“Candlelight Vigil for Good Trouble Democracy” in downtown Naperville
“Candlelight vigil of good boredom”
Last night four groups held the “Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil for Democracy” in downtown Naperville.
The vigil marked the one-year death of Representative John Lewis. The assembled group also called for action from Congress.
“We are here to honor his extraordinary legacy and call on Congress to pass critical legislation to protect the freedom to vote, end gerrymandering and take money out of politics,” said Laura Welch, President of Illinois NOW.
The Naperville League of Voters, DuPage County NAACP, Illinois NOW, and the Chicago North Shore National Council of Jewish Women hosted the event, which was part of a national effort.
They are asking Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, DC Statehood and the For the People Act.
“The imposition of national voting standards will reduce the deprivation of the right to vote and allow for more transparency, ethics and representation,” said Alauren Lane.
Call to action
The group also provided calls to action to the approximately 120 people who attended the vigil.
“We have to run voter registration campaigns, letter writing campaigns, we have to visit – not just call – but we have to visit our state senators, our congressmen and our representatives,” said Michael Childress. , president of DuPage County NAACP.
The group took a moment of silence for John Lewis before crossing the bridge with candles in hand.
Aysha Ashley Househ of Naperville News 17 reports.
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