RED Alert 2/18


The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition "advocates for common sense, evidence-based gun violence prevention measures that will save lives in Illinois." They are also a great resource for information on current legislation related to gun control bills in Illinois and have easy links to file witness slips or contact your legislators. Check out their page and contact your legislator regarding the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, which encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable. Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 20% of all guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago were sold by just four local gun dealers. Contact your legislators and ask them to support this legislation mandating state licensing of gun dealers.


A Community Meeting to respond to gun violence will occur on 2/24 at 10am at the Lincoln Belmont branch of the library. Join State Rep. Ann Williams, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence’s Colleen Daley, and NIU school shooting survivor Patrick Korellis for a community meeting on how we can respond to gun violence throughout the nation. This meeting will address pending gun violence prevention legislation in Springfield and statewide advocacy efforts, and will be a space for community members to share concerns and ask questions. Please RSVP either through this event page or by emailing


Everytown for Gun Safety "is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives." Michael Bloomberg has offered to match donations.

RED Alert 2/11


Call or write your state representative to sponsor and support House Bill 4469. House Bill 4469 calls on jail facilities across the state to have a plan for people detained pre-trial (and thus still eligible) to have access to the ballot, to exercise their right to vote. The bill also calls for eligible individuals leaving prisons and jails throughout the state to receive a voter registration form and information about their voting rights.

To learn more or send a message to your state rep:


Getting pumped for the midterm elections? I know I am! Attend the Indivisible Chicago Summit on 3/11 and hear from the leaders in progressive, grassroots election organizing. There's an incredible speaker line-up already organized and the event will run from 4pm-7pm with a reception afterwards from 7pm-8pm.

To learn more and sign-up:


Everyday that Congress fails to pass the Dream Act, 122 immigrants lose their protected DACA status. United We Dream empowers young immigrants to develop their leadership and organizing skills and to create their own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.

To learn more and donate:

Moving Forward at DPOE forum

On Sunday, January 28th, Moving Forward attended a forum hosted by the Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) on Partisan Redistricting and the 2018 Election. Topics included the pan-partisan efforts to preserve power through gerrymandering; the pros and cons of independent commissions; the lawsuits and Supreme Court cases around partisan and racial gerrymandering; the unique shape of certain districts like IL-04; and the conflicts that important laws like the Voting Rights Act impart upon the map-drawing process.

Read more

RED Alert 1/29

There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in Congress. Despite this bipartisan support, the fate of the Dream Act to protect over 800,000 DACA recipients still remains in jeopardy. The continuing resolution for the spending bill expires on February 8th so this is a crucial time to call your representatives to voice your support for the Dream Act.

Senator Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Duckworth: (202) 224-2854

Find your US House Rep:


Julia and Pam, our amazing Moving Forward members, are organizing a meet and greet with Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio on February 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Bar Louie in River North (333 N. Dearborn). Senator Brown is running for re-election in Ohio and is a champion of progressive causes. There will be light appetizers, but drinks will be on your own. Tickets for the event will be $30.

Email for the link to purchase tickets. 

Partners In Health is an incredible organization that works around the world to provide care to those in need. PIH puts it best: "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." 

To learn more and to make a donation:

RED Alert 1/14


In December, Congress passed a short term continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government and fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until 3/31/18. Nearly 9 million children depend on CHIP and a permanent solution is needed. Take action and contact your member of Congress to reauthorize CHIP before crucial services are cut for children. 



After an incredible march last year, the Women's March is back. The "March to the Polls" will be on 1/20 from 11am-1pm and will start at Congress and Columbus. Join fellow Chicagoans to celebrate the spirit of the resistance efforts and unite to focus on the 2018 elections.


The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit fighting for racial justice. They are working to end racial bias in the criminal system, protect voting rights, increase economic fairness, and increase equity in education. For 75 years they've been at the forefront of the fight to protect and further civil rights.



"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."



RED Alert 12/7


Phone bank for the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a current piece of legislation  that proposes a process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency. It is crucial for a clean DREAM act to pass immediately because beginning March 6th, hundreds of thousands of additional DACA recipients will begin losing protection. 

Wednesday 1/10 from 5-7pm at St. Anthony's Wellness Center (2826 W. Cermack Rd.). All you need is a cell phone, headphones, and labtop.


Join other Moving Forward members at the Defending Net Neutrality panel to learn about the efforts to fight back against the Trump administration's attempt to restrict the open internet. The panel will be at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted) in the Hoover-Leppen Theater on 1/9 from 7-8pm. 
The panel will include: 
Anna P. Crane, Illinois Attorney General's Office
Peter Hanna, ACLU of Illinois
Jake Wright, Digital Privacy Alliance

Please RSVP at this link:


Check out the incredible and inspiring organization Project I Am, which was created by 9 year old Jahkil Jackson to help Chicago's homeless population. They create "blessing bags" with important essentials to give to those in need. Jahkil's organization has already given away thousands of bags all over the city. 

