In Rural Illinois
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

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