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NTD NEWS    February 21, 2018
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This past week our society suffered the latest in what has now become one of America's most distinctive peculiarities -- the periodic mass shootings of children in schools. There is certainly no question that this repeating tragedy distinguishes our United States from all other developed nations.
     Yes, I know that other advanced countries have had incidents where a deranged shooter has killed a crowd of innocents. But those events have been few and far between. (The last time there was a shooting massacre in a school in Great Britain was 22 years ago. - The time between last week's Parkland shooting and a prior U.S. school shooting was 3 months!)
     Our United States is one of the most developed civilizations in history. And yet, our democracy can't ensure that our children feel safe from being murdered in their classrooms. Every American should view this fact as unacceptable. But it seems that the level of enthusiasm for exploring ways to curb these recurring slaughters varies considerably between our citizenry and our lawmakers.
     The only new bright spot in this grim scenario has been the inspiring reaction of the students of Parkland High School and their young peers nationwide. These students are stating their position on gun violence using language that adults in power have been afraid to use. Words like, "gun control" and "Shame on you, NRA."
     Their language is clear eyed. Demanding specific action. It is logical as well as passionate and spoken in some cases as the first-hand knowledge of a victim.They are calling out the Congressional hypocrites who are only willing to offer "thoughts and prayers" but no substantive legislative action. Of course the students are already getting push back from the NRA and their right-wing lackeys. Michael Medved characterized spokesperson Emma Gonzalez as a hysterical teenage girl. And fellow student David Hamm has been described as a coached Democratic "plant."
     I thought that after Sandy Hook, the direct contact of grieving parents with members of Congress would turn the tide. I was proven na├»ve. But maybe, just maybe, these intelligent, articulate kids with their youthful energy and honest sincerity will be the ones who finally force some responsible action from U.S. legislators and the White House.
     One piece of that youth initiative should be the registration of several million new 18-year-old potential voters before this fall's elections. Registering those youths (in Illinois that includes 17 year olds who will turn 18 by November 6, 2018) should receive a high priority. Their votes, combined with the votes of millions of fired up American women can regain a Congress controlled by responsive Democrats. (They better be responsive or they'll only last one term.)
     I did see today that President Trump has directed the Justice Department to develop regulations to ban bump stocks. That action, albeit begrudging, is progress. However, the AR-15 rifle was designed to critically maim and kill enemy combatants. No one with half a brain can seriously believe that banning the availability of bump stocks will turn a powerful military weapon into a benign piece of sports gear simply used for fun on the firing range. Most of the NRA's defenders, know better.
     Another action endorsed by Republicans is the establishment of better procedures for spotting "warning signs" before a shooting occurs. I certainly agree that much more support should be provided for programs and personnel aimed at identifying psychologically troubled and mentally unbalanced students -- as well as citizens in general -- who without help might become a danger to the public.
     It seems logical to me that, following this new appreciation for warning sign sensitivity, Congress should now finally start recognizing some warning signs that they've been receiving for years. You could say the first sign occurred way back in 1966 at the University of Texas with the Texas Tower sniper. (That massacre was followed a few months later by the "copycat" shooting of five random women in a Beauty Salon in Mesa Arizona.) It was ten year before the next school shooting happened. Then, although there were hundreds of individual shooting deaths in the interim, the next school shooting didn't occur until 1989.
     After that, school shootings happened (sometimes more than one) in 1991,1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Do ya think maybe there was a warning sign our legislators should have spotted.
     Actually, the more I think about this warning sign business, the more I can see its value beyond school safety. With that in mind, I've developed a profiling tool you are welcome to use to identify dangerous nuts among us. We should be on the lookout for anyone exhibiting these traits:
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-- Oblivious to standards of right and wrong
-- Unable to differentiate lies from truth, facts from fantasy
-- A blustering bully
-- A narcissistic pleasure seeker
-- A lying braggart
-- Incapable of empathy for fellow human beings
-- Oblivious to the suffering his actions may cause
-- Hyper sensitive with a tendency to lash out at perceived enemies
-- A record of sexual predation and occasional assaults
-- Fascinated by powerful weaponry that can cause immense loss of life
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If you have observed any person displaying these traits, I urge you to contact your nearest FBI office so they can begin keeping an eye on that obviously dangerous person. -- Oh wait! I think that's already happening. A fellow named Robert Mueller is on the case.    
     What an interesting country we live in.
 
