Lisle Township Democratic Organization

"If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Hillel

Lisle Township Town Hall Tuesday

 

The Township could use your support on Tuesday July 20 at 7 PM sharp at 4711 Indiana Ave, Lisle in the Highway Department garage. Please plan to arrive early; if you are late, you can not attend.

Lisle Twp will have the first annual town hall in 2 years. There are a variety of things that can only be done at this time. The number of attendees could easily sway the outcome. You can see the agenda here: http://bit.ly/07-20-21-Agenda.

There is a zoom link to watch but you cannot vote: http://bit.ly/07-20-21-Lisle-Twp.

Get Your 2020 Flu Shot

Be sure to get a flu shot soon! It won’t prevent COVID, but it will help you avoid getting the flu and COVID, which can really ruin your day. Some help:

My suggestion: if you don’t have a humidifier for your home, this might be the right time to get one if you can; you’ll probably be more comfortable in any case.

Why is there a flu season, anyway?

June Membership Meeting

Our next general Membership Meeting will be held Monday, June 14th at 7:30 PM. The featured topic will be mental health resources in DuPage County.

Registration for Zoom: http://bit.ly/06-14-21-LTDO

We’re also looking for in-person space for our July meeting. Any ideas? Contact news@ltdo.org.

Membership Meeting Monday, May 10

Join the May Lisle Township Organization on May 10th at 7:30PM via Zoom at bit.ly/05-10-21-LTDO. We will be hearing the latest from Springfield. State Senator Laura Ellman of the 21st District and State Representative Janet Yang Rohr of the 41st District will be educating us on what they have been doing in Springfield. They have both been very active passing exciting new legislation, maintaining district services & serving the people. All Democrats are invited.

Help Get Out the Vote

We need to alert as many voters as possible to get to the polls by April 6th to vote for our Democratic slate. If you have a few extra hours to help, please take a look at the opportunities below and contact Geri Smith at geralyn.s.smith@gmail.com if you can help and want more details.

Top Priority! Lit Dropping in a precinct
Take in some warm weather and sunshine! Each volunteer takes one precinct – basically hanging Democratic lit bags on doorknobs. Materials are provided. Since vote-by-mail ballots have been going out and early voting is underway, the sooner we drop lit bags at households, the better. This requires approximately 2-4 hours of your time, depending upon the size of the precinct.

Postcards
These are available in bundles of 50. You are provided a script to write, a set of addresses and the postcards. You provide the stamps.

Signage
Put up signs supporting the LTDO slate at well-trafficked areas throughout the township. The more signs we put up, the more publicity we have for our candidates!

Pick up POSTCARDS and SIGNS from bins on the porches at one of these addresses:

Contact Geri Smith at geralyn.s.smith@gmail.com if you’re uncertain what’s available where.

Pollwatcher Training
If you are interested in poll-watching, please register to attend one of our Zoom training sessions:

  • Sunday, 21-March: 7-8pm (http://bit.ly/03-21-21-LTDO)
  • Sunday, 4-April:     7-8pm (http://bit.ly/04-04-21-LTDO).

Register with this form: https://forms.gle/pyqKSymUSSEp6GXQ7

Phone Banking
Join others any Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6-8PM.  If you have any questions, it’s helpful to have a few others on the line that may be able to help or answer questions.

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.

Tech Tip of the Week

Microsoft Word has a built-in speech recognition feature that works pretty well, and I find that at least for lengthier stuff it’s much more pleasant than typing even if I inevitably need to make corrections. This also works in Google Docs, but only with the Google’s Chrome browser. There are 3rd-party speech recognition apps, but I’ve never felt the need to purchase one.

Campaign Boot Camp for 2022 & 2023

Lisle Township Democratic Organization and The Democratic Party of DuPage County will provide training and materials for anyone interested in running for local offices in November 2022 and April 2023 or seeking  a paid campaign position. Experts in the field and people from local and national campaigns will be teaching the classes and working with you. You’ll learn highly marketable skills that can be used for paid campaign work or your own. On completion, we’ll help you find a job or a race to work for.

Candidate training will be on Zoom Saturdays from August 28 through December 11. (excluding 11/27) at 8:30AM – 10AM. For campaign staffers (over 16 years old) or candidates wanting to know what to do in the field, in-person training on campaign fundamentals (field, digital communications, and fundraising) will be Sundays 1PM – 5PM. The training is free, but you must sign up to reserve your spot (you’ll receive a confirmation).

Questions? Please call or text Diane at 630-776-2324 or email diahewitt@mail.com.
Sign up: go.ltdo.org/campaign-boot-camp    Syllabus: go.ltdo.org/syllabus-2021

2022 Elections, COVID, and Our Schools

by Karen Peck and Lynn Trevarthen

The stage is being set to reverse Democratic gains from the 2020 election. We’re already aware that  the 2022 elections will be another “election of our lifetime.” Now is the time for each one of us, personally, to act. There is so much at risk.

There’s an increasing presence of far-right members in our community fighting against science and equity. They are anti-mask, anti-vaccine, and anti-diversity, equity, inclusion training. It’s critical that voices for democracy and science establish and maintain a presence to counter the propaganda spewed by far-right agitators. There’s a nationwide push to sow disinformation and fear, just as GOP-led state legislatures are working to pass laws to suppress voting rights, which disproportionately affect people of color, students, the elderly, the disabled, and new voters. GOP operatives are deliberately focusing on local elections, school boards, library boards political events

Much as we may wish that it couldn’t happen here, it can, and it is. Anti-vaxers and anti-maskers are organized and very vocal at our local school board meetings.They are actively launching FOIA requests in districts in an attempt to intimidate school board members. They are promoting their extreme beliefs across social media. They attack teachers who speak out. One of us recently spoke at a school board meeting to counter one of these ultra conservative presenters.

We need people who share our values to run for school board and for local office. Do “the ask” when speaking with friends, neighbors, and people in your precinct.

We also need to be voices spreading awareness of what is happening in our local school boards and to attend meetings to speak up to counter the extreme voices. Any citizen can speak at school board meetings – you do not need to be a parent of a current student.

For further information