Welcome to CUP (CU Progressives)

We support progressive organizations in East Central Illinois. See the Quick Links menu at the top of the page to go to the major sections of the site: Calendar, Directory, and Facebook. Send suggestions to cup61820@gmail.com.

CUP Update for the Covid-19 Era

Since 2017, this CUP (CU Progressives) organization has provided various kinds of support to the progressive community in Champaign-Urbana. Like many organizations, we have paused many of our activities during the initial months of the pandemic. We are now getting things back together.  Part of that process is to evaluate our services in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Which do we want to continue?  Which are not as feasible? What will we do differently?  See this page for what we decided.


GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts! Updated 9/24/2020

1) Lit packers are needed more than ever. There are so many volunteers that want to drop lit. It would be too bad if there were not enough packed, especially when there are so many turfs cut. The Champaign County Democrats office at 1422 S Neil St in Champaign is open for this activity from 1-7 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Please come for an hour or 2.

Lit packing:


2) Lit Droppers, As long as there is enough lit, there is always a need for lit droppers. Please sign up for a time to pick up lit at the CC Dems office.

Special Note This Week Only: As well as in town, we need lit droppers in Rantoul. Two of the Rantoul precincts are battlegrounds. Those are 2 of the targets this week, along with a slew of in town precincts. If you are interested in going to Rantoul, you do not have to pick up lit at HQ. Instead, you will need to meet outside of: 372 Gibbs Dr in Rantoul. Please let me know by Thursday afternoon if you will be going to Rantoul, so there will be enough lit to disseminate.



3) Phone Bankers- Weekly Zoom Phone Bank Parties are still up and running every Saturday from 4-5:30 pm. You can choose to phone bank for: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Cindy Cunningham, Chaundra Bishop and/or Jordan Humphreys. Choose to make calls for 1 or 2, or even phone bank for ALL 4. The Zoom link, as well as the links to all of the phone banks are sent on the Thursday or Friday prior.



In the last 6 years, we have seen how crucial the US Senate is, no matter which president is in office. If the Republicans keep the Senate, even if Joe Biden is elected, they play so dirty, they will thwart him at every turn. We all have seen this. And now it is even more crucial.

In Illinois, we have 2 awesome senators that always go to bat for us. BUT, in other states, there are battles going on for the Senate. We need to make sure voters in those states know how crucial their votes are to flipping their senators’ seats.

Here are links to register for some phone bank parties through Indivisible. On a lighter note, if you participate in any of these phone banks, you will get a link to an “Indivisible Phone Bank Bingo Card. These are so funny.

Pass these links on to anybody whom you think would be interested, and sign up yourselves. I will be participating.

Here are a few upcoming Senate phonebanks!


Tuesday 9/29 SC: https://indivisible.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-6trjgsHtDBvC7GdDMlHsqyGSN-ybiQ

Thursday 10/1 GA: https://indivisible.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcu2uqDgtGty8dF8twr9f2i8-MvT-QB2R

Sign up for a shift every day 2:00-8:00p local time, depending on the time zone we’re calling: https://act.indivisible.org/signup/2020-phonebank

Hubdialer schedule: https://indivisible.org/indivisible-phonebank-schedule