Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS - JUNE/ JULY

For most current list of events, go to www.dgdemocrats.org/
For other Local events, check out Left Out – DuPage Area Facebook Page  or website http://leftoutdupage.com/
Upcoming Events and Key Election Dates
Types of events: DGTDO, Candidate, Education / Issues, “Be Active”, Organization Meeting
To add events to the following list, email information to DGTDONewsletter@gmail.com

Updated   July 3, 2020


Recurring

Every Saturday, 10:00 am  - STAY ENGAGED! STAY CONNECTED!
*VIRTUAL Coffee and Chat
*During the Stay at Home order, DGTDO will have Virtual Coffee and Chats on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. Interested in joining? Send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com

DGTDO Office
908 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove


July 2020

July 3 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 4 (Saturday), 10:00 to 12:00 am  
4th of July Car Parade Celebration

(hosted by:  DuPage Dems)
Safari Land
701 West North Avenue, Villa Park
(
event details)

July 6 (Monday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
IDCCA Trivia Night

(hosted by:  Illinois Democratic County Chairs; Association and 4 others)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 7 (Tuesday), 6:00 to 7:00 pm  
IDCCA Trivia Night

(hosted by:  Illinois Democratic County Chairs; Association)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 7 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
Conversation on Race (3-part series 7/7, 7/14, 7/21)
(Listening Session)

(hosted by:  Rep Terra Costa Howard)
Virtual Meeting
(email: Staff@reptch48.com)

July 8 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 8 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting

District 99 Administration Building
6301 Springside, Downers Grove

Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 9 (Thursday), 6:00 to 7:00 pm 
July Indivisible DuPage Meeting – Save the Date
(hosted by: Indivisible DuPage
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 10 (Friday), 3:00 to 4:00 pm 
Supreme Court of the US – The Third Equal Branch
(hosted by: Azam for Circuit Judge
Virtual Meeting
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event details)

July 14 (Tuesday), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Protest the Conduct of Peter Dicianni
(hosted by: Indivisible DuPage
Virtual Meeting
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event details)

July 14 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 8:00 pm  
We The People: A Constitution Discussion Group
(How are power and governance shared? What is the 10th Amendment about?)

(hosted by:  Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization
Virtual Meeting
(event details)   email:
wtpconstitutiondg2020@gmail.com for Zoom link

July 14 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
Conversation on Race (3-part series 7/7, 7/14, 7/21)
(Dialogue with Law Enforcement)

(hosted by:  Rep Terra Costa Howard)
Virtual Meeting
(email: Staff@reptch48.com)

July 15 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 15 (Wednesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
Election Series 2020 – What Will Our Elections Look Like?
(hosted by: League of Women Voters Naperville
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 15 (Wednesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
Indivisible Naperville July Meeting (Circuits to Supreme)
w/ Judicial Candidates
(hosted by: Indivisible Naperville
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 19  (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 21 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm  
Conversation on Race (3-part series 7/7, 7/14, 7/21)
(Where Do We Go From Here?)

(hosted by:  Rep Terra Costa Howard)
Virtual Meeting
(email: Staff@reptch48.com)

July 22 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 28 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
Climate Change Speaker Event: Kelly McGinnis, Executive Director
(hosted by: Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

July 29 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

AUGUST 2020
August 5 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 7 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 12 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 12 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting

District 99 Administration Building
6301 Springside, Downers Grove

Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 16 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 18 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
NAACP DuPage, Kane, Kendall & Will County Branch Meeting
(hosted by: DuPage NAACP
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 19 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 20 (Thursday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
August Indivisible DuPage Meeting – Save the Date
(hosted by: Indivisible DuPage
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

August 26 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

SEPTEMBER 2020
September 4 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)

September 21 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm     
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)




WE THE PEOPLE US CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION GROUP: INVESTIGATION INTO THE RULE OF LAW, NOT OF PERSONS


By Phil Ladner


The US Constitution is the basis of all the laws in the United States. Yet how many of us understand even a small part of it?  How much of our “understanding” is correct? 


Now it seems that a facet of the US Constitution is discovered to have been a norm which never was part of the constitution in the first place.  There have been cultural understandings under which presidents have lived in a kind of gentlemen’s agreement about how things should be.  About how there was congressional oversight.  About how the Supreme Court is unbiased.  About how presidents did not accept gifts from foreign powers or personally profit from the office.


It is more important than ever for citizens to be knowledgeable of the constitution. The We The People US Constitution Discussion Group was started because we had a belief that there are many fellow citizens who were interested in the constitution. A number of fellow citizens quietly carry copies of the US Constitution in their purses or wallets.


