The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus kicked off a statewide series of town hall meetings Saturday in Indianapolis.
Members helped recap the session for the few dozen people who attended the town hall. The lawmakers, all Democrats, talked about a variety of issues, including education, transportation, and the budget.
One theme was consistent – the need to fight against voter suppression and what they call the overwhelming force of Republican supermajorities.
Indianapolis Rep. John Bartlett says informing people about the complex bills passed at the Statehouse is crucial to winning those fights.
“That’s my message that I’m trying to get out to our folk,” Bartlett says. “Listen…be a part of this process, because whether you like politics or not, it affects your life.”
Bartlett and other caucus members also say they want to address what they believe are unfairly drawn legislative districts through redistricting reform.
Future town halls will be held in Terre Haute, Evansville, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, and Gary.