                                                                            Nels Howard
                                                                           NTDO member since 1973

P.S. If you know someone who is 18 or will be 18 by March 6, 2018 (including yourself) please be sure to help them become a registered voter. The information for voter registration can be found on the web at this address: https://www.usa.gov/voter-registration  
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for  the 2018 Democratic Primary


Every Thursday Night & Saturday Afternoon
Weekly Phone Banks for Daniel Biss
at New Trier Democrat's Office



When: Every Thursday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm; Every Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm; ongoing through March 17th

Where: New Trier Democrat's office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka

What: Phone bank for progressive gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, our official New Trier Dems endorsed candidate! You will be talking to voters about Daniel. All you need to bring is a phone, and his campaign will provide other materials. There will be a short training at the beginning. In addition, depending on the weather, t here may be opportunities to canvass on behalf of Daniel on Saturday afternoons.

 
Every Sunday in March
Weekly Phone Bank For Fritz Kaegi, 
Candidate for Cook County Assessor
at New Trier Democrat's Office


When: Every Sunday afternoon from March 4 through March 18, 12:00pm until 6:00pm
Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka
What: Join Team Fritz - New Trier Democrats' officially endorsed candidate - to phone bank for the next Cook County Assessor at our office! We'll speak with Cook County voters about Fritz Kaegi, an endorsed Democrat from progressives like Chuy Garcia and Congressman Danny Davis and organizations like Our Revolution Illinois! We welcome all newcomers. Leave with a yard or window sign! This is a big volunteer push across Cook County. Phone banking is a key way to reach new and potential voters for the primary election. You are encouraged to bring: Cell Phone, headphones, and laptop/tablet.




Other events of interest:
  
Tomorrow Night, Feb. 22 in Wilmette - Coffee in Support of Cam Davis, Candidate for MWRD Commissioner
 
When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm 
Where: Wilmette, Please contact info@camdavis.org for location 
What: Come meet Cam Davis, candidate for Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Cam served as President Barack Obama's "Great Lakes Czar" in Washington, D.C. and Chicago from 2009 until 2017. Cam was responsible for coordinating 11 federal departments, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, EPA, and Corps of Engineers. Cam needs all the help he can get as a write-in candida te - he is seeking to fill a seat vacated by the recent death of Commissioner Bradford (who passed away 2 days before the deadline to to file petitions to get on the ballot - there will be no candidate on the ballot for the Bradford vacancy). He is not running against any of the MWRD candidates on the ballot - he is running in addition to them. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact info@camdavis.org.  To learn more about Cam, please visit  https://www.camdavis.org.

This Saturday Feb. 24 in Glenview - Canvass with Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for State Representative

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00am (morning shift) or 1:00pm (afternoon shift)
Where: Democrats of Northfield Headquarters, 1926 Waukegan Road, #310, Glenview
What: Come help spread the word about Jen Gong-Gershowitz's campaign by knocking on doors in the 17th District. Meet at the Democrats of Northfield Township Headquarters for a morning or afternoon shift. Address: 1926 Waukegan Rd. #310, Glenview. Volunteers will meet to pick up walk materials and instructions before heading out to knock on doors for Jen! Coffee and refreshments will be provided! RSVP to JenGGForRep@gmail.com.

