June 2020
OUR LEADERSHIP
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR - JUNE EDITION
By Kim Savage, DGTDO Chair
Black Lives Matter (BLM)! We should not even have to debate it. No one should have to live in fear that they or their loved ones may be killed (because of the color of their skin) by the police who are supposed to protect them. No one should have inferior access to healthcare, education, or employment because of the color of their skin. We need the talents of all Americans to make our country thrive.

We are at a moment in time where great change is on the horizon. The movement is building momentum to address wrongs that have plagued our country since Europeans first set foot in North America. Our country was founded in a movement to provide religious freedom and opportunity to people who were oppressed, yet, it was done so through egregious acts first against Native Americans and then the African slaves who were bought and sold as property.

Many social justice movements have come and gone. Each time, there have been some gains, but 400 years later, we still have serious racial and economic inequities facing our nation. The rising generation gets it. They understand that we must respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people and work toward a fair and just society.

Unfortunately, Cadet Bone Spurs and his supporters do not understand the pain that systemic racism causes the people who are directly impacted by it. It is shameful that he uses the military, including the newly commissioned graduates of West Point Academy, as a backdrop for perceived political gains. Recently, General Milley, General Mattis, and others are finally speaking out. Our military and police are there to protect our citizens, not attack them.

I am so proud of all of our community members who participated in recent peaceful BLM marches in Hinsdale and Downers Grove. It is time to support the younger generations in their quest to build an inclusive world where people work together for the common good. This movement is unstoppable. Are you in?
DGTDO OFFICE
DGTDO OFFICE: DONATE TODAY! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
If you are a monthly supporter, we appreciate your ongoing commitment to the organization. We also appreciate the annual checks that we have received from some of our special donors. We hope that everyone will continue to donate to fund our work during this vital election year. Our priorities will be on voter outreach and engagement to help elect more Democrats here in DuPage County. Don't forget, we can elect a majority on the County Board and the Forest Preserve Commission, as well as electing more judges to the Circuit Court, county wide offices, and to the State Legislature. It is our job to help get voters to the polls and we welcome your support. Here are links to online donation opportunities:

DGTDO Office Fund  - What your donation will buy: 
  • $48 per month funds the office for one day per month
  • $24 per month funds the office for one-half day per month
  • $12 per month funds the office for one-quarter ay per month

Voter Outreach  - What your donation will buy:
  • $100 = printing and postage to reach 150 voters
  • $50 = printing and postage to reach 75 voters
  • $10 = printing and postage to reach 13 voters

Political research and other tasks  - What your donation will buy:
  • $130 = stipend for 10 hours of political research by person unemployed by COVID-19
  • $67.50 = stipend for 5 hours of phone banking or research by a college student

Thank you for your continued support!
BE ACTIVE!
ARE WE IN A TIME OF SOCIAL CHANGE?
With the killing of George Floyd that has triggered massive protests and outrage, do you think this is just a moment and not much will change or is it a movement that will result in meaningful change? Select the button and let us know what you think. Thank you!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Complete the Census – Tell Your Family and Friends to do the same! Our representation and resources are at stake.

 
The Heroes Act is on the line. Call your legislators to support this bill.

  • Senator Duckworth, DC 202-224-2854, Chicago 312-886-3506
  • Senator Durbin, DC 202-224-2152, Chicago 312-353-4952
 
Be an Election Judge.  If you or someone you know is interested or have questions, send an email to:
REQUEST YOUR BALLOT FOR GENERAL ELECTION TODAY!
Request Your Vote by Mail ballot www.dupageco.org/Election/VoteByMail/