From the beginning it has been important that the discussion group be a citizens’ DIY discussion group.  The facilitators are all volunteers who want to share their interest in the constitution. They can come from any walk of life.  So far, they have been teachers, a city council member, and a lawyer. Participant feedback has always been sought and participants are asked to suggest what future topics to address.


The Topics have been as follows:

  1. Overview of the US Constitution
  2. Impeachment
  3. Separation of Church and State
  4. Electoral College
  5. Commerce Clause


Future topics may be:

  1. Federalism/states’ rights
  2. The Federalist Papers
  3. The Senate
  4. Important Supreme Court cases.
  5. The ERA
  6. The Second Amendment

Quite often it seems that topics get very hot and then cool off by the time the discussion group catches up.  It is exciting to get to a topic like the Commerce Clause before Trump has trampled on it.  Forewarned is forearmed. 


The extent to which the US is ruled by persons, not of law, has been eye opening. The US Constitution is interpreted and enacted by Senators, Congress, Supreme Court Justices and Presidents.  Our vote and who we elect is the only defense our democracy has.  Stay Involved. Vote like your life and the lives of those you love depends on it. The constitution is the playing field.  Citizens determine the laws.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

THIS MOMENT IS A MOVEMENT.


THIS MOMENT IS A MOVEMENT.


By Carla Feinkind


We kept shaking our heads in sorrow and anger that another Black man was MURDERED by the police.  This time the viciousness of the Floyd LYNCHING was FILMED!  Immediately, PEACEFUL, INTEGRATED marches of people of all ages filled streets nationwide, even in our local communities...and worldwide! (Early on, some rightwing opportunists and some local idiots looted.  The media always acknowledged that those were NOT the marchers.)   In fact, after a week or so, some police leaders marched, and some took the knee.  Now, cultural leaders and sports icons are in.  Even Trump supporter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, publicly admitted that he and the NFL were wrong to condemn players who knelt for Black Lives Matter. (Though, still no apology to Kaepernick.) This is not just a moment. This is a MOVEMENT!


Eventually, the marches will become less frequent and taper off.  People will go back to work and school...but, it doesn't look like that will end the movement.  The proof is the POLITICAL action taking place in cities, towns, states and in Congress.  Choke holds are being outlawed, police transparency is being required, there is talk of restructuring police departments.  This looks like the beginning...


If you truly want this to be a movement, STAY INVOLVED and BUSY.  
  • MARCH if there is a march and you are able.
  • TALK with friends and neighbors to build the community for change. 
  • CALL elected leaders to press for continued ACTION and to THANK them for STANDING UP if they have.
  • WRITE letters to the editor. 
  • VOTE SMART and by mail.  
Every movement took real commitment and passion for JUSTICE and PEACE ... and sacrifice.  People went to jail.  People were even murdered. But people kept on keeping on.  Movements for change and justice can take years, but when people stay busy and VOTE for change and justice, WE WIN!  In my lifetime we won civil rights legislation. We protested the Viet Nam war and we beat the military industrial complex and brought about an end to the war.


WE MUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON!  If you believe in the "American Dream" and justice for ALL, GET BUSY and STAY BUSY!   AND VOTE BLUE TOP TO BOTTOM because it is NOT just TRUMP!

PC CORNER – JUNE 2020


PC CORNER – JUNE 2020

By Chris Hotchkin

We have been very inspired by the large crowds protesting for Black Lives Matters, including in our township in Hinsdale and Downers Grove. It is wonderful to see so many young people engaged and active. But—it is so important that we not only march, put up signs, and use social media--the most important thing is that we all VOTE, including and especially these same young people.

One of the most important roles we have as precinct committeepersons is to register voters or encourage our citizens to register online. As a Precinct Committeeperson, you are a Voter Registrar, if you signed the Voter Registrar portion of your PC petition, which I am sure you did. This means you can register voters using the county registration form. When you use this form, you cannot be partisan—cannot be canvassing for a candidate or wearing candidate buttons, t-shirts, etc. When you use this form, you ask the prospective voter for identification, and then you complete the form. You can obtain these forms from the DuPage County Clerk’s office.

Another easy way to get someone registered is to just guide them to the state voter registration website:  ova.elections.il.gov.  Here anyone can register online, filling out the form themselves. They need to have a state driver’s license or state ID. This is also a good place to check if an individual is indeed registered.

Remember that a young person may register to vote if they will be 18 on or before November 3, 2020.  So as a PC, you may want to check with your Democratic households to see if they have any young people who need to be registered.