This Saturday, Feb. 24 in Winnetka - What's Wrong with Illinois' Economy? Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Hosted by Invest to Elect Illinois

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:00pm until 4:30pm
Where: New Trier High School - Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 N. Happ Road, Northfield
What: lllinois' three leading gubernatorial candidates will appear front and center at a forum sponsored by Invest to Elect. "What's Wrong with Illinois' Economy - and What are You Going to Do about It?" will give Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker each an opportunity to present his vision for Illinois. The candidates will respond to a range of questions on critical topics including taxes, education, healthcare, and more. Each candidate will appear individually for 40 minutes, answering questions from the Invest to Elect moderator and the public. Only questions submitted in advance through the registration process will be considered. Attendees are welcome to submit candidate questions on this Event Brite registration page. Click on the green "Register" button and follow the prompts. Invest to Elect Illinois looks forward to welcoming you to this important discussion of issues facing Illinois!  Click here for more information or to register for this event.
 
This Saturday & Sunday , Feb. 24 & 25 in Evanston - 
Weekly Canvass for Cam Davis, Candidate for MWRD Commissioner

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm; and Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Where: 747 Custer Avenue, Evanston
What: Canvass for Cam Davis, candidate for Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Cam served as President Barack Obama's "Great Lakes Czar" in Washington, D.C. and Chicago from 2009 until 2017. Cam was responsible for coordinating 11 federal departments, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, EPA, and Corps of Engineers. Cam needs all the help he can get as a write-in candida te - he is seeking to fill a seat vacated by the recent death of Commissioner Bradford (who passed away 2 days before the deadline to to file petitions to get on the ballot - there will be no candidate on the ballot for the Bradford vacancy). He is not running against any of the MWRD candidates on the ballot - he is running in addition to them.  Go here to RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact info@camdavis.org.  To learn more about Cam, please visit  https://www.camdavis.org.
 
 

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Evanston S.P.A.C.E.,1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston 
What: Join Daniel, Litesa, and their supporters at Evanston S.P.A.C.E. We are excited to come together in celebration around the campaign and gear up for the final stretch before the primary!  We kindly ask you to purchase your ticket ahead of time here . If you are interested in joining the host committee, email Rachael at RSVP@danielbiss.com or call 773-372-6488. Host levels are write/raise: Chair $2,500; Benefactor $1,000; Sponsor $500; Host $250. Ticket prices: Friend $100; Ticket $20.18.
 
 
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018; buses leaving at 5:00am and returning at 4:00pm 
Where: Evanston location where buses leave TBD 
What: From Moms Demand Action: "Calling on Evanstonians to join us to board buses to the Capitol in Springfield to join Moms Demand Action's Advocacy Day February 28. We will push for sensible gun legislation and have our voices heard. Thoughts and prayers and Facebook posts are not enough. It's time to act. The more of us who show up, the stronger and louder our message. Details are being organized now. We will leave from and return to an Evanston location. This trip is dedicated to all our Evanston youth who have been victims of gun violence, to the 249 people who have been shot in Chicago since Jan. first, to the 17 victims of the mass shooting in Florida, and to all the other victims who get shot EVERY SINGLE day in this country. The person round-trip ticket will be approx. $50-assuming the bus is full; the final price is determined by how many people sign up for the bus.We hope to be able to sponsor folks who can't afford the ticket. We understand it's a work day so this trip may be hard for some people to join. If you can, we need your voice!' For more information or to register, please visit  Moms Demand Action's Facebook page .
 
 

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: The Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 West Randolph St., Chicago
What:  Annual fundraiser in support of Toni Preckwinkle's re-election as Cook County Board President. For additional information or to RSVP, email Nish Dittakavi at  nish@tonipreckwinkle.org  or call  773-609-5393 .
 
Thursday, Mar. 1 in Chicago - Pinnacle Cocktail Party in Support of Judge Oran F. Whiting

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: 670 N. Wabash, Apt. 2805, Chicago
What: A cocktail party in support of Judge Oran F. Whiting's reelection to the Cook County Circuit Court. For additional information or to RSVP, register online, email Samantha Ellison at campaign@judgewhiting.com or call 773-669-8195.
 
