September 27, 2023
In this Issue: Lake Dems 2nd Annual Shades of Blue Awards Reception ● It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month ● President Biden Supports Unions ● President Biden Establishes First-Ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention ● 2024 Democratic National Convention Volunteers Wanted ● Lake Dems Participated In Events Last Week ● It’s Still Lake Dems T-Shirt Season! ● Show Your Democratic Pride — Get Your Lake Dems Hat! ● Volunteer Spotlight ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events
Lake Dems 2nd Annual Shades of Blue Awards Reception
When: Sunday, October 15, 2023 from 2-4pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Deerfield
What: Lake County Democrats will honor Matt Lowry with our Volunteer of the Year Award. Matt is a longtime Precinct Committeeperson and now Chair of Fremont Township Dems who gives so much of himself to ensure that Democrats are elected.
We’ll also recognize other Democrats who are making sure we elect representatives who share our values.
Click here to tell us if you’ll be joining us and/or sponsoring. Tickets are only $40 because we want as many Democrats to join as possible for this inspirational evening. Scholarships are also available. Lakedems.org/ShadesofBlue
It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, the U.S. recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Click here to enjoy this website, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.
President Biden Supports Unions
President Biden, a steadfast backer of labor unions, has received staunch support from unions throughout his political career and has a long record of standing up for union members. His visit to the picket line in Michigan this week is so important, to show solidarity with those brave workers standing up for fair wages, reasonable work hours, and a safe workplace.
These are the things unions stand for today, just as they did a century ago. That’s why Democrats have stood up for important things, like pay equity. Auto workers make 200 times less than the company CEO. Profits are through the roof while the people who toil to provide the products are vastly underpaid by comparison.
Democrats get it. Joe Biden knows whose side he is on — ours. That’s why he shows up at union events, and that’s why it’s important to vote for Democrats who will keep fighting for fairness in the workplace.
President Biden Establishes First-Ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Last week, President Biden announced the establishment of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention to reduce gun violence, which has ravaged communities across the country, and implement and expand upon key executive and legislative action which has been taken to save lives.
This new office will be overseen by Vice President Harris, who is a key leader in the Biden-Harris Administration’s effort to end our nation’s gun violence epidemic. This Administration has announced dozens of executive actions: to keep especially dangerous weapons and repeat shooters off our streets; hold rogue gun dealers and gun traffickers accountable; provide law enforcement with the tools and resources they need to reduce gun violence; and address the root causes of gun violence.
Click here to read the full statement.
2024 Democratic National Convention Volunteers Wanted
Calling all Illinois Democrats! The Democratic Party of Illinois needs your help to deliver a momentous National Convention that will help carry Democrats to victory in 2024. Please fill out the form to indicate your interest in volunteering at the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago on August 19-24, 2024.
Lake Dems Participated in Events Last Week
NAACP Illinois State Conference
Pictured above left are NAACP 2023 Women of the Year from several Illinois branches, including Lake County Branch Woman of the Year Lauren Beth Gash. Pictured above right are Lake County residents Gwen Beckwith, Lauren, and President of the Lake County Branch Dr. Sandra Leconte.
(Above left) Keynote Speaker Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney, focuses on cases such as those of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, George Floyd, and Tyre Nichols, people affected by the Flint water crisis, and the estate of Henrietta Lacks. In 2020, Crump became the attorney for the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake.
(Above right) Pictured at the keyboard is NAACP Lake County Branch President Dr. Sandra Leconte, Music Director of the Illinois NAACP State Conference Choir.
Wauconda Township Dems Host Drive-Thru Petition Event
Wauconda Township Dems made it easy for people to sign petitions and meet candidates from the comfort of their cars last Saturday.
Lake County Residents with President of the Illinois AFL-CIO
Pictured above attending the Illinois AFL-CIO Labor and Politics event in Countryside with its President Tim Drea (center) are (l-r) retired National Association of Letter Carriers political activist Brian Dupuis, Lake County Board Member Esiah Campos, Lake Dems Chair Lauren Beth Gash, and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim – all Lake County Precinct Committeepersons.
Waukegan Township Dems Monthly Meeting
Democrats gather after listening to State Senator Adriane Johnson at Lake Dems Waukegan office.
What Goes Great with a Lake Dems Hat? A Lake Dems T-Shirt, of Course!
There is still plenty of T-shirt season left, and they look great over your favorite turtleneck in the cooler weather!
Shirts are $9 each (our cost) but additional contributions are always welcome.
To order, click here.
Show Your Democratic Pride — Get Your Lake Dems Hat!
You need a Lake Dems hat and you can get one for $20 (close to our cost). These high-quality hats have a buckle closure that adjusts to every hat size!
Proceeds help Lake Dems elect more Democrats. Additional donations are always welcome. You can pick up your hats or we’ll mail them for $5. Order your Lake Dems hat today: lakedems.org/hats
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers.
Deputy Voter Registrars (DVRs) worked at three College of Lake County campuses (Grayslake Campus, Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills, and Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan) over two days last week to register young voters.
This event was organized by Susan Moore, Lake Dems Voter Registration Co-Chair, and each location was staffed by our trained DVRs. Lake Dems volunteer and CLC student Martin Maillard coordinated the event with the college. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped Lake Dems register voters on National Voter Registration Day.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
WEDNESDAY, SEP. 27
The Crisis of American Democracy and Local Government. 7-8:30pm, Northbrook. More.
FRIDAY, SEP. 29
“Behind the Mask” Masquerade Gala for Suicide Prevention. 6-9pm, Mundelein. More.
SUNDAY, OCT. 1
Fremont Township Democrats Fall Cookout & Petition Event. 1-4pm, Mundelein. More.
Book Challenges on the Rise: Freedom to Read Webinar. 7-8pm, online via Zoom. 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 email@example.com.