News & Events

September 4, 2019
Save The New Date!

New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner
The New Date is Sunday, October 20, 2019
from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, Old Orchard Mall, Skokie
More Details Following Soon

New Trier Democrats' Endorsement Meeting
for the 2020 Primary
Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
2020 is already here.
Last night, the New Trier Dems’ Executive Committee held its monthly meeting. Although it wasn’t officially designated as the kickoff meeting of the 2020 Campaign year, the September date made it just that. Summer vacations are now behind us, the kids (and grandkids) are back in school and the weather is starting to remind us that autumn will soon be here. 
Politically speaking, this means the season for focusing on grassroots political activity has arrived. Local office holders and office seekers have started passing petitions to get themselves on next year’s primary ballots. U.S. congressional Democrats in several nearby Illinois districts are preparing to do battle with heavily funded challengers, already beginning their attacks. “Boots on the ground” actions are being organized to add new Democratic voters in neighboring battle ground states – particularly Wisconsin. Periodically, there may even be volunteer activities in our area to help Democrats in more distant states where vulnerable Republicans can be thrown out of office. (These days that’s always a good thing.)
So with all that said, what’s happening right now in New Trier? Well, I suppose I should first mention that a larger NTD kickoff for the 2020 campaign year will occur in 10 days, on Saturday, September 14, in Wilmette’s Gillson Park. It’s our Annual NTD Membership Meeting followed by a lakeside picnic open to everyone. (Details are in “events” below.) It’s an afternoon that will give everybody a chance to get psychologically energized for the fourteen months between now and Election Day, 2020. -- That’s right, folks. Fourteen months is all the time we have to halt the disastrous spiral our nation is in.
Along those lines, last night the Exec Committee had a special guest. We were visited by Nancy Bruski, an activist from Evanston who has been working on an extremely valuable project just across our northern border. It’s a project that could actually win Wisconsin for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in 2020. -- No doubt you remember how, in 2016, Donald Trump became President of the United States because of a 27,000-vote margin when too many Wisconsin Democrats either stayed home or stayed unregistered.
Wisconsin still has a Republican controlled legislature that continues to maintain voting barriers against unregistered Wisconsin residents who have profiles that make them likely Democratic voters. Wisconsin residents can register at polling places on Election Day but they most possess a Wisconsin voter ID. For some voters, the process of getting that ID can be confusing or a hassle. We know that many potential Democrats in that state still haven’t acquired their ID’s. Ms. Bruski, working with Evanston’s Indivisible organization, has been having success changing that. – We’ll have more detailed info on all this at the Annual Meeting and Picnic on the 14th.
I know this litany of volunteer possibilities may sound intimidating. But it’s not a matter of doing all of them – just some of them -- or perhaps just one of them, whatever your time allows. And by the way, there will certainly be more volunteer opportunities you might choose as 2020 heats up. Stay tuned.
One last thought: Why are we talking about grassroots volunteer efforts when actual elections are still many months away? – It’s because we have a man in the White House who is quite possibly the worst president in the history of the United States. He is ill equipped to be president in many, many ways. He is mentally and morally flawed -- deeply. He increasingly shows the symptoms of a malignant narcissist; a sociopath in arguably the most powerful position on earth.
Beyond all that, in the years since Trump’s election it has become quite clear that nearly all Republicans in office, for reasons that are difficult to fathom, are willing to go along with whatever this dangerous man desires, no matter how much damage this may be doing to our country.
Next year is not just about making sure Donald Trump does not return to the White House in 2021. It’s also about working to remove his Republican enablers and apologists from the positions of power they have disgraced.

Nels Howard
NTD Member Since 1973

P.S. You may notice that Indivisible’s Wisconsin Voter ID initiative is listed below among the Upcoming Events. Unfortunately, the scheduling of the NTD Annual Meeting and Picnic at Gillson Park is on the same day as the next Wisconsin Voter ID canvass. But don’t worry, there is another foray into Wisconsin in early October that we can all join.
So, for all of you reading this who are members and friends of the New Trier Democrats, we hope you’ll join us on the lake at Gillson on September 14, and then make plans to travel to Wisconsin a few weeks later. And if you’re a reader who is already part of Indivisible’s Wisconsin project, have a great, successful trip.
New Trier Democrats' Events
Saturday, September 14, 2019: New Trier Democrats’ Annual Meeting & Picnic at Gillson Park

When : Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Annual Members' Meeting from 1:00pm to 2:00pm; Picnic for Everyone from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What : At our Annual Members' Meeting, you'll hear what we've been up to this past year, as well as our plans for the 2020 election season. Please note that the Annual Meeting is restricted to Members only - If you're not currently a member,  why not join right now?

