June 22, 2022
In this Issue: Vote ● Juneteenth ● Lake Dems “Democrats Defending Democracy” Reception ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events
Abdullah Shabazz expressed his feelings of Juneteenth past and present.
Many community leaders attended the Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast in Waukegan on Monday. They included George Bridges, Jr., Lauren Beth Gash, Yashin Inchworm Phillips, Congressman Brad Schneider, Sheriff John Idleburg, and Dr. Daisy Brooks (seated).
Lake Dems were out enjoying the beautiful weekend weather, celebrating Juneteenth events in communities across Lake County.
Do you know the history of Juneteenth? Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University provides his insights into the Juneteenth origins. Read more here.
Lake Dems “Democrats Defending Democracy” Reception
Lake County Democratic candidates running in the June 28th Primary at the “Democrats Defending Democracy” reception.
Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza delivers a rousing message about the importance of electing Democrats, and explained how she resolved the financial crisis that Illinois faced under Republican Governor Bruce Rauner when she took office six years ago.
National political analyst Pete Giangreco shares his analysis of the upcoming election and how Democrats can step up to defend democracy.
A packed house at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield greeted Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and political analyst Pete Giangreco as they spoke during the Lake Dems “Democrats Defending Democracy” reception. Giangreco urged Democrats to get out and work hard because the party in power doesn’t have to lose seats in an off year, though that is the general history of midterm elections. Mendoza gave an inside look at how she turned the worst fiscal crisis Illinois has ever faced into a smooth running operation where instead of $17 billion in overdue bills, Illinois now pays its bills within two weeks and we have no backlog. We also heard introductions from some 30 Democratic candidates running in the June 28th election. The message of the night was to unite behind whatever Democrat is running in the general election in November.
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:
Joy Anes, who lives in Lincolnshire, is one of our more versatile Democratic volunteers. She helps make sure our website Events List is as complete as possible, which is an ongoing task requiring attention to lots of internet sources. But when hands-on assistance is required, Joy can be counted on to step up. Just last week, Joy hauled our banners, clipboards, and table decorations to and from the Hyatt Regency Deerfield last week, helping set up the room for our successful “Democrats Defending Democracy” reception. And she often joins our team at one of our offices, where we attend to the multitude of small tasks that keep our operations going.
In Case You Missed It
Pain at the gas pump is being felt around the world
Across the globe, drivers are rethinking their habits and personal finances amid skyrocketing prices for gasoline and diesel. Energy prices are a key driver of inflation that is rising worldwide and making the cost of living more expensive.
Tammy Duckworth provisions key priorities in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, highlighted several key priorities she authored and successfully included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 NDAA that passed the full committee on a widely bipartisan vote this week.
Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/events. To submit your event, click here.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
SHALVA Holds its Virtual Annual Luncheon. 12-1pm, Online. More.
University Center of Lake County Open House. 6-8pm, Grayslake. Admission representatives from 12 universities will provide information regarding enrollment requirements for bachelor completion, graduate certificates and graduate programs. More.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil and March. 1-2:30pm, Waukegan. More.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
Waukegan Dems Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Canvass and Fundraiser. 9:30-11:30am, Waukegan. More.
Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) BBQ by the Lake. 1-4pm, Lake Villa. Features Democratic candidates who will discuss their races in the June 28 primary elections. More.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
Brad Schneider Founder’s Circle Pre-Primary Fundraiser. 6-7pm, Highland Park. More.
How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?
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