July 26, 2023
In this Issue: July is Disability Pride Month ● Biden Proclamation Establishes Till Monument in Chicago and Mississippi ● The Inflation Reduction Act Propels Decarbonization Investment in America ● Lake Dems Booth Returns to Lake County Fair ● Become a Deputy Voter Registrar ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events
July is Disability Pride Month, which commemorates the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990.
Before the ADA, for people with disabilities, getting into and out of buildings was an iffy prospect. Simple things like curbs and stairs were stumbling blocks. Since the ADA, ramps, elevators, properly sized bathroom stalls, and now technology are accessible to people no matter their physical challenges.
We celebrate the work of disabled activists and honor the progress made toward achieving access for all.
Lake Dems remains committed to electing Democrats who will prioritize disability rights and support equitable legislation at all levels of government
Biden Proclamation Establishes Till Monument in Chicago and Mississippi
Surrounded by Members of Congress, civil rights leaders and members of the Till family, President Biden signed a proclamation establishing the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed a proclamation naming a new national monument honoring Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley amid a national debate over how to teach painful facts about American history. The day was symbolic as it would have been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday.
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old Black teenager who was abducted, beaten, and lynched by two white men in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His murder galvanized the emerging civil rights movement in the United States. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, ensured his death would not be in vain and helped bring broad national attention to the injustice and inequality Black people experienced during the Jim Crow era across the United States, particularly in the South.
During his press conference, Biden thanked Illinois’ own Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Dick Durbin “—who have long fought to honor the Till family.”
To view the press conference in its entirety click here.
The Inflation Reduction Act Propels Decarbonization Investment in America
Decarbonization is the process of reducing ‘carbon intensity’ by lowering the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Republicans are against it.
Republican climate change denialism has three phases, each one following the other. First, deny that climate change exists. Then, deny that it is a human-caused problem. Finally, argue that there is no need for real action because decarbonization would be too expensive.
None of this is true, of course. Global heat records keep being broken every year, and an abundance of evidence exists that proves it is a human-made phenomenon. The technologies needed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of industries, from energy to agriculture, are now more feasible to develop and implement than ever before. A transition is necessary, and it is possible. What’s needed now is not just technological innovation but political leadership.
The Trump administration and the Republican party understood that their donors and their base would be offended by climate change solutions and ran in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, outside of fantasyland, the Democrat-led Inflation Reduction Act has invested $369 billion in funding and tax breaks to promote the sustainable development of green energy sources and other ways to mitigate American emissions. And this investment has already begun to pay off economically, with 142,000 clean energy jobs having already been created since the act’s passing and 1.3 million jobs expected to be created by 2030.
Where Republicans follow the whims of petrochemical lobbyists, Democrats choose to lead America into a more sustainable and prosperous future. It’s as simple as that.
Lake Dems Booth Returns to Lake County Fair
We hope to see you at the Lake County Fair where Lake Dems will once again have a large booth in the Expo Hall. We’ll be there from Wednesday to Sunday, July 26-30, sharing our values with fairgoers, selling our new hats and other merchandise, meeting candidates who drop by, and having fun!
It’s not too late to sign up to staff the booth during vendor hours at the fair and to help with takedown on Sunday, July 30 at 6pm. Click here to volunteer. The fairgrounds are at 1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake.
Become a Deputy Voter Registrar
Looking for a great way to get involved? Become a Deputy Voter Registrar and help people register to vote anywhere in Illinois!
The next Deputy Voter Registrar training session will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 10am in Libertyville. This training is open to Lake County residents who are interested in helping register new voters. (Cook County training is available for Cook County residents. Watch your email for information.) Lake County participants must be registered to vote in Lake County.
Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county where they live, but once trained, can register voters in any county in Illinois. Training takes about an hour and is offered by the Lake County Clerk’s office free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to 24 hours before the class begins. Late sign-ups may or may not be added to the class. Click here to register online. If you’d like to help plan and organize Lake Dems’ voter registration efforts, contact us at email@example.com.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
WEDNESDAY JUL. 26 through SUNDAY JUL. 30
Lake Dems Booth at the Lake County Fair. 10am daily, Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake. Click here to volunteer.
SATURDAY, JUL. 29
Warren-Newport Public Library Back-to-School Community Event. 11am, Gurnee. More.
SUNDAY, JUL. 30
West Deerfield Township Democratic Organization (WDTDO) Annual Picnic. 4pm, Deerfield. More.
For the complete list of Upcoming Events, go to lakedems.org/events.
Click here to submit your event for consideration.
How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?
Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now, (individual: $35/couples $60 – though more is always appreciated), or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.