Indivisible: The Action Network ( is the progressives’ grassroots response to The Tea Party movement. It’s “a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building online power for the progressive movement.” Indivisible groups are gaining traction throughout the country ( and recently organized a Whose House? Our House! Day of Action on January 3rd, 2019 (  

The North Shore Indivisible 10th District ( outlines agenda priorities for the First 100 Days of Congress as follows:

The “First 100 Days of Congress” is a period of time during which the new Congress will indicate their agenda priorities for the next two years.

The first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House is expected to be a democracy reform effort (H.R. 1). This legislation is meant to: 

• Strengthen everyone’s right to vote and to have their vote count 
• Stem the tide of big money in politics
• Root out corruption at all levels of government

Specifically, this package is expected to include:

• Voter empowerment and access. 
− Automatic voter registration 
− Same-day registration 
− Restore the Voting Rights Act
− Protect against improper purging of voter rolls 
− Require states to upgrade and secure their election systems
− Restore voting rights to those with past criminal convictions 
− Provide adequate early voting opportunities 

• Money in politics.  
A constitutional amendment is needed to overturn the chaos that Citizens United and related decisions unleashed into our campaign finance system. Congressional Democrats are expected to start that amendment process immediately. 
− Amplify small-dollar donations through public financing
− Encourage small-dollar donations through tax incentives
− Eliminate “dark money” by requiring disclosure of all political spending (including online ads)
− Empower the Federal Election Commission to truly enforce campaign finance law  
− Cut off cooperation between candidates and super PACs 

• Ethics and corruption.  
− Ensure that ethics rules apply to all government officials – demand disclosure of and divestment from the President’s financial interests that pose conflicts of interest.
− Prohibit bribery and demand full disclosure of information revealing potential and actual conflicts of interest for executive branch and government officials.
− Write the Office of Congressional Ethics into law and stop Members of Congress from serving on boards. 
− A new code of ethics is needed for the Supreme Court.

Other key issues include Net Neutrality and the Dodd-Frank Act (a United States federal law that places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government). Additional asks of their congressman, Representative Brad Schneider, include:

• Net Neutrality.
− Public Commitment
− Co-Sponsor Legislation
− Provide a Timetable for Action

• Consumer Financial Protection.
− Legislation Strengthening Dodd-Frank
− Strengthen Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
− Join/Support Antitrust Caucus

Take Action
For the issues identified above, North Shore Indivisible and its individual members call on Congressman Brad Schneider ( for the following:

• Make a public commitment to EACH of the issues identified above 
• Sponsor or Co-Sponsor Legislation 
• Provide a Timetable for Action 
• Communicate to North Shore Indivisible and the public the progress and status of each issue at 90-day intervals or sooner throughout his term

* This post has been prepared in conjunction with Sonny Cohen, coordinator of North Shore Indivisible’s delegation in a meeting in the office of Illinois 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider on January 3, 2019.

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