Mission, Vision, Values

About Indivisible Illinois

Indivisible Illinois is part of the locally-led, people-powered Indivisible Project network, a grassroots American movement founded in 2016, with thousands of chapters across the U.S. in urban, suburban and rural communities. Indivisible Illinois reflects the Heart of the Midwest by promoting an equity agenda in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

Our grassroots power comes from working in solidarity and in coalition with others. We do this through advocacy and direct action organizing for progressive issues and by electing progressive leaders.

Our Values

Inclusion, Respect and Nonviolence.

Inclusion: We encourage the positive recognition of differences, regardless of identity, background, or political party. We not only include those from diverse backgrounds, we seek out their participation and welcome their voices.
Respect: We promote an environment of tolerance and fairness. We find common ground, honor good intentions, lift each other up, and work together to allow space for dissent while pursuing a shared goal. Ideas are welcomed and group participation in decision making is essential.
Nonviolence: We channel our immense passion and fierce drive into constructive actions, respecting personal safety and property.

Our Projects

Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative – Networking and Coordination

Statewide groups meet regularly to coordinate around urgent and long term issue and electoral campaigns.

We are driven by our antiracist values and fueled by the global movement striving to achieve social, economic and racial justice for all.  Learn more here.

Voter Engagement

ILVOTE believes that an engaged and informed electorate leads to a successful democracy. ILVOTE is certified as a bonafide State Civic Organization in Illinois. We promote civic engagement through deputy voter registrar trainings, voter awareness forums and voter registration events. We offer an opportunity for members to become deputy voter registrars through their election authority in their jurisdiction.  Read more about ILVOTE here or contact ILVOTE Chair, LENI MANAA- HOPPENWORTH lhoppenworth@indivisibleil.com

Vote by Mail Taskforce

The Indivisible Illinois VBM Taskforce was formed in March of 2020 to address the challenges of voting during a worldwide pandemic.  The Voters’ Rights and Protection initiative started in 2018. It was determined that expanding the option to vote-by-mail would increase turnout and provide voters with  fair, safe and secure access to the ballot. The predecessor of the VBM Taskforce was the Election Security Strategic Team (ESST) which was formed in 2018 with a concentration on voter protection. Contact VBM Taskforce Chair, ROSE COLACINO rcolacino@indivisibleil.com. 

Indivisible Illinois Coordinators

Marci Adelston-Schafer, ruralillinois@gmail.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible Rural Illinois; Member Bend the Arc Champaign-Urbana

Kelly B, REI@indivisibleil.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible REI Illinois; Indivisible IL9 Antiracist Work Group

Sarah Bingaman, ruralillinois@gmail.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible Rural Illinois; Founder ABT Sauk Valley

Scott Cross, scross@indivisibleil.com

Co-founder, Co-State Coordinator Indivisible Illinois; Founder Indivisible Springfield

Rose Colacino, rcolacino@indivisibleil.com

Co-State Coordinator Indivisible Illinois; Founder Heartland Resistance Coalition; Vote By Mail Taskforce Chair

Candace Davis, truthbrigadeillinois@gmail.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible Truth Brigade Illinois; Co-lead Indivisible Evanston 

Kym Garnett, REI@indivisibleil.com

Co-coordinator Social Justice Alliance; Co-lead Indivisible NWSOFA 

Linda Kallas, truthbrigadeillinois@gmail.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible Truth Brigade Illinois

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, lhoppenworth@indivisibleil.com 

Co-founder, Co-State Coordinator Indivisible Illinois; Founder Indivisible Illinois 9th District Andersonville-Edgewater. ILVOTE Chair

Cathy Risberg, mindsthatsoar@comcast.net

Co-coordinator IISJA; Co-lead Indivisible NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team

Etta Worthington, truthbrigadeillinois@gmail.com

Co-coordinator Indivisible Truth Brigade Illinois; Founder Indivisible Western Front

Jonathon Rogoff, IISJA@indivisibleil.com

Co-coordinator Social Justice Alliance; Co-lead Indivisible Illinois 9th District Andersonville-Edgewater

Terry Maher, tmaher@indivisibleil.com

Indivisible Illinois Press Secretary and Voting Rights Gazette writer/editor

Jessica Motsinger, connecting@indivisibleil.com

Indivisible Illinois Connecting for Action Managing Editor

Michael Peshkin, michaelpeshkin@indivisibleil.com

ILVOTE President; Member, Indivisible Evanston and Indivisible Illinois 9th District Andersonville-Edgewater

Ed Spire, ed.spire@gmail.com

VBM Taskforce Voters’ Assessment Analysis Activation Education Co-lead; Indivisible NWSOFA Co-lead

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