August 1 – Vote by mail applications will be sent to voters

September 24 – First day Vote by Mail ballot will be mailed to the voter

November 3 – Last day for postmark on Vote by Mail ballot
LARGE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS IN DOWNERS GROVE AND HINSDALE.
By Chris Hotchkin
On Saturday June 6 about a thousand people peacefully marched through downtown Hinsdale, and on Sunday June 7 four to five thousand peacefully gathered in the streets by Downers Grove North High School, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest for equal justice and racial equality. Both events were organized by young people and mostly attended by young people. The Hinsdale event was organized by Hinsdale High School students. The Downers Grove event was organized by Kessie Olekanma and Prevail Bonga, graduates of Downers Grove High Schools. People of all ages, skin tones, and cultural backgrounds walked together and sat in silence together for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd and the all too many people of color in America who have been murdered by police action. Along the route of the march families sat in their yards with signs of support. We joined hundreds of thousands across America and even throughout the world in saying we want justice and fair treatment for all.

My late father-in-law, who was African American, served in WWII. When Corporal Childress returned home from fighting on Guadalcanal, he was not allowed to sit at a lunch counter and order a Coke, not even while wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army. Can you imagine how angry that would make you? Multiply that anger by thousands and thousands of individuals so disrespected across our nation and hundreds of years of terror and subjugation. We who are white and privileged cannot know what this is like. But we are tired of watching videos of fellow Americans being killed, having their lives choked out or bled out because of the color of their skin. We are tired of watching videos of people of color or who speak a different language being judged and persecuted. So we march—because we know it is up to us to fight the racism that has been our heritage and continues to be an ugly disease in America. We are the problem and we must educate ourselves and our children and stay resolved to eliminate the disease and heal our divided and unequal country.

THIS MOMENT IS A MOVEMENT!
By Carla Feinkind
We kept shaking our heads in sorrow and anger that another Black man was MURDERED by the police. This time the viciousness of the Floyd LYNCHING was FILMED! Immediately, PEACEFUL, INTEGRATED marches of people of all ages filled streets nationwide, even in our local communities...and worldwide! (Early on, some rightwing opportunists and some local idiots looted. The media always acknowledged that those were NOT the marchers.)  In fact, after a week or so, some police leaders marched, and some took the knee. Now, cultural leaders and sports icons are in. Even Trump supporter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, publicly admitted that he and the NFL were wrong to condemn players who knelt for Black Lives Matter. (Though, still no apology to Kaepernick.) This is not just a moment. This is a MOVEMENT!

Eventually, the marches will become less frequent and taper off. People will go back to work and school...but, it doesn't look like that will end the movement. The proof is the POLITICAL action taking place in cities, towns, states and in Congress. Choke holds are being outlawed, police transparency is being required, there is talk of restructuring police departments. This looks like the beginning...

If you truly want this to be a movement, STAY INVOLVED and BUSY. 

  • MARCH if there is a march and you are able. 
  • TALK with friends and neighbors to build the community for change. 
  • CALL elected leaders to press for continued ACTION and to THANK them for STANDING UP if they have.
  • WRITE letters to the editor. 
  • VOTE SMART and by mail. 

Every movement took real commitment and passion for JUSTICE and PEACE ... and sacrifice. People went to jail. People were even murdered. But people kept on keeping on. Movements for change and justice can take years, but when people stay busy and VOTE for change and justice, WE WIN! In my lifetime we won civil rights legislation. We protested the Viet Nam war and we beat the military industrial complex and brought about an end to the war

WE MUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON! If you believe in the "American Dream" and justice for ALL, GET BUSY and STAY BUSY!  AND VOTE BLUE TOP TO BOTTOM because it is NOT just TRUMP!
ADULTS SHOULD SUPPORT YOUTH ACTIVISM.
By Lia Reichmann, Drake University entering freshman majoring Journalism and History (2020 Hinsdale Central HS graduate)
During my lifetime there have been numerous social movements, and as I think about them young people have been at the helm. Gun reform came to the forefront of everyone’s minds after the 2018 Parkland school shooting. It took having the shooting victims, people who are my peers, to demand change, even though shootings had been occurring for decades. Greta Thunberg burst onto the worldwide stage in 2018 after she started fighting for climate change outside the Swedish Parliament at the age of 15. These two examples show the impact the younger generation has on politics, fighting for change because past generations have been too lethargic and inactive.

