
War with Iran:
Yes, it can still happen. We went to the brink of war with Iran as a result of President Trump's decision to assassinate their top general in a drone strike at Baghdad's international airport. Note the President did not seek Congressional approval before acting and his rationale for killing General Soleimani is unclear at best. Also be aware that Iran has more than twice the population of Iraq and is three times its size. Another Mideast war is the last thing America - or the world - needs right now. Make your feelings known to Washington. See our reaction in the You-Tube video clip here.
It's over for now. We heard compelling testimony alleging that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter by withholding critical military aid. Is coercing a foreign government to investigate a political rival an impeachable offense? Certainly a majority of House members thought so and Articles of Impeachment were approved, making Donald Trump the third American president to be impeached.
Action then moved to the Republican controlled Senate. After initial presentations for and against impeachment, the Senate voted to not see any additional evidence or call any witnesses. As expected, a partisan vote (lacking only Sen. Romney) ended the trial with President Trump's acquittal. Note that this does not prevent new impeachment charges from being brought in the future should they be warranted. Other investigations will continue.
Three Presidential debates have been scheduled. The first one will be held on September 29th at Notre Dame University, the second on October 15th at the University of Michigan, and the third one on October 22 at Belmont University.
A single Vice Presidential debate will be held on October 7th at the University of Utah.
We will have more details for you when they become available.
Tragedy at the border:
Although the border crisis has faded from the headlines, detention facilities are over crowded and dangerous conditions still exist. Remember Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter Valeria died trying to cross the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas. The Border Patrol cataloged the deaths of 283 migrants in 2018. Valeria was the 7th child to die in 2019, and more have followed this year. We hope you made your voice heard at one of our area's Lights for Liberty events. See video of our participation here, our information pamphlet here, and our flyer for how you can help shut down the detention centers here.
Click here for information and links to organizations that are working directly to address this crisis. Included are religious, social, and legal aid groups who will welcome your help and support. All Americans, regardless of their political differences, want to see immigrants and asylum-seekers treated in a way that reflects the values of this great country.
All people in this country, regardless of whether they are citizens, visitors, immigrants, or asylum seekers, have legal rights. Everyone is entitled to due process of law. So what should someone do if confronted by CBP or ICE agents? Click for useful information if that happens at your home, workplace, or at school.
We are a sanctuary state
Illinois wants police officers to enforce our laws without being hindered by immigration issues. Officers need victims to report crimes and witnesses to come forward without fear of being targeted because they are undocumented or their paperwork is still under review.
Even though the Illinois sanctuary law helps law enforcement do its job, some local officials are not following it. Please help us survey our county for the immigration policies that have been and are being used. To do that we are filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out what is happening and what has been happening. Feel free to FOIA any and every municipality on the list. Click here to see instructions and directions on how.
Indivisible DuPage Events
Wednesday July 8 at 12:00 PM CDT · 353 guests
Wednesday July 8 at 3:00 PM CDT
Wednesday July 8 at 5:30 PM CDT
Wednesday July 8 at 6:00 PM CDT · 125 guests
Wednesday July 8 at 6:30 PM CDT · 106 guests
Indivisible DuPage Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM:
We will hear from activists from this spectrum of political activity, through the lens of their commitment to address systemic racism:
Learn from these activists and what you can do to support these important causes:
Current Activist School participants (See https://bit.ly/Activist-Training) and other youth who are involved in antiracist work in their DuPage communities
Indya Smith Johnson - Naperville Central graduate, young activist and youth advocate for the NAACP, on police & community reform
Julie Sampson, Acting Co-Director Citizen Action Illinois, on supporting the campaign for an Illinois Fair Tax system & its impact on the funding of social services
Linda Kallas, Indivisible Western Front, on postcard & phone banking campaigns & combatting voter suppression
Thursday, July 9 at 4:00 PM CDT · 34 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM CDT · 230 guests
Thursday, 6:00 PM CDT · 33 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM CDT · 56 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 PM CDT · 238 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 PM CDT · 29 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 PM CDT · 66 guests
Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform
Friday, July 10 at 3:00 PM CDT · 2,156 guests
62 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Friday, July 10 at 3:00 PM CDT · 8,310 guests
62 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Friday, July 10 at 4:00 PM CDT · 794 guests
Friday, July 10 at 5:00 PM CDT · 390 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 AM CDT · 1 guest
Saturday, July 11 at 9:45 AM CDT · 37 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM CDT
Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM CDT · 279 guests
Saturday, July 11 at12:00 PM CDT · 352 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 12:00 PM CDT · 37 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 PM CDT · 162 guests
Educators for Students
Saturday, July 11 at2:00 PM CDT · 184 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 PM CDT · 2,046 guests
Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 PM CDT · 1 guest
Sunday, July 12 6:45 PM CDT · 26 guests
Monday, July 13 at 7:30 PM CDT · 25 guests
Indivisible DuPage Protest
Tuesday, July 14 at 9:30 AM (before County Board meets)
DuPage County Health Department Bldg
111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
Visit https://facebook.com/events/s/protest-the-conduct-of-peter-d/307850140389512/?ti=icl to register for an in-person and online protest of DuPage County Board member Peter DiCianni’s abusive behavior. This will be socially distanced, masks required and they will be available.
