Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
May 30, 2018
A few days ago,
some friends invited my wife and I to join them at the Wilmette Theater to see "RBG," a profile-documentary about
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
. I admit now that I didn't expect much more than a factual film that gave me a clearer idea of who Justice Ginsberg is.
I was expecting a film historically interesting but dry. What I got was a terrific movie, entertaining, eye opening, inspiring. It left me in awe of Justice Ginsberg, not just as a judicial mind but as a human being. She is one of those extraordinary figures in our history that comes along every few decades and "changes everything" for the better.
Before RBG, the rights of American women were still viewed under our constitution as a separate category of human beings
, naturally placed in a different position on any diagram of human rights. Since RBG came on the scene, America's courts, legislators and society in general have been much more sensitive to gender inequities. Discussions of equal pay, equal opportunity, equal protections for women are no longer treated as liberal pipe dreams. Of course none of this progress is happening without pushback from some who are anxious to maintain the status quo.
In fact, the film reminded me how thick-skulled even bright, highly educated people can be (sometimes even Supreme Court justices) when confronted with irrefutable logic that challenges their cultural norms. The 98-minutes of "RBG" fly by -- entertaining, revealing, thought-provoking, If you have the time, go see it. It's in a bunch of local theaters and it's a piece of American history we should all know and appreciate.
One thing I learned from the film is that Ruth Bader Ginsberg's courtroom arguments as a lawyer and later her opinions as a federal judge and eventually a Supreme Court justice have consistently displayed a masterful use of logic, facts and the English language. Her brilliant choice of words has proven to be one of her most formidable weapons.
Ah yes, words. They can be quite powerful so
it's always a good idea to choose the words we use wisely. Just ask Rosanne Barr.
Her words describing Valerie Jarrett as descended from apes was language taken from the days of Jim Crow - not our country's finest era. Of course, I'm old enough to know that such stupid characterizations lingered far into more modern times. But I honestly thought that by the late 60's, expressions of such mindless bigotry were becoming relics of a shameful past. And I thought that today, with the exception of the fringiest elements of our society, no Americans clung to such cruel, asinine views. I guess I was wrong.
The success of Donald Trump's inflammatory appeals to disenchanted voters did more than just win over supporters with legitimate grievances. It gave permission to the closeted bigots still among us to start spewing out their verbal garbage once more without reservations. It was good to see the uproar that Rosanne's ignorant comment caused across the public spectrum.
Even Fox News disapproved. (We'll see how long that enlightenment lasts, but every little nudge toward decency can't hurt.) It will also be interesting to see if Donald Trump can resist the urge to tweet some sort of support for Rosanne, one of his biggest fans.
Yes sir. The President sure does love to tweet. In his weekend holiday
message with just his first three words he revealed, once again, how truly ignorant this man is: "Happy Memorial Day." -- Really? Happy? I always thought it was a solemn holiday recognizing the men and women who died fighting for our country. -- What an oblivious, self-involved dope.
Today in the
New York Times,
Tom Friedman referring to the upcoming November Mid-term Elections said: "What this election is about is your first chance since 2016 to vote against Trump." However, I would say it's not exactly our first chance. Here in Illinois over the past 18 months we've had local and state elections that offered opportunities to prevent right wing ideologues and Trump apologists from gaining more power. And we'll have more. Even so, Friedman is right that the federal elections coming up in November can be a turning points and we should do all we can to win all we can.
That's one more reason to put "RBG" on your movie schedule. Winning in November won't be easy. Ruth Bader Ginsberg's steely determination should inspire us all to believe in the power of individual effort to steer our nation toward a more just and hopeful future.
NTDO member since 1973
P.S. Tomorrow evening, stop by the Wilmette Wine Cellar and share in some wine and conversation. No political speeches. Just a chance to see old friends and to make some new ones. --
Also if you can, bring along a few items for the New Trier Township Food Pantry (see the details below). I hope we see you there. I'm looking forward to it.
Drinks With Dems at Wilmette Wine Cellar
, May 31 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Avenue, Wilmette
Let's get together and talk politics! New Trier Democrats invite you to join us for drinks, mingling and conversation with fellow progressives. Here's a great opportunity to network with like-minded people in our area and form connections with other Dems and activists.
Drinks will be available for purchase. This event is not a fundraiser - It's just an opportunity to have fun and meet other area Dems.
We will be collecting items to donate to the New Trier Township Food Pantry which is in need of the following: canned fruit and granola bars; canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken); cooking oils and condiments; laundry detergent; and paper goods (Kleenex, towels, toilet paper). Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated!
