Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence

NTD NEWS    October 24, 2018

It seems that almost every election in my adult life has been labeled "the most important election ever." And usually that claim hasn't just been hyperbole.
     Ever since the American populace began accepting progressive values and policies as our nation's norm, conservative forces have been pushing back hard to reverse such progress. In every election we Democrats have had to defend every step that has been taken to ensure healthier, more secure, more hopeful lives for every American -- from infants to our oldest seniors.  
     Depending on the election year, specific issues such as a foolhardy military adventure or the erosion of the middle class have given the election an added urgency. But, -- and you know what I'm going to say next -- this election on November 6, truly will be the most important election in our lifetime.  
     The looming crisis of climate change, with all of its ramifications, is reason enough to care about this election's outcome. The past few years were just a taste of things to come, and our warming oceans aren't going to miraculously start cooling down. Monster hurricanes and storm surges will be smashing our coastal states with increasing regularity. Melting ice caps and shifting climate zones, extended droughts and fire storms, could potentially become part of the new normal. - Our civilization cannot afford to have any climate-change-denying Republicans directing government policy.  
     But even those hard facts are not the most compelling reason to consider the November 6 election as the most important in our lives.  
     The shocking success of President Donald Trump's demagoguery over a segment of our population has brought out a poisonous division among Americans not seen since our Civil War. It is taking our nation on a dangerous, self-destructive path that could alter the trajectory of the United States for years to come.  
     Donald Trump must not come out of November still holding a majority of Republicans seats in both houses of Congress. He must not see more Republicans elected into state legislatures and governorships. Democratic victories across our country will dilute Trump's power to intimidate Republican legislators and administrators, at every government level.  
     We must make that happen.  
     So....since you're reading this newsletter, the odds are you likely agree with what we all hope to accomplish and you may already be doing something about it. But in case you haven't yet started, or want to do more, you'll find a huge choice of volunteer opportunities further down in this newsletter.  
     You can help with phone banking or doorbell ringing or writing postcards. You can choose activities on a weekday or weekend, on an afternoon or evening. And you can focus on your local favorite candidates or help great congressional candidates in neighboring districts. I promise you'll find something that works with your schedule.  
     Also, you might consider inviting some of your friends to look over the volunteer choices too. Every person we can add to this effort increases the chance for victory.  
     November 6, 2018 can be a historic turning point in our nation's history. -- And years from now, won't it feel good to tell your children and grandchildren how you helped at the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's disastrous reign?        
     That has to be worth at least a few hours of your time over the next thirteen days.
                                                                               Nels Howard
                                                                              NTDO member since 1973  
P.S. Early voting is from Oct. 22 - Nov. 5 - and unregistered voters with two forms of ID (including current address proof) can register to vote at their early voting site.  
Scroll down to see some of the ways you can help some of our exceptional Democratic candidates. 

Early Voting 
Now Through Monday, Nov. 5

Take Action Now - Local Opportunities To Help Get Out The Vote
Tuesdays through Sundays
Get Out The Vote with Team JB Pritzker For Governor  in New Trier Township 

Phone banking

When: 2 hour shifts -   Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4:00pm-8:00pm; Saturdays from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sundays from 1:00pm-6:00pm  
Where: 3140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette (half block west of Hibbard Rd.)
What: A phone bank to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. This phone bank will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. You must bring a cell phone and please bring a laptop computer if you can. Training and all necessary materials will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, call Jonathan Alter at 312-848-2925 or email


When: 2-3 hour shiftsTuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 2:00pm-8:00pm; Saturdays from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sundays from 1:00pm-6:00pm
Where: Canvasses launch from 3140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette (half block west of  Hibbard Rd.)
WhatCanvassing to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. Canvassing will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. Training and all necessary materials will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, call Jonathan Alter at 312-848-2925 or email

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-9:00pm
Phone Banking to Recruit GOTV Volunteers at New Trier Democrats' Office

When : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
What: We will be phone banking to recruit volunteers to help get out the vote for candidates like  Robyn Gabel,  Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, and  Laura Fine, as well as Statewide Illinois candidates like  JB Pritzker and  Kwame Raoul . Please bring a cell phone and a laptop (if you have one), and training and all necessary materials will be provided. 

