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.
We come from different backgrounds and walks of life, we have different stories, but we are united in the belief that we can achieve more when we stand together. The name Indivisible is rooted in this idea – that our power lies in showing up together, the notion that if we stand together, we won’t fall.