Currently in Chicago— May 4th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Cool pattern continues until Sunday

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Cool Pattern Continues Thru Friday

2. Best Chance Of Rain Friday

3. Warming By End Of The Weekend

After most areas failed to get above the 40s on Tuesday we “warm up” Wednesday but stay well below average. Highs for most will be in the lower 50s with just upper 40s lakeside. Look for middle to upper 50s Thursday, lower to middle 50s on Friday. We warm into the upper 60s by Sunday with several days in the 70s expected next week. Keep in mind it will be cooler along the lakefront all the way through at least Monday. Spotty showers possible Thursday afternoon, but rain more likely on Friday, then a mix of sun and clouds this weekend.

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Tim McGill

What you need to know, currently.

A draft decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, leaked by Politico, indicates that the Supreme Court could strike down the historic Roe v. Wade case later this year — the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

Today we published an Op-Ed by Ashley Fairbanks— an Anishinaabe artist, writer, organizer, and digital strategist. In response to the leak, she wrote a road map on how to embrace an ecosystem of change-making, beyond just doomscrolling and telling people to vote.

Fairbanks wrote about how to plug into existing work,

“This is where we have to start. As close to us as possible. Let me give you a plan. Invite a few of your trusted friends to dinner. Maybe a potluck. Have a real conversation about your fears right now. Talk through different scenarios. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses as a group, and where you’re interested in plugging in. Make real plans.”

This methodology can be applied to what ever issue you're passionate about whether that's reproductive justice, climate, or another cause.

Here is Fairbanks’ big advice:

  1. Look for existing information. Google is your friend. People that are doing abortion protection work are already overextended. Don’t rely on them to give you personal advice.
  2. Show up and plug in to existing work.
  3. Do what people ask of you. If you’re new to movement work, try and listen more than you talk, keep your head down, and learn. Offer skills you have, but also realize that you taking out the trash allows someone to do work that only they can do.
  4. Don’t waste your time and energy critiquing people if you disagree with their tactics. Find your lane and do your thing.

Read the full story: Beyond Doomscrolling and into Action.