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“Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil for Democracy” in Downtown Naperville

“Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil”

Last night, four groups organized the “Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil for Democracy” in Downtown Naperville.

The vigil marked the one year passing of Representative John Lewis. The group gathered was also asking 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 get money out of politics,” said Laura Welch, president of Illinois N.O.W.

The League of Women Voters Naperville, DuPage County NAACP, Illinois N.O.W, and the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore organized the event, which was part of a nationwide effort.

They are asking for Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, DC Statehood, and the For the People Act.

“Imposing national voting standards will lessen disenfranchisement and allow for more transparency, ethics, and representation,” said Alauren Lane.

Call to Action

The group also provided some call to action items to the around 120 people who came to the vigil.

“We must organize voter registration drives, letter writing campaigns, we need to visit – not just call – but we need to visit our state senators, our congressional senators, and 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.

Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.


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