News & Events

March 18, 2020
Elections Have Consequences

I first want to tell the readers of this Newsletter that I hope they are well and safe during these trying times. Please heed the instructions given from Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot.

Secondly, I want to thank all of you who voted and I hope you were able to do it early or by mail. Please consider doing this in November so your vote counts.

In 2016, because of many reasons and none of them good, the country elected Donald Trump as President. Many of our voters stayed away or didn’t vote for various reasons. I am not going to rehash that election but I want everyone to think about what should be your criteria when voting for a candidate. If our candidate doesn’t live up to all your expectations of Progressive politics or Moderate politics, you need to think of the consequences of the candidate from the other side winning.

This is so evident as we face COVID-19 and our country is led by a narcissistic and ill-prepared liar. We have an opportunity in November to send him packing to Mar-a-Lago permanently. It depends on each of you!

When we finally decide on who will head our ticket - no matter what you think of that person and their particular politics or the Democratic Party’s influence in any of it - It is important you volunteer, donate and of course vote for our candidate. Also, pay attention to the down ticket races as we have some important ones in other Congressional districts, such as Lauren Underwood in the 14th and Sean Casten in the 6th.

Please try to vote early for the November election or vote by mail. You can see that anything can happen to keep you from the polls. I can’t stress this enough.
If we all stick together and message really well, we can celebrate with a big party in November with our neighboring Democratic Organizations.

Stay safe and well.

Judy Mandel
President, New Trier Democrats
COVID-19, Volunteering & Public Events

As this COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we all need to reduce the risk of spreading the virus at public gatherings, especially to our more vulnerable populations. The CDC has advised that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes: (1) Adults over 60 and (2) People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials will recommend certain community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

Here are some resources you may wish to consult for the most up to date information:

If you are planning to attend any event listed below, you should check with the event organizer on or before the day of the event to see whether it is still going forward. We will also endeavor to provide opportunities for "at home activism" from local, state and national organizations.
Virtual Event With Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Congressman Sean Casten

Saturday, March 28th
from 10:30am to 11:30am
Lauren Underwood
Join Hosts Marcia Blumenthal Fields, Dean Maragos, Flip Corboy, Judy Mandel, Lauren Beth Gash, with Honorary Co-Host U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for a Virtual Event with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Congressman Sean Casten (IL-6). You can  RSVP by purchasing a ticket online  or by emailing Genevieve Kristofek at or Rose Wallace at .

Call-in information provided upon RSVP
Other Events of Interest
Inclusion in our "Other Events of Interest" List – whether it’s a fundraising event for a specific candidate or an event concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
Tonight, March 18, 2020: Introduction to Sister District - A Virtual Event

When : Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where : On your device
What : Are you wondering what you can do about our political situation? Join Sister District for this virtual event to learn about them - in 2020, they will impact the entire ticket from state legislatures to President. Learn how to flip red states to blue, and fight gerrymandering and voter suppression.
Sister District puts progressives to work on high-impact races in red or vulnerable blue districts. You’ll hear from local volunteers about the rationale behind the Sister District approach and learn more about opportunities for much-needed, important and deeply satisfying volunteer work. Please join them and share with your friends! Join the virtual meeting on Zoom at or Call-in: 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 630 527 846
If asked for a participant number, just press #. For more information, see their event page.
Thursday, April 2, 2020: State Rep. Gabel’s Chief of Staff Available for Assistance

When : Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:00noon
Where : New Trier Township Hall, 739 Elm St., Winnetka
What : Rep. Robyn Gabel’s Chief of Staff, Karen McCormick, will be available to answer questions about State of Illinois services. Township residents and neighbors are encouraged to drop by during the scheduled office hours.
Thursday, April 9, 2020: New Trier Township Community Education Forum “What to Do When the School Bus Stops Coming – Navigating the Illinois Disability System from School to Adulthood”

When : Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:30pm
Where : New Trier Township Office, 739 Elm Street, Winnetka
What : Attend the New Trier Township Community Education Forum “What to Do When the School Bus Stops Coming – Navigating the Illinois Disability System from School to Adulthood” and learn how to plan a successful education to adulthood transition from proven experts in the field of education and social services. This forum will also provide an opportunity for live question/answer interaction following the presentation. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Jack Macholl at  by April 6, 2020.
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Thursday, April 16, 2020: Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz’s First Annual Trivia Night

When : Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Doors open at 6:30pm; Trivia starts at 7:00pm
Where : Prairie Moon, 1635 Chicago Ave., Evanston
What : State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz hosts her First Annual Trivia Night. Put together your best team of up to 5 members or go it alone! Either way she hopes you’ll be able to make it out to Prairie Moon on April 16th for a night of trivia, politics, and refreshments to help support her reelection. For more information, please contact .
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Contributions to the New Trier Democratic Organization are subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Contributions to the New Trier Democratic Organization are not tax deductible.

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