Davenport – “The People’s Caucus” provides an opportunity for presidential candidates to share their views with community members in Eastern Iowa and to hear directly from the people about those matters most vital to them and their families. The “official” presidential debates—with questions from network personalities— too often ignore or overlook the concerns of everyday people. Our people’s caucus provides an opportunity to hear the voices of those who are often drowned out and permit them to have a direct conversation with the candidates. All candidates from both parties are invited. Issues at task are transformative justice, education, immigration, and environmental justice.

“The voices of ordinary people have been ignored far too long. Presidential candidates need to hear that we have very real concerns about how the racist and inhumane policies and rhetoric of the last three years will continue to impact our families and communities and the structures of society . . . that the economy is not working for many of us,” said Rev. Norma Patterson, President of Gamaliel of Illinois and Iowa, “and we need to hear thoughtful and honest answers about how they will respond to these problems if elected.”

WHAT: Presidential candidates are invited to an afternoon in conversation with community members in Davenport Iowa.


WHO: All declared candidates for President have been invited and will be followed up with. Candidates to have confirmed their attendance include Bernie Sanders and John Delaney.

WHEN: Sunday January 12, 2020, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Holzworth Performing Arts Center at Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd Street, Davenport

Gamaliel of Illinois/Iowa’s mission is to be a multi-issue, multi-racial faith-based network of regional organizations dedicated to building a powerful and effective multi-state, grassroots movement to promote civic engagement, citizenship, community building and public policy for racial, social and economic justice. Sponsors for the event are Quad Cities Interfaith, Lane Evans Legacy Project, and Gamaliel of Metro Chicago.

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