From health care to a look inside an artist’s process, here’s what you need to know to start your week

Each week, Chicago Ideas will offer up some links to help you start your week. We’ll collect articles and videos to bring you up to speed on specific issues, while offering action items for you to get involved with, too.

What to read: “A Top Republican Vows a Vote on Health Care, but Uncertainty Reigns by The New York Times

Last week, the Senate was expected to vote on a healthcare bill that would repeal large chunks of the Affordable Care Act. That vote is currently being delayed, due in large part to Senator John McCain undergoing surgery this past Friday. Without McCain’s support, there are doubts the bill would pass the Senate, but another week-long delay could yield a similar result. The New York Times offers a clearer picture of what could—and couldn’t—happen if voting on the bill continues to be delayed.

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What to watch: Jamila Woods on Music and the Writing Process

This weekend was the Pitchfork Music Festival, which has always done a bang-up job of showing love to local Chicago artists. This year was no exception, and it gave Jamila Woods—a Chicago Ideas Co-op member—a star-making turn on Sunday. She took to the Green Stage right before Solange, setting up the festival’s headliner, proving she could likely occupy a headlining slot in the near future. Last year, Woods performed at Chicago Ideas Week, playing some songs and breaking down her creative process. It’s a rare glimpse into her work that’s just as inspiring now as it was then.

What to do: Engage with vital communities throughout Chicago at these July events

At the start of July, Chicago Ideas highlighted some events that we thought were worth checking out and, guess what, one of those events is happening this weekend! The Disability Pride Parade takes place on July 22, and we also included three other events happening next weekend. If you’re looking to get out and support some vibrant communities in Chicago, we can’t recommend these enough.

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