News & Events

July 1, 2020
"What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise."

- Barbara Jordan, a lawyer and educator who was a U.S. Congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 — the first African American congresswoman to come from the deep South since Reconstruction
Photo credit: Chris Smith

In Memoriam: Nan Healy
I regret to inform you of the passing of one of our members and volunteers, Nan Healy of Glenview. She was a personal friend of mine and we were introduced to each other by our exercise instructor at EAC. He felt that both of us staunch Democrats in the same age bracket needed to meet.

Nan, in addition to being a good and generous friend, gave generously of her time to our organization. She always worked the greeting tables at our meetings and Annual Dinner and she tirelessly canvassed her precincts on behalf of our candidates.

She will be dearly missed by me as a friend, and greatly missed by our organization as a fervent supporter of Democratic candidates and our mission.

We pass on our deepest condolences to her children and grandchildren on their loss.

Judy Mandel, President of New Trier Democrats

The New Trier Democrats Board of Directors would like to offer condolences to our fellow board member, Merilee Redmond, on the passing of her mother, Rosalie (Mrs. William G.) Clark, of cancer last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Merilee and her family. May her life be for a blessing.

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! Register online . Any questions? Contact Joan at
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, 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 .
Tomorrow Night, July 2, 2020: Women For Biden National Call With Sen. Tammy Duckworth

When : Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where : Online
What : Join Women for Biden for their bimonthly call. This week they are welcoming Senator Tammy Duckworth, a combat veteran and U.S. Senator from Illinois. Senator Duckworth will speak about her extensive career in service, first as U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and now as an elected official, and what it means to serve our country in an election year. Their conversation with Senator Duckworth will explore the many ways that we can engage with our communities and practice patriotism in our everyday lives. Tune in to hear about the issues that Senator Duckworth is fighting for in Congress and to learn why she is supporting Joe Biden this November.  Register online .
Monday, July 6, 2020: Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association Virtual Trivia Night

When : Monday, July 6, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom. Link provided upon RSVP
What : The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) holds a Virtual Trivia Night.  RSVP online  or for more information contact Dan Kovats at  or  217-753-3380
Friday, July 10, 2020: Bernie’s Book Bank Outdoor Collection Event

When : Friday, July 10, 2020 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where : The parking lot of the Winnetka Presbyterian Church located at Willow and Hibbard Roads in Winnetka
What: As we navigate the Phase 4 pandemic situation, the need for gently used and new children’s books remains urgent. Following the safety protocols of our time, New Trier Township is working with valued partner  Bernie’s Book Bank  to stage their first contactless, outdoor book collection on Friday, July 10th. Bernie’s staff and volunteers will be available to receive boxes or bags from a donor’s vehicle, eliminating the need for contact. Masks will be worn by their team, and they ask that donors follow the same process. 
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 .
Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Indivisible Evanston’s July Meeting

When : Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : Indivisible Evanston’s monthly meeting will feature the Biden Campaign presenting the State of the Race and how to fire up family & friends. Plus, Jill Wine-Banks will share her experience as a Biden delegate.  Register online .
Wednesday, July 29, 2020: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth Virtual Reception

When : Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm Central Daylight Time (Please note: the announcement shows Eastern time).
Where : Online via Zoom. Link and meeting ID provided upon RSVP or registration
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.  RSVP online  or contact Monica Medvedec at
Zoom Training Sessions
for Current or Future Democratic Candidates, Party Officials, Supervolunteers, Staff and Activists

The  Democratic Party of Illinois  will host a training series for candidates and party leaders to learn the fundamentals of conducting successful campaigns.

The trainings will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm and will include presentations from experienced campaign staff and candidates followed by a 30-minute discussion period.  

Registration is required and limited to Democratic current or future candidates, party officials, supervolunteers, staff and activists. Participants must register for each session individually. Space is limited so sign up early. Register by clicking on the title of each individual session.

Thank you for your energy and commitment to electing Democrats this fall. Please email  or call 217-546-7404 if you have any questions. 
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.”
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