Local Activism Weekly Round-up, April 19

By Mirjam Quinn

1. Get connected! Find likeminded folks at the Beverly CPA open meetings every Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., at 1808 W. 103rd Street.

2. Consider getting a group together (this is a great activity for the kids!) and attending the Compassion Experience, an interactive experience about global poverty.

3. Enjoy Sense8? The ACLU is hosting a special screening of the new season premiere at the Music Box Theater on Sunday the 23rd. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to your local ACLU chapter!

Be powerful! Use your resources to make a difference!

4. Everything is happening on April 22nd! Consider attending one of the many wonderful activism projects going on that day:

The Chicago March for Science. Find the members of your friendly Chicago Indivisible chapter at the Starbucks on 103rd and Longwood immediately before the 8:15 train downtown.

The Keller LSC meeting at 8:15 a.m.

Earth Day panel discussion on climate change with Rep. Brad Schneider at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Doors open at 12:30: sign up here:

5. The Illinois General Assembly is on spring break. This is a great time for a field trip. Consider calling a legislator of your choice (find a list here ) and tell them you’d like to schedule an in-person district visit to discuss important legislation that you’d like them to support. HB40 (reproductive rights) or Senate Bill 65 (protection for religiously based discrimination against the LGBTQ community), S834 (firearm violence research), S820 (designating a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness), S668 (a bill intended to nullify the administration’s “border security” ), S415 (sanctuary cities) are good places to start. Interested in a particular bill? Sign up at http://www.ilga.gov/mylegislation/default.asp to receive email updates!

6. Hug your kids and help them feel empowered!

Take some time this week to read the book “The Streets are Free” by Karusa. This is a lovely picture book (appropriate for ages 4 and up) based on the true story of kids growing up in the barrio of San José de la Urbina in Caracas, who worked together and rallied their community around them in order to build a playground despite significant political obstacles. Then talk to your kids about what matters to them, and in what ways they can feel more powerful in their own lives. When you buy the book, be sure to get it from The Bookie’s Paperbacks & More on 103rd and Western, or an Anderson’s, rather than online. Because shopping local is a powerful way to resist 🙂

7. Take care of you ❤

8. The Constant Struggle opening reception is at the BAC this sunday at 2! Show support for art and social justice!