Right now, it is the Black Lives Matter movement that is taking the nation by storm, forcing uncomfortable questions of race and police brutality to be confronted by white Americans. Local protests in my town of Hinsdale and surrounding ones have often been led by fellow high schoolers or recent college graduates. While it is very encouraging to me to see local activism occurring in towns like Hinsdale that do not have diversity and inclusion, it was shocking to see how some adults reacted. People complained enough to local leaders to get a protest cancelled because they were worried about looters. These residents even threatened on social media to bring guns to a peaceful protest, where there was no evidence that rioting or looting would occur.

Adults have not done enough to support my generation. Not only have we been left with many problems that should have and could have been solved years before I was born, but many older Americans have not done enough to facilitate change that is necessary in our communities and country. You often hear politicians say to young people, the next generation is very important, and we must do our best to give them a better life. But now it is getting too late, things that should not have affected us do and that is why we are striving for immediate and real change. When you hear about youth activism, ask them how you can be of service. Adults on both sides of the aisle need to support us youth, helping us bring in a time of change, when the status quo is not enough.
STAY INVOLVED - BE INFORMED
UNITY PARTNERSHIP.
By Regina Brent
Unity Partnership was created to address issues that tore the very fabric between Officer Friendly and the community. There were many lives unjustifiably snuffed out of black and brown people like Sandra Bland. Our black men and boys were shot in the back or choked to death by police...all across the nation. The organization consists of diverse volunteers from many different walks of life. We have families and friends whom we love and there are times we have been condemned by those very people we respect due to the position we have taken ...working with police. Unity Partnership members do not get immediate gratification out of calling police to the carpet about the injustices that have plagued our nation. Our organization's mission is to eradicate racial systemic practices and to create a positive impact between police and the community. Unity Partnership has invested several years into a relationship with law enforcement...they are our brothers and sisters, our stakeholders. UP knew someday, we would have to change gears because matters were getting worse...police brutality was on the rise. However, the very issues we would address are now blowing up in their faces...it's time for "the talk", not only with our black men and boys, but a talk with law enforcement about a "call to action"!

After hundreds of protests during the last several weeks, Unity Partnership has received numerous calls from many DuPage County chiefs and public officials expressing their condolences on behalf of Mr. George Floyd. They offered their support, one stated, "what can we do to prevent these things from happening in our neighborhoods?" You see in the past, our collaborative activities were all about Back Yard Parties and Bowling...SuperHeroic Shoes and Shopping with a Cop. But today, it's about the elimination of chokeholds, immunity, Body Cams, and Accountability. We must convince the law enforcement world that 'Black Lives Matter" and we are not taking anything less than police reform in order to continue the relationships already heavily invested. 

With that said, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Downers Grove Police Department, Chief Shannon Gillette, David Fieldman, and the Village Attorney, for a remarkable and productive meeting to address the issues that are low-hanging fruit and would promote immediate change. Chief Gillette and his staff's acts of humility convinced Unity Partnership our time will not be spent in vain. The Downers Grove Police Department wants to give Unity Partnership tangible items that demonstrate change for the better. They pledged to become familiar with black and brown residents living in the community in which they serve and protect. They vowed to not only save and respect African-American citizens but also to ensure they will be treated with dignity. We look forward to working with the Downers Grove Police Department and we consider them to be a model for all other departments who wish to join us in this effort.

Unity Partnership's main goal is to build relationships and partnerships for all parties concerned. Why? Because Black Lives Matter".
Police Reform in Your Community?
Time to Call Your Mayor!
OBAMA’S CALL FOR POLICE REFORM. IT’S A LOCAL ISSUE.
By Sue Sitton
It is so good to hear from President Obama – a real leader with compassion. He has been speaking out in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands (or knee) of a police officer. In a recent virtual town hall, Obama said “The last few months, the kinds of epic changes and events in our country are as profound as anything I’ve seen in my lifetime.” He added “To those families who’ve been directly impacted, please know that we grieve with you, and we’re committed to the fight of creating a more just nation.”