Saturday, Mar. 3 in Wilmette -  Primary Election Candidate Forums Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 starting at 9:00am
Where: Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette
What: Several local Leagues of Women Voters are sponsoring candidates forums for the upcoming March primary. The forum schedule is: 9:00am to 10:00am, forum for Republican candidates for U.S. Representative from the 9th Congressional District; 10:10am to 11:10am, forum for Democratic candidates for Illinois State Representative for the 17th District; and from 11:20am to 12:20pm, forum for Democratic candidates for Cook County Commissioner for the 13th District. For more information,  please visit their website.

Saturday & Sunday , Mar. 3 & 4 in Evanston - 
Weekly Canvass for Cam Davis, Candidate for MWRD Commissioner

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm; and Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Where: 747 Custer Avenue, Evanston
What: Canvass for Cam Davis, candidate for Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Cam served as  President Barack Obama's "Great Lakes Czar" in Washington, D.C. and Chicago from 2009 until 2017. Cam was responsible for coordinating 11 federal departments, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, EPA, and Corps of Engineers. Cam needs all the help he can get as a  write-in candidate - he is seeking to fill a seat vacated by the recent death of Commissioner Bradford (who passed away 2 days before the deadline to to file petitions to get on the ballot - there will be no candidate on the ballot for the Bradford vacancy). He is not running against any of the MWRD candidates on the ballot - he is running in addition to them.   Go here to RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact info@camdavis.org. To learn more about Cam, please visit  https://www.camdavis.org.

Monday, Mar. 5 in Chicago - Reception for Toni Preckwinkle
 
When: Monday, March 5, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where:  Private residence in Chicago - address provided upon RSVP
What: An evening reception in support of Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President. For additional information or to RSVP, email Scott Kastrup at scott@tonipreckwinkle.org or call 773-746-7225.
 
Tuesday, Mar. 6 in Chicago -  Reception for Bob Morgan, Candidate for IL State Rep. 58th District
 
When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., Chicago
What: A reception in support of Bob Morgan, Democratic candidate for State Representative of the 58th District. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online or email Jessica Teuber at Jessica@newchicagollc.com or call 312-448-8014.

Sunday, Mar. 11 in Glencoe -  Brad Schneider Coffee Club

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Glencoe Roast, 700 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
What: At Brad's Coffee Club, members enjoy a free cup of coffee and bagel or pastry during monthly meetings at local coffee shops in the 10th District. Members also have the opportunity to meet with the campaign staff and have in-depth conversations with Congressman Schneider. For additional questions or to RSVP,  register online.
 
Sunday, Mar. 11 in Wilmette -  Going Green Matters

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette
What: Going Green Matters draws more than 1,400 residents, neighbors, elected officials, exhibitors and volunteers.  The latest hybrid and electric cars, demonstrations, home energy exhibits, and the ever popular interactive Eco-Zone make this a wonderful event for the entire family. People interested in living more sustainably will have a chance to learn more about topics such as saving energy at home, transportation choices, green landscaping, growing your own food, organic food and farming, connecting to nature, green home design and products, and more. Find out how schools, park districts, libraries, congregations and village governments are all working together to make our communities and the world a more sustainable place to live. For more information,  please visit their website. 

 
One of the exciting activities we will be pursuing across the state line in 2018...
will be to help the Democratic candidate for Congress, Randy Bryce, defeat Wisconsin's Congressman Paul Ryan. This is going to be a hard fought campaign and Randy Bryce can win it. To see his first campaign message  click here.  
 

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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Have you visited Senator Biss' website "The Road Back" --
click on the link to his video -- then, throughout the year follow his plan's development on the website.

Daniel explains a lot about how Illinois got where it is today and how we can begin the journey on the road back toward achieving our state's tremendous economic potential.

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