Monday, September 12, 2011

Kenosha group plans do-it-yourself town hall meeting for Ryan

The Racine Journal Times:

KENOSHA - The local progressive group Community for Change will hold a do-it-yourself town hall meeting Thursday for U.S. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, likely without the congressman.

At the meeting, area residents will be able to address a photo of Congressman Ryan, who represents Racine County, and make a statement or ask a question as if it were an actual listening session, according to a news release from Community for Change. The town hall will be taped, and speakers' names and addresses will be recorded and forwarded to Ryan.

This summer Ryan has received criticism for not holding public town hall meetings over Congress' recent breaks. But that is not stopping Community for Change from holding its own forum.

"Community for Change recognizes the dialog every citizen should have with their elected representative should not be silenced just because he or she has been unwilling to schedule the time. We look forward to a celebration of free speech," the release states.

Kelly Gallaher, Community for Change's organizer, said Ryan is invited to attend, but she never formally sent him an invitation and assumes he will not be in the area.

The forum will be at Gateway Technical College's Madrigrano Auditorium, 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and residents can sign up for two-minute speaking spots starting at 7 p.m.

The session will end at 9 p.m.

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