U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) told a crowd estimated by organizers at over 1,200 people at Chicago's Broadway Armory Saturday that "all of us need to see ourselves as part of an army that's going to fight to literally save America and our values."
She urged those present to launch a movement of resistance against the political agendas of president-elect Donald Trump and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
"We all need to fight for $15 an hour and a union, we all need to fight for women’s rights, we all need to fight for voting rights, and we all need to fight for human rights," Schakowsky said. “We need to be fierce. We need to be fearless and relentless. And we also need to be creative.”
Community groups including IL ACLU, Personal PAC, EverThrive IL, Heartland Alliance, Small Business Majority, and others also participated in a “Volunteer Job Fair,” where attendees could access information and sign up to take action with each group.
“We need to be united. One for all and all for one, especially when someone is attacked. If, God forbid, there is a Muslim registry, we all need to show up and register as Muslims,” Schakowsky said to a standing ovation.
Seventy new online activists participated a “Twitter Clinic” following the program to train activists how to use the social networking platform for political activism.
“I know this a challenging time, but it is a time that is loaded with opportunity for all Americans to participate in the process—and we can win. We need to use all of our tools, old ones—we’ll be marching—and new ones,” said Rep. Schakowsky, “Use social media. If Donald Trump can tweet, so can you.”