Join the Democratic Party of Evanston Tuesday October 25th on Zoom for a Ranked Choice Vote information Session. DPOE President Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg will be moderating a discussion between Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss and New York State Council Member Crystal Hudson about Ranked Choice vote.
Ranked Choice Vote Information Session Time: Oct 26, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time
The Democratic Party of Evanston is your political organization, on the frontlines, working locally and across the country. This event supports DPOE all year round, but especially as we gear up to elect Democrats and defend our democracy this November.
Reverend Raphael Warnock, fresh off his special election victory in 2020, is un for re-election just two short years later. His victory, alongside fellow Georgian Jon Ossof, is what gave us our razor-thin margin of victory in the Senate. The importance of Georgia cannot be understated. This year he’ll be running alongside Stacy Abrams in her critical Gubernatorial race. With Republican’s determination to tamper with elections across the country, control of the state may very well decide the outcome of the 2024 Presidential election.
In his own special election in 2020, Mark Kelly won Arizona’s Senate seat from Republican Martha McSally. Now, he’s up for a full six-year term. The Republican field is still wide-open, but whoever he faces in the general, he’ll need all the help he can get in keeping this red-trending-purple seat in Democratic hands.
In 2016, after the retirement of Harry Reid, Catherine Cortez Masto ran and won the Senate seat here with only 47% of the vote, beating Joe Heck’s 45%. Nevada has been a state that has long been consistently, barely, blue. It would be a mistake to take this seat for granted. In 2018, we won the Senate seat with 50.4%.
With the retirement of Incumbent Republican Pat Toomey, multiple Democratic candidates have launched bids to flip this purple state blue. In order to expand our Senate majority and sideline the more conservative members of the Democratic slate, we need to pick up seats, and there are no better picks than Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
For a time, it appeared as though Wisconsin would be an open race like Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, Republican Ron Johnson announced that he would not, in fact, be retiring. Now, multiple Democratic candidates are running to face him this November, including Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes and Milwaukee Bucks VP Alex Lasry. The Wisconsin Primary is on August 9th.
The retirement of Republican Senator Richard Burr gives us a rare opportunity in this southern state. While the state is still mostly red, our recent election of Governor Roy Cooper in 2017 shows that statewide victories here are not as far-fetched as one might think. The Democratic primary isn’t until May 17th, but the clear frontrunner is North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley. Justice Beasley won statewide in 2014 with 50.1% of the vote, but unfortunately lost her seat in 2020 by just 412 votes.
Ohio is one of the states that has been sliding further and further into republican hands over time, but our 2018 victory in the Senate here shows that with the right candidate, the state is winnable for a Democrat. And with the retirement of Republican Rob Portman, it is looking even more promising. Last night’s primary shows that while the Republican slate is fractured, the Democratic electorate is very much united behind Congressman Tim Ryan as our candidate here.
This week, like many of you, I was shocked and angered when the draft majority opinion was leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court, attacking our right to abortion care.
Even though we knew this might be coming, the news knocked the wind out of me. I was immediately terrified for my two young daughters, who may never remember a country that supported their fundamental rights to abortion access – before their freedoms are taken away. I was horrified that a few extremist justices, who were put in place by a president for whom the vast majority of Americans did not vote, are able to dictate health care decisions for millions of people who may need abortion care.
Thank goodness our Democratic leaders in Illinois saw this coming and ensured that we have state laws that are the strongest possible in supporting abortion access. And our amazing allies and advocates in the abortion justice space have been planning for this moment. So, as Evanston Democrats, what can we do to help?
And we can protect and grow the Democratic majority. Abortion care is still legal in this country, but Congress must legislate to protect this human right. And we know that Congress will only do that if there are enough Democrats to make it happen.
Please become a member of DPOE, join us at an upcoming rally, and watch for opportunities to give and/or volunteer for Democrats in key races across the country. This is an emergency and we must organize to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.
DPOE Board President
Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m., Skokie Village Green: Joint rally with Niles Township Democrats United and others, featuring Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m., Zoom: Virtual phone banking for Senator Raphael Warnock (Georgia)
May/June (exact dates TBD): Rally in downtown Evanston and a virtual educational event on abortion access, both in partnership with Indivisible Evanston
Thank you to the 50+ members who showed up last weekend to sign petitions. We have fewer than 100 signatures to go and yours is needed!
There are three ways to sign petitions and help us get over the finish line this weekend.
This Saturday: Come Canvass with us! Join State Representative Robyn Gabel, DPOE President Rachel Ruttenberg and Committeeman Eamon Kelly as we canvass for the final signatures of the election cycle. Reply to this email and let us know if you’re coming!
This Sunday:Get Dems on the Ballot! We are holding a joint petition-signing event with the Northfield Township Dems, New Trier Democrats and Niles Township Democrats. From 1-4pm at the Wilmette Recreation Center 3000 Glenview Road.
SAFETY INFO: Petition tables will be spaced for COVID safety. Masks and vaccinations are required.
HOW TO HELP: Complete the full sign-up form. Sign-ups include address information to ensure you sign the right petitions for your ballot
All Weekend: Drop by and Sign! From 10am to 4pm we will have the DPOE office (1806 Church Street) staffed and available for you to drop by and sign some petitions. This is the final weeks of the petition season and every last signature counts.
Please join us on Sunday, November 21st at Sketchbook Brewing Co. (4901 Main Street, in Skokie) for DPOE’s annual awards fundraiser. (Yes, we will be gathering in person this year!) We will be serving lunch catered by Maggiano’s and honoring the hard work of Illinois Democrats fighting to deliver our progressive goals.
