Yuge Week Two – You DID something and it matters!

At a Know your Rights event at Sullivan High School, in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. (Foreground Left to right) Sen. Dick Durbin; Betty Magness, CWTA member and activist with Rainbow Push; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Yuge Week Two! For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful.

Because of you:

  1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
  2. Court order Partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.
  3. Green card holders can get back in country.
  4. Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.
  5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
  6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).
  7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
  8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
  9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
  10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. Marathon, don’t sprint. – Marilyn Katz

Ok people. Lets keep it up, things are starting to prevail… Things are bad but stay in the fight.

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing.  But why should love stop at the border? – Pablo Casals

From the CWTA Coordinating Committee:

We have taken the liberty of signing us on for a newly formed coalition that was initiated by a group of Illinois legislators and those who lobby in Springfield called Illinois Women.   You can read their principles and objectives atwww.illinoiswomen.org, which mirror CWTA’s agenda in a more general way.  Anyway, there are holding  a press conference in Springfield on Wednesday on HB 40 which we are already working to support – so if any of you are in Springfield, please attend.

In the meantime you can help by filling out a proponents’ slip for the Springfield hearing on Wednesday. 

2.13.17.  7:00
Chicago Women Take Action Meeting  

This is s strategy session, please submit your ideas for focus, strategy and structure in writing ahead of time to mkatz@mkcpr.com.

Thank you to Tobie Loomis for founding Los Angeles Women Take Action. 

For your Information and consideration  for endorsement by CWTA

2. 20. 17
(Not My) President’s Day Rally
Our Coordinating Committee members, like you, believe that all women and girls should live in a world where they not only survive, but also thrive in an environment that wants them to succeed. On Feb. 20, 2017, we hope that you will rally together with us to make our voices heard – please join us in whatever way is most effective for you, though we very much would welcome your partnership.

About the “(Not My) President’s Day” Protest Rally: In solidarity and unity with partner demonstrations throughout this country, we are proud to stage in Chicago – a Sanctuary City – a rally to protest the policies and actions of the current White House. While Donald Trump is technically our President, we protest fiercely on this important day – in honor of the Presidents who have come before him – his ability or intention to represent any of us in any real capacity.

Donald Trump does not represent our values, and therefore we refuse to honor him on President’s Day. Instead, we will honor the principles of democracy for which our previous Presidents fought valiantly: the right to assemble, and the right to fight for those of our brothers and sisters who have not yet been included in the word “equal.”· To see our complete Statement of Principles, please see our event page on Facebook.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Lindsey Andersen
Co-Coordinator for the (Not My) President’s Day Rally
Email: NMPChicago@gmail.com


And finally for your amusement if you’ve not seen this yet.