Local Groups Host Massive 130+ Cities Mobilization Via Votercades To Defeat Voter Suppression Efforts and Promote Democratic Reforms
At 1 p.m. on May 8 community leaders will begin staging a local John Lewis Good Trouble Votercade at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., joining some 130 or more “John Lewis ‘Good Trouble’ Awareness” Votercades across the country to fight voter suppression, address the filibuster issue, and support statehood for Washington D.C.
A “Votercade” is a presidential-style motorcade of voters. It is designed to raise awareness of the urgent need to protect voting rights and democracy. The vot\eorcade in Evanston is scheduled to depart the Civic Center at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Reclaim Illinois.
The national effort will encourage community members to get into “good trouble” by making calls to federal lawmakers to encourage them to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4), the For The People Act (HR1/S1), the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act (HR 51), and address the filibuster.
“Good trouble” comes from a quote by Rep. Lewis: “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
At least 361 new laws have been proposed in 47 states to restrict voter access to the ballot box. Some examples of restricted voter access include reduced time frames for voting by mail; reducing early in-person voting dates; ending, reducing, or restricting access to drop boxes; more restrictive identification requirements to vote; and denying the distribution of food or water to voters waiting in excessively long lines on Election Day to vote.
A “Votercade” is a presidential-style motorcade of voters. It is designed to raise awareness of the urgent need to protect voting rights and democracy.