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Tenth Dems 2019 Annual Membership Drive

We are in the process of holding our 2019 Annual Membership Drive. Have you joined or renewed your membership yet?

The effects of 2016 are still being felt. Whether offensive rhetoric or backwards policy, it seems there’s something appalling in the news every day.

But rather than despair, Tenth Dems has organized. Not only did we help the 10th District buck the national trend in 2016, we continued the momentum in 2017 with historic victories at the local level.

And our grassroots group worked hard to help build the Blue Wave of 2018.

As a volunteer group, we rely on support from our members. Renew your Tenth Dems membership for 2019 or join today to help us reach voters and elect more Democrats in 2020.

A grassroots organization like Tenth Dems depends on members like you to support our work. Your participation helps elect Democrats to all levels of government within our area.

To win on Election Day, we put in a lot of work before any votes are counted. We engage voters and activists, whether they have gone to the polls for decades or the endless disturbing news since 2016 has pushed them into politics for the first time. An active Democratic constituency is the only way to prevent more Republican damage to our progressive values.

There’s been so much energy and we’ve turned it into action. Our volunteers sold buttons and made signs for friends attending the Women’s March and the March For Our Lives events in Chicago and the suburbs. We’ve even organized bus trips to Washington.

And we connect numerous volunteers to critical local campaigns.

Our bright, talented interns staff numerous events, help manage our offices throughout the 10th District, and assist with research.

Whether through social media, our events list, or email, our Communications Team gets the word out to the growing number of people more eager than ever to elect Democrats.

We organize Let’s Talk Politics conversations to hear from folks all over. At the same time, Tenth Dems University hosts elected officials, political analysts, and legal scholars to lead free discussions about interesting and timely topics, such as “Trump and the Constitution.”

Sign up or renew your Tenth Dems membership now to elect more Democrats next November.

And the hard work of Tenth Dems isn’t just about ideas—it’s also about the nuts and bolts grind of getting people to the polls. Our Tenth Dems University also arranges training for Deputy Voter Registrars who then can register voters in Illinois. Tenth Dems plans voter registration drives throughout the year.

On Election Day, we send lawyers from our Tenth Dems Election Protection Team to the polls to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is allowed to vote.

As we’ve all come to learn, elections have consequences. Now, more than ever, we have to channel concern into concrete action. We need to win next fall, not for the sake of winning but because so much of what we value is at stake.

Recent speakers at our events include MSNBC’s Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate prosecutor, and Chair of Let America Vote, Jason Kander, a candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri. Our members have been able to attend several rallies for 2020 presidential candidates, too. We know our mission is twofold: remain optimistic about a more progressive future, but don’t forget that there are people working to prevent that vision from becoming a reality.

Fortunately, Tenth Dems is up to the challenge. Whether at our annual poetry awards night in Waukegan with high school students or our evening of social justice songs in Gurnee, we know that the passion to bring about positive change is deeper than any news report could suggest.

We’re fired up too—and we’re working every day, in every corner of the 10th District, to make sure we move forward.

We’ve been right there with you and we will continue to be in 2019/2020.

Be a part of our movement! Join or renew your 2019 membership now!

Whether it’s $35 or $5,000, your donation makes an impact.

Every dollar you donate will make a big difference—whether it’s keeping the lights on in our all-volunteer offices, putting on events to empower voters, or designing and mailing campaign literature.

To contribute, visit, or mail a check (made out to Tenth Dems) to P.O. Box 523, Deerfield, IL 60015, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Thank you. Together, we can stand up for progressive values and ride the grassroots movement to victory!


Aretha Franklin isn’t the only one who wanted it; this year more than 100 high school students submitted poetry and prose inspired by the theme “Respect” to the 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest. Read the 12 winning works and see photos from Awards Night, at which more than a dozen students read their compositions to an audience awed by their creativity, passion, and authenticity.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on Saturday, 05/11/2019

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Where: By the mailbox of your home

What: The largest one-day food drive in the country. The National Association of Letter Carriers continues a twenty-plus year tradition conducting a nationwide food drive. Put your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox as early as you can reasonably do so. The letter carrier will deliver it to a local food bank.

