FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 28, 2021
Contact: Rose Colacino, State Co-Coordinator
US Reps Jan Schakowsky & Mike Quigley, Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons, & Indivisible Co-Founder and Co-Exec Director Ezra Levin to Discuss Voting Rights at June 30 Zoom/Livestream Event
US Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) will be speaking live at an Indivisible Illinois meeting this Wednesday, June 30, from 7-8:30pm CT, about the future of the For the People Act, which is currently stalled in the Senate, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Also speaking at the event will be Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons about implementing the new Illinois voting laws, and Indivisible Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director 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.”
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.
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 CT. Quigley serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He will follow at approximately 7:40pm CT.
At approximately 8pm CT, 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 local election officials. Indivisible Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Ezra Levin will open the meeting at 7pm CT.
Says Indivisible Illinois’ Founder and Co-Coordinator Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, “We have politicians today trying to silence our voices based on what we look like or where we live. What we want and deserve as Americans is the ability to freely cast our ballots and have our voices heard, no matter who we are or where we live. If that means we have to march and rally, we’ll do it because otherwise our democracy will die.”
WHO: Indivisible Illinois
WHAT: Indivisible Illinois Livestream Event about the future of the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
WHEN: June 30, 7-8:30pm CT.
- US Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Mike Quigley (IL-5) about the future of the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
- Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons about implementing the new Illinois voting laws and current issues facing local election officials.
- Ezra Levin, Indivisible Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director