This announcement of this Indivisible Illinois meeting is adapted from an email sent out by Bend the Arc of Champaign County. The public can register to attend the Zoom meeting at https://bit.ly/illinoisforthepeople or watch the Facebook Livestream at @indivisibleillinois. The event runs from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on June 30. After the event, the download will also be available on YouTube on the Indivisible Illinois Channel.
US Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) will be speaking live at an Indivisible Illinois meeting this Wednesday, June 30, about the future of the For the People Act, which is currently stalled in the Senate, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Current wisdom is that the Senate will make structural changes to the bill in order to get it passed, which means the bill must go back to the House for approval.
Also speaking at the event will be Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons and Indivisible Illinois Co-founder Ezra Levin.“Indivisible Illinois believes our democracy is at a crossroads”, says Rose Colacino, Indivisible Illinois Co-Coordinator and chair of the Voters’ Rights and Protection Committee. “There are laws being passed from coast to coast that don’t just suppress the vote, they’re also making it possible for legislatures to override voting results in their states.”
Schakowsky serves in the House Democratic Leadership as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and will play an important role in this process. She will be speaking at approximately 7:20pm. Quigley serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He will follow at approximately 7:40pm.
At approximately 8pm, Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons will discuss the latest changes to Illinois law concerning the new permanent vote-by-mail list and current issues facing election officials regarding voter suppression efforts across the country.
Indivisible Illinois Co-founder Ezra Levin will open the meeting at 7:00 pm. Says Colacino, “Whether it's Congress or our local election officials, there's no doubt about it. We need every one of us to fight for a suppression-free democracy.”