Rural Illinois

Contact us: ruralillinois@gmail.com

Overview

The purpose of Indivisible Rural Illinois is to support rural progressives as we head into the 2022 general election. It is clear that there is a sharp political divide between rural and suburban/urban Illinois, but there are many progressives living in rural areas. Our project is two-fold: 1) strategizing on how to find like-minded progressives in our communities; 2) how to work toward informing our neighbors about what the progressive agenda really is.

Our Working Mission: To amplify a progressive voice in rural Illinois and eventually flip rural Illinois from red to blue (the long-term goal).

Our Goals: To build our groups, to encourage new groups in our geographic areas, to work to correct the narrative of who “progressives” are and what they stand for, to define the relationship between grassroots organizations and local Democratic party organizations, and to work toward policy changes that will benefit our areas.

Rural Illinois Blog

Video: Fill In The Ballot: Candidates for Every Office with Michael Frerichs and Cindy Cunningham

Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative hosted by Indivisible Rural Illinois, May 11, 2022

Fill in the ballot: Candidates for EVERY Office  

Throughout the state of Illinois, there will be empty ballot positions on the June 28, 2022 Democratic primary ballot. These are missed opportunities! How can we encourage qualified progressive neighbors to step up and run for public office? This is particularly challenging when members of the opposite party are often intimidating and the chance of winning in a rural area can feel nearly impossible. On May 11, two Illinois leaders, both from very small towns, will share ideas on how to begin to build a public profile prior to running for office. Join us to hear from our State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, and Cindy Cunningham, candidate for the 104th Illinois State House. They will share their insights and experiences on running for office in deep red areas of Illinois.

Indivisible Rural Illinois Presents: Fill In The Ballot, Candidates For Every Office!

May 11, 7:30pm, Central Time

Register here for the virtual event on Zoom.

Throughout the State of Illinois, there will be empty ballot positions on the June 28, 2022, Democratic primary ballot. These are missed opportunities!

How can we encourage qualified progressive neighbors to step up and run for public office? This is particularly challenging when members of the opposite party are often intimidating and the chance of winning in a rural area can feel nearly impossible.

On May 11, two Illinois leaders, both from very small towns, will share ideas on how to begin to build a public profile prior to running for office. Join us to hear from our State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, and Cindy Cunningham, candidate for the 104th Illinois State House. They will share their insights and experiences on running for office in deep red areas of Illinois. Please join us! Register here.

 

Watch: Indivisible Rural Illinois: “How Rural Communities Benefit By Helping Immigrants and Refugees”

Guest speakers:

Sara Dady, attorney specializing in immigration law and a strong advocate for immigrant rights

Ben Mueller, Executive Director, Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana

Laura Moreno, Sauk Valley Community College, sharing her personal story of moving to rural Illinois from Mexico and becoming the Literacy Coordinator at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon.

 

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The purpose of Indivisible Rural Illinois is to support rural progressives as we head into the 2022 general election. It is clear that there is a sharp political divide between rural and suburban/urban Illinois, but there are many progressives living in rural areas. Our project is two-fold: 1) strategizing on how to find like-minded progressives in our communities; 2) how to work toward informing our neighbors about what  the progressive agenda really is.

Our Working Mission: To amplify a progressive voice in rural Illinois and eventually flip rural Illinois from red to blue  (the long-term goal).

Our Goals: To build our groups, to encourage new groups in our geographic areas, to work to correct the narrative of who “progressives” are and what they stand for, to define the relationship between grassroots organizations and local Democratic party organizations, and to work toward policy changes that will benefit our areas.

Contact: ruralillinois@gmail.com

–Sarah Bingaman and Marci Adelston-Schafer, co-leaders

Video: Continuing Challenges Facing Black Americans in Education, Voting Access, Healthcare & Policing

Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative Statewide Call with Indivisible Rural Illinois

 

Continuing Challenges Facing Black Americans in Education, Voting Access, Healthcare & Policing

 

Moderator: Saskia Young, Associate Organizing Director, Indivisible National.

 

The panel includes our own Indivisible Rural Illinois member, Dr. Moses Kyobe, a cardiologist from Freeport, Dr. Gus Wood of the University of Illinois, Dr. Barbara Suggs Mason, and NAACP CU Minnie Pearson.

 

The purpose of this group, Indivisible Rural Illinois is to support each other as we go forward following the 2020 general election.  It is clear that there is a sharp political divide between rural and suburban/urban Illinois.  This has been true for a long time but there are many progressives living in rural areas.

 

Our project is two fold:   One, strategizing on how we can find like minded progressives in our communities.  And, second, how to work toward informing our neighbors about what  progressive agenda really is.

 

Our Working Mission:  To amplify a progressive voice in rural Illinois and eventually flip rural Illinois from red to blue (although we acknowledge that this is a long term goal).

 

Our Goals:  To build our groups, to encourage new groups in our geographic areas, to work to correct the narrative of who “progressives” are and what they stand for, to define the relationship between grassroots organizations and local Democratic party organizations, and to work toward policy changes that will benefit our areas.