As reported in The Hill June 3 rd article “Obama Calls for Police Reforms, Doesn’t Address Trump” (article link) , Obama identified the following changes to reduce police violence toward racial minorities:

  • Chokeholds should be outlawed
  • Officers should not be able to shoot at moving vehicles
  • Local police departments to establish clear use-of-force guidelines
  • Officers should have to intervene when another officer has become too rough with a suspect

“I’m urging every mayor in this country to review your use-of-force policies with members of your community and to commit to reforms,” Obama said.

As we often say, the issue is a local governmental issue. In his June 1 st Medium article “How to Make this Movement the Turning Point for Real Change” ( article link) Obama wrote:

“Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.

It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.”
THE FAIR TAX – A CONCEPT ROOTED IN FAIRNESS.
By Joanna Williams
In the November presidential election you will be asked to vote on a change to the Illinois Constitution (the Fair Tax referendum) to allow the state to implement a graduated income tax – meaning the wealthy will have a higher tax rate than the middle class or the working poor – in place of the currently mandated flat tax across all incomes.

The proposed graduated tax plan would:
  1. Raise taxes to 7.75% ONLY on incomes OVER $250,000
  2. Leave the current rate of 4.95% on incomes from $100,000 to $250,000
  3. Reduce the rate on incomes below $100,000

Some key talking points:
  • The pandemic has made it clear that we are all in a crisis – some will weather it better that others. The disproportionate effect of the pandemic - hitting hourly and our “essential” workers with greater impact - makes clear the fundamental unfairness of the flat rate income tax in which every dollar is taxed at the same rate no matter how rich or poor you are. The Fair Tax would require the wealthiest to pick up a little more of the tab. 

  • But haven’t the wealthiest been hurt by the pandemic too? Their income has taken a hit also, but if their income is now lower, their tax bill will also be lower. Nobody pays taxes on money they haven’t made. And anybody whose income has fallen below the $250,000 threshold won’t be affected by the higher rate.

  • The current Illinois flat tax system is one of the most unfair in the country. The average middle class family pays close to 13% of its income in state and local taxes while the top 1% pay only 7% of their income in state and local taxes.

  • 97% of Illinois tax payers will see a reduction in their state taxes under the proposed graduated tax plan.

CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS OVER VOTER SAFETY LEAD TO EXPANDED IL VOTE BY MAIL LEGISLATION
By Joanna Williams
About 5 million registered voters will automatically be sent a VBM application for the November 3 presidential election. “Sending a Vote By Mail application to residents who have participated in recent elections will allow more people to vote from the safety of their own homes and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.” – Gov Pritzker.

Provisions of the legislation:
  • By August 1, election officials will send a VBM application to anyone who voted in the 2018, 2019 or 2020 elections, as well as voters who register or file a change of address after the 2020 March primary.
  • Reminder notices will be sent in mid-September to voters who received a VBM application but have not returned it.
  • Citizens as young as 16 will be able to serve as election judges.
  • November 3 is designated as a state holiday with public schools and universities and state government offices closed.
  • Completed ballots can be returned by mail or deposited in new “collection site” boxes placed in locations chosen by local officials.
  • Election officials can implement curbside voting where Democratic and Republican election judges assist voters in casting their ballot from their cars.
  • In addition to the regular early voting hours, special early voting hours dedicated to people more susceptible to COVID-19 may be established.

These expanded VBM provisions are meant specifically for the November 3 presidential election and will be repealed on January 1, 2021.
LTDO MAKING PATRIOTIC/ DEMOCRATIC FACE  MASKS.
Message from LTDO:

“We are sewing surgical style cotton face masks that are washable and reusable.
Protect yourself and others and help raise money for the Lisle Township Democratic Organization (LTDO)—helping Democratic candidates local, state and national.”
Check out LTDO website for more information:

PC CORNER
PC CORNER: JUNE
By Chris Hotchkin
We have been very inspired by the large crowds protesting for Black Lives Matters, including in our township in Hinsdale and Downers Grove. It is wonderful to see so many young people engaged and active. But—it is so important that we not only march, put up signs, and use social media--the most important thing is that we all VOTE, including and especially these same young people.

