LTDO Membership Meeting August 10th

Join the Lisle Township Democratic Organization for our monthly meeting on August 10 starting at 7:30PM. Our special guest speaker will be Bonnie McNeill, who will educate us about the need to abolish the electoral college by constitutional amendment. We’ll also explain how to get active and involved for the 2020 election.  Join us via this Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf-GvqD0jEtaGuTdpNbNYIfkViY5KL7JK

All Democrats are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

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LTDO Trivia Night July 31!

Please join us on Friday, July 31 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. for LTDO’s next Trivia Night Fundraiser. The event will be hosted on Zoom by LTDO member Urzula Urzua.

Did you miss our first Trivia Night?  You missed a great time! We are going to be playing via Zoom1, so be camera ready (or wear a mask)!!  Help LTDO raise funds for rent, printing, and postage.  Every little bit helps.

You may enter for any donation amount. Winners will receive Democratic-themed protective hand-sewn masks.

The event will go live at 8:00 p.m., and there will be a new round of trivia about every 15 minutes. Feel free to join any game. Our host will also serve as scorekeeper and referee.

The host will email you a Zoom invitation once your donation is processed.

All proceeds will go to support LTDO programs. We look forward to seeing you there!


1We played via Facebook last time, and some of us were watching answers pop up before the video caught up with the questions. It was like Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent routines. This shouldn’t be a problem with Zoom, nor will the Facebook-averse need logins.

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A Vote-by-Mail Message from the County Clerk’s Office

The DuPage County Clerk’s office is sending Vote by Mail applications to all voters this week for the Nov. 3, 2020General Election, in compliance with recent emergency legislation to provide a safe choice of voting during COVID-19. (See attached photos)

Voters selecting Vote by Mail are requested to securely apply online or to complete the mailed application with their signature and phone number, then drop it in the mail as soon as possible. No postage required.

Video Instructions for Applying for Vote by Mail:

DuPage County Clerk Election Division Online Application:
https://www.dupageco.org/Election/VoteByMail/

The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1863 in May to expand Vote by Mail as a voting method during the ongoing pandemic. In June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law to ensure safe and active participation in the 2020 General Election.

The DuPage County Clerk’s office is going beyond the SB1863 mandate to send applications to all electors who have participated in any election since the 2018 general election, by instead providing applications to all 616,337 voters in the County. Although not required, the Clerk’s office will also pay for the postage of all returning applications and ballots.

The Clerk’s office is using funds made available this year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for the mailing of applications and ballots.

To date, 26,000 voters have already applied for Vote by Mail ballots in DuPage County for the Nov. 3, 2020 election; roughly 55,000 total voters chose Vote by Mail for the 2018 General Election. Voters who applied prior to July 4th will not be receiving an additional mailed application.

Ballots will not begin to be mailed out until Sept. 24, 2020. It may take four to five business days to receive a ballot after that date.

Voters will continue to have the option of casting ballots during Early Voting or at Election Day polling places.

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority or at https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx

To register to vote or check your registration status, visit https://ova.elections.il.gov

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Jean Kaczmarek
DuPage County Clerk

421 County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
630.407.5572

 

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John Lewis, 1940-2020

“Good Trouble”

America is a constant work in progress. What gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further – to speak out for what’s right, to challenge an unjust status quo, and to imagine a better world.John Lewis – one of the original Freedom Riders, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Member of Congress representing the people of Georgia for 33 years – not only assumed that responsibility, he made it his life’s work. He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.Considering his enormous impact on the history of this country, what always struck those who met John was his gentleness and humility. Born into modest means in the heart of the Jim Crow South, he understood that he was just one of a long line of heroes in the struggle for racial justice. Early on, he embraced the principles of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience as the means to bring about real change in this country, understanding that such tactics had the power not only to change laws, but to change hearts and minds as well.In so many ways, John’s life was exceptional. But he never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country might do. He believed that in all of us, there exists the capacity for great courage, a longing to do what’s right, a willingness to love all people, and to extend to them their God-given rights to dignity and respect. And it’s because he saw the best in all of us that he will continue, even in his passing, to serve as a beacon in that long journey towards a more perfect union.

Barack Obama

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Membership Meeting Monday, July 13

Join us for our monthly membership meeting via Zoom this Coming Monday, July 13 from 7:30-9PM. Congressman Bill Foster from IL-11 will be letting us know what is going on in Washington. There will be time for a Q & A.