Our special guest speaker will be The Hon. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, who will be receiving the Blue Donkey Award in recognition of his progressive leadership in the Democratic Party.
Additional honorees include:
Jack Darin, Director of the IL Sierra Club, Abner Mikva Award.
Morris “Dino” Robinson, Founder Shorefront Legacy Center, Liz Tisdahl Community Service Award.
Barb Cornew, Democratic Activist; Board member of DPOE, NTD, Democrats Abroad and NWPC, Ted Loda Volunteer Award.
This event is one of the most important events on the DPOE calendar, as it will help us fund all of our election activities for the 2022 election cycle. From voter education events to phone banks and canvasses, we will be working hard in the coming year to ensure that we elect and re-elect Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Every race is important—from Senator to Governor to Secretary of State and Circuit Court Judges. Your support of our efforts is crucial to our success in getting out the vote for our local, state and national elections. Thank you for helping us win in 2022!!
** Individual tickets are $125/person, for reservations received by Nov. 15th; $140/person after Nov. 15th **
Please Note: In consideration of our guests and their health and safety, all guests will be expected to show proof of vaccination and to wear a mask when entering the venue. We plan to use larger tables, with smaller groups sitting at each table, to maintain some social distancing at each table. If you are unable to attend the event in person and wish to attend electronically, arrangements will be made to provide a digital link to view the event.
Please be advised that on Saturday, July 31, at 4 p.m., in accordance with the bylaws of the Democratic Party of Evanston, the annual meeting of the membership will be held (outdoor, in person event; address disclosed after RSVP).
Join us for an opportunity to finally come together, celebrate Democratic Party wins over the last nine months, and vote on the following agenda. The event speaker is still to be announced. All attendees must be fully vaccinated or masked, per current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In order to attend:
1. You must be a current member of the DPOE. [If you voted in our 2021 Municipal Endorsement Session, or purchased a membership in the last 11 months, you are currently a member. Contact us here if you want verification ]. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, please renew your membership here before the event.
Kevin Brown is the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs at the Safer Foundation (Safer) where he manages a team of experts developing criminal justice public policy and legislative reforms for people impacted by the criminal legal system. Prior to his role at Safer, he served for eight years as the Youth and Young Adult Division manager at the City of Evanston. In Evanston, Brown helped build a coalition of community based agencies, school districts, nonprofits and private businesses to implement a citywide violence reduction initiative that led to a 200%+ decrease in violence, theft, and drug related arrests for 16 to 24-year olds between 2012 to 2018. Brown received his Juris Doctorate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is an Executive Board member of the Evanston/Northshore National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and volunteers across the Chicagoland area supporting a wide variety of social justice initiatives and organizations.
Sebastian Nalls is a senior at Purdue University, double majoring in Accounting and Political Science, with a minor in Sociology. He concluded his run for mayor of Evanston in February of 2021 and has since become a community activist working on many issues that impact the larger community, such as early childcare access, youth and young adult development, and transitional programs. He says that Evanston and its community helped shape him into the man he is today, and he looks forward to giving back in any way possible.
BOARD MEMBERS TO BE RENEWED
Greg Andrus, Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair
Dan Jordan, Treasurer
Doug Nickels, Secretary
ARTICLE V: COMMITTEES
Standing committees and their responsibilities are stated below. “Other Committees” are considered ad hoc committees with a specific start and end time. Each committee shall be headed by an appointed chair, except the Nominations Committee, whose chair shall be elected by the Membership at the Annual Meeting. Members of committees shall include Board members and other DPOE members.
Executive Committee. This committee shall consist of the Committeeperson, Deputy Committeeperson, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to:
Advise the Committeeperson/Deputy Committeeperson regarding his/her duties until the Board of Directors is able to meet.
Meet on the call of the President, the Committeeperson or any other two members of the Executive Committee to vet an issue needing Board action between Board meetings. The Executive Committee shall adopt a recommended action by majority vote and shall forward its recommendation to the full Board, which may then vote electronically.
Communications Committee. This committee informs membership and the general public the media of DPOE activities events, positions, and statements; coordinates activities to advertise Party events to the Membership and the general public; writes, publishes and distributes the organization’s newsletter; and oversees the maintenance of the web site and social media of the organization.
Finance and Development Committee. This committee recommends the organization’s budget to be approved by the Board of Directors, and conducts fundraising activities.
Issues Committee. The committee plans for and coordinates voter education events on specific issues approved by the Board. The committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding changes to the Policy on Endorsement of Positions on issues.
Membership Committee. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors periodic updates to the membership policy including the dues structure. It also plans and coordinates activities for the recruitment of new members and renewal by current members and maintains membership records.
Nominations Committee. This committee nominates Officers and Members of the Board of Directors.
Political Committee. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors periodic updates to the endorsement policy and plans and coordinates endorsement meetings. It also plans, oversees, coordinates and implements DPOE political activities, including voter registration, voter turnout and other related activities.
Data and Technology Committee. This committee oversees management and integrity of DPOE voter, volunteer and member data to support the Political, Membership and Development and Finance Committees. This committee recommends to the Board policies or tools needed to protect data and to enhance the functionality and effectiveness of the organization. This committee also oversees a cadre of data volunteers and controls who is authorized to access data.
Other Committees. The Board of Directors may create these committees from time to time for specific purposes, such as organizing political activities, planning educational events, and executing operational functions on behalf of DPOE.