Residents on the south and west sides demanding change with power of the vote
CHICAGO - Action Now successfully passed a milestone by registering 10,000 Chicago residents to vote in less than two months. Residents have eagerly filled out registration forms citing school closures, the call for a $15 citywide minimum wage, and the general feeling of not having their concerns addressed as motivation to vote in the upcoming elections.
“Residents are telling us their struggles to get by and they recognize the connections of voting power and officials addressing needs in their neighborhoods,” said Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now. “Our members work and live on the south and west sides that have been the most impacted by disinvestment by the city. Registering 10,000 people in these neighborhoods is a big step towards implementing policies that benefit residents instead of big businesses.
Members are canvassing in neighborhoods like East Garfield Park, North Lawndale, Austin, Englewood, and Auburn Gresham. “Our neighborhoods are on the front lines of some of the most destructive policies, and we need to hold our elected officials accountable year-round, but also on election day”, says Gloria Warner, President of Action Now.
Action Now is a member of Every Vote Counts and Grassroots Collaborative, which are coalitions comprised of neighborhood organizations and advocacy groups in a citywide effort to register people to vote and engage in the democratic process. The drive will continue until October 7th’s registration deadline.
Chicago Tribune, "Grassroots group announces it has registered 25,000 new voters" (Action Now canvasser Daphne Bracey quoted)