Additionally, Lee Greenhouse from Vote at Home will discuss vote at home in IL. — you can already apply for your ballot! We will give you the latest information about vote at home legislation and rules with the passing of SB 1863.

Register for the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduCqqjsvE9Gxgx5b0iA4kFpiMuw1ClTA
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We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again!

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Back to School?

Opinion by Urzula

I don’t have any skin in the game anymore, so to speak. I don’t have kids and I’ve retired from full time teaching (thank you, Hubby!). I’m lucky in that the community college where I currently teach part time is going to be completely online. I’ve been teaching for over twenty years (!) and I know schools are not going to open successfully in the fall. I’ve been telling you since January about what’s coming down the pipe re: coronavirus, and I’m telling you now, this is going to be the biggest problem anyone has ever seen.

I’m going to exclude all the well to do parents /schools in this rant. They will be ok. For all the squawking they do, they will find ways to get their kids WHATEVER they need. Tablets, laptops, super high speed internet, private tutors, back alley play groups, etc. I’m going to talk about the parents and schools I’ve worked with and in the most – middle and low income.

I think it’s so cute when teachers talk about adding stuff to their back to school lists for parents. “I’m going to double the amount of wipes this year!” You know- the stuff parents are supposed to send with their kids the first day or two of school. Good luck with that!  Most of the schools where I’ve worked did not even allow teachers to make a list. Our parents couldn’t afford any of it. (Not that anyone can find those supplies right now. I know I can’t!) You know what I had to buy every year? Everything. I taught HS science so that meant about 150-180 kids every year. (Average 30 kids x 5 classes a day. One year I had two bio classes with 45 kids EACH. That’s 90 kids in just those two classes. No social distancing possible there! And one year I, and two other science teachers, taught six classes because the school didn’t want to hire another teacher.) So every year I’d buy about 200 notebooks, hundreds of pens and pencils, dozens of rulers, scissors, markers, etc. I had to buy a classroom set of scientific calculators my first year. Every box of Kleenex came from me. Every roll of paper towels, every can of Lysol, every single wipe came from my pocket. Thousands of teachers have to fund their own classrooms every year. That’s just the way it is in our nation’s largest school districts. I’ve taught in two of them- Chicago (third largest) and Clark County (Las Vegas, fifth largest). These districts were and are still woefully underfunded and have the nation’s poorest and most under-served kids. So teachers make up the difference. We give them school supplies so they can keep up and sneak them power bars and juice boxes so they don’t go hungry.

This fall, if I were to be going back, in addition to all the regular supplies, I’d be buying masks (for myself and my 200 kids), extra cans of Lysol, extra tubs of Clorox wipes, extra rolls of paper towels, and extra boxes of Kleenex. I’d be having my husband rig up some sort of plexiglass shield for me to put around my desk and lab bench so the kids couldn’t come within 6-10 feet of me. I’d also be buying several sets of scrubs, so I could wash them in hot water after every wear and not ruin my real clothes, extra detergent, and extra shoes so I could air out a pair while I wore a different pair to school the next day. I’d be buying tons of shampoo and stuff for the two showers a day I’d be taking. And so on. No problem on a teacher’s salary, right?On a hefty teachers’ salary, that should be no problem.

Now, let’s talk about the school buildings. The structures. Those should be fine because we’ve been pouring money into education, right? In one school where I taught, there was no heat in my room. Why? Because it was the chemistry lab which was on a separate ventilation system and I guess they forgot to hook it up properly. I have no idea. All I know is that we wore coats in my class, even though it was “against the rules”. An entire year went by and nothing was fixed. (I left after that year, so it wasn’t fixed while I was there.) It was a very old building, one of the oldest school buildings in Chicago. It was exempt from a lot of the newer building codes. But my room was also the only one with AC (other than the main office which had window units. The principal wasn’t going to suffer!) My room was on the third floor which was awfully hot in August, so having the AC was great! You win some; you lose some. But who needs proper working ventilation in a school with 1200+ kids wearing masks?

Every Chicago school where I taught gave me NO supplies for science. None. I taught during No Child Left Behind, which was an unfunded mandate. We were supposed to do XYZ but weren’t given any money. One mandate was about books. No text book was to be older than five years. FIVE YEARS! I was teaching with 15 year old books if I was lucky!! NO school had enough books for the kids to take home their own copy. I had a classroom set, which meant that the books stayed in the classroom and the kids only got to use them during class. So the same book was in five sets of hands every day. If they won’t buy books, what makes anyone think they’ll supply us with masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol, etc to keep the kids and staff safe?! It’s going to be up to the individual teacher to pick up the slack. As usual.

