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Northwest Suburban Women Gear Up For Next Mega-March

Terri Klouden of Palatine makes a sign for the Women’s March on Chicago.

“This is the angry Sue,” Sue Friedman, co-lead of the Northwest Suburban Chicago Organizing for Action “Stand With Women” group, said to those gathered Saturday in her Des Plaines kitchen.

She was holding a sign that read “Quit Hanging Us Up,” below a sarcastic depiction of a clothesline. Surrounding her were Northwest suburban mothers, daughters, professionals and longtime activists making similar signs in preparation to represent the area during Saturday’s (Jan. 20) “March to the Polls” women’s march in Chicago.

“It’s time to let our nasty woman side out,” said “Stand With Women” co-lead Florence Palumbo Zilka.

Some of the women joined the 250,000 protesters who attended the march last year, held the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Even more are expected this year,

according to Friedman.

Though NWSOFA does not take an official stance on Trump himself, the organization does have opposing views to the president on a number of issues, including gun control, the right to choose, climate change and the Affordable Care Act, said local NWSOFA leader Sue Horan, one of the sign-makers.

“We go on issues,” she said. “We march to the polls, we’ve got to get everyone to vote.”

Many in attendance, including Laura Walker and Terri Klouden of Palatine, found activism through their frustration with Trump administration policies.

“Since the election, a lot of people started getting more involved,” Walker said.

Des Plaines veterinarian Patty Cahill said “Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA is an abomination,” citing how the Trump administration worked against a multi-state effort to improve the ecology of the Great Lakes.

Horan, Carolyn Roberts of the League of Women Voters and local high school teacher Susan Ranft came to the group after decades of feminist activism.

“I’ve been involved as long as I can remember,” Ranft told the Journal & Topics. “I tried to get the ERA passed in the ‘70s.”

She was referring to the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution proposed by feminists in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1923. If passed, the amendment would remove legal distinctions between men and women included in the document. ERA was almost ratified in the late 1970s, just a few states shy of becoming reality. Passing it is one of the goals for national Organizing for Action members.

David Horwitz, another longtime activist and the only man in attendance at Friedman’s poster-making meeting, said he aims to shed light on women who have pursued seats of power only to be ignored or passed over, from Shirley Chisholm, who became major-party black candidate for president in 1972, to Hillary Clinton in 2017.

Both Ranft and Horan said while they saw feminist activism recede after the 1970s, the past two years have shown a different trend.

“It’s been pretty lackluster for a long time. I see it growing again, and that’s one good thing to come out of this political climate,” said Ranft.

Numbers show that interest in women’s issues is, indeed, growing, said Roberts, who has been with the League of Women Voters for 40 years. Over the past year, membership in the Palatine chapter has doubled, she said.

“There are new people, but not necessarily young people,” she said.

A call for young women to join activist causes was echoed by Horan, who remembers marching against the Vietnam War as a college student.

“This whole resurgence, the energy and the people, it’s just kept my sanity,” she said. “The thing is, we need more young people.”

Gayle Lewis, a Buffalo Grove psychotherapist who became involved in “Stand With Women” through her support of the Affordable Care Act and increased access to mental health care for women, said her daughter used to attend meetings with her. However, she stopped coming once she entered high school.

All of the activists gathered at Friedman’s were past college age, many with children of their own and some retired like Friedman.

After a lifetime being held down by the men in her life, including a father who threatened to disown her for attending college, Friedman finally found a place for herself in the activist movement after her children moved out and she ended a 32-year career in nursing. She joined NWSOFA as a fellow in 2015.

“I’m retired, so now I can do what I love,” she said.

Though she did not attend public marches in her youth, Friedman remembers protesting her own family on the front lawn of their home. In her new role, she said she now sees her life through a new lens and jumps into her “women’s role” of trying to nurture and take care of everyone less often.

“Now, before I put a word out, I ask myself if it is helping women,” she said. “I am learning a different way to live.”

Those interested in attending the Women’s March on Chicago can join the NWSOFA group at 9 a.m. in front of the north lion statue outside the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Speakers will begin at 11 a.m.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 8, 2018

RE: Gun Violence Prevention          

Wednesday, December 13, 2017                                     

Sikh Religious Society, Palatine

1280 Winnetka St, Palatine, IL 60067

Media Contact: Cathy Risberg 

Phone: 224-578-0121   

                                 

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Joins with Newtown Foundation and the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, to Hold an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil to #EndGunViolence in Commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of Sandy Hook Tragedy

Palatine, IL – According to the Newtown Foundation, since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, over 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. And of the 150,000 killed since Sandy Hook, two-thirds of these deaths have been suicides.

To honor these lives and to stand with the tens of thousands of surviving family members of all victims of gun violence, including the twenty children and six educators killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, members of the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) and residents of surrounding suburbs and the city of Chicago gathered on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, for an interfaith, candlelight vigil at the Sikh Gurdwara in Palatine, IL.

Invited guests in attendance were recognized by Sikh Religious Society member, Laddi Singh. These guests included Illinois State Senator, Tom Rooney, Democratic Committeeman, Matt Flamm and candidate for Democratic Committeeman, Patrick Watson.