 

Sarah Bingaman and Marci Adelston-Schafer

Save the Date for Indivisible Rural Illinois: “Continuing Challenges Facing Black Americans in Education, Voting Access, Healthcare and Policing in 2022”

This Wednesday night, the March 30th, at 7:30 p.m., Indivisible Rural Illinois will host the weekly Indivisible Illinois leaders’ call with a panel discussion entitled, “Continuing Challenges Facing Black Americans in Education, Voting Access, Healthcare and Policing in 2022”.    Our moderator will be Saskia Young from Indivisible National.   The panel includes our own Indivisible Rural Illinois member, Dr. Moses Kyobe, a cardiologist from Freeport, Dr. Gus Wood of the University of Illinois,  Dr. Barbara Suggs Mason, and Minnie Pearson.   All are welcome.
Mark your calendars, too, for our monthly Rural meeting on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.   We will host a panel that evening as well.   The topic is, “How Rural Communities Benefit By Helping Immigrants and Refugees”.   Sara Dady, an attorney specializing in immigration law and a strong advocate for immigrant rights will join us.   Ben Mueller, Executive Director of Immigrant Services of Champaign will share success stories.   And Laura Moreno will share her personal story of moving to rural Illinois from Mexico and becoming the Literacy Coordinator at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon.

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The purpose of this group, Indivisible Rural Illinois is to support each other as we go forward following the 2020 general election.  It is clear that there is a sharp political divide between rural and suburban/urban Illinois.  This has been true for a long time but there are many progressives living in rural areas. 

Our project is two fold:   One, strategizing on how we can find like minded progressives in our communities.  And, second, how to work toward informing our neighbors about what  progressive agenda really is. 

Our Working Mission:  To amplify a progressive voice in rural Illinois and eventually flip rural Illinois from red to blue (although we acknowledge that this is a long term goal).  

Our Goals:  To build our groups, to encourage new groups in our geographic areas, to work to correct the narrative of who “progressives” are and what they stand for, to define the relationship between grassroots organizations and local Democratic party organizations, and to work toward policy changes that will benefit our areas.

Sign up here to be added to the listserv, Facebook group. 

Contact: ruralillinois@gmail.com

Sarah Bingaman and Marci Adelston-Schafer

Video: Using Social Media Effectively in Campaigns with Indivisible Rural Illinois

 

Using Social Media Effectively in Campaigns

Is there an issue that your group is working on? Do you need to get the message out about its importance? Are you a candidate, or part of a candidate’s campaign? Do you want to know how to get your name, or your candidate’s name, out to the public?
Well, this training is for you. This meeting will discuss how to create an overall social media strategy. Then, it will show how to use Websites, YouTube, Twitter, TokTok, Instagram and Facebook to help get the word out.Christian Perry, from JB Pritzker’s campaign, will talk about media strategies.

Janel Stahr of Stahr Media will talk about website development.

Then, Indivisible Illinois leaders with expertise in specific social media platforms will give insight into using those specific platforms.

See slide deck from Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth: YouTube and Indivisible Illinois.

Questions? Contact: ruralillinois@gmail.com

Indivisible Rural Illinois Meeting March 3: Using Social Media Effectively in Campaigns

Thursday, March 3, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Using Social Media Effectively in Campaigns

 

Is there an issue that your group is working on? Do you need to get the message out about its importance?

Are you a candidate, or part of a candidate’s campaign? Do you want to know how to get your name, or your candidate’s name, out to the public?

Well, this training is for you. Join Indivisible Rural Illinois this Thursday to discuss how to create an overall social media strategy. Then, we will show you how to use websites, YouTube, Twitter, TokTok, Instagram, and Facebook to help get the word out.

Christian Perry, from JB Pritzker’s campaign, will talk about media strategies. Janel Stahr of Stahr Media will talk about website development. Then, Indivisible Illinois leaders with expertise in specific social media platforms will give insight into using those specific platforms. RSVP here! https://bit.ly/mar3-rural 

Video: An Evening With Two Powerful Illinois Women: Senator Tammy Duckworth and Comptroller Susana Mendoza

Indivisible Illinois virtually welcomed two of the most powerful women in the state of Illinois, Senator Duckworth and Comptroller Mendoza on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

This statewide grassroots call was facilitated by Indivisible Rural Illinois.

Learn more about Indivisible Rural Illinois and the Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative. Contact RuralIllinois@gmail.com

Save the Date: Indivisible Rural Illinois and Richard Martin, author of “Factory Towns”

Indivisible Rural Illinois Yellow and Green Logo

Does the following statistic motivate you to work on the 2022 election?  “.. between 2012 and 2020, while Democrats were increasing their margins in the urban and suburban areas of the Midwest by some 540,929 and 506,448 votes respectively, in midsized manufacturing towns Democrats lost 766,578 and in small factory towns they lost a stunning 1,868,210.

Just who uncovered these shocking figures?   And what do we do about it?

Join Indivisible Rural Illinois Thursday, February 3 at 7:30pm CT by zoom to hear from the Richard Martin, author of “Factory Towns”.   He will share data on voting patterns in rural Illinois counties and offer reasons why Democrats are losing rural voters in alarming numbers.  

 

Please join us!   RSVP ZOOM
February 3, 2022 at 7:30pm CT
Indivisible Rural Illinois with Richard Martin, author of “Factory Towns”

Save the Date: Senator Tammy Duckworth and Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Feb. 16, 2022

An Evening With Two Powerful Illinois Women: Senator Tammy Duckworth and Comptroller Susana Mendoza

Feb 16, 2022 07:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Spend a February evening on Zoom with Indivisible Illinois as we welcome two of the most powerful women in the state of Illinois. Senator Duckworth and Comptroller Mendoza’s presentations should be inspiring. There will be Q&A’s after each of their presentations.

This statewide grassroots call will be facilitated by Indivisible Rural Illinois.

Learn more about Indivisible Rural Illinois and the Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative. Contact RuralIllinois@gmail.com

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