On Saturday, July 29, Women’s March Illinois is organizing a rally in downtown Chicago, as a part of a massive nationwide day of action called in collaboration with the largest citizens action groups. 'Our Lives On The Line' will mobilize thousands of folks across the nation in a show of force against the continued attack on our access to healthcare. Our message will be clear. We will not forget: the GOP voted time and time again to strip away health care for tens of millions of Americans, gut Medicaid and force our premiums to soar, all for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. 217 Republicans in the House and 49 Republicans in the Senate voted to cut our care—and we will hold them accountable for their votes every single day. We are health care voters!
We have won an important battle in the fight for millions of Americans’ health care, but our fight continues. The resistance showed up—we called, we came to meetings, we rallied in the rain, and we won a critical victory in the fight to protect our care.
But we know that President Trump and Republicans in Congress remain determined to take away health care, no matter how reckless it is or how many millions of Americans would be hurt. They will continue trying to take away our health insurance coverage, defund Planned Parenthood, make brutal cuts to Medicaid and will begin using the federal government to repeal the Affordable Care Act through sabotage. We’re not waiting for their next attack.
We won't let them turn back the clock to when having a pre-existing condition meant you can’t get health care, insurance companies could charge women more than men, and when 47 million people were uninsured. We are going to fight for everyone's health care to be there when they need it.
The morning after his defeat, Trump reminded us he is determined to sabotage the Affordable Care Act—promising to hurt people's health care as revenge for failing to get his win. He will use all the resources at his fingertips to make sure this law—and the American health care system—fails despite the damage it will cause and the costs people will pay. The activists, advocates, and constituents that showed up across the country to fight back against these cruel and careless attempts to take coverage away from millions of Americans will continue fighting for for every American to have quality, affordable health care.
The failure of the Senate’s most recent attempt to strip healthcare from over 16 million Americans comes after hundreds of thousands of phone calls, letters, meetings, protests and people across America making their voices heard. Women’s March continues to draw attention to the harm that will be done to women, people with disabilities, communities of color, the LGBTQIA community, and working families, who will lose coverage. The Women’s March Illinois event will highlight stories from these impacted communities who are often left out of discussions and actions around access to healthcare, keeping with Women’s March’s commitment to centering the voices of the most marginalized and vulnerable among us.
Women’s March Illinois is partnering with Planned Parenthood of Illinois, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Fight For 15, Chicago ADAPT, Indivisible Chicago, Arab American Family Services, Black Lives Matter Women of Faith, and several other grassroots and citizens action groups, for the Chicago action. At the event, we will hear from a diverse list of speakers: representatives from the partner organizations, healthcare professionals, community leaders and activists, and Planned Parenthood and Medicaid patients, disability rights advocates, and other concerned and impacted citizens. At the end of the rally, there will be opportunities to share and listen to individual stories, and a visual action where individuals will add their photographs and medical artifacts to a “line” to represent that for millions of Americans, our lives are indeed on the line!
More details of speakers and endorsing organizations for the Chicago event will be added as they are finalized.
- ADAPT CHICAGO
- ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES
- ARAB AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK
- BISEXUAL AND QUEER ALLIANCE CHICAGO
- BLACK LIVES MATTER WOMEN OF FAITH
- FIGHT FOR 15 - CHICAGO
- FRIENDS WHO MARCH
- GAY LIBERATION NETWORK
- INDIVISIBLE 123GO
- INDIVISIBLE CHICAGO
- INDIVISIBLE CHICAGO - SOUTH SIDE
- NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA
- PLANNED PARENTHOOD - ILLINOIS
- PANTSUIT NATION ILLINOIS
- RISE AND ORGANIZE
- SUBURBAN UNITY ALLIANCE
List of Speakers:
- HOST: Mrinalini Chakraborty, Head of Field Operations - Women’s March National; Founder/President - Women’s March Illinois
- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky - IL 9th District
- Anthony Clark, Public School Teacher; Founder/Director - Suburban Unity Alliance
- Dr. Amy Whitaker, Medical Director - Planned Parenthood of Illinois
- Renee Wsol, Planned Parenthood Patient
- Adriana Alvarez, McDonald’s worker; National Organizing Committee - Fight For 15
- Lashawn Littrice, Co-Founder - Black Lives Matter Women of Faith
- Mike Oboza, Founder - Bisexual and Queer Alliance Chicago
- Aziza Nazar, Officer - Chicago ADAPT
- Jessica BrodeFrank, a concerned and impacted citizen; museum industry and Chicago cultural heritage professional
- Clare Duggan, Lead Organizer - Indivisible Chicago
- Nareman Taha, Co-Founder/Director - Arab American Family Services
- Rosemary Callahan, concerned and impacted citizen; Founder - Radical Women’s Resistance
- Roger Fraser - retired public school teacher and a long-time member of the Gay Liberation Network
- Erika Bachner, Member Representative - NARAL Pro-choice America
- Graciela Guzman, ACA Healthcare Navigator; Co-Chair - Illinois Coalition for Healthcare Access
- Angelica Magana, community organizer; Immigration Committee Chair - Rise and Organize
Federal Center and Plaza (Chicago, IL)
219 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603