About Us
Indivisible IL9 Andersonville-Edgewater is a diverse group of concerned residents and allies of the Illinois 9th Congressional District, working strategically to ensure justice for all. Indivisible IL9 is a part of a national network that aligns with the movement following the Indivisible Guide. We believe that a successful democracy depends on an informed and engaged constituency. We value Diversity; Equity and Inclusion; Respect and Non-violence.

Our Organizing Statement

“We are Chicagoland residents and allies who are pursuing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society by organizing in support for (or against) policies and candidates to achieve economic and social justice.”

Rogers Park Treatment Not Trauma Town Hall. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth.

Ways We Take Action

Indivisible IL9 is an all volunteer, membership-driven, grassroots activist group that works in cooperation and in collaboration with others. We leverage our creative talents and organize for direct action to advocate on issues and electoral campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. We inspire and mobilize people through social media, in person events, rallies, and citizen lobbying. We help elect progressive leaders by endorsing and door-knocking to get out the vote.

Endorsement - Police Reform

In January 2021, Indivisible IL9 was one of many groups who stood with the Illinois Black Caucus in their fight to pass HB 163-SFA2, the Criminal Justice/Police Reform bill during the lame duck session. Sen. Elgie Sims, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill, said in his closing speech before voting began: “We are fundamentally changing the way we do criminal justice in this state.” HB 163-SFA2 addresses Pretrial detention, Use of force, Police certification, Body cameras and expands the rights of detainees.

Indivisible IL9 was one of over a hundred groups that lobbied their legislators to pass the Pretrial Fairness Act as a part of the Criminal Justice Reform Omnibus. The Pretrial Fairness Act (PFA) sponsored by Senator Robert Peters and Representative Justin Slaughter reforms the pretrial justice system and ends the use of money bonds. It focuses the court on protecting public safety and ensuring people will return to court. The PFA makes our system fairer by ensuring county resources are used only to detain people who pose a risk to public safety. It alleviates the financial burden money bonds place on innocent families, ensures that access to wealth, or lack thereof, is not the reason people are detained in or released from jail, and assures that poverty is not a driver of incarceration.

Endorsement - End Machine Politics in Illinois

In January 2021, Indivisible IL9 called attention to the revolving door of "resign and appoint" practice on the northside after the sudden resignation of Sen. Heather Steans just days after she was sworn into office. Citing a lack of fairly elected officials since 1977, Indivisible IL9 successfully organized a public awareness campaign to lobby committeepeople to take a democracy pledge. We demanded committeepeople:

1) acknowledge the appointment process should be reserved for special and extenuating circumstances;

2) recognize the remarkable history of appointments and midterm resignations in our neighborhoods in particular;

3) recognize that party appointments keep BIPOC and independent voices out of politics, an unstated but universal goal of machine politics;

4) commit to breaking the toxic cycle and appoint an interim placeholder State Senator who promises not to run for re-election in 2022.

Endorsement - Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)

Chicago has too long a history of police brutality and a lack of police accountability. After the murder of Laquan McDonald in 2014 by a white police officer and a subsequent investigation of the culture of police voilence by the Department of Justice, Chicago was put under a Federal consent decree. The consent decree is a court-enforced mandate governing reforms of the Chicago Police Department.

Grassroots working in coalition led by CAARPR advocated for community voices to be represented in the process to reform CPD. The proposed Civilian Police Accountability Council ordinance (CPAC) required a democratically elected council that would have the power, among others, to hire and fire the police superintendent. See resources on CPAC here. Indivisible IL9 worked alongside community organizations such as 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice to advocate for CPAC in 2020. Watch the IL9 roundtable with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman here.

Candidate Endorsements - 2018 - 2019 - 2020 - 2022 Elections

2022 Primary: Kina Collins and Hoan Huynh

2020: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Marie Newman, Kim Foxx, Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten

2019: Lori Lightfoot

2018: JB Pritzker, Julianna Stratton, Kwame Raoul, Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten

ECPS Grassroots Town Hall 6-22-21
Progressive Northside Coalition State Senate Forum 2-2-21