If you or your group wants to cohost or be involved please pm us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleDuPage/). The first planning meeting will be at 8PM on Friday July 3, via zoom. Register here for the planning meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdu-vpjgsEtU9AeDdviCuvImaByygKGM8
See details on the incident spurring this action:
Make a formal statement to the County Board here: https://dupagecounty-ktgfp.formstack.com/forms/publiccomment
Protest demands under discussion are:
DiCianni should be censured for his actions.
DiCianni should no longer serve as chair of the Heath and Human services board.
DiCianni has violated the ethics agreement to which he swore an oath. A vote should be taken to remove him from office.
This is moving very fast. Join our internal activist communication workspace on Slack here. https://join.slack.com/t/team-il-equity-reform/shared_invite/zt-fmag57tg-EmRiynXhUqR~VGrMbjqpFw. Here is a tutorial https://slack.com/resources/slack-101
Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00 AM CDT · 154 guests
Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 PM CDT · 96 guests
1080 Commerce Dr, West Chicago, IL 60185-2624, United States
Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 AM CDT · 50 guests
Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · 34 guests
Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · 41 guests
Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM CDT · 36 guests
Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform
Friday, July 17 at 5:00 PM CDT · 2,741 guests
Saturday, July 18 at 12:00 PM CDT · 1,186 guests
Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM CDT · Hosted by keyluxeco
8501 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60620-3235, United States
Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 PM CDT · 122 guests
Thursday, July 23 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform
Thursday, July 30 5:00 PM CDT · 909 guests
Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform
Friday, July 31 at 10:00 AM CDT · 47 guests
Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 PM CDT · 128 guests
Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 PM CDT · 1,571 guests
Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 PM CDT · 15 guests
Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Roselle Public Library District
Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Indivisible DuPage
Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM CDT · 26 guests
Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Indivisible DuPage
Tuesday, December 29, at 4:00 PM CST · Hosted by Kane County Coalition
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT · 1,275 guests
SHOULD YOU RUN FOR LOCAL OFFICE?
Much of the time we are focused on what is going on in Washington, or maybe Springfield. For sure what happens there is important. But the truth is the decisions being made in municipal, school districts, park district, library district, and fire district offices have a lot more impact on our daily lives.
Consider that Illinois has the greatest number of governmental units of any state in the union. Also know that we have have some of the highest property taxes in the country as well. Neither Washington or Springfield set those rates, our local officials do. It is critical that we in DuPage County elect good people with progressive values, but also people who will be wise stewards of our money!
Does this sound like you? IDP's own Diane Hewitt is here to help. Diane is vice-chair of the Lisle Township Democratic Organization and has made a number of videos show you how to become a candidate and conduct a successful campaign. What you will see are local people conducting actual campaigns for better government in DuPage county. No paid actors, this is the real deal.
Although developed for 2019, this information will be very useful for our next election:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICES AND THE PETITION DEADLINES, consult the DuPage County Election Commission website, or contact your unit of local government