Saturdays Noon-3:00pm & Sundays 1:00-3:00pm
Door Hanger Canvass for the Democratic Ticket in New Trier Township

When : Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm; Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  
Where: Canvasses launch from New Trier Democrats' Office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka
What: Help us place door hangers on voters' doors around New Trier Township reminding them to vote for our entire Democratic Ticket in Cook County and Illinois. Instructions and materials will be provided.

Sundays 1:00-5:00pm & 
Mondays through Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
Phone Banking for IL Midterm Candidates with Our Friends at the Democratic Party of Evanston

When: Sundays 1:00pm to 5:00pm; Mondays through Thursdays 5:00pm to 8:00pm; Fridays 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Democratic Party of Evanston's Office, 1806 Church Street, Evanston - NEW OFFICE LOCATION
What: The DPOE will continue to host daily phonebanking events at its headquarters throughout Sept. and Oct. to help support IL Democratic candidates in November. Please bring your cell phone, laptop, and charging device. For more information or to RSVP, please visit   DPOE's events calendar Thank you!

Sundays - Randy Bryce, US House Wisconsin 1st
Mondays - Matt Longjohn, US House Michigan 6th
Tuesdays -   Sean Casten, US House IL-6th
Wednesdays -   Betsy Londrigan, US House, IL-13th
Thursdays -   Lauren Underwood, US House IL-14th 
Fridays - Jan Schakowsky, US House IL-9th and
Laura Fine, IL State Senate 9th Dist.

Postcard Parties in New Trier Township

What: Join your neighbors to write postcards encouraging voters to vote for Sean Casten (IL-6) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14). If you have been planning to participate, now is the time!  We ask that people interested in attending RSVP to Kim Sterling at so we can gauge the count. Attendees also are encouraged to bring postcard stamps or $5-$10 for the stamp bank. 

Tuesday, 10/30 from 7:00-9:00pm at location TBD

Postcard Parties with Our Friends at Indivisible Evanston

WhatThis is the FINAL PUSH to send GOTV postcards for the Nov. 6th Midterms! Indivisible Evanston is writing to voters in their adopted congressional districts:  IL-6 (where Sean Casten is running for Congress against Peter Roskam), and IL-14 (where Lauren Underwood is running for Congress against Randy Hultgren).  Please come and bring your friends! SIGN UP ONLINE. These parties are self-funded, so, If possible, please bring some postcard stamps to share. We'll provide the postcards and refreshments!

Sunday, 10/28: 4:00pm-9:00pm at 319 Wesley in Evanston


Saturdays & Sundays 
Canvassing for Lauren Underwood (IL 14th District) and Sean Casten (IL 6th District) with Our Friends at Indivisible Evanston

When : Saturdays from 8:45am to 2;00pm
Where : meeting location 9222 Lawndale, Evanston IL 60203 - will drive to IL-14th to canvass
What Sign up here to Canvass for Lauren Underwood, candidate for Congress in IL 14th District.  We'll caravan from Evanston and then meet up with the Lake County Field Director from the Underwood campaign in Lindenhurst, who will give us a brief training and instructions before we head out to canvass door-to-door for the Underwood campaign. If you've never canvassed before, this is a great way to learn. Having conversations with folks 1:1 is the way we will win in November!
When: Sundays from 10:45am to 4:00pm  
What: Sign up here to Canvass for Sean Casten, candidate for Congress in IL 6th District. We are leaving from Evanston every Sunday morning until election day, traveling to/from Barrington, and returning by 4pm.