One of the most important roles we have as precinct committeepersons is to register voters or encourage our citizens to register online. As a Precinct Committeeperson, you are a Voter Registrar, if you signed the Voter Registrar portion of your PC petition, which I am sure you did. This means you can register voters using the county registration form. When you use this form, you cannot be partisan—cannot be canvassing for a candidate or wearing candidate buttons, t-shirts, etc. When you use this form, you ask the prospective voter for identification, and then you complete the form. You can obtain these forms from the DuPage County Clerk’s office.

Another easy way to get someone registered is to just guide them to the state voter registration website: ova.elections.il.gov. Here anyone can register online, filling out the form themselves. They need to have a state driver’s license or state ID. This is also a good place to check if an individual is indeed registered.

Remember that a young person may register to vote if they will be 18 on or before November 3, 2020. So as a PC, you may want to check with your Democratic households to see if they have any young people who need to be registered.

In this newsletter are informative articles about the Vote by Mail legislation and the Illinois Fair Tax initiative. It is important as a PC to be well informed on both initiatives. Because of COVID-19 many of the voters in your precinct may want to Vote by Mail. It is more important than ever that we pass Fair Tax to give our state and especially our schools adequate funding without overtaxing middle- and lower-income families.

There are post cards in the office, with a list for your precinct, that you can send to those who voted Democratic in the Primary Election. Just write a simple note—Thank you for voting!

Finally, if you have not yet turned in your list of Election Judge appointments, we must do that right away. Even if you have just one or two judges to put on your list, please do that and turn your list in at our office at 908 Curtiss, Downers Grove.
2020 GENERAL ELECTION
NOVEMBER 3, 2020
138 days to go
For republican opponent and incumbent information for all races in DuPage County,
go to our website:

HELP OUR CANDIDATES! WE CAN WIN IF WE WORK TOGETHER!
U.S. Senator
  • Richard Durbin
U.S. Representative
  • Marie Newman (District 3)
  • Mike Quigley (District 5)
  • Sean Casten (District 6)
  • William Foster (District 11)
IL Representative
  • Jennifer Zordani (District 47)
  • Anne Stava-Murray (District 81)
DuPage County-Wide
  • William White (Auditor)
  • Candice Adams (Clerk of the Circuit)
  • Gregory Whalen (Coroner)
  • Kathleen Carrier (Recorder)
DuPage County – District 2
  • Tina Tyson Dunne (Forest Preserve)
  • Paula Deacon-Garcia (County Board)
DuPage County Board – District 3
  • Gail Cabala-Lowry (County Board)
18 th Circuit Judge (replace Anderson)
  • Jeffrey Jacobson
18 th Circuit Judge (replace Bakalis)
  • Margaret “Peggy” O’Connell
18 th Circuit Judge (replace Sutter)
  • Jill Otte
18 th Circuit Judge (replace O'Shea)
  • Azam Nizamuddin
NEED HELP WITH VOTEBUILDER, WALK LISTS, MINI-VAN?
By Sue Sitton
The 2020 Primary Election voting data is expected to be available in VoteBuilder within the next week or two. Also, newly registered voters will be available. We will be able to run lists for voters who should receive a VBM appliation in the mail from the Election Commission. This will help PCs to track voters in the Vote By Mail process.

If you need help with any of the following, send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com or contact Sue Sitton directly at sasitton@aol.com.

