Empowering the Vote in Communities: Awareness, Understanding, and Action - CAEA Community Engagement Network (CEN)

Community awareness about who gets to vote in the US, the power of the vote, and what our rights are as voters is uneven at best, and problematic at worst. When we add in mixed messages from the media and a global pandemic that affects gathering in person, the right to vote is threatened in an unprecedented way at a time when voting at the national as well as local level is critical. Please join the CAEA Community Engagement Network (CEN) for a conversation with Dr. Christina Rivers, Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University, along with Stevie Valles and Jen Dean, Executive Director and Co Deputy Director of Chicago Votes, and Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, who work extensively on voting rights.

These community activists are championing voter education and voter rights in Black and brown communities, and among currently and formerly incarcerated populations. Their work includes recent state legislation that mandates civic and voter education workshops for those leaving Illinois prisons, and that guarantees voter access for eligible citizens in jail. Basic voter rights, untangling concerns about vote-by-mail and voter fraud, voter eligibility and access for community members with felony convictions, and for those in jail awaiting trial will be discussed, and there will be ample time for a robust Q & A with attendees.

Part of the CEN Courageous Conversations in Communities Series

Contact caea@depaul.edu to RSVP, or join on the day

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Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://depaul.zoom.us/j/99004503455 

Or Telephone: US: +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 990 0450 3455

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

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