Former Congressman, Glenn Poshard plans peaceful marches

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. (WSIL) — Former U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard has scheduled a series of peaceful marches in the counties he once represented.

Poshard, who is also a past-president of Southern Illinois University, issued a statement Wednesday saying, "Our beloved country is filled with hate and division. Not against the common enemies of democracy which dwell outside our borders, the autocratic and totalitarian regimes headed by dictators around the world sworn to our destruction, but hate against each other, our fellow citizens. One need look no further than a momentary glance at the social media which dominates our culture today. The voices of disrespect and violence completely cover even the smallest voice for respect and unity among our people. The chasm has grown so wide among us, one must wonder if any bridge of reason or love can span the divide? It is stunning that our country should come to this point of division."

Beginning Monday, September 28th, Poshard plans to stage silent marches in front of each courthouse in all 39 counties of the two congressional districts he represented while in Congress.

He says he will carry signs of non-violence and respect for our people and our Democracy.

He will be joined by his wife, Jo, some of their grandchildren and in a few counties by his 99-year-old high school American History teacher.

Each march is for 50 minutes. A 10-minute recitation of the Gettysburg Address will take place prior to each march. Everyone involved will be wearing masks and observing appropriate distances as they walk. Anyone attending the Gettysburg Address recitation must do the same.

The following is a list of the dates, times, and counties:

Sep. 28 Jackson 11 am, Williamson 2 pm

Sep. 29 Alexander 11 am, Pulaski 2 pm

Oct. 1 Jefferson 11 am, Franklin 2 pm

Oct. 2 Sangamon 11 am, Macon 2 pm

Oct. 5 Effingham 11 am, Shelby 2 pm

Oct 6 Clark 9 am, Cumberland 11 am, Coles 2 pm

Oct 7 Union 9 am, Massac 11 am, Johnson 2 pm

Oct 8 Fayette 11 am, Marion 2 pm

Oct 9 Christian 11 am, Moultrie 2 pm

Oct 13 Perry 9 am, Clinton 11 am, Washington 2 pm

Oct 14 Jasper 9 am, Crawford 2 pm

Oct 15 Clay 9 am, Richland 11 am, Lawrence 2 pm

Oct 16 Wayne 9 am, Edwards 11 am, Wabash 2 pm

Oct 19 White 11 am, Hamilton 2 pm

Oct 20 Saline 2 pm

Oct 21 Gallatin 9 am, Hardin 11 am, Pope 2 pm

Oct 22 Randolph 9 am, Monroe 11 am, St. Clair 2 pm

The public is invited to join Poshard in the marches. If you have questions about the events, email glennposhard@icloud.com

via WSIL

September 24, 2020 at 06:58AM

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