Let's bring new voters onboard!

A reminder to make sure that family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote.   

With one in five eligible voters not registered to vote, we can make a difference by making sure the folks around us are ready to go.  Think about the people in your life who might need to register to vote.  Maybe a neighbor who has just moved in, someone who turned 18 this year, or a friend who may not know where to start.

Reach out to them with a chat or by email, text, Facebook, whatever works for you.  Let them know they can register online HERE.

UUANI Voting Our Values campaign

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Protect the safety of refugee children

We in Illinois have been working tirelessly this spring to protect the rights and ensure the safety of immigrants and refugees in our state:  we have passed HB2040 extending the prohibition against private detention facilities to include facilities holding immigrants and refugees; we passed HB1637 prohibiting ICE from operating in public and publicly-funded places and prohibiting collaboration between state law enforcement and ICE. 

NOW let's ask our US Senators Durbin and Duckworth to show their support of our work in Illinois by cosponsoring two Senate bills promoting the safety and rights of immigrants and refugees on a national level:

S397 Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act, which would end the use of unlicensed  emergency detention facilities for refugee children such as Tomillo Texas and Homestead Florida (News flash -- we just shut down Homestead!  A massive win for grass roots advocates!

S388 The Families not Facilities Act, which would reduce the ability of ICE to engage in inappropriate civil immigration enforcement actions that harm the safety of unaccompanied children and prevent reunification of families.

The administration’s policies have resulted in a humanitarian crisis by overcrowding the facilities that detain unaccompanied immigrant minors.  Many children have been separated from their adult relatives at the border and funneled unnecessarily into separated custody.  Others have been blocked from reuniting with family members due to ICE raids targeting sponsors of unaccompanied minors.

Our Senators' support of the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees on a national level will reflect our efforts in Illinois to create safe haven in our community.  Let them hear from us now!  CLICK HERE.

While they are home in-district in August, make a date to visit with your legislators -- HERE are talking points to share with them.

Partnering with the UU Service Committee

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The Clean Energy Jobs Act is on its way!

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) is gaining momentum in Springfield!  We are building support in the legislature to pass CEJA in the short “veto” session this fall.  We have a majority of the senate now,  but we need ten more cosponsors in the House to guarantee a majority there.  

CEJA mandates a strong policy and practice to develop clean energy options by replacing fossil-fuel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles, developing a carbon-free power sector for Illinois by 2030, and providing 100% renewable energy for Illinois by 2050.  CEJA provides a workable plan for job growth and training, especially for economically disadvantaged communities of color, communities impacted by pollution, and former fossil fuel workers.

Check HERE to find out if your representative is a co-sponsor.  (Find out who represents you HERE).  If they are a co-sponsor, say “Thank you” HERE.  If not, urge them to cosponsor this important initiative HERE.

Partnering with Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

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