Saturdays & Sundays - 3 Hour Shifts All Day
Get Out the Vote Evanston with Our Friends at Democratic Party of Evanston

When: Saturdays - Shifts from 9:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm; Sundays - Shifts from 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Democratic Party of Evanston's office, 1806 Church Street, Evanston - NEW OFFICE LOCATION
What: Knock on doors in Evanston for local candidates like Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Laura Fine, and Cam Davis, as well as statewide Illinois candidates like JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul. For more information, please visit DPOE's events calendar


Saturdays 8:00am & 11:00am and Sundays 11:00am
Canvassing for Sean Casten (IL-6th), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13th) & Lauren Underwood (IL-14th) with Team Jan Schakowsky

When: Saturdays at 8:00am and 11:00am; Sundays at 11:00am Where: On Saturdays - Schakowsky Office, 5539 N. Broadway, Chicago; On Sundays Democratic Party of Evanston, 1806 W Church St., Evanston and Schakowsky Office, 5539 N. Broadway, Chicago
What: Rep. Jan Schakowsky is facilitating carpools to prepped field offices, where volunteers proceed to canvass locally for Sean Casten (IL-6th), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13th) & Lauren Underwood (IL-14th). They need more canvassers to expand their reach in these final weeks. You're invited to sign up at either of their locations. Please commit to doing what you can to turn things around. It truly never has been more important.  RSVP online.

Other events of interest:

Tomorrow Night, October 25 in Skokie - Sen. Julie Morrison "The Immigration Crisis: How We Can Make a Difference"

When:  Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:30pm  Julie Morrison
Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Wood Dr., Skokie
What: In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, State Senator Julie Morrison hosts a discussion on the challenges faced by immigrant children in the U.S. today and how, together, they can be helped.  Rev. Dr. Norval Brown, Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, Deerfield, moderates a panel of local religious, legal, education and social service leaders. While this event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required.  Register online  or call 847-967-4889.

Tomorrow  Night, October 25 in North Chicago - Panel Discussion of The New Public Health Epidemic - Gun Violence

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, 3333 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago
What: Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety and Rosalind Franklin University co-sponsor a panel discussion on gun violence.  Come hear four panelists tell of their experiences working with trauma victims, and the ongoing effect of gun violence they witness daily. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online .

Saturday, October 27 in Highland Park - State Sen. Julie Morrison's Halloween Day of Action

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:00pm Julie Morrison
Where: Morrison Campaign HQ , 1910 First Street, Highland Park
What: Calling all ghosts and goblins: Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR Day of Action on Saturday, October 27! We will be knocking on doors to let our neighbors know why they should support Julie on Election Day in November - and, of course, we encourage you to dress up in costume! For more information or to RSVP,  register online. To sign up for other GOTV activities for Julie during the final weeks of her campaign,  register here.

Tuesday, October 30 in Deerfield - An Evening in Support of Congressman Brad Schneider

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Warehouse Eatery, 833 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
What: Come for an evening of appetizers and refreshments in support of Congressman Brad Schneider. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online or contact Emanuela Frankel at or Allison Schieber at

Wednesday, October 31 in Deerfield - Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Embassy Suites, 1445 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL
What: Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker Tina Tchen. Attorney Tina Tchen served eight years in the Obama White House, including as Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. After the launch of the #MeToo movement, Tina co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund to enable more individuals across all industries to come forward and to connect them with lawyers. Over the course of her illustrious legal career, Tina has guided companies on issues involving gender inequity, harassment, diversity, and inclusion. For more information or to RSVP,   register online, call 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email

Thursday, November 1 in Evanston - Southern WI Voter ID Project Follow-Up Phone Banking 

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Where:1624 Ashland Avenue, Evanston
What: For the last several months, many of us have been knocking on doors in the Kenosha, WI area to inform voters of the rules around voter ID in Wisconsin. Now, after all that work is done, we'll be phonebanking to remind those we've met door-knocking to vote on November 6th! Don't forget to bring your phone and a charger!  Please RSVP online.

Your Legislators:

Legislators Democratic Legislators
who represent New Trier Township in 
Washington, Springfield and Cook County 

You'll be hearing a lot from these exceptional public servants. --

And they want to be hearing a lot from you. 
     The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start. 
Jan Schakowsky , 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative  and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe. 

Brad Schneider , 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Daniel Biss,   State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate District.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
Julie MorrisonState Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.   

Robyn Gabel, IL 18th District State Representative. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
Laura Fine , IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.

Scott Drury IL 58th District State Representative. 
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.

Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships. 

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