POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A group of protesters in Schuylkill County is determined to make the voice of the people heard.
Schuylkill County chapter of Indivisible Protesters chant, “Ho, ho. Gerrymandering has got to go.”
This is what local protesters are demanding on the first day of the 116 congress. Lisa Von Ahn, the co-chair of the Schuylkill County chapter of Indivisible says helped organize the rally because “democracy is being polluted little by little. Place by place. And we want to stand up and say this is not acceptable.”
Similar events went on across the nation. The goal is to literally make their voices heard.
“They say silent means consent. And we want people to stand up and say we don’t consent,” Von Ahn said.
Claire Kempes is new to the group, but that didn’t stop her from leading chants.
“Who’s house? Our house. Who’s voice? Our voice. But if we don’t say it, then our representatives won’t know so we need to let them know,” Kempes said.
Participants say they want to get more people engaged in politics on all levels and give a voice to the voiceless.
“I want them to realize that they have some power and that they have some control,” Kempes said.
They say they don’t want to see voter suppression, floods of big money in political campaigns. But they do want to see more elected officials listening to what the people want.
Members of Schuylkill Indivisible say it is not about political parties but about having more democracy in this country.