News & Events

June 10, 2020
First of all, I want to congratulate all the participants in Saturday's March to protest the murder of George Floyd and all the African American men and women who have been executed unjustly by police departments all over this country. I am especially proud of our brave NTD members and board members who participated.

Now comes the real challenge. When the marches end and we go back to our pandemic existence for at least the next year, what are WE going to do to break this cycle of poverty, disinvestment and police brutality that is inflicted on people of color? It is fine to march and protest, but what will make change in these practices is to change those in charge of policies and our government.

We all have that opportunity in November 2020. It is not enough to wring our hands or raise our fists and then sit back and hope that change comes.

We have a dangerous President and he is aided by members of his party. Our liberties and freedoms are at stake and the plight of our disadvantaged citizens gets worse every day.

So I charge each and every one of you, whether you marched or not, to become totally involved - and by that I mean influencing the vote to elect Joe Biden President and to do that we need to help turn some of our neighbor states Blue. There are many opportunities to do this while in the safety and comfort of your own home. Our newsletter has many opportunities to post card or phone bank. For those who can afford it, donations to the candidates are also welcome.

DO NOT LET THIS MOMENTUM LAPSE. Let’s win in November and make the REAL CHANGE that this country is crying out for and needs desperately to save our nation and our soul.

Thank you again for caring and doing.
Judy Mandel, President of New Trier Democrats
From the organizers, Olivia Schmit & Bek Swan Lambrecht: “Wake Up Wilmette! Walk To End Racism aims to bring together the community to confront the systems of racism and oppression present in our society. We in Wilmette must acknowledge our privilege and take actionable steps to support our own black and brown neighbors and BIPOC communities beyond our village. Please join us in for a march and rally through Wilmette this Saturday, June 13th at 11am. We will meet in the Linden Station parking lot and march through Wilmette, ending at Village Hall. #blacklivesmatter

Important Information :
-We encourage anyone to participate who is able and healthy. If you are unable to march, see below for actions you can take to help.
-Please wear masks and keep social distance.
-Please respect your surrounding and refrain from littering.
-Signs and posters welcome, we will not be able to supply sign making supplies so please provide your own.
-Kids and Families are welcomed and encouraged.”

Educate Yourself and Your Family With This Anti-Racism Resource

From the creator of this  google doc : “This  document  is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.”
Volunteering Opportunities
Inclusion in our "Volunteering Opportunities" List – whether it’s for a specific candidate or concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
Sign Up for Phone Bank Training to Call Seniors With U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6th)

From our homes to their homes, U.S. Representative Sean Casten’s team is calling seniors in the 6th District to check in on how they’re doing during this difficult time. Won’t you join them in reaching out?

There are virtual training sessions on: Wednesday, June 10 at 12:00noon; Thursday, June 11 at 6:00pm; Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00pm; and Wednesday, June 17 at 12:00noon. Sign up here.
Lauren Underwood
Support U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s Re-Election (IL-14th) With Indivisible Evanston’s Weekly Virtual Phone Bank Parties Beginning Thursday, June 25th  

As you know,  Lauren Underwood  is running for re-election to the US House in Illinois’ 14th district. And though November is some months away, there are some things we can do now to support her campaign.  In a joint effort with the campaign itself to re-kindle the camaraderie of canvassing and phone bank parties in person, Indivisible Evanston will be hosting weekly virtual phone bank parties with members on Thursdays beginning June 25th!

Parties will last from 5-8pm CDT and are hosted by the campaign. A member of the campaign will be on the call and offer training in the first 15-20 minutes and then ‘hang out’ for the duration, answering any questions—about the phone bank system and the script or if one of your call recipients has a question about Rep. Underwood that is not in the script and you’re unable to answer. 

SIGN UP HERE.   After signing up, you’ll get an invite to the actual event once it’s available; you’ll also get reminders prior to June 25th Note: if you can’t make Thursdays, you can always phone bank on your own remotely. You can sign up on the Events page  here . Questions on the Thursday virtual phone bank parties? Email .
Sign Up to Postcard at Home With Sister District New Trier to Help a Michigan State House Representative

Sister District New Trier has its first official postcarding campaign for the 2020 general election! They are writing Get Out The Vote postcards for  Laurie Pohutsky , who is running for re-election to the state house in Michigan. She won her race by only 221 votes in her first race in 2018, so she really needs our help.

They only have 1,000 postcards right now, but don’t worry, they will have more postcards throughout the election season. These postcards must be returned to Lisa to be sent to Laurie’s campaign office by June 30th so please be prepared for a fast turnaround.

Please help support the effort with a contribution of $10 per 20 postcards and stamps. You can pick up your kits from 1707 Elmwood in Wilmette or Lisa can drop them off within the area. Please click here to sign up. And don’t forget, if you’re able , a contribution is always welcome!  Thanks for your help!
Sign Up to Write Postcards at Home to Wisconsin & Michigan With Indivisible Evanston

Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin and Michigan, encouraging them to vote in the November Presidential Election. 

They will supply the postcards, names and addresses and script. You just supply the postage (and support the Post Office at the same time!) Until we can meet again in person, they will make cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week, at three locations. Just sign up and select how many packs of cards you want and when you want to pick them up. (Just check the blue Sign up box on the date you want. Click on the black “Submit and Sign up” box at the bottom of your screen. Then complete the registration, including selecting the quantity of packs you want.)

Sign Up For Indivisible’s Payback Project

Indivisible’s  Payback Project  is a plan to target TEN Republican Senators up for reelection and take back the Senate majority. Defeating this many Senate Republicans will not be easy. It will take a massive awareness campaign to expose the truth of their complicity to voters, and a growing grassroots army on the ground ready to ensure their Democratic opponents have the funding and people necessary to knock doors, activate voters and win.

Indivisible has a comprehensive, four-pronged approach to make sure Republicans Senators are held accountable for their actions, their votes, and their enabling of Donald Trump.  Click here to learn more and get involved

One way to take action is the Payback Project’s a peer-to-peer textbanking outreach campaign to engage voters across the target states to take action with Indivisible groups in their area and mobilize locally to flip their Senate seats.  SIGN UP  right now to text and help them win back the Senate this fall.
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. 
Today, June 10, 2020: TeleTown Hall – Anti-Choice Extremists Block Covid-19 Research

When : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon RSVP
What : Join PersonalPAC and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to learn more about fetal tissue, its research potential, how anti-choice extremists are continuing their attacks on reproductive health care and preventing research on a potential COVID-19 vaccine, and what you can do about it.  RSVP online.
Tonight, June 10, 2020: Public Service, Pragmatism & Presidents – the Influence of the North Shore on National Policy

When : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Where : Online. Zoom address provided upon RSVP
What : Michael Dorf and George Van Dusen, authors of “Clear It with Sid!”, will discuss former Congressman Sidney Yates’ rise to the pinnacle of Washington power. Afterward, Congressman Brad Schneider, whose district encompasses much of the North Shore, will share the latest developments in DC and on the political front.  RSVP online.
Tonight, June 10, 2020: Virtual Cocktails and Conversation With Sen. Durbin

When : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where : Conference registration link provided upon RSVP
What : League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Sierra Club Political Committee sponsor a video conference with the green community supporting the reelection of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.   RSVP online .
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Tonight, June 10, 2020: Asian American Caucus – An Asian American Conversation on Racism and Racial Justice

When : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where : Teleconference
What: Please join Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, the Asian American Caucus, and guests State Representative Chris Welch and State Senator Elgie Sims for a conversation on racism and racial justice.  Register here.
Tonight, June 10, 2020: Virtual Evening Reception in Support of Congressman Brad Schneider

When : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon RSVP.
What : A virtual evening reception in support of Congressman Brad Schneider, including a conversation about strategy for this crucial 2020 election. The event is hosted by Gregg Garmisa and Hon. Lauren Beth Gash.  RSVP online  or email Emanuela Frankel at
Tomorrow Night, June 11, 2020: End of Session Video Update from Sen. Laura Fine and Reps. Robyn Gabel and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

When : Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where : Online via Facebook
What : Please join Senator Laura Fine, Representative Robyn Gabel and Representative Jennifer Gong- Gershowitz for an End of Session Update on Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 pm via Facebook. Access information will be provided before Thursday via their  Facebook event page . They look forward to your participation in making this a valuable and informative event.
This Friday, June 12, 2020: White Fragility – A FAN Webinar with Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.

When : Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where : Online
What : In her 2018 New York Times bestselling book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” University of Washington Education Professor Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged.  Register here for this online Family Action Network webinar.
This Sunday, June 14, 2020: 2020 Women For Brad Virtual Luncheon

When : Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. 11:30am start for host-committee attendees
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon registration.
What : 2020 Women for Brad hosts a virtual luncheon in support of Congressman Brad Schneider. Keynote Special Guest: Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) with Special Guests: Congresswomen Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) and Congressional Candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13).  Register online  or to RSVP and/or join the host committee, email Emanuela Frankel at
Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Indivisible Evanston’s Monthly Zoom Meeting

When : Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : Phone Banking is easier than you think…And Indivisible Evanston can prove it to you with just 30 minutes of training! We can’t canvass in the midst of a pandemic, so we have to do the next best thing, which is phone banking. It’s easy! Let them show you how. On June 23, their friends at Indivisible Chicago will conduct a 30-minute class that will tell you the secrets, show you the ropes, and answer all your questions. Then they’ll do some role play with Daniel Biss!  Register online for this meeting.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Personal PAC Virtual Discussion “Illinois in a Post-Roe World”

When : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where Online
What : Personal PAC is holding a special virtual event about the state of reproductive justice in Illinois featuring Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. Foxx is expected to weigh in on the June Medical Services decision, expected by that morning, as well as the scourge of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.  Purchase tickets here and support the important work Personal PAC.
Monday, July 20, 2020: Jan Schakowsky’s 19th Annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch - Virtual This Year

When : Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:30pm
Where : Virtual – Link to Zoom event will be sent in advance
What : Please Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and the Host Committee for the 19th Annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch. Keynote Speakers Include Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Register online .
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