For the first time ever Gamaliel of Illinois and Iowa are hosting

"The People's Caucus"

Sunday, January 12, 2020

"Vote Truth to Power", what does that mean? Aren't you tired of having people in office that make outlandish statements about what they will do for you and the country and never come through? We've been voting false to power, fake to power, lie to power, and imposter to power for far too long. It's time to ask those hard questions and get honest answers. 

So what issues are plaguing us right now?

Voting rights / Voter Suppression

Did you know that a majority of the US still has requirements that blocks a majority of minorities from voting? Iowa, a state in which we have an affiliate, is one of the few states that still has Felony Disenfranchisement. This prohibits any person with a felony record to vote...EVER! Is that fair?

How about Voter ID requirements? The issue isn't the possession of a valid voter's ID, but rather which ID is valid? Texas allows for a Conceal Carry License to be valid, but not a school ID. Another state has reportedly allowed this to result in Voter Purging, which means that if all information across all documents aren't an exact match (spelling and spacing of names and address), your information could be removed from the system.

These are just a few concerns regarding voting. We must understand that we all have the right to vote, not the privilege to vote. However, America is weeding out certain demographics.

Education

Everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve greater in life. This begins at an early age and through education. Unfortunately, every student isn't afforded the same opportunities. Everything from school funding, to safety, to technology used in the classroom affects the development of our children and the way we educate.

Lower income communities suffer from the lack of state funding resulting in the decrease of teachers and the increase of students per class. The larger classes make it nearly impossible to address the needs of each student. Not only are classes full, but after school learning programs are either non-existent or just as full as the classrooms. 

We want to put all of the pressure on the teachers, but it's not the teachers' fault. They are ddoing the best they can with what they are given. Sure, some could do better, but so can our states. Our lack of education is creating a rise in violence. How do we stop this?

Immigration

An immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens.

News Flash: this issue isn't solely dedicated to our Latino and Hispanic brothers and sisters. We have migrants from all over the world. Our country was founded on immigration, but no one talks about that.

The unfortunate state of our country is that legislation isn't just keeping people out of the US, but they are deporting tax paying residents who have only known America as their home. How would you like to get sent to a country you have never lived in, been to, or known of?

There are plenty of other issues plaguing us right now. These are just a few we choose to highlight at the moment. Join the movement. Mark your calendar and plan to be on the bus to Iowa on Sunday, January 12, 2020!

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