Young Writers Earn Respect

By Jeanine Chyna.

Aretha Franklin isn’t the only one who wants it. I now know what R-E-S-P-E-C-T means to the more than a dozen high school students who confidently read their original compositions themed “Respect” at the 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night on April 10th. Politics should be about more than elections. This is what Tenth Dems believes, and on Awards Night it was on full display.

I enjoyed some refreshments and conversation before the program began. Then, seated in the Waukegan Park District’s charming Jack Benny Theatre, I listened as the young authors from Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion area high schools read their heartfelt and emotional poems and stories. We all sat in rapt attention hearing how respect impacted their personal lives, as the students read original poems and stories with titles like: “That’s Not My Name,” “Cancer,” “Look Me In My Eyes,” “Respect For My Immigrant Mother,” and “B.L.A.C.K.”

Everyone learned a bit more about the contest participants as host Kevin Lampe introduced each student writer by reading the short personal statement submitted with their compositions. We discovered that the student authors have a variety of interests, including sports and music and math and science, and they look forward to pursuing their educations and becoming role models to their younger siblings.

Nearly 100 students attending high schools in Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago entered the contest. Over the course of the evening, winners were announced. In addition to framed certificates, Tenth Dems awarded 12 gift cards totaling more than $1,000 to first, second, and third place for poetry and prose as well as three honorable mentions each. Contest winners said they were excited about the generous cash gift cards, and also the opportunity to speak in public.

Host Lampe lightheartedly talked from personal experience about the fear of speaking in front of people and put the students at ease by telling them, “If you’re not nervous, then you’re not in the moment.”

This year’s volunteer judges, local poets Lois Baer Barr, Lina Chern, Mary Jane (MJ) Gabrielson, and Jacqueline Nicole Harris, along with Josue Pasillas, a contest winner in 2013, all were present to cheer on the young writers and recognize the winners whose anonymous entries they’d selected. To honor Harris for her many years of service as a volunteer judge and organizer of the event, Tenth Dems presented to every student reader an autographed copy of one of her books, 7 Random Things, by Jacqueline Nicole Harris.

In addition to readings by Harris and Barr, North Chicago poet Sharon Epps recited her own poem “Cornbread,” leading the audience in a lively call-and-response. Epps spoke so passionately of the delight of making, eating, and sharing her family recipe “with a big ‘ol slab of butter” I could almost taste it.

All present loved the creativity, passion, and authenticity from the amazing young authors. Awards Night was an incredibly positive, moving experience for all involved, regardless of whether someone received a gift card or door prize or applause. Everyone won by having the chance to participate in such a warm and wonderful event.


Watch with us—Debate Parties on July 30 and 31

This is an exciting time—we need to elect a Democrat to the White House in 2020, and the campaign to choose our Democratic nominee is picking up. The second round of presidential primary debates (half of the invited candidates on stage each night) is taking place on Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31. Whether you already have a candidate you’re ready to vote for in the primary or you’re completely undecided right now, join Tenth Dems and watch the debates with fellow Democrats. There are two nights—join us for one or both! Admission is free! Open to all Democrats. RSVP now! Here are more details:

Tuesday, July 30

Doors open at 7:30 PM; debate from 8-10 PM
Schneider for Congress Campaign Office/Democrats of Northfield Township Office
3710 Commercial Ave, Ste. 5
Northbrook, IL 60062

Click here to RSVP to watch the first night of the debate with Tenth Dems!

Wednesday, July 31
Doors open at 7:30 PM; debate from 8-10 PM
Bannockburn home of Hon. Kerry and Vicki Martin. Address available upon RSVP

Click here to RSVP to watch the second night of the debate with Tenth Dems!

We hope to see you at the watch parties. And if you can help setting up, signing people in, or putting things away on the 30th or 31st, please let us know by emailing us at