  • Create a Walk List for your precinct. Here are 3 options: 1) Do it yourself (need access to VoteBuilder); 2) Request a printed copy to be picked up at DGTDO office; 3) Request a PDF copy to be sent to your email.
  • Request Access to VoteBuilder so you can create your own Walk Lists
  • Need help with using VoteBuilder
  • Need help with using MiniVAN

How else can we help? Let us know.
DGTDO OFFICE BUSINESS & EVENTS
WE THE PEOPLE US CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION GROUP

TUESDAY, JULY 14
6:30 TO 8:00 PM

RSVP OR QUESTIONS TO:
INVESTIGATION INTO THE RULE OF LAW, NOT OF PERSONS.
By Phil Ladner
The US Constitution is the basis of all the laws in the United States. Yet how many of us understand even a small part of it? How much of our “understanding” is correct?

Now it seems that a facet of the US Constitution is discovered to have been a norm which never was part of the constitution in the first place. There have been cultural understandings under which presidents have lived in a kind of gentlemen’s agreement about how things should be. About how there was congressional oversight. About how the Supreme Court is unbiased. About how presidents did not accept gifts from foreign powers or personally profit from the office.

It is more important than ever for citizens to be knowledgeable of the constitution. The We The People US Constitution Discussion Group was started because we had a belief that there are many fellow citizens who were interested in the constitution. A number of fellow citizens quietly carry copies of the US Constitution in their purses or wallets.

From the beginning it has been important that the discussion group be a citizens’ DIY discussion group. The facilitators are all volunteers who want to share their interest in the constitution. They can come from any walk of life. So far, they have been teachers, a city council member, and a lawyer. Participant feedback has always been sought and participants are asked to suggest what future topics to address.

The Topics have been as follows:
  1. Overview of the US Constitution
  2. Impeachment
  3. Separation of Church and State
  4. Electoral College
  5. Commerce Clause

Future topics may be:
  1. Federalism/states’ rights
  2. The Federalist Papers
  3. The Senate
  4. Important Supreme Court cases.
  5. The ERA
  6. The Second Amendment

MORE RESOURCES
"I'M JUST SAYING" FB PAGE.
KNOWLEDGE + ACTION = POWER! 

“I’m Just Saying” is a nonpartisan Facebook page that is dedicated to presenting information and educating voters on the election process. 

Here’s a sample of topics that may be of interest to you.:

  • Decision 2020: Breaking down the race to 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
  • First Time Voter Checklist
  • USPS’ financial challenges may impact mail-in voting.

Check it out!
CHECK FOR UPDATES
PC Resources Page still coming soon!

The 2020 Election Page includes information useful to Downers Grove Township Democratic PCs and our voters. It includes:

  • List of Democratic candidates on the 2020 General Election ballot
  • Includes the republican opponents for each race
  • Name of the incumbent for each office.
  • Resources for fact-checking, tracking candidates donations and more
  • 2020 General Election key dates

On the Home Page, scroll down to see a list of events that that will take place in our DGTDO Office. Upcoming events that may be of interest are updated regularly on the website. If there is an event you would like added, let us know.

Our goal is to make the website more useful to everyone including voters, precinct committeemen, and people looking to get involved in our democratic efforts.

Your input is important. Submit your thoughts and ideas to Sue at sasitton@aol.com
Visit Left Out - DuPage on Facebook or their new Website : http://leftoutdupage.com .
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO & WAYS TO HELP.
Left Out – DuPage Area is a unique local Facebook group that serves as an informational clearinghouse for all Democratic leaning - progressive events occurring in and around DuPage County. It has over 2,700 followers.

Left Out DuPage is a great way to find events in the area. Also, if you have a progressive event, you can post it.  On a weekly basis, Left-Out - DuPage Area searches Facebook for events hosted by local campaigns and grassroots organizations and reposts them to their followers. It is volunteer-run and has no affiliation with any organization or campaign.
White House: (202) 456-1111    
Click on GET INVOLVED in the blue header

Dept of Justice: (202) 353-1555

Congressional Switchboard for Both Houses: (202) 224-3121

Local offices if Washington office is busy:
Sen. Dick Durbin (312) 353-4952
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (312) 886-3506
Rep. Sean Casten 202-225-4561, 630-520-9450
Rep. Mike Quigley (773) 267-5926
Rep. Bill Foster (630) 585-7672
Rep. Dan Lipinski (708) 242-0853

NEED TO MAKE SURE THE GOP LEADERSHIP HEARS YOU?  

