With diminished faith in our institutions, a movement to undermine the integrity of our electoral processes embodied in the January 6 insurrection, efforts to suppress free speech, a rise in voter suppression, and increasing polarization within our communities, there is a generalized notion and fear among many that we are in the midst of a crisis in American Democracy.
Please join the ACLU of Illinois for our upcoming Engagement Series on Democracy: We the People. Democracy does not have a universal definition to many – folks arrive at its meaning from different angles and perspectives. As a form of governance, it is the amalgamation of diverse values and beliefs into what the Founding Fathers believed would be a refined set of laws and cultural norms.
However, in our current political climate, there is an “us versus them” mentality that permeates from the Federal to the local level. As a way of calling awareness to this and trying to break the mold, we endeavor to ask people of different identities and backgrounds: “Do not tell us what you are against; tell us what you are for.”
Together we must work to protect our democracy and build a country where equality and freedom are promises fulfilled for all. We encourage you to join us for this engagement series to explore the state of our democracy, learn more about our interrelated rights and liberties, and take action to advance change in our society.
About Weinberg/Newton Gallery and All That Glows in the Dark of Democracy:
Weinberg/Newton Gallery is a non-commercial gallery dedicated to becoming a presenting platform for social justice issues through collaboration with artists and non-profit organizations. Their exhibition All That Glows in the Dark of Democracy, presented both in-person and online and in partnership with the ACLU of Illinois from July 29 – October 1, will feature artworks that present a range of perspective on democracy as a concept both in theory and in practice. Interactive installations, sculpture and video, including newly commissioned site-specific works, invite viewers to think critically about elections, monuments, public and private space, and national symbols. The artists featured are Alejandro T. Acierto, Kandis Friesen, Hannah Givler, Aram Han Sifuentes, Ariana Jacob, and Aay Preston-Myint.
All that Glows: A Night of Storytelling on Democracy
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | Hybrid Event
Doors Open In Person at 5:30 PM CT, Show Begins at 6:00 PM CT
2nd Story will proudly present a special performance of first-person stories that examine our individual understanding of democratic values, how we put democracy into practice, and what we can do to activate democracy as part of our everyday lives. The stories presented will reflect a wide range of perspectives, and will be hybrid, allowing for both in-person and virtual participation. Learn more and RSVP here.
We the People: A Conversation on Democracy
Thursday, September 29, 2022| Virtual Event | 6:00 – 7:00 PM CT
Hear directly from ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell and other special guests on the state of our democracy. Together, we will discuss what democracy means to each of us, the important moment we are in right now, our interrelated rights and liberties, and how you can take action. There will be opportunities for audience members to engage in the discussion and ask questions throughout the event. Learn more and RSVP here.
Family Day at Weinberg/Newton Gallery
Sunday, July 31, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
Please join the ACLU of Illinois and Weinberg/Newton Gallery on Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 PM for a Family Day at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. Come make buttons and flags, learn more about the ACLU, and explore the exhibition with your family!
Sign up for ACLU of Illinois Action Alerts and People Power to stay up to date on ways to take action:
- Information about voting in the 2022 Illinois Election: https://www.aclu-il.org/en/campaigns/2022-election
- 10 Books Politicians Don’t Want You to Read: https://www.aclu.org/news/free-speech/10-books-politicians-dont-want-you-to-read
- Defending Our Right to Learn: https://www.aclu.org/news/free-speech/defending-our-right-to-learn
- Jamira Burley, Activist and Social Impact Strategist, on How to Achieve Systemic Equality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq4d4DFD1aI
- Destin Jenkins, Assistant Professor of History Stanford University, on How to Achieve Systemic Equality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7om55c78_k
- Da’Shaun Harrison, Theorist and Author, on How to Achieve Systemic Equality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFhjQbzpRfU
- Ask An Expert: Free Speech Podcast Series: https://www.aclu.org/news/free-speech/ask-an-expert-free-speech
- Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois Podcast – Banned From Changing Your Name: https://soundcloud.com/user-456756816/episode-35-banned-from-changing-your-name
- At Liberty Podcast – How Dismantling Roe Puts Interracial Marriage at Risk: https://www.aclu.org/podcast/how-dismantling-roe-puts-interracial-marriage-at-risk
- At Liberty Podcast – The State of Our Democracy With Anthony Romero: https://www.aclu.org/podcast/the-state-of-our-democracy-with-anthony-romero