Other events of interest:
This Saturday, June 2 in Highland Park -
JB for Governor Canvassing
When: Saturday, June 2, 2018; 10am to 6pm, Canvasses will be launched at 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Highland Park Democratic Headquarters (Tenth Dems and Moraine Dems), 474 Central Ave., Highland Park, 2nd floor above Mizuki Grill. Plenty of free parking in the lot a half-block to the east of the office.
Join Tenth Dems and Moraine Dems for their first weekend of General Election canvassing for JB for Governor! They will be going door-to-door to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. Training and all necessary materials will be provided. For questions or to RSVP for a canvass shift, email Hannah Amundsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 9 in Vernon Hills -
"2018 & Beyond" An Evening With Brad Schneider
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills
What: Vernon Township Democrats will host an evening with Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10).
Brad will speak about the upcoming 2018 election season, and beyond. He will address issues that affect residents of the district, and have a chance to speak with community leaders, constituents, and local candidates directly in this lovely, intimate setting. The event will be catered by Pear Tree catering. Cash Bar. You can
or email email@example.com.
Saturday, June 16 in Highland Park - State Senator Julie Morrison Campaign Kickoff
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Campaign Office, 1910 First Street, Highland Park
What: State Senator Julie Morrison's campaign kick-off event. This is an opportunity to hear Senator Morrison speak, meet the campaign team, and sign up to volunteer. For questions or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-461-8792.
Monday, June 18 in Deerfield -
Rooftop Reception for Julie Morrison
When: Monday, June 18, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where:The Warehouse, Rooftop Patio, 833 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield
What: A reception in support of State Senator Julie Morrison. RSVP to Kelly at Kelly@ilsenatedems.org or call 312-630-7700.
Tuesday, June 19 in Evanston - Summer Reception for Rep. Robyn Gabel
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Halim Time & Glass Museum, 1560 Oak Ave., Evanston
What: An annual fundraiser supporting State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-18).
For additional information or to RSVP,
email Katy Lagenfeld at email@example.com or call 312-600-9496.
Wednesday, June 20 in Chicago - Reception in Support of Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: Law Offices of DLA Piper, 444 W. Lake St., 9th Floor, Chicago
What: Join the Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz campaign for an event supporting her candidacy for State Representative for the 17th District!
To purchase tickets in advance, make checks payable to Friends for Jennifer and mail to P.O. Box 3042, Glenview, IL 60025 or make a contribution online by
. Payment will also be accepted at the door. Ticket prices: $100 individual; $50 young professional; Co-Host $500; Host $1000; Co-Chair $2500; Host $5000. For questions or to RSVP, contact
Wednesday, June 20 in Chicago -
Debra Shore Summer Solstice Celebration
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Erie Café, 536 W. Erie St., Chicago
What: Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Commissioner, launches her 2018 General Election Campaign with her Annual Summer Solstice Celebration.
For additional information or to RSVP,
Monday, June 25 in Evanston -
Reception Honoring Rep. Laura Fine with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
When: Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: La Principal, 700 Main Street, Evanston
What: A reception honoring Rep. Laura Fine for State Senate. The event features Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-630-7700.
Thursday, June 28 in Chicago - Reception for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza with Jason Kander
When: Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Chicago location to be determined
What: A reception supporting Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza featuring special guest Jason Kander, founder of Let America Vote.
Susana is a member of the Let America Vote board. For additional information or to RSVP,
or email Katy at Katy@kjdstrategies.com or call 312-600-9496.
Friday & Saturday, June 29-30 -
Visit New Trier Democrats at the Glencoe Sidewalk Sale
When: Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 2018
Where: Downtown Glencoe
What: Visit New Trier Democrats at their booth during the Glencoe Sidewalk Sale. We would love to see you - whether to chat politics, sign up to become a member, check out local volunteering opportunities or fill out a political survey. If you are interested in volunteering to work our booth for this or any other Sidewalk Sale, please contact Joan at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 30 in Riverwoods - Women for Bob Morgan Luncheon
When: Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods
What: A luncheon in support of Bob Morgan
, Democratic nominee for state representative, 58th District.
Special Guest: Jennifer Granholm
, former Michigan Governor and current CNN political contributor. For additional information or to RSVP,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save The Date!
New Trier Democrats' Events
Friday & Saturday, June 29-30, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at the Glencoe Sidewalk Sale
Friday & Saturday, July 13-14, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale
Monday, July 16, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Meet & Greet at Avli in Winnetka
Friday & Saturday, July 20-21, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at Wilmette Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, September 8, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Meeting and Picnic at Mallinckrodt Center
Sunday, October 14, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner at Maggiano's in Skokie
Thursday, December 13, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Holiday Party at Wilmette Wine Cellar
who represent New Trier Township in
Washington, Springfield and Cook County
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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.
, 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.
, 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Julie Morrison, State Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District
State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate Distric
t.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.
IL 18th District State Representative
. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
, IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.
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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