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The Chicago Resolution Honoring India's Independence and Democracy

The Chicago Resolution Honoring India's Independence and Democracy

By signing I support a non-binding Chicago City Council Resolution celebrating India's 74th Independence Day and the values both India and the U.S. hold sacred: democracy, human rights, and secularism.

Given Chicago's values as a leading progressive, welcoming, and inclusive city, it is critical that Chicago join four other cities (Seattle, Washington; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Albany, New York; and St. Paul, Minnesota) which have already passed similar resolutions.

In signing, please indicate if you support as an individual or as an organization.

Why is this important?

During President Trump's visit to India in February 2020, mobs attacked minority neighborhoods leading to 46 deaths and displacing thousands. This tragedy along with discriminatory national legislation (including a religion-based system to grant citizenship) demonstrate that India's values of democracy, secularism, and human rights are under serious threat.

**If your organization wants to be listed as a signatory, please email: ChicagoIndiaResolution@gmail.com**


Reasons for signing

  • Slow the COVID numbers down and start Returning back to normalcy life, in-person and reopening montgomery county and recreation & senior centers, Sports activities, large family gatherings, personal services, Malls & Stores, Employment & Jobs, Religious Facilities, Live Entertainment. Returning back to all cities, countries and all states around the world. reopening your small businesses and economy recovery.
  • To honor the legacy of our forefathers, their blood and sweat and tears to give us freedom, my late father a freedom fighter who explains in the following videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJH84JeQbQU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMjEzJ1JgZ0&t=2s
  • What we fear happening here, what's been hinted at in Portland & elsewhere, has been happening in India for over a year now: journalists, academics, anyone who criticizes the regime, being picked up & charged with sedition and terrorism. The people in India working to preserve & protect Indian democracy, at great personal risk, need to know they are not alone.

Updates

2021-03-23 18:15:22 -0400

Rep. Jan Schakowsky just tweeted out support for the #ChicagoIndiaResolution - please RT!

https://twitter.com/RepSchakowsky/status/1374392572798377985

2021-03-22 11:36:30 -0400

The #ChicagoIndiaResolution was endorsed by Rep. Chuy Garcia,
https://twitter.com/RepChuyGarcia/status/1372907390744596483

Rep. Marie Newman,
https://twitter.com/Marie4Congress/status/1373061844789776387?s=19

and in the Sun-Times!
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/2021/3/17/22335258/chicago-city-council-resolution-denouncing-bigotry-discrimination-india-bjp-modi

*Support the resolution in City Council Public Comment*
- Leave a message at (312) 744-6800 on Monday (3/22) before 10PM ("I would like to enter the public comment lottery for the City Council meeting on Feb. 24th. My name is ________ and my number is ___________")
- If you win the lottery, you can make a statement in support of the resolution (reply to this email and we can share a draft statement with you if needed).
- If you win the lottery, you'll be informed on Tues (3/23) 10AM - 2PM; keep your phone on!

2021-03-15 18:30:21 -0400

City Council will vote on passing a pro-farmer, pro-human rights, pro-equality Resolution on India on MARCH 24th -- but the resolution is opposed by Donald Trump's Lawyer in Illinois, the indicted Ald. Ed Burke (racketeering, bribery, extortion).

NOW is the time to stand up to Burke, Trump, and Modi and support human rights in India!

WE NEED 15 MINS FROM YOU TO PASS THE RESOLUTION NEXT WEEK!

1. CONTACT YOUR ALDERPERSON:
Call your Alderperson and tell them to support the resolution!
Find their phone # and email here: https://chicago.legistar.com/People.aspx

POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA & EMAIL YOUR ALDERPERSON:
Suggested social media posts, graphics, and email text here: https://tinyurl.com/y5kyf5pw

2020-08-13 12:45:38 -0400

Please call 3 key alderpeople and request to put the resolution before the health and human relations committee!

a. (773) 635-0006: Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Committee Chair, Ward 6

b. (773) 878-4646: Ald. James Cappleman, Vice Chair, Ward 46

c. (773) 784-5277: Ald. Harry Osterman, Committee Member, Ward 48 (*Osterman has previously supported the resolution.)

2020-07-21 19:55:19 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-07-10 17:29:59 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-07-09 23:56:41 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-07-09 12:32:34 -0400

10 signatures reached