Those who attended the vigil heard messages of justice, hope, courage and unity from the following interfaith speakers, who were all introduced by Rajinder Singh Mago, a member of the Sikh Religious Society:  Prof. Kulwant Singh Hundal and Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh, Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, Palatine, IL, Rabbi Stephen Hart, Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL, and Pastor Melissa Earley, First United Methodist Church of Arlington Hts, Arlington Hts, IL.  Also invited to speak, but unable to attend, was Mr. G. Abdullah Mitchell, Executive Director, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

In addition, Ms. Gurleen Kaur Singh, a member of the Sikh Religious Society, spoke about the efforts of the United Sikh Volunteers and Khalsa Aid to come to the help of those in need around the world. These positive acts of kindness of the Sikh community have helped to overcome the negative impact of gun violence on all communities, including Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which is located just south of Milwaukee. Oak Creek is the community that experienced the shooting deaths of six people and wounding of three other people on August 5, 2012, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Following the remarks by Ms. Singh, a Pledge of Action and Support was shared with everyone in attendance by NWSOFA Representative, Patrick Watson.

The pledge shared by Watson focused on the need to #HonorWithAction all those who have been lost and included the promise to “call upon our local, state and national leaders to promote policies and legislation that will reduce the impact of gun violence on all our communities” and also a promise to “inform everyone, including our faith communities, of the ongoing struggle to understand the moral, ethical and spiritual imperative of ending gun violence.”

As a Voice of the Survivors, Maria Pike, Everytown Fellow and Survivor Engagement Lead, IL, had a chance to speak from her heart about her son, Ricky Pike, who was killed on August 3rd, 2012. Since his death, Maria has been working tirelessly to bring a sense of healing, peace, hope and restorative justice to gun violence survivors in Chicago and in the suburbs.

Bringing this sense of peace and healing to a community was also the job of Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh, a social worker, who was there to comfort the survivors of those killed and wounded in the tragic shooting in 2012 at the Sikh Temple, Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She shared these experiences, as a member of the on-the-scene emotional support team, with those who attended the interfaith vigil.

After Maria Pike and Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh completed their remarks, there was a reading of the names of the victims of Sandy Hook, a somber lighting of candles and a moment of emotion-filled silence in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims and their survivors.

At the conclusion of the vigil, everyone was invited to stay for reflection and conversation while enjoying a langar, a simple vegetarian meal, and also invited to join a tour of the Sikh Gurdwara where a sense of genuine welcome, warm hospitality and unity were in abundance for all who attended the 2017 National Vigil to #EndGunViolence.

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Women’s Issues, Gun Violence Prevention, Social Justice Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Interfaith candlelight vigil remembers Sandy Hook shooting victims – Daily Herald

Interfaith candlelight vigil remembers Sandy Hook shooting victims

  • During a vigil at the Sikh Gurdwara in Palatine, a candle was lit to honor each of the 26 victims of gun violence at Sandy Hook.

    During a vigil at the Sikh Gurdwara in Palatine, a candle was lit to honor each of the 26 victims of gun violence at Sandy Hook.
    Courtesy of Kamaljit Singh Virdi

    The Sikh Religious Society in partnership with NWSOFA organized an interfaith candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. This observance of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy was part of #EndGunViolence nationwide events.
    Courtesy of Kamaljit Singh Virdi

Submitted by Rajinder Singh Mago

In remembrance of the 20 elementary schoolchildren and six teachers killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown Connecticut, the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, in partnership with the community organization North West Suburbs Organizing For Action organized an interfaith prayer service and candlelight vigil.

The service was a part of nationwide vigils and events to #EndGunViolence. This was the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting and 150,000 people have been killed by gun violence since this tragedy.

About 100 members of various faith groups and local leaders surrounded by people of goodwill gathered at the Sikh Gurdwara to pray and honor the victims of this tragedy.

The vigil started indoors with Kirtan (singing of Sikh hymns) in the langar hall of the Palatine Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship). The hymns translated in English meant, “O’ Lord of this universe, please nourish and take care of all the people of your creation with your blessings and mercy.”

Eight speakers, representing the Sikh, Muslim, Bahai, Christian, Jewish, gun violence prevention communities, and civil action oriented organizations addressed the gathering. The speakers shared their personal stories, faith perspectives of hope and peace, and emphasized solidarity and strength in opposing gun violence where innocent lives are lost. They reminded the audience that gun violence impacts every community and all religions, races and ages.

Surinder Kaur Singh of the Sikh Religious Society opened the program and welcomed the guests. Laddi Singh recognized elected officials including Illinois Senator Tom Rooney, and participating nonprofit organizations.

“We must create an America free from senseless gun violence where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at their places of worship, on the street and in the shopping malls,” said Rajinder Singh Mago, the co-coordinator of the event who introduced the interfaith speakers.

Professor Kulwant Singh Hundal, past president of Sikh Religious Society, Palatine; Raja-Ullah Quaraishi of Muslim community; Rabbi Stephen Hart of Temple Chai, Long Grove,; Gurleen Kaur Singh a high school student; Pastor Melissa Earley of First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights; Patrick Watson representing NWSOFA; Maria Pike, #Everytown Fellow and Survivor Engagement Lead,; Surinder Kaur Singh, a social worker; Brently Donaldson, a Bahai; and Asayo Horbe, a Buddhist spoke at the event.

