'Back inclusive communities'

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On Saturday, February 10, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Party celebration held on the University of Wisconsin-Rock County campus. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Janesville and Beloit and was open to the public.

The event featured keynote speaker Rick Daniels, director of campus inclusion at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois. Mr. Daniels spoke on many important issues in our society today. Some of those included women's voting rights, voter suppression, Martin Luther King Jr., social injustice and racial bias.

Of particular interest were Mr. Daniels' comments about the importance of our communities and the need to find leaders that understand and advocate for a community of "inclusion" where all people are included. "If it affects one person, then it affects all of us." Additionally, when we exercise our right and privilege to vote, our vote is symbolic of the "hope" we have in a person or decision (referendum) for change. Do not allow for what you believe in, stand for and put your dreams and "hope" in, ever to die. Please remember to vote in the upcoming elections.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government with a special focus on local elections. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.

I would encourage everyone to check out their website at www.lwvjvl.org/

Gary L. Groelle

Milton

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