Indivisible Groups & Moms Demand Action to Host 7th Congressional District Candidate Forum on March 17

7th Congressional Forum on Gun Violence
(Source: Indivisible Oak Park)

Forum will focus on the issue of gun violence in the 7th district

CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—March 16, 2018

By: Erika Bachner and Denise McDermott

Coming on the heels of the National School Walkout, the issue of gun violence in America is front in center in a way we have never seen before. But here in Chicago, gun violence extends well beyond schools, especially in the 7th district where shootings in the community have become far too familiar.

On March 17th, Indivisible and Moms Demand Action will host a forum with Congressman Danny K. Davis and challenger Anthony V. Clark, who will meet to discuss both the issue of gun violence in America and, more specifically, how it relates to the 7th Congressional district. They will also discuss other related issues leading up to the March 20th primary. Both Congressman Davis and Anthony Clark have personal experience with gun violence, the Congressman losing his son in a shooting and Clark losing several students to gun violence, was shot himself in 2007, and handled an assault rifle in the military.

The 7th Congressional District includes much of the West Side of Chicago and parts of the suburban communities of Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Oak Park, River Forest and Westchester.

The forum will be held on Saturday, March 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westside Justice Center, 601 South California Avenue in Chicago. The forum is open to the public.

Moderator Tom Moss will facilitate the discussion. Forum participants include:

  • Congressman Danny K. Davis
  • Candidate Anthony V. Clark
  • Indivisible Oak Park
  • Indivisible IL-7 Near West Side
  • Indivisible Printers Row
  • Indivisible 606
  • Moms Demand Action Oak Park-Austin Area

Additional information can be found at Facebook Event or on Twitter @IndivisibleOP, @indivisible606

Coalition Partners include: Westside Justice Center, Global Majority Youth Rising “#GMYR”, Democratic Party of Oak Park, Women’s March Illinois, College Democrats of Illinois, UIC – Public Health Students Association at School of Public Health.

About Danny K. Davis

Danny K. Davis is the incumbent congressman for the 7th Congressional District. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. Rep. Davis serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is also on subcommittees including: Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements; and the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Committee on Ways and Means, including the Subcommittee on Oversight. Rep. Davis is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus and more.

In the 115th Rep. Davis has focused on preserving democracy, social security, civil and human rights, women’s rights, voting rights, environment, consumer and labor protections, health care for all, job creation, poverty, education, youth and criminal justice reform.

Rep. Davis was born in Parkdale, Arkansas and moved to Chicago’s West Side in 1961 after graduating from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He also has Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively. He is married to Vera G. Davis and has two sons.

About Anthony V. Clark

Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, to a working class family, Anthony Clark is a military veteran, high school special education teacher and active community organizer.

In the summer of 2016, Anthony founded the Suburban Unity Alliance, an organization dedicated to combating discrimination by raising awareness and bringing communities together based on common interests and community goals. He believes it’s time this country lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all.

Mr. Clark wants to work with constituents in the fight for Medicare for all, criminal justice reform, public education reform and responsible job creation. As a representative of Illinois’ 7th district, he wants to address healthcare as a human right and fulfilling the hope of a better future.

Source: Indivisible Oak Park