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Dear Members and Friends,

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? 

We can assist our key allies organizing for abortion justice by supporting Personal PAC, Jane’s Army (a new campaign by Personal PAC, Men 4 Choice, and Future Voices Council), and Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

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. 

In solidarity,

Rachel Ruttenberg

DPOE Board President



Upcoming events:
  • 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