State of IL: JB Pritzker:
(217) 782-0244

State Sen Suzy Glowiak
(217) 782-8148, Local TBD

Rep Deanne Mazzochi
(217) 782-1448, (630) 852-8633

State Sen John Curran
(630) 796-2623, (217) 82-9407

State Rep Jim Durkin
(217) 782-0494, (630) 325-2028

State Rep Anne Stava-Murray
(217) 782-6578 , 630-605-0595

Contact the corporate media too! 

ABC News: (212) 456-7777
CBS News: (212) 975-3247
NBC and MSNBC News (212) 664-4444
CNN (404) 827-1500

Sign up for Saturday Virtual Coffee & Chat? Send email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com
DGTDO OFFICE HOURS:
April / May 2020
DGTDO Office
908 Curtiss, Downers Grove
630-297-8600

Office Opened with Phase 3 Guidelines. BE SAFE!!

Monday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 (times may vary)
Sunday closed
For most current list of events, go to www.dgdemocrats.org/
 
For other Local events, check out Left Out – DuPage Area Facebook Page  or website http://leftoutdupage.com/

Upcoming Events and Key Election Dates

Types of events: DGTDO, Candidate, Education / Issues, “Be Active”, Organization Meeting
To add events to the following list, email information to DGTDONewsletter@gmail.com

Updated  June 18, 2020
 
Recurring
 
Every Saturday, 10:00 am - STAY ENGAGED! STAY CONNECTED!
*VIRTUAL Coffee and Chat
*During the Stay at Home order, DGTDO will have Virtual Coffee and Chats on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. Interested in joining? Send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com
DGTDO Office
908 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove
 
JUNE 2020
 
June 18 (Thursday), 9:00 to 10:00 am  
Let’s Talk Diversity & Inclusion
(hosted by: 
Virtual Meeting
 
June 18 (Thursday), 5:30 to 7:00 pm  
Family March: Black Lives Matter
(hosted by: Miravone Dorough
Plainfield Central High School
Plainfield
 
June 18 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
Virtual Civic Series: Major Issues Before the Supreme Court
Virtual Meeting
 
June 18 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
Green Team Climate Chat with Congressman Casten
(hosted by:  Green Team
Virtual Meeting
 
June 19 (Friday), 1:00 to 2:00 pm  
How to Build An Anti-Racist Movement
(hosted by:  Boston Globe Opinion
Virtual Meeting
 
June 19 (Friday), 7:00 to 9:30 pm  
Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR40
(hosted by:  ACLU
Virtual Meeting
 
June 20 (Saturday), 12:00 to 5:00 pm  
Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day One Illinois
(hosted by:  Equality Illinois
Virtual Meeting
 
June 20 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 4:00 pm  
Dig Deep! Racial Justice
(hosted by:  Br. David Darst Center
Virtual Meeting
 
June 20 (Saturday), 12:00 to 2:00 pm  
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by:  DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
 
June 21 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm    
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1 st Fridays, 3 rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting
 
June 23 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm    
NNU: Youth Town Hall: “Racism: A Conversation with Our Youth”
Virtual Meeting
 
June 24 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm  
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by:  DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
 
June 26 (Friday), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  
Vicarious Trauma in the Work Place: Strategies for Resilience
Virtual Meeting
 
June 27 (Saturday), 12:00 to 2:00 pm  
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by:  DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
 
June 30 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by:  VoteMaura
Virtual Meeting
 
July 2020
 
July 1 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm  
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by:  DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
 
July 3 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm    
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1 st Fridays, 3 rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting
 
July 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting
District 99 Administration Building
6301 Springside, Downers Grove
Virtual Meeting
 
July 19 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm    
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1 st Fridays, 3 rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting