News & Events

June 24, 2020
A New Birth Of Freedom: What Will "Justice" Look Like?
President Abraham Lincoln first uttered this phrase on November 19, 1863 on the battlefield of Gettysburg. It is again relevant today during this new worldwide battle for freedom and justice.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution legally ended slavery in the United States. Yet the racism of slavery has never ended.

America, in the 1960s, witnessed the Freedom Riders, the brutality of the Southern leaders and the brave leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King. Because of their heroic efforts for freedom and justice, a tectonic shift in the federal laws of the United States occurred - on June 19, 1963 President Kennedy in his Special Message to the Congress on Civil Rights and Job Opportunities introduced the Civil Rights Act. The Act became law on July 2,1964. On August 6, 1965 the Voting Rights Act became law. Justice was attained finally by the passage of these monumental laws.

This year America has been witness to racism by the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African-American men and women in the streets of America. What the nation and world are again demanding is Change and Justice. But what will “Justice” look like in the 21st century?

What does history teach us about attaining “Justice”? It teaches us that although these national and international marches are raising the consciousness of America and the world, justice will only be attained for the Afro-American community when new laws are passed that guarantee their new freedoms. These are the mandates and options that must be passed into law.

There are six major areas of reform that must be enacted into federal, state and local legislation: Jobs & Economic Reform, Police Reform, Education Reform, Health Reform, Voting Reform and Criminal Justice Reform.

Jobs & Economic Development – Banking Reform Laws to allow minorities greater and faster access to capital to build small businesses in the neighborhoods, The United States government controls over a one trillion-dollar federal pension fund and very little if any is managed by African Americans and invested in their communities. When Black America gains equal access to capital that is not predatory they will be able to buy homes and participate in the appreciation and tax benefits enjoyed by the rest of society. Revise the laws to further perpetuate and strengthen Affirmative Action. CEOs of major corporations must include more minorities on their Board of Directors. include more minorities on their work force and include more minority vendors.

The Wall Street Journal on June 15, 2020 stated, “Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said systemic racism has held the U.S. economy back from reaching its full potential. A more inclusive economy where everyone has opportunity will mean faster workforce growth, faster productivity growth, and we’ll grow faster” Mr. Kaplan said Sunday on CBS. When it comes to addressing the headwind racism presents to growth, “we’re right to focus on this and bore in on this,” he said, adding that it is in the interests of the country to bring about a more equitable economic future for all…”

Police Reform – Enact federal, state and local laws to achieve absolute and total police reform nationwide. This must include zero tolerance of chokeholds. We must also have consistent comprehensive independent investigations and severe punishment for police brutality, corruption and murder. Police Licensing should be analyzed. Maintain police disciplinary records for 10 years.
Fund new police training centers to emphasize non-lethal training and mental health assistance for the police to help them cope and succeed in their very stressful jobs. Keep the police force informed of the new advances in police enforcement.

Relieve the police from certain duties that are very difficult for them to perform. Reclassify the funding previously sent to the police to these neighborhood services such as funding to handle the mentally ill, funding to handle domestic violence and funding for community youth and job training centers. Monitor the progress on Consent Decrees and make transparent the status of the compliance by the municipalities. Community Police-Youth athletic events should be an important part of the reform legislation. Hire more African-American police. Currently only 20% of the Chicago Police Force is Afro-American.

Education Reform – Federal, state and local laws must be reformed especially preschool through sixth grade. Higher education needs to be free and available to all Americans as a matter of national security. America does not have enough intellectual capital to compete against our rapidly emerging foreign competitors. We need to invest substantially above current levels. At the top 100 universities in America black students represent a low percentage of the entire student body. If we don’t improve these numbers absolutely nothing will change. America’s black colleges and universities must continue to be financially supported.

Health Reform – On Sunday, June 21, 2020, in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times prominent members of the health care industry stated in an article that “Racism is a Public Health Crisis”. The article states,”…The health centers and hospitals we represent are deeply woven into the fabric of the communities we serve, live and work in, and we stand united as frontline staff against racism, injustice and inaction…Racism results in generational trauma and poverty while also unquestionably causing higher rates of illness and death in black and brown communities…These social determinants of health include poverty, inadequate housing, underperforming schools, police brutality, mass incarceration, food deserts, joblessness, poor access to health care and violence. “

The industry is doing the following: Covid 19 –Working with the City of Chicago to provide testing and protective equipment to marginalized communities, Hiring Programs to hire minorities, Community Investment by keeping dollars in their community to create jobs and help rebuild strained and decimated economies, Pharmacy and Grocery –Thousands of residents are left without essential pharmacies due to closure, vandalism and looting. Healthcare providers are calling on pharmacies and grocery stores to reopen on the south and west sides of Chicago to secure vital access to food and medications, Rebuilding – Working with volunteers to rebuild communities severely damaged by the demonstrations.

Criminal Justice – We must end mass incarceration. Former Attorney General Eric Holder told the world that black men in America are getting sentenced to prison terms that are 20% longer than white men who commit the same crime. America must stop this racial discrimination. The Cook County programs of decreasing the inmate population by one-third by releasing minor offenders has proven very successful both for justice and economically.

The Wall Street Journal on June 15, 2020 stated, “Senior Judges Speak Out Against Racial Injustice…As demonstrations after George Floyd’s killing in police custody unfolded across the nation, the Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of North Carolina weighed in with her own declaration-the first in a wave of extraordinary statements by jurists around the country…she said “in our courts, African Americans are more harshly treated, more severely punished and more likely to be presumed guilty…these protests are a resounding national chorus of voices whose lived experiences reinforce the notion that black people are ostracized, cast out and dehumanized…As chief justice, it is my responsibility to take ownership of the way our courts administer justice, and acknowledge that we must do better, we must be better…Within days the entire California Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of Maryland echoed the exact position.”

Voting Laws – Encourage voter registration and Vote by Mail. Protect the U.S. Postal Service and stop voter suppression by harsher federal, state and local laws.

These are the critical reforms we must now enact into law. Black Lives Matter and this is what we must do protect and save all black lives.

Dean T. Maragos, New Trier Township Democratic Committeeman
New Trier Democrats’ Annual Meet & Greet

Now On Zoom!

Tuesday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

It’s our Annual Meet & Greet – this year on Zoom! This is a great opportunity to hear from your local representatives, as well as candidates running for office. Don’t miss this event! More details and registration coming soon.
Apply Online Now to Vote by Mail in the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

You may  apply online now to Vote By Mail  for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential Election. When you apply online to Vote By Mail, the Cook County Clerk’s office will send you emails:

  • When your ballot is mailed to you,
  • When the Clerk’s office receives your Ballot Return Envelope, and
  • When your ballot has been processed and counted.

They will start mailing ballots in late September / early October 2020. All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes.

New this fall:   You may submit the Ballot Return Envelope in a secured drop box at any Cook County Early Voting location!

You may also use standard US mail. If you use standard US mail to send your Ballot Return envelope, you must get a postmark before or on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Questions? Learn more  here , call 312.603.0946 or email . Make your home your polling place!
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. 
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 .
Join Team Casten (IL-6th) For Phone Banking on Tuesdays & Saturdays in June & July

Sean Casten is running for re-election in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District to hold onto the formerly Republican seat he flipped in 2018. Help Team Casten “check in” on friendly voters AND confirm their support for Sean as part of a virtual phone bank. He has worked hard for Illinois since 2018 and he stands with us. Together–even virtually–we can stand with him as a team by making calls on his behalf.  Sign up here to call Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm and/or Saturday’s from 10:00-11:30am . Training is available, too!
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 Wednesday Virtual Phone Banks to Wisconsin With Indivisible Chicago

Turning Wisconsin BLUE Depends on YOU!
Wisconsin Wednesdays Virtual Phone Banks: 
Wednesday, June 24, July 8, July 22, 6 – 8pm  

The road to the White House runs right through Wisconsin. Indivisible is renewing the fight to turn Wisconsin BLUE in November.

They will be calling into targeted areas identified by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to engage voters well ahead of the election. They will be helping identify Democratic voters NOW so we can efficiently get out the vote in November.

They make phone banking easy! Their phone banks begin with a Zoom call orientation and end with the opportunity to debrief. Along the way, their phone bank leaders are available to help you with any problems. After you sign up, they’ll get back in touch with all the information you need to connect. They’re with you every step of the way!

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Apply to Participate in State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz's Citizen Advisory Councils

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about a particular issue that affects the 17th district? Do you want to share your insights with others and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz? If so, consider joining an informal advisory council to discuss what’s happening in our communities and Springfield. These small groups will meet two to four times a year to help Jennifer craft and pass important legislation (virtually and in-person when they can safely do so). To join, you should live or work in the 17th district and be willing to share your relevant experiences and insights with others. They are looking for participants of all ages and ranges of experience interested in the following: 

  • Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Health Care 
  • Mental Health 
  • Racial Justice 
  • Senior Issues 
  • Human Services - Developmental Disabilities

To apply, please  fill out this form  by July 10th. 
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. 
Tonight, June 24, 2020: Senator Tammy Duckworth Virtual Reception

When : Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm Central Daylight Time (Please note: the announcement shows Eastern time).
Where : Online via Zoom. Link and meeting ID provided upon registration or RSVP
What : A virtual reception with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth featuring a performance by musical theater star Arianna Afsar and playwright Lauren Gunderson, telling the story of America’s first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin.  Register online  or to RSVP, contact Monica Medvedec at
This Saturday, June 27, 2020: A Virtual Conversation With Sen. Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

When : Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon registration
What : A virtual event supporting the campaigns of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  Register online.
Julie Morrison
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: State Sen. Julie Morrison’s Virtual Pizza Party

When : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : A virtual pizza party with State Senator Julie Morrison.  Contribute online . For a link to the Zoom event, RSVP via email to
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Virtual Pride Celebration With U.S. Senators Dick Durbin & Tammy Baldwin

When : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon registration.
What : An online Pride Celebration with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, Senate Democratic Whip, and Special Guest Tammy Baldwin, (D-WI), Senate Democratic Conference Secretary.  Register online .
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.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Sen. Dick Durbin Virtual Conversation on DACA and Immigration

When : Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon registration
What :  A virtual conversation with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and special guest, author and scholar Ira Kurzban, regarding the impact of the Supreme Court DACA Ruling on politics and policy in 2020 and beyond.  Register online .
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 .
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.”
Need help contacting your
representatives in government?

Visit our website for a complete list of everyone who represents the residents of New Trier Township - from Federal to Village level - and links to contact them.
Still not a member of the New Trier Democrats?
Your participation in grassroots political action
will make a difference. Come join us!

When you're a member of the New Trier Democratic Organization, you have an active role in affecting the political process by: participating in grassroots campaigns, staying in touch with elected officials, and playing a role in deciding which candidates are endorsed. You'll also gain free admission to select forums and events throughout the year.    

Come be a part of New Trier Township's grassroots political community.     
New Trier Democrats memberships are on a calendar year basis. We encourage our members to renew their dues annually every January.
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.

Paid for by the New Trier Democratic Organization ( and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, nor is any candidate or candidate’s committee responsible for the activities of the New Trier Democratic Organization. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.