Our Picnic will begin immediately after our Annual Meeting and everyone - family, friends, neighbors - are welcome to attend. Our Picnic is always a great opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and hear from some of our local elected officials and candidates. We look forward to seeing you there!
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. 
Tomorrow Night, September 5, 2019: Kim Foxx Fundraiser Event

When : Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where : The home of Laura Tucker and Pete Giangreco, 1741 Hinman Ave., Evanston
What :  An event in support of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online.
This Saturday, September 7, 2019: Brad Schneider’s “Congress on Your Corner” in Northbrook

When : Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00am
Where : Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What : Congressman Brad Schneider hosts a “Congress on Your Corner” event to answer questions from constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington. The event is open to the public.
This Saturday, September 7, 2019: Petition Signing Kick-Off with Democrats of Northfield Township and Brad Schneider

When : Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where : 3710 Commercial Ave., Suite 5, Northbrook
What : The Democrats of Northfield Township and Congressman Brad Schneider hold a petition-signing event for Democrats running in the March 17, 2020 primary. Come sign the petitions and grab a packet to gather signatures from your friends and neighbors. Training will be provided. Open to all Democrats of Northfield Township, which includes most of the Villages of Northbrook, Glenview, and Northfield. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online .
Monday, September 9, 2019: Information Session on Becoming a Delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention

When : Monday. September 9, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where : Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston
What : The top priority of Illinois Democrats in the next year is choosing a Democratic Presidential candidate who can win back the White House and who shares our common goal of supporting the hard-working people of Illinois. The Democratic Party of Illinois wants to engage Democrats across Illinois in the process of selecting our next President – someone who better reflects the values of our country and the diversity of the Democratic Party. That’s where you come in!  Sign up to attend a Delegate Selection Information Session to learn more about how to become a 2020 delegate .
Kim DuBuclet
Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Women For Kim DuBuclet, Commissioner, MWRD

When : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where : The Ivy Room, 12 E. Ohio, Chicago
What : An event for Commissioner Kim DuBuclet, candidate for re-election on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board. For additional information or to RSVP, email or call 312-854-8018.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019: State Rep. Gabel’s Chief of Staff Available for Assistance

When : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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, September 12, 2019: Indivisible Evanston’s Debate Watch Party

When : Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where : Prairie Moon, 1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston
What : Watch the Third Democratic Presidential Debate with Indivisible Evanston (attendees will buy their own food & drink). The third (and next) round of debates will be hosted by ABC news in partnership with Univision in Houston.
Kamala Harris
Friday, September 13, 2019: #ForThePeople Reception With Sen. Kamala Harris

When : Friday evening, September 13, 2019; time to be provided
Where : Chicago address to be provided upon RSVP
What : A #ForThePeople Reception with Senator Kamala Harris, a candidate for President of the United States. For additional information and to RSVP,  register online .
Saturday, September 14, 2019: Indivisible Evanston’s Wisconsin Canvass

When : Saturday, September 14, 2019 – see signup for time options
Where : Kenosha, WI – see signup for meeting location options
What : Join Indivisible Evanston on September 14 as they canvass in Kenosha, WI as part of the Wisconsin Democrats weekend of action. After a great first canvass on August 10th, they are looking forward to heading back up north again to knock doors! Why Wisconsin is THE Pivotal State in 2020 & Why Our Boots on the Ground are Needed to Flip it: All predictive lists concur that Wisconsin, with just 10 electoral votes, could easily be the state that determines the 2020 presidential winner. Sign up for ONE of the four options available for canvassing on 9/14 from the Kenosha County Dems office, 5712 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI.  SIGN UP HERE
Sunday, September 15, 2019: Waukegan Leafletting & Canvass for Sen. Elizabeth Warren

When : Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:30am to 3:00pm
Where : Waukegan
What : Distribute campaign literature at the Waukegan Fiestas Patrias Parade. Then head out to the neighborhoods to knock doors and talk to the community about the issues that matter most to them. For more information email Linda Place at  Register online .
Sunday, September 15, 2019: Wilmette Skype Meet and Greet Fundraiser with Ghazala Hashmi

When : Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Where : Address provided upon RSVP
What : Join Sister District for an opportunity to meet  Ghazala Hashm i ! Ghazala is the Democratic candidate working to flip Virginia Senate District 10 (Richmond). She will join them by Skype at 4:00 pm. Democrats are just one seat down in both the VA House of Delegates and the VA Senate. Sister District is working to flip both houses blue. This goal is within reach, but it will not be easy—and it is crucial, as Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. This event is a great way to learn about Sister District, and if you plan to support Ghazala in any way this year, meeting her will be very motivating and help you connect with voters. For more information or to RSVP,  please visit their event webpage .
Tuesday, September 17, 2019: The Fight For Immigrant and Economic Justice In Our Own Backyards

When : Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where : Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
What : The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ North Suburban Organizing Team presents an evening with Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, staff from the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, and attorney and activist Lee Goodman. Hear about economic and systemic problems in our own neighborhoods and the connection between what we see here, within our immigrant community, and what is going on across the state and the country. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online .
Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Deputy Voter Registrar Training with Tenth Dems

When : Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where : Northbrook Public Library, Civic Room, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What : A training for Deputy Voter Registrars will be held. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Cook County. The event is open only to Cook County residents who are interested in helping to register new voters. Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county in which they live, but once trained, can register voters anywhere in Illinois. Training takes less than an hour. This training is being held through the County Clerk’s Office and is free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to five hours before the class starts. In most cases, late sign-ups will not be added to the class.  Register online in advance . For additional information, contact Tenth Dems at or call 847-266-VOTE(8683).
Michael Cabonargi
Sunday, September 22, 2019: Reception for Michael Cabonargi, Candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

When : Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where : Address provided upon RSVP
What:  Please join John & Nicole Borovicka, Bill Brandt & Patrice Bugelas-Brandt, Pedro DeJesus, Susan Gallagher, Dan Johnson, Michelle Jordan, Eamon Kelly, Dave Lundy & Jen Jobrack, Richard Saines, Hon. Debra Shore, Regina Stilip, and Eric Sussman for an afternoon reception supporting Mike Cabonargi in his race for Cook County Circuit Clerk of Courts. For additional information, contact Eric at  RSVP online .
Sunday, September 22, 2019: Brad Schneider’s 2nd Annual Pro-Choice Event With State Sen. Melinda Bush

When : Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where : Highland Park home of Dana Gordon. Address provided upon RSVP.
What : Join special guest, State Senator Melinda Bush, in recognizing Congressman Brad Schneider’s 100% record on Choice and Women’s Issues. For additional information or to RSVP, email Emanuela Frankel at or call 312-213-3588.
Monday, September 23, 2019: Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon

When : Monday, September 23, 2019, Registration and reception at 11:00am; luncheon at 12:00noon
Where : Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
What : Personal PAC holds its Annual Awards Luncheon that will highlight the group’s efforts and raise funds to elect pro-choice officials. Pro-choice activist Cecile Richards is the keynote speaker. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online .
Tuesday, September 24, 2019: Indivisible Evanston’s September Meeting

When : Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where : Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Parasol Room, 4th Floor, 2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston
What : At their September monthly meeting, Indivisible Evanston will discuss “The Path to 2020: Flipping Wisconsin and Keeping the House Blue.” Want to hear about why flipping our neighboring WI is the path to removing Trump from the White House? Felesia Martin, 1st Vice Chair, WI Dems will speak to the WI Dems strategy to flip WI and how YOU can help with Indivisible Evanston’s “Reach Up Wisconsin” program of canvassing, voter registration, phone banking, postcards etc – Indivisible Evanston needs YOUR help. Plus, Marie Newman, Congressional candidate for IL – 3, is running against incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski. Marie will talk about how she will make the House Blue(r) in 2020 and how Indivisible Evanston can help her do that!
Thursday, September 26, 2019: Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz’s Campaign Kickoff Celebration

When : Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where : Ten Ninety Brewing Co., 1025 N. Waukegan Rd, Glenview
What : Join State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for her reelection Campaign Kickoff Celebration fundraiser. Co-hosts for her Campaign Kickoff Celebration include Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Brad Schneider, State Sen. Laura Fine, State Sen. Ram Villivalam and State Rep. Robyn Gabel. For more information or to RSVP,  please visit her event webpage .
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Help Text Bank For Democratic Candidates In Virginia State House Races With Sister District

Text Banking is here!

You can sign up at  this form . They expect high demand for texting lists.
Please sign up to text ONLY for the two candidates, Alex Askew and Ghazala Hashmi, that our local Sister District is supporting!

Some things to know:

You need to do some reading and training on your own. This is done online. Texting will be done at specified times. You will sign up for a texting “event” and at the scheduled time, a batch of numbers will be released. Sign-up is available now. Texting began August 17 and will continue through Election Day. You must sign up and complete all training steps at least one week before your first texting event.

More details can be found in this Sister District/Red2Blue  Texting Guide .
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