Courageous Conversation on Voter Suppression on October 26

Published: October 13, 2020
By: UW-Parkside Marketing & Communications

SOMERS – UW-Parkside, in partnership with the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism, presents a virtual panel discussion on voter suppression followed by interactive discussions on Monday, Oct 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of the Coalition’s Courageous Conversations series and features panelists Carl J. Fields, Vice President of EXPO (Ex-incarcerated People Organizing), Reggie Jackson of Nurturing Diversity Partners, Karen Kempinen co-founder of Empower Uptown, Jade Peeples, law student and political organizer, Yoger Jose Aguilar Pinto, UW Parkside student and President of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Council #354.

Coming from a range of personal and professional experiences with voter suppression, the panelists will share their perspective and insights on addressing this important issue threatening American democracy. Individuals may register for the full event which includes the panel discussion followed break-out interactive small group conversations. The initial panel discussion, which is scheduled to last approximately 40 minutes, will be streamed live on YouTube.

The Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism is a local grassroots organization formed in the 1990s to engage white and Black community members in efforts to close racial gaps. Over the past three years the Coalition has hosted regular Courageous Conversations on topics of local and national significance. In 2020, they chose to host two of their four Courageous Conversations in partnership with Carthage College and UW-Parkside.

Voter Suppression Courageous Conversation is part of Election Experience hosted by the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies to increase issue awareness and knowledge of the political process, so that eligible citizens are motivated to register and to vote. The semester-long effort seeks to engage students not only in the presidential election through registration and voting; it seeks to build civic responsibility that transcends the campaign, and continues beyond the election. This event is also supported by the Alan E. Guskin Center for Community and Business Engagement which leads UW-Parkside in its institutional commitment to fostering civic-minded students, alumni, staff and faculty who provide scholarship, leadership, resources and services to the local and global community.

Information for this event, and more, can be found on the Election Experience event web page. No registration is required, simply visit our website and click the event link contained in the Voter Suppression Guest Speaker box.

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Media Contact:

Peggy James
Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
University of Wisconsin-Parkside | 262-595-2993

Cameron Swallow
Kenosha CDR

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