THE VICTORY ISN'T THE ELECTION...
IT'S THE LEGISLATION!
THIS ELECTION YEAR IS LIKE NO OTHER. BUT EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T REACH VOTERS IN PERSON, THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO TAKE ACTION AND STAY SAFE.
YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AT HOME
2021 PRIORITIES: ACTION STEPS
We defeated Donald Trump and his cronies. We won in Georgia and demoted Mitch McConnell. Now we have a short window to repair our democracy.
The victory isn’t the election, it’s the legislation. A representative democracy is within our reach—but we must demand it. If our leaders succeed, it will be because we supported and pushed them. We have the power, we have the opportunity, it’s up to us, and the time is now.
Here's what we can do next to enact the kind of structural reforms that will put power in the hands of the people:
First, read the 2021 guide: What our legacy will be depends on what we do right now in this very moment. Our new guide provides a blueprint for saving our democracy (including a timeline for making the most of these crucial first 100 days).
FIND THE GUIDE HERE: Indivisible Blueprint 2021
Then: Five actions we can take next to enact the kind of structural reforms that will put power in the hands of the people. See what you can do at the links - Indivisible has an easy tool we can use to call our representatives.
1. Make DC the 51st state. H.R. 51, which would make DC the 51st state, was passed by House Democrats last year and has overwhelming support from Senate Dems. We should also give self-determination to Puerto Rico & other US territories.
TAKE ACTION HERE TO CALL YOUR REPS: Enact H.R. 51.
2. Reform and bring balance to the federal courts. Trump appointed 1/4 of the entire federal judiciary to lifetime appointments. We should expand the Supreme Court and the lower courts, impose term limits for SCOTUS justices, and bolster ethics and transparency requirements.
3. Eliminate the filibuster and let the Senate legislate. Just as McConnell got rid of the filibuster for SCOTUS nominees to confirm Gorsuch, Democrats can get rid of the legislative filibuster with a simple majority. We need to end McConnell’s veto.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILIBUSTER & DEMAND OUR DEMOCRATIC SENATORS GET RID OF IT: Eliminate the filibuster.
4. Enact the For the People Act, H.R. 1 -- House Democrats passed H.R. 1 - legislation that would get money out of politics, expand voting rights, combat corruption, secure our elections and more.
TAKE ACTION HERE TO CALL YOUR REPS: Enact H.R. 1.
5. Secure the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. H.R. 4, which would restore full protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, after parts of it were invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2013. It was passed by House Democrats in 2019.
TAKE ACTION HERE TO CALL YOUR REPS: Enact H.R. 4.
FEBRUARY 16 INDIVISIBLE EVANSTON VIRTUAL MEETING
Hope to see you on zoom Feb 16!
Join us for our first meeting of 2021!
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021, 7 - 9pm
Indivisible Evanston Virtual Meeting
Understanding Rural Concerns: A Conversation
Panel Topic: The Democratic Party & Rural Voters - Bridging Divisions
Cindy Axne, U.S. Congresswoman (IA-3)
Cheru Bustos, U.S. Congresswoman (IL-17)
Kerry Warren-Couch, Owner of a Family Farm in Southern IL
Nick Uniejewski, Senior Regional Organizer, Indivisible Guide
"What rural voters want is a glimmer of hope that things will change. They want politicians who see a future for rural communities in which food production is localized, energy is cheap and clean, people have good jobs, soil is healthy, Main Street is bustling with small businesses, schools are vibrant and everyone can see a doctor if they need to." Bill Hogseth, Chair of the Dunn County Democratic Party, Wisconsin, in Politico, 12/1/202
Register in advance for our meeting below.
Question Submission: If you have questions for the speakers, we urge you submit them at the link. You may also ask questions at the meeting using the zoom chat feature. We will prioritize questions that are submitted in advance, but due to time constraints, we may not get to all the questions in the chat.
This meeting was originally scheduled for Jan 19; it has been rescheduled to Feb 16. All must sign up for this new zoom event. Thanks.
INDIVISIBLE EVANSTON BOOK CLUB
Indivisible Evanston Book Club Discussion: "Nine Days"
March 3: 7-9PM on Zoom
We are excited to kick off our 2021 book club with our first selection, "Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election" by Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick.
We know Paul as the Executive Director of Rust Belt Rising, our parter in the WI and MI Voter Registration Project. When not phone or text banking to register voters, Paul was busy collaborating on this incredible book with his co-author and father, Stephen. We look forward to having both of them join us in discussion on March 3rd!
NEXT BOOK CLUB AND MEETING INFORMATION
Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Win the 1960 Election
Wednesday, March 3, 7-9 PM on Zoom
Co-authors Paul and Stephen Kendrick will join our discussion, which will be moderated by IE Co-Leader Laura Tanner on Zoom. The link will be sent out a few days before to all attendees.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The authors of Douglass and Lincoln present fully for the first time the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s imprisonment in the days leading up to the 1960 presidential election and the efforts of three of John F. Kennedy's civil rights staffers who went rogue to free him--a move that changed the face of the Democratic Party and propelled Kennedy to the White House.
EVANSTON MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
Make a plan to vote in Evanston's Municipal Election for Mayor - City Clerk - City Council - D65 - D202.
Tell family & friends why it’s important to vote in local elections!
Visit the Democratic Party of Evanston YouTube site for interviews with the three mayoral candidates, Daniel Biss, Lori Keenan and Sebastian Nails along with many of the other candidates.
In Evanston, there is a primary election in the mayoral race because there are more than 2 candidates. It is on February 23rd. If a candidate receives 50% of the vote plus 1, they win the election. If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will face off in the General Election on April 6th, 2021.
Vote by Mail (primary & general)
Early Voting: Begins Feb 8. City of Evanston Election Information page with early voting hours at Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center.
Primary Election Day: Feb 23
General Election Day: April 6