Lisle Township Democratic Organization

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” - Robin Williams

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.

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.

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

NCUSD 203 School Board July 12 Meeting

by Karen Peck

These were my comments to the Naperville D203 School Board on Monday, July 12th, 2021. I spoke because of the increasing presence of far-right members of the community, fighting against science and equity. They are both anti-mask/anti-vaccine, and anti-diversity, equity, inclusion training.

It’s important that voices for democracy and science have a presence to counter the propaganda being spewed by far-right agitators. There is a nationwide push to sow disinformation and fear, just as GOP-led state Senates 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, local school boards, and local political events.

Please consider speaking at upcoming school board meetings to be sure the voices of White supremacy and anti-science are countered by democratic values and democracy.

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Robert Sacks Elected DPDC Treasurer

In a special election held on June 17, LTDO Treasurer Robert Sacks was elected to the position of Democratic Party of DuPage County (DPDC) Treasurer. He replaces Steve Schenk, who served in the position for the prior 2 1/2 years. In addition to taking on the Treasury responsibility at the county, Robert will continue to serve as DPDC bookkeeper, and LTDO Treasurer, as well as treasurer for the campaigns of Forest Preserve District President Daniel Hebreard, County Board member Lynn LaPlante, Gail Cabala-Lowry, and a member of the Lake County Board.

Treasurer’s Report for 2020

LTDO finished calendar year 2020 with a somewhat reduced balance compared to a year earlier. This is hardly surprising, given the substantial investments (including rental of an office, purchase of a printer) associated with 2020 being such a consequential election year, one that brought us many successes locally and nationally.

LTDO’s resources at 12/31/20 stood at approximately $9,700, vs. just under
$11,000 at the start of the year. Some very successful reimagined fundraising efforts (most notably masks, trivia nights, and the virtual beer tasting), strong membership numbers, and the generosity of numerous donors helped keep our financial position sound, even with the limitations imposed on us by the pandemic. Thanks to everyone who stepped up!

As part of my responsibilities as Treasurer, I am required to submit quarterly reports to the Illinois State Board of Elections, and recently filed our report for the 4th quarter of 2020. I am pleased to report that our bank statements and state reporting came out completely in phase. These reports, which are called D-2s, are a matter of public record, and can be accessed through the IL Board’s website, using the Committee Search tool.

The 2021 membership year is underway. If you have paid dues on or since 11/1/20, then you are current on your dues for all of 2021. If you are unsure of your status, feel free to email me at spectrio@juno.com.

Dues levels remain the same for 2021, and are as follows:

  • $25 Individual
  • $35 Household
  • $10 Senior/Student/Disabled/Election Judge

Dues payments can be sent directly to me, or paid via ActBlue. If paying by check made payable to LTDO, please mail it to me at 641 Sunset Drive, Naperville 60540. If you choose to pay through ActBlue, the link is https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ltdo2021. If your circumstances allow, please consider including an additional donation, as dues provide only a small portion of LTDO operating costs.

If you are interested in other ways to contribute (becoming a monthly donor, contributing to one of our ongoing fundraisers, etc.), please contact me, or visit the LTDO website for more information.