And for some teachers, that’s going to be enough for them to either retire, or just leave and find another job. That’s what I really don’t understand about the whole “rush the kids back to school” crowd. They say stuff like, Kids don’t get the virus (that much)! And if they do they’re (usually) ok! Hardly any of them die! (Especially not MY kid.) Um, were you thinking that ONLY kids would be in the school? Were you willing to send them in unsupervised? Because I’m pretty sure there were going to have to be some grown ups around in order for that to happen. Or do those people not matter? Because that’s what it feels like. The teachers with the most experience are also the oldest and also the ones at highest risk. You are going to force those people out. Or get them sick. Or killed. How guilty are those kids going to feel when it gets traced back to them? And I thought I heard something about a teacher shortage? Meh. I’m sure it’s nothing. And subs? Forget it. A lot of subs are older, retired teachers. I don’t think they’ll be coming in much.

So, no. Schools won’t open safely in the fall. After the first week or two, I guarantee they will have to do rolling shutdowns or something like that. It will be like Whack a Mole. Putting out flare ups here and there. Just a hodgepodge of ineffective half measures because NO ONE wants to take responsibility for actually doing a REAL SHUTDOWN. We could have stomped this out MONTHS AGO but Noooooooo!!! Something about guns and freedom kept us from all falling in line and staying home and wearing masks in the stores. If you wanted so badly for schools to open in the fall, you should have skipped your best friend’s BBQ or birthday party. Zoomed w your parents on Mother’s/ Father’s Day. Skipped the beach on Memorial Day weekend or the Fourth of July weekend. The virus is out of control because we let it. You can either have your bars and play dates now, OR you can have schools open in the fall. You can’t have both.

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Trivia Night Friday, June 26th!

A “Social But Distant” Fundraiser!

We can’t have any in-person galas, so this will be our attempt at a social fundraiser. Please join us tonght, Friday, June 26 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. for LTDO’s first-ever Trivia Night Fundraiser. The event will be hosted on Facebook Live by LTDO member Urzula Urzua.

You may enter for any donation amount. Winners will get lovely Coronavirus themed prizes! Masks!! Hand sanitizer!! Edible plants!! Toilet paper!!

The event will go live at 8:30 p.m., and there will be a new round of trivia about every 15 minutes. Feel free to join any game — answers are texted to the host, who will also serve as scorekeeper and referee. Expect some technical glitches — Urzula will have the final say on which answer popped up first.

Please donate / sign up here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ltdotrivianite20

All proceeds will go to support LTDO programs. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Online Activist Training Starts June 16th

Do you have an issue that energizes you?  Are you angry and want substantive change?  Do you want to make your voice be heard regarding police violence against people of color? We have a once in a generation opportunity for real change or we could lose it if we don’t ORGANIZE NOW!

The first class will be June 16 at 7PM and we will organize from there. We want to help you develop your activism so that you constructively and safely get exactly what you want. We want your voice to be heard louder and go further.  We will connect you with activists who care about what you do throughout the state. The class will go over

  • Your rights as protesters
  • How to plan various highly impactful methods of civil disobedience
  • Social media and how to organize
  • How to register voters and  work in a campaign.

The final project will be a county wide event, organized and planned by the students, with the support of the organized activist community to make sure that their message is heard. Indivisible DuPage pictured above at the 2018 Women’s March has been on the forefront of political activism locally since it began in January 2017 to fight Trump’s agenda.  We were angrily denounced by Jeannie Ives and the Illinois Tea Party because they believe that we are one of the most effective methods of change locally.

Sign up here and you’ll be sent information for the first Zoom class.

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Summer Candidate Training Class Begins June 20th

Indivisible DuPage and Team Illinois for Equity and Reform will provide applicable virtual training and digital materials for those interested in running for local elected offices in April 2021 and November 2022. The training will be for an hour and a half once a week from June 20- September 12 at a time convenient for those that are interested.  We will meet online. This will be a free training but you must fill in this form to reserve your spot. After you fill this in, a confirmation will be sent to you. If you have any questions please email diahewitt@mail.com or call Diane at 630-776-2324. Thank you for being interested.

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PC Training Begins June 25th

If you’re a new PC or considering becoming one, you are welcome to attend this training via Zoom. Join us for the first session on June 25th at 8 PM.

Sign up here.

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