To learn more or donate:

RED Alert 12/17


The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality earlier this week. This decision allows internet companies the ability to slow down or block access to websites. For example, the consumer could have to pay more money to stream content at current speeds or access certain platforms. Now it's up to congress to act to undo the FCC's repeal of the net neutrality rules. Senator Ed Markley introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the FCC's repeal. Call your Senators to let them know you support the CRA and spread the word because a CRA needs to pass the House and Senate with a simple majority before it's put before the president.


Interested in learning how to write an effective letter to the editor? Join Indivisible on Tuesday 12/19/17 at 7pm for a How-To on writing Letters to the Editor! Julie Sampson of Citizen Action IL will guide you through why letters to the editor matter to hold representatives accountable, when to do one, and how to do one in this interactive small group session. 

Be prepared to write and outline and/or finish a letter to the editor by the end of this event. Bring your laptop and/or pen and paper.
Please indicate if you will attend in person or by video/phone conference when you RSVP!


Help support a group of pediatricians who are committed to providing care to patients at the Bernard Mevs Hospital (BMH) in Port Au Prince, Haiti. They will be traveling to Port-au-Prince  in January and will spend 8 days working with physicians, nurses, and patients throughout the hospital. Every year, Project Medishare, who runs the volunteer program at BMH asks for a small donation from volunteers. To learn more/donate:

RED Alert 12/11


The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Ace (HR 38) passed in the House this past week by a 33 vote margin. This law forces states with strong concealed carry laws to honor concealed carry permits from states with weaker laws. 

To learn about next steps and receive periodic updates from Moms Demand Action about ways to fight against gun violence, text JOIN to 644-33.


The Glenbard North Civics Club and The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th are co-hosting the IL-6th Congressional District Democratic Primary Candidates Forum to be held at Glenbard North High School on December 12th from 7-9pm. The Forum kicks off the official campaign as it is the first gathering of the challengers (the seat is currently held by Peter Roskam) following the filing of petitions to enter the race. The event is sold out, but overflow seating is available.


Check out The Urban Canopy ( The Urban Canopy is "pioneering the local food cycle to create a more sustainable and equitable food system in Chicago. We are growers, distributors, composters, and community partners who seek to directly impact our city for the better. We strive to make local healthy produce more accessible to all, reduce the miles fresh food travels, and create and maintain local jobs." 

Check out this innovative organization and find out ways that you can help contribute to creating a more sustainable and equitable food system in our city. 

RED Alert 12/3


The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (HR 38) passed the House Judiciary Committee and is next going to be voted on by the US House of Representatives. This law forces states to accept the weaker concealed carry laws of other states. To learn more:

Send a letter to your House Rep to reject HR38:


Join other Moving Forward members on 12/9 from 3:30-4:30pm to register voters at the downtown Christmas market! With the gubernatorial primaries coming up in March, now is the time to start getting voters registered!

On 12/12, Alabamians will be heading to the polls to elect their next Senator. Doug Jones, a progressive Democrat and civil rights warrior, needs our help! Moving Forward members will be using the virtual text bank to help get out the vote for the upcoming election in Alabama!Join us in the evening on 12/11 to help elect Doug Jones in this incredibly close race.

Email for further details on the above events. 


Do you use OpenTable to make restaurant reservations? Their non-profit partner, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign works to end childhood hunger in the United States. This holiday season between November 28th and December 11th, you can donate your OpenTable dining points to this valuable cause. For every 100 points you donate, Share Our Strength will provide 5 meals to children in need. OpenTable will match all donations up to 100,000* meals to deepen the impact of your gift. Points will be deducted from your account on or around December 15, 2017"

To donate, visit your profile page on OpenTable’s website and select “Donate my points” from the banner across the to of the page.

RED Alert 11/27


The Senate is back from recess and if you want to make your voice heard about the tax bill, now is the time to do so. The CBO states the bill will add $1.4 trillion to our deficit over the next decade. In addition, by 2027, most Americans making less than $75,000/year would be worse off if the individual tax cuts aren't extended, which would depend on the actions of future lawmakers. The Senate tax bill also eliminates the requirement that almost all Americans obtain healthcare or pay a penalty. If this occurs, premiums would rise and millions of Americans could lose insurance. So call those Senators, phone bank, or find other near by events with the resources from Indivisible:

To read more:


Mothers Against Senseless Killing will be having their annual holiday party on December 23rd. Details are TBD, but if you're interested in going with other members from Moving Forward, please e-mail us at There is also a toy drive and wishlist on Amazon if you'd like to contribute: 

 Children's wish list:

Teen wish list: