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TDU presents “The Nuts and Bolts of Campaign Finance Filings”

TONIGHT! Are you a Democratic staffer/volunteer who wants to learn more about campaign filings? An attorney who needs free CLE? On Wednesday, June 24, Tenth Dems University (TDU) is hosting a free online presentation, “The Nuts and Bolts of Campaign Finance Filings” from 6:30 to 8 PM. Open to Democrats. 1.5 hours free CLE credit available for attorneys. Presentation will be conducted by election law attorney Ed Mullen.

Click here to RSVP.

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.

 

Why I Support Eric Rinehart for Lake County State’s Attorney

by Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Thirty years ago my sister, her husband, and their unborn child were murdered in Winnetka, Illinois. That watershed event changed everything about my life, propelling me into a lifetime of advocacy against violence, for criminal justice reform, and for victims’ rights.

I have been literally everywhere that becoming an expert on the criminal justice system would require—prisons and jails, courtrooms and judges’ chambers, prosecutors’ offices and victim advocates’ offices, public defender, clerk, private attorneys, and criminal justice reform advocate meetings. I have worked with the best and the worst that the criminal justice system has to offer, and I have worked effectively within the political system on all of these matters.

And I have accomplished important reforms for Illinois residents, most notably with the passage of Marsy’s Law in 2014, putting forever into the Illinois Constitution enforceable rights for crime victims in criminal justice proceedings in violent crime cases. I care deeply, as a private citizen, about making sure that the State’s Attorneys each county in Illinois elects are people committed to ending violence, protecting public safety, and victims’ rights, and have the skills to do their jobs protecting rights and enforcing the law.

I am, therefore, thrilled to enthusiastically endorse Eric Rinehart for Lake County State’s Attorney. His planned reforms for this important office are well thought-out and promise a much improved quality of life for Lake County residents. After practicing criminal law in Lake County for 17 years, he has the experience, the skills, and the expertise to deliver the strongest functioning Lake County State’s Attorney’s office in decades.

While there are many reasons to vote for him, here is just one story that exemplifies why electing Eric is so important:

A friend of mine was a victim of domestic violence in Lake County – a truly terrifying and life-changing experience for her. As a DV survivor myself, I stood by her side supportively, even attending phone meetings with Assistant State’s Attorneys and victim advocates under the current Lake County State’s Attorney’s office. The current State’s Attorney was handed a virtually airtight case against a truly guilty offender with an articulate and brave victim able to testify against her abuser. And he bungled it. The abuser got off. Further, my friend’s victims’ rights under Marsy’s Law were not enforced by the office charged to protect her. I came to understand at that point the real need to change the leadership in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office.

I know that other cases like my friend’s are exactly what motivated Eric to run for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office. When I read Eric Rinehart’s campaign platform, it was as if I had written it myself. Ending domestic violence in Lake County will be a top priority in his administration, to protect victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes by moving resources from the prosecution of nonviolent crimes and civil forfeiture litigation to the prosecution of violent offenses, to establish a Victims’ Advisory Panel, and to comply fully with Marsy’s Law.

Please join me in telling everyone you know in Lake County to spread the word – Lake County NEEDS Eric Rinehart.

 

Devastated

Tenth Dems’ motto has long been that politics is about more than just elections. It’s the process of working together to improve our community, state, and country – to make our world a better place.

Like most Americans, we were devastated by George Floyd’s murder. In the days since, people have taken to the streets to demand not only justice, but that concrete steps finally be taken to address systemic racism. To build a better future, we have to acknowledge our painful past.

The direct line running from slavery and the slave labor of incarcerated black men in the Jim Crow South to lynchings and these modern-day murders of African Americans must come to an end. Protesters march not just for Floyd, but for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more boys and men, sons and fathers, and mothers and daughters.

Elections matter, but they aren’t enough to bring about the change we need. Peaceful protests, vigils, and marches bring attention to the cause, and should be met with nods of agreement and an urgency for more solution-oriented dialogue, not shut down with mounted troops, rubber bullets, and tear gas. But we still must work to help elect (and re-elect) candidates who share our values.

As President Obama said this week, “The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.”

We’re ready to keep moving forward in the struggle together.

Tenth Dems “Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party” ‒ Your absence is requested

Keep your fancy clothes in your closet. Don’t get in your car. And, whatever you do, forget about fussing with your hair. That’s because you’re invited to the Tenth Dems Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party. No parking. No Zoom. No problem. It starts whenever you read this, and you can leave early if you want.

It’s really easy to get dressed for — attire is literally whatever you want to wear. There’s no hiring a babysitter, finding directions, or even charging your phone.

Get your tickets now for the Tenth Dems Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party! Sponsorships available!

We’re all doing what we can to follow guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus. When it comes to political organizing, it means no in-person events. This makes it really hard to have typical fundraisers that help bring in money for our all-volunteer grassroots group. But Trump and the Republicans will still be on the ballot this fall, and we still need to work to elect Democrats to every office.

We’re holding our Tenth Dems Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party so we can have the resources to help Democratic candidates now through Election Day, regardless of what campaigning might look like.

Join us for this simple, fun event you can “attend” with the click of a button or the stroke of a pen. Click here to purchase your tickets online, or address your check to: Tenth Dems, P.O. Box 523, Deerfield, IL 60015.

Of course it’s disappointing not to interact with fellow Democrats in person like we’ve done at our Annual Awards Dinner, or at the Democratic Unity Brunch we were planning for April, or at our Holiday Party. Still, this event pays off right away — we can have resources to support our great candidates — and a few months from now, when we turn out the votes (even if they’re mailed in) needed to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

At some point, we’ll see each other again. In the meantime, let’s keep going forward! Let’s reach all the voters we can to win as many races as possible. Our Tenth Dems Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party will help with that effort.

Take the shortest ride you’ll ever take to a party. Enjoy the zero-calories meal. And, best of all, feel good about helping to elect Democrats in November.

Click here to join us for the Tenth Dems Stay Inside Now, Turn Out the Vote Later Party. The in-person events will come back down the road, but we have to make sure our communities and country have Democrats in office so we can be on the right path. Help our all-volunteer grassroots group as we support Democratic candidates in 2020.

Hope to see you there (and in person when it’s safe)!

Tenth Dems