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>>> Weekly News & Actions <<< January 18-24, 2021

1 Day Until Inauguration Day!

The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a memorial to remember and honor the 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country. A Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Cities and towns across the country will join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET for this national moment of unity and remembrance. Learn more at or sign up for the Facebook Event

You can commemorate this somber occasion at home by lighting a candle in your window and join fellow Americans for this national moment of remembrance for the 400,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19.

The City of Evanston will be lighting up the sky in all nine wards on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to commemorate Evanston lives lost to COVID-19, in coordination with the D.C. lighting ceremony Between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., a light truck will park at different park locations throughout Evanston and display a solemn, peaceful column of light into the sky for approximately 20 minutes at each stop. Residents are encouraged to participate in a moment of silence during the light beam display. Click here for locations:

Schedule of Events 59th Inaugural Ceremonies Wednesday, January 20, 2021 How To Watch

  • 10:30 AM ET Broadcast coverage begins.

  • 12:00 PM ET: Swearing-In Ceremony: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Pass In Review: After the official swearing-in ceremony the President-elect, Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect and Mr. Emhoff will participate in a Pass In Review on the East front with members of the military. Pass In Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.

  • 2:00 PM ET: Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

  • 3 PM ET: Presidential Escort and Parade Across America: The President-elect will receive a Presidential Escort to the White House. This will be followed by a “Parade Across America,” which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country.

  • 5:30-7:00 PM CT: Indivisible Chicago Alliance Inauguration Celebration! SIGN UP HERE

  • 8:30-10:30 PM ET: “Celebrating America” Primetime Special: This will be the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united. This night will be hosted by Tom Hanks and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild. Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi will perform from iconic locations across the country, with additional performances to be announced.

  • The program will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. It will be streamed live at and on the PIC’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. What to Expect on Inauguration Day

It wouldn't be a celebration without YOU!

Join us Jan 20 l 5:30 - 7pm Join us for an evening with Illinois Congressional leaders including Sean Casten, Lauren Underwood and Marie Newman, musical guests, comedy and more. Let's celebrate and send off Joe Biden & Kamala Harris to the White House. Online. Sign up here

Thank you to all of our members who joined our Presidential Inaugural Committee Day of Service on the national holiday honoring one of our heroes of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Across the nation, there were hundreds of thousands of volunteers dedicating their time and service to celebrate the profound legacy of Dr. King, and to provide relief to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, Indivisible Evanston has recognized Dr. King on this holiday by gathering donations from our members, or joined in-person community and national actions. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year we hosted a virtual opportunity for our volunteers. It's not too late to participate by making a donation to one or several designated organizations that help those in our Evanston community who have been most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you! Make a donation today:

CANCELLED due to changes in the Inauguration plans of our speakers.

We will reschedule this event; those who registered will need to sign up for the new zoom event; date TBD. Thanks for understanding.

We’ve defeated Trump. We’ve defeated his cronies. We won in Georgia and took back the Senate. We’ve celebrated. Now, we have a short window to save our democracy. Getting it done depends on all of us, and our new guide provides a blueprint: New Indivisible Guide

Impeachment by the House isn't enough.

Call your Senators now and tell them to urge McConnell to use his emergency powers to immediately reconvene the Senate for Trump’s second impeachment trial, and that you expect your Senator to vote to convict and then disqualify Donald Trump from holding federal office in the future. Visit Indivisible's website to be connected directly with your Senator here.

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!

In Evanston, in the Mayoral race because there are more than 2 candidates, there is a primary election which 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.

DPOE is holding an electronic endorsement for Evanston municipal elections: Jan 17 - 23. You must be a DPOE member to participate in the endorsement. Members will receive their ballot electronically January 17th 8:00 AM and may submit them until poll closing January 23rd 8pm.

  • Visit DPOE website for details and to see interviews with the candidates:

Book Group Is Back! Wednesday, March 3, 7-9 PM

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!Register for March Book Group Now!Order "Nine Days" from Page 1 Books

Indivisible Evanston Events & Important Dates


  • Stay home, stay safe and healthy!

  • 18: Biden-Harris Inaugural Day of Service

  • 19: Nationwide Covid Memorial at 5:30 PM local time.

  • 20: Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Ways to Watch

  • 20: Inauguration Celebration with Indivisible Chicago

  • 17 - 23: DPOE Municipal Election Electronic Membership Endorsement Vote


  • 8: Early Voting for Evanston Municipal Primary Election

  • 16: IE Monthy Meeting (TBD - rescheduled from January)

  • 23: Evanston Primary Election


  • 2: IE Monthly Meeting (TBD)

  • 3: IE Book Group Meeting


  • 6: Evanston Municipal General Election



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