In this newsletter are informative articles about the Vote by Mail legislation and the Illinois Fair Tax initiative. It is important as a PC to be well informed on both initiatives. Because of COVID-19 many of the voters in your precinct may want to Vote by Mail. It is more important than ever that we pass Fair Tax to give our state and especially our schools adequate funding without overtaxing middle- and lower-income families.

There are post cards in the office, with a list for your precinct, that you can send to those who voted Democratic in the Primary Election. Just write a simple note—Thank you for voting!

Finally, if you have not yet turned in your list of Election Judge appointments, we must do that right away. Even if you have just one or two judges to put on your list, please do that and turn your list in at our office at 908 Curtiss, Downers Grove.

THE FAIR TAX – A CONCEPT ROOTED IN FAIRNESS


THE FAIR TAX – A CONCEPT ROOTED IN FAIRNESS

By Joanne Williams

In the November presidential election you will be asked to vote on a change to the Illinois Constitution (the Fair Tax referendum) to allow the state to implement a graduated income tax – meaning the wealthy will have a higher tax rate than the middle class or the working poor – in place of the currently mandated flat tax across all incomes.

The proposed graduated tax plan would:

  1. Raise taxes to 7.75% ONLY on incomes OVER $250,000 
  2. Leave the current rate of 4.95% on incomes from $100,000 to $250,000
  3. Reduce the rate on incomes below $100,000

Some key talking points:

  • The pandemic has made it clear that we are all in a crisis – some will weather it better that others.  The disproportionate effect of the pandemic - hitting hourly and our “essential” workers with greater impact - makes clear the fundamental unfairness of the flat rate income tax in which every dollar is taxed at the same rate no matter how rich or poor you are. The Fair Tax would require the wealthiest to pick up a little more of the tab.  
  • But haven’t the wealthiest been hurt by the pandemic too? Their income has taken a hit also, but if their income is now lower, their tax bill will also be lower.  Nobody pays taxes on money they haven’t made.  And anybody whose income has fallen below the $250,000 threshold won’t be affected by the higher rate.
  • The current Illinois flat tax system is one of the most unfair in the country.  The average middle class family pays close to 13% of its income in state and local taxes while the top 1% pay only 7% of their income in state and local taxes.
  • 97% of Illinois tax payers will see a reduction in their state taxes under the proposed graduated tax plan.
  • 65% of Illinois voters favor a graduated tax.   
  • Thirty-four states have a graduated income tax and studies show that states with graduated income taxes are more than twice as likely to cut taxes on the middle class than to raise them.
  • The graduated income tax rates proposed and approved by the legislature would generate an additional $3.4 billion which will go toward better funding of education, public safety, paying down the pension obligation.  Without those additional funds, we face cuts in funds for public schools and universities, cuts in   revenue sharing with local governments, clean water and air, care for the elderly, programs for the disabled.
  • Fitch Ratings, a Wall Street credit rating agency says approval of the graduated income tax referendum on the November ballot will be "critical" to the state's credit outlook.  ""Failure of the graduated income tax proposal would trigger fiscal actions that could exacerbate the state's structural budget challenges and pressure local governments including school districts.  If voters approve the constitutional amendment, Illinois appears to be able to continue recent progress toward structural balance."

It is not a given that a graduated tax will drive the wealthy from Illinois – there is actually no correlation between a state’s tax rate and the likelihood a high income family will leave the state -  states with highly progressive income taxes – such as New York and California -  thrive as centers for elite economic success.

LARGE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS IN HINSDALE AND DOWNERS GROVE


LARGE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS IN HINSDALE AND DOWNERS GROVE

By Chris Hotchkin

On Saturday June 6 about a thousand people peacefully marched through downtown Hinsdale, and on Sunday June 7 four to five thousand peacefully gathered in the streets by Downers Grove North High School, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest for equal justice and racial equality. Both events were organized by young people and mostly attended by young people. The Hinsdale event was organized by Hinsdale High School students. The Downers Grove event was organized by Kessie Olekanma and Prevail Bonga, graduates of Downers Grove High Schools. People of all ages, skin tones, and cultural backgrounds walked together and sat in silence together for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd and the all too many people of color in America who have been murdered by police action. Along the route of the march families sat in their yards with signs of support. We joined hundreds of thousands across America and even throughout the world in saying we want justice and fair treatment for all.

My late father-in-law, who was African American, served in WWII. When Corporal Childress returned home from fighting on Guadalcanal, he was not allowed to sit at a lunch counter and order a Coke, not even while wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army. Can you imagine how angry that would make you? Multiply that anger by thousands and thousands of individuals so disrespected across our nation and hundreds of years of terror and subjugation. We who are white and privileged cannot know what this is like. But we are tired of watching videos of fellow Americans being killed, having their lives choked out or bled out because of the color of their skin. We are tired of watching videos of people of color or who speak a different language being judged and persecuted. So we march—because we know it is up to us to fight the racism that has been our heritage and continues to be an ugly disease in America. We are the problem and we must educate ourselves and our children and stay resolved to eliminate the disease and heal our divided and unequal country.

