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A Summer Internship that Matters

If you care about making the world a better place and are looking for a summer internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) are now accepting applications for our Summer 2022 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college, and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists in and around the 10th Congressional District, which includes communities in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties, north of Chicago. This area has elected more and more Democrats over the past several cycles, and we will be working especially hard this summer and fall to protect those gains (and elect even more Democrats). With Democrats predicted to struggle in the upcoming midterm election, this is an exciting time to complete a political internship. Our interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked with campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2020 election cycle, including state legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and helping to turn out the vote for Democrats running for the US House of Representatives and the White House. We expect the same level of participation in 2022, which includes all statewide races.

Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.


Internships are unpaid, educational positions. Academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said Tenth Dems Chair Bonnie Berger-Neel. Lauren Beth Gash, Tenth Dems Founder and Democratic State Central Committeewoman, added, “Many Tenth Dems interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, jobs in Springfield and Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations. And several are now elected officials themselves.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview (usually virtual). Residency in the 10th Congressional District is not required, but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship during the summer. Summer internships may include remote opportunities, but we expect in-person participation this year, consistent with safe COVID practices.

Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal. To apply or request more information, email us at info@tenthdems.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/TenthDems or Twitter at Twitter.com/TenthDems.

News & Notes: Rep. Schneider Helps Parents Access Baby Formula

 

News & Notes: We Can’t Be Complacent About Choice!

 

About Monday night …

Monday night, our worst fears about reproductive rights were validated as we learned the United States Supreme Court is on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade. Just like that, the constitutional right to an abortion would be erased. And abortion will be illegal in more than a dozen states overnight, with more likely to follow.

In response, Tenth Dems, Lake Dems, and the Democratic Party of IL sponsored a protest/rally Monday night at the Vernon Township Community Services Center in Buffalo Grove!

There are a couple of really important things to keep in mind:

First, a large reason why Illinois has been able to pass laws over the last several years to protect reproductive freedom, which is critical if Roe is overturned by the Supreme Court, is because of the work we have all done together. We’ve elected pro-choice legislators across the 10th District and Lake County, defeating several anti-choice zealots along the way. When Tenth Dems started some years back, most of the representatives our area sent to Springfield and Washington were Republicans who didn’t support the right to choose. We’ve organized election after election to flip seat after seat. That organizing made the difference. It literally created the votes necessary to overturn trigger language in Illinois law that would have made abortion illegal the moment Roe was overturned.

Second, everything we’ve worked so hard for to protect choice is on the line in 2022. This isn’t an exaggeration. It’s a fact. Just because we’ve passed laws in Illinois doesn’t mean that Illinois will remain a pro-choice haven in a sea of anti-choice red states, as it is right now. The Illinois Supreme Court currently has a narrow pro-choice majority, but there are two races for the Supreme Court that could swing it the other direction, to an anti-choice majority. One of those Supreme Court races on the ballot is in Lake County. The right-wing, anti-choice extremists who worked so hard at the national level are doing it in state courts too. You better believe they are ready to do it in Illinois when Roe is overturned, and are eager to see a radical Illinois Supreme Court turn back the clock on women.

Now, I want you to know that the same organizing energy we’ve used to defeat anti-abortion legislators and install pro-choice champions over the last decade+ will be employed to ensure that we elect an Illinois Supreme Court that will protect choice. And pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot. We will do everything we can to block any effort by the radical fringe in this state from sending us back to the days before Roe. Our rights are on the line and we will not back down for a single moment.

This issue has impacted the lives of so many of us who had access to safe and legal abortion. We must protect this fundamental right. We organized before and we are certainly not backing down now. Our commitment to protect reproductive rights is unwavering.

Lauren Beth Gash
Lake County Democrats Chair
Tenth Dems Founder

   

News & Notes: Pro-Choice Crowd Rallies in Buffalo Grove

May 4, 2022

In this Issue: Pro-Choice Crowd Rallies in Buffalo Grove ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events

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Pro-Choice Crowd Rallies in Buffalo Grove

Lake County residents turned out Tuesday night to show their support for reproductive rights following a bombshell leak about U.S. Supreme Court deliberations.

About 100 pro-choice supporters gathered in Buffalo Grove on Tuesday in response to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court is on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Speaker after speaker at the Vernon Township Community Services Center in Buffalo Grove pledged to do everything possible to fight efforts to limit reproductive choice. Federal, state, and local representatives as well as leaders of pro-choice organizations addressed the crowd.

Lake County Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash emailed this message ahead of the rally: “The same organizing energy we’ve used to defeat anti-abortion legislators and install pro-choice champions over the last decade-plus will be employed to ensure that we elect an Illinois Supreme Court that will protect choice. And pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot. We will do everything we can to block any effort by the radical fringe in this state from sending us back to the days before Roe. Our rights are on the line, and we will not back down for a single moment.”

 


Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Joe Bongiovanni started as a volunteer several years ago, and quickly became part of the Democratic leadership team, pitching in on numerous projects and events. He became a Precinct Committeeperson and then, as Grant Township Democratic Chair, Joe has reinvigorated the organization and helped draw in new precinct committeepersons. As a crucial member of our outstanding tech team, Joe helped lead a major update of the Lake Dems website last summer.

 


In Case You Missed It

Biden Calls Walter Mondale ‘Among the Greatest of All Americans’ At Memorial Service

President Joe Biden gathered with other dignitaries in Minneapolis to remember former Vice President Walter Mondale at a memorial service that his family delayed for a year due to the pandemic.

 


Upcoming Events

​Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/events. Click here to submit your event.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Libertyville. 3pm. Participants must be at least 18 and registered to vote in Lake County. The event is open only to Lake County residents interested in helping to register new voters. Training takes about an hour. More.


THURSDAY, MAY 5
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic 7th Anniversary Celebration. 6:30pm, Northbrook. Includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, and music. More.


SATURDAY, MAY 7

A Safe Place Holds EmpoweRun 5K Walk or Run. 8am-5pm, Libertyville. Proceeds help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. More.

Warren Township Democrats Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup. 8am-5pm, Libertyville. Proceeds help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. More.

Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser for Akrom Hossain, Candidate for Lake County Board District 18. 11:30am-1pm, Arlington Heights. More.

Personal PAC Seats at “Moulin Rouge!” Musical. 8pm, Chicago. Purchase supports efforts to protect and advance reproductive rights. More.


MONDAY, MAY 9

Meet & Greet to Support Fifth Congressional District Committeewoman Nancy Shepherdson’s Reelection. 5:30-6:30pm, online. Special Guest: Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois. More.

Antioch and Grant Township Democrats May Meeting. 7-8:30pm, online. Speakers will be Brian Hayden, candidate for Lake County Board District 1, and Sheriff John Idleburg, candidate for reelection. More.


THURSDAY, MAY 12

Libertyville Township Democrats May Meeting with John Idleburg. 7-8pm, Libertyville. Attendees will discuss the upcoming primary and hear from Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg. More.

 


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 or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.