This event aims to provide busy families with the tools they need to engage in the upcoming election. The discussion will focus on how each elected official incorporates civic work into their personal life, ways they believe young families can have an impact and the areas they believe families should focus on. We want families feeling empowered to have an impact in 2020.
Kim Foxx – Cook County State’s Attorney
Donna Miller – Cook County Commissioner
Lucy Moog – 43rd Ward Committeewoman
Delia Ramirez – IL State Representative 4th District
Annie Warshaw – Co-founder and CEO Mission Propelle
Stephanie Sims – She Votes IL Board member
About us: She Votes Illinois is a statewide political action committee aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s voices in elections, government, and policymaking. Our work focuses on three things: voting, education, and getting more women involved in politics. We are a grassroots team of Illinois women working to engage a new wave of voters, community members, activists, and politicians.
What we do: We work to make sure all women can vote in every state and local election. We work to ensure our elected officials and candidates for office understand the issues most important to Illinois women, and we help our elected officials create and enforce policies that uplift us all. We work to support women entering into state and local politics—whether that be by running for office, working on campaigns, lobbying for women’s rights, or through political activism.
Ways you can get involved and support SVI:
- Follow us on social media @SheVotesIL
- Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to collaborate on ideas
- Join our mailing list and volunteer with us
“Aubergine is a flexible-use, open-floor plan community space located in Chicago’s historic Logan Square neighborhood. Our industrial-chic, 2,300 sq. foot storefront can transform from a children’s playroom to a corporate meeting spot to a shower, dinner party, or even intimate wedding destination for up to 80 attendees. Aubergine runs weekday playtime for toddlers from November – May, powered by Purple Monkey Playroom.Our experienced staff is eager to work with you to create the backdrop for your most memorable occasions.”
SUPPORT WOMEN’S RIGHTS
ILLINOIS HANDMAIDS – Dressed in distinctive red capes and white bonnets of the characters from The Handmaid’s Tale, the Illinois Handmaids gather to silently protest the attacks on reproductive rights. Creating awareness for the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which provides that every individual has a fundamental right to make autonomous decisions about one’s own reproductive health. Led by Annie Williams, She Votes IL board member.
Ways you can get involved and support Illinois Handmaids:
- Join their mailing list and stay up-to-date about upcoming actions: bit.ly/IL-HANDMAIDS-NEWS
- Legislators postcard kit – $25: bit.ly/RHA-TY-POSTCARDS
For more information, please contact Annie Williams | email@example.com | 773-484-3699
MARCH WITH US
Women’s March Chicago is poised to kick off the year with a March on Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Grant Park. In the past, Chicago has hosted some of the largest attendance numbers in the country, and She Votes Illinois is looking forward to sponsoring another huge and enthusiastic March in January. For more information, visit:www.womensmarchchicago.org/
📣CALLS TO ACTION 📣
Call, email or write your IL State Representative and your IL State Senator today to support these two bills. openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Paid Maternity Act (HB9)
This bill would require private employers with 50 or more employees to provide 6 weeks of paid leave for an employee who takes leave. Family caregiving responsibilities, particularly motherhood, can lead to interruptions in career paths for women and can have an impact on long-term earnings. Establishing an appropriate amount of maternity leave reduces the need for a woman to be forced into making a choice between work and children during a pivotal life time event.
Doula Services (HB4)
Provides that doula services shall be covered under the medical assistance program. It is vital that we make programs available to all in order to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Illinois, especially for Black moms.
Witness slips are a quick way to make your voice heard in state government. Before a bill is heard, the chairperson will read who has submitted witness slips and whether they support or oppose the bill, which helps legislators make informed decisions when voting.
Witness Slip (Project) Facebook page Created by She Votes IL Board member Robin Dusek, this facebook page as a repository of witness slips that Illinois constituents may sign for upcoming legislation.
SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN
Do you have a candidate you are passionate about? Is there someone running for office that strongly aligns with your values that you want to see win? Volunteers are the lifeline of a campaign.
- Canvassing: Direct voter contact has been proven time and again to be the #1 most effective way for campaigns to utilize volunteers. It can be hard work, but there’s no better way to get a vote than to have a personal conversation at the voter’s door. For more information, visit our Guide to Canvassing.
- Fundraise: Attend, host and/or donate to a campaign fundraiser. Running for office is expensive, and even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can show support for political candidates by giving even small amounts of money to help cover campaign expenses.
- Express your support: Having a social media presence is important in modern political campaigns and one of the easiest ways to support political candidates is to make and share posts advocating for the candidate’s election.
- Advertise your support: Political campaigns typically provide a number of ways you can display your support for the candidates, including wearing a T-shirt or posting a yard sign.
INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT
ILVote – Increase voter awareness, voter registration, and voter turnout in Illinois at the local, state and federal levels with ILVote. Volunteers needed for social media, event organizing and recruitment. Contact Leni@indivisibleil.com 773-216-2067
The Voter Warriors – Committed registrars are stretching all across Cook County registering people to vote. Since 2017, The Voter Warriors have registered thousands of people to vote with a focus on our newest, youngest voters in high schools. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
On April 1, 2020, a census will be taken of all persons living in the United States. An accurate count of Illinois’ population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. If Illinois misses even one percent of its residents in the 2020 Census count, the state will lose at least $120 million in federal grants every year over the next decade.
Nonprofit organizations such as Mujeres Latinas en Accion, NAACP, Access Living Metro Chicago, and Howard Brown Health have received grants to conduct census outreach activities to increase the self-response rates in Illinois. Each hard-to-count community will require a different outreach strategy, because some communities might respond better to social media while others might need someone to walk them through the process.
To volunteer for the 2020 Census with Mujeres Latinas en Acción, please reach out to Bertha Morin at email@example.com | 773-890-7672 for more details. Volunteer opportunities include door knocking, community education or phone banking with their first volunteer orientation coming in January 2020.
POSTCARDS FOR VOTERS
Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders sent by volunteers to targeted voters to give a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. The Postcards to Voters campaign uses an interactive texting service to assign addresses to its trusted, returning volunteers. Get started by texting HELLO to 484-275-2229 or go to www.postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/
You will need postcards, stamps, and some decorating skills. Postcards to Voters provides addresses, a script, and more than sufficient instructions to get you started.
You can get the kids and grandkids involved if you have little ones in your life. Depending on the cards you purchase, you can employ the “marker brigade” for that personal touch. Postcards can be adorned with stickers, puzzles, cartoons, abstract doodles, glitter and more as you build your get out the vote campaign messages.
Your support is vital to helping us protect, support and advance initiatives in the state of Illinois. Every dollar helps She Votes Illinois expand. Host more events. Partner with more organizations. Amplify our voices to elected officials.