When I saw the crowds in Hinsdale and Downers Grove I thought, this is how we begin to heal. We are healing from a ravaging pandemic, and hopefully we will soon be able to heal our democracy that has been ravaged by a racist, ignorant, self-serving president. But the Black Lives Matter movement and the participation in it by so many Americans is a beginning of the healing of systemic racism. We need laws to reform policing. We need more and more education into the long history of racism in America and its systemic effects. We have made progress, sure. Jim Crow was outlawed (but redlining continued). Voting rights laws were passed (and diluted by the Trump administration and voting by people of color is currently being suppressed by the GOP). Schools were integrated, (although many have de facto segregation and there is great disparity in school funding). People of color must live in this America fearful of the police, fearful of jogging through their neighborhood, being falsely reported on by prejudiced people while gathering in a park. People of color still live in an America where they go to poorer schools, earn less, have less health care, and are judged guilty by the color of their skin.

What can we do? VOTE! And get everyone we know to vote, especially young voters! Trump’s America is a divided, unequal, unjust America and we must rid this country of him and the legislators who support him. Call out prejudice and racism whenever we see it, every time. Do not turn away. Be actively anti-racist. Advocate for laws that reform policing and adequately train police to preserve and protect human rights for all individuals with whom they have contact. Advocate for better and fair funding for all schools that will help to create an American that provides equal opportunity for all. Advocate for teaching our children the truth about racism in our country. We must face our very ugly history and the persistent cancer of racism honestly and openly and then work toward an America that truly embodies liberty and justice for all. The young people who are organizing and marching in these protests will lead the way.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS - MAY / JUNE


For most current list of events, go to www.dgdemocrats.org/

For other Local events, check out Left Out – DuPage Area Facebook Page  or website http://leftoutdupage.com/

Upcoming Events and Key Election Dates

Types of events: DGTDO, Candidate, Education / Issues, “Be Active”, Organization Meeting

To add events to the following list, email information to DGTDONewsletter@gmail.com



Updated   June 17, 2020




Recurring



Every Saturday, 10:00 am  - STAY ENGAGED! STAY CONNECTED!
*VIRTUAL Coffee and Chat
*During the Stay at Home order, DGTDO will have Virtual Coffee and Chats on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. Interested in joining? Send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com

DGTDO Office
908 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove




JUNE 2020



June 17 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 18 (Thursday), 9:00 to 10:00 am 
Let’s Talk Diversity & Inclusion
(hosted by: 
Virtual Meeting
(events details)



June 18 (Thursday), 5:30 to 7:00 pm 
Family March: Black Lives Matter
(hosted by: Miravone Dorough
Plainfield Central High School
Plainfield
(events details)



June 18 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Virtual Civic Series: Major Issues Before the Supreme Court
(hosted by: League of Women Voters of Wheaton
Virtual Meeting
(events details)



June 18 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Green Team Climate Chat with Congressman Casten
(hosted by: Green Team
Virtual Meeting
(events details)



June 19 (Friday), 1:00 to 2:00 pm 
How to Build An Anti-Racist Movement

(hosted by: Boston Globe Opinion
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 19 (Friday), 7:00 to 9:30 pm 
Advancing the Demand for Reparations and HR40

(hosted by: ACLU
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 20 (Saturday), 12:00 to 5:00 pm 
Can’t Stop Our Pride: One Day One Illinois

(hosted by: Equality Illinois
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 20 (Saturday), 12:00 to 2:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours

(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 21 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 23 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm  
NNU: Youth Town Hall: “Racism: A Conversation with Our Youth”

(hosted by:  Naperville Neighbors United, Parent Diversity Advisory Council)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 24 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 26 (Friday), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Vicarious Trauma in the Work Place: Strategies for Resilience
(hosted by: Family Shelter Services of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 27 (Saturday), 12:00 to 2:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours

(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



June 30 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Saturdays Virtual Office Hours

(hosted by: VoteMaura
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)




July 2020



July 1 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



July 3 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



July 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting

District 99 Administration Building
6301 Springside, Downers Grove

Virtual Meeting
(
event details)



July 19  (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm  
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting
 (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
(hosted by:  PEACE Toastmasters, DuPage Women of DuPage County, DuPage Dems)
Virtual Meeting
(
event details)