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Next Up in Tenth Dems U: “Political Fraud and the First Amendment” with NU Law Professor Marty Redish

We’re really excited about the third in our series of Tenth Dems U events for August, which has been approved for 1.5 professional responsibility CLE credits for lawyers. We already had a great event on August 4 with Rachel Bitecofer, who shared her predictions with a rapt audience of more than 160 people, and another on August 9 with Sierra Club Illinois’s Deputy Director Kady McFadden who, with her colleague Jess Beverly, discussed the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA-HB3624/SB2321) and how Illinois can move forward 100% clean energy legislation in this moment in time.

On Wednesday, August 12, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Northwestern Law Professor Marty Redish, among the most frequently cited legal scholars in the country, will discuss whether the First Amendment protects the use of knowingly false speech to achieve a political goal. RSVP online for “Political Fraud and the First Amendment: Does the Constitution Protect Lies?” with Constitutional Law Professor Marty Redish. Professional responsibility CLE credit available for attorneys.

 

Local Grassroots Democratic Group Hears From National Forecaster Dr. Rachel Bitecofer (“The Election Whisperer”) In Latest Part Of Its Tenth Dems U Series

Waukegan, IL – Over 160 people joined, via Zoom, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats’ (Tenth Dems’) conversation with Dr. Rachel Bitecofer as she answered the question, “What’s going to happen in November?” The author and political prognosticator gained fame by predicting with near perfection the results of the 2018 midterm races. Bitecofer was the featured speaker in the latest installment in the Tenth Dems U program, which offers a chance to become a better-educated voter, a more active and effective political volunteer, and to learn the skills needed to run for public office. 
 
On August 4th, almost exactly three months from Election Day, Bitecofer explained why Democrats should be optimistic about 2020 while cautioning the enthusiastic audience that the outcome depends on a lot of hard, grassroots work, such as registering voters, contacting them by phone, and explaining how to vote by mail. Fortunately, Tenth Dems has been involved with all of those crucial activities and will continue to help make sure Democrats up and down the ballot win this fall.
 
Bitecofer, who has been called “The Election Whisperer” because of her uncanny ability to predict races so accurately, discussed her 2020 reasoning and answered several audience questions. Undeterred by a hurricane-related power outage, Bitecofer talked from her car, or, as she dubbed it, her “mobile war room.” She said, to the delight of many, that area Democrats Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Congressman Sean Casten are in good shape to win again. The same was true for Democrats running for Senate and presidential nominee Joe Biden. Bitecofer also discussed Biden’s running mate search, surprises that could change the political landscape, and the importance of voter turnout, among other topics.
 
Another key point from Bitecofer rings true across a large part of the country, including in the 10th District: Donald Trump and the Republican Party, because of their rhetoric and performance in elected office, are simply more and more toxic to more and more people. Voters in and around the 10th District have moved towards Democrats and will continue to do so because of the sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans in both values and effectiveness.

Practical Training for Democrats

Our Tenth Dems U program offers a chance to become a better-educated voter and a more active and effective political volunteer, and to learn the skills you need if you ever want to run for public office.

Here are a few of our July Tenth Dems U events that should help Democrats this November – and beyond.

On July 21, some 50 new users and folks who wanted to refresh their skills attended Votebuilder: Learn the Voter Database to learn the basics for using the Democrats’ voter database, including voter look-ups and creating phone bank lists.

Check out the next two courses in this series and join us at these practical programs. Admission is FREE. RSVP required.

07/26/2020: Lake Dems and Tenth Dems U Cosponsor an Orientation and Refresher for New and Continuing Precinct Committeepersons

When: Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Where: Online Training via Zoom. RSVP required.  For login instructions, register online.

What: One in a series of training events cosponsored by the Lake Dems and Tenth Dems U for volunteers, candidates and prospective candidates. In this session, learn about the responsibilities of precinct committeepersons and exchange tips on how to help our Democratic candidates win in 2020. Admission is free.

07/29/2020: Lake Dems and Tenth Dems U Cosponsor Running for Local Office (Including Getting and Staying on the Ballot)

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom.  RSVP required.  For login instructions, register online.

What: One in a series of training events cosponsored by the Lake Dems and Tenth Dems U for volunteers, candidates and prospective candidates. In this session, former Chicago Bar Association Election Law Committee Chair Ross Secler will lead a discussion on running for village, school board, library, park board and township offices. Petitions will be available to start circulating in September. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit available for attorneys. Admission is free.

Our 10th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night Was Amazing!

Wow! Our 10th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night was amazing. Thank you, Congressman Brad Schneider and State Representative Joyce Mason, for your encouraging words. Great job by Marc Jones moving us along in this unique, virtual environment for our event. Thanks to the supportive audience members for creating such a warm, welcoming space. Most importantly, thank you so much and congratulations to all the young authors. Your original creative works were incredibly powerful and inspiring. This is one of our favorite things we do – and it’s because of you.

 

Thank You, President Obama

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