Patrick Watson read a pledge and call to action to educate legislators to work on stricter gun laws to end senseless gun violence.

Reading of the 26 victims names by Kimberley Garnett and Prempal Singh preceded lighting of candles and a moment of silence to honor the victims.

Matt Flamm of Palatine Township representing NWSOFA, thanked all the guests, participants and the organizers.

All the participants of the event were invited to partake “langar” the community kitchen vegetarian meal.

The event in partnership with NWSOFA, was coordinated by Rajinder Singh Mago, Laddi Singh, Dr. Balwant Singh Hansra, Prempal Singh, Sarwan Singh Raju, Jasvir Kaur Singh, Iqbal Singh Chopra, and Surinderpal Singh Kalra, for the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine.

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Shout Out: Keith Moens, an active participant at Arlington Heights Village Board meetings – Chicago Tribune

Shout Out: Keith Moens, an active participant at Arlington Heights Village Board meetings

No matter what issue is being discussed by Arlington Heights Village Board members at their bi-monthly meetings, resident Keith Moens likely will step up to the podium to share his views.

Keith Moens

Moens, 65, a retired middle school math and science teacher, often is one of the few residents to show up regularly at Arlington Heights Village Hall and engage officials during board meetings.

Pioneer Press recently caught up with Moens, who explained why he took on the important role of community activist, even though he said village officials mostly are doing a decent job.

Q: I can’t remember covering an Arlington Heights Village Board meeting that you have not attended. Why is it so important to you to go to all of the meetings?

A: I want to get across the point that democracy is under attack at the local level. And I mean democracy with a little “d.” Everyone needs to have the chance to get involved and participate, which is why I’m pushing for the inclusion of a “citizens to be heard” item on the agenda of the committee of the whole meetings – not just the village board meetings.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for officials to include a “citizens to be heard” item at the committee meetings?

A: Because the committee of the whole meetings, and also the other commission meetings, are the first step in the democratic process, and include all of the discussion before it goes before the village board for a final vote. For example, there was a recent public hearing for the 2018 budget, but it was held right before the village board voted, which is way too late for any resident to provide any meaningful input. And nothing anyone says in a three-minute timeframe is going to change the way they vote at that point.

Q: Have you considered running for trustee in the future?

A: I ran for trustee back in (2007) and I didn’t win, but it was a very good experience. I learned a lot, and it was a lot of fun. We need more people to participate in local democracy, as the voter turnout for these elections is absolutely pathetic. At this point, no, I don’t think I’d run again because I think the village needs young blood, and to have a younger group of people involved in the decision-making. I’m not a fan of term limits, but I think we’d have more voter turnout if we had younger candidates with differing opinions.

Q: Were you interested in politics when you were growing up?

A: I was raised on a grain and livestock farm in central Illinois, and my dad was a teacher. As a family, we always discussed politics. It was the late 1960s and early 1970s, and everyone was very involved at the local level.

Q: Did you have any heroes growing up?

A: Yes, it all goes back to (President) John F. Kennedy, who inspired me so much. And Martin Luther King Jr., too, who stood up for what needed to be said and who was a great leader.

Q: I’ve noticed that you ride your bike to the village board meetings all year long. Are you still riding your bike this week, even though it’s below zero?

A: (He laughs) Yes, this weather makes things a little restrictive, but as long as the streets are clean, I’ll still ride my bike.

Shout Out is a weekly feature in which we introduce our readers to their fellow community members and local visitors throughout suburban Chicago.

kcullotta@tribpub.com

Twitter @kcullotta

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For Immediate Release: Saturday, December 30, 2017

RE: Gun Violence Prevention                                                 Media Contact: Cathy Risberg

Wednesday, December 13, 2017                                       Phone: 224-578-0121

Sikh Religious Society, Palatine

1280 Winnetka St, Palatine, IL 60067

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Joins with Newtown Foundation and the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, to Hold an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil to #EndGunViolence in Commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of Sandy Hook Tragedy

Palatine, IL – According to the Newtown Foundation, since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, over 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. And of the 150,000 killed since Sandy Hook, two-thirds of these deaths have been suicides.

To honor these lives and to stand with the tens of thousands of surviving family members of all victims of gun violence, including the twenty children and six educators killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, members of the Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) and residents of surrounding suburbs and the city of Chicago gathered on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, for an interfaith, candlelight vigil at the Sikh Gurdwara in Palatine, IL.

Invited guests in attendance were recognized by Sikh Religious Society member, Laddi Singh. These guests included Illinois State Senator, Tom Rooney, Democratic Committeeman, Matt Flamm and candidate for Democratic Committeeman, Patrick Watson.

Those who attended the vigil heard messages of justice, hope, courage and unity from the following interfaith speakers, who were all introduced by Rajinder Singh Mago, a member of the Sikh Religious Society: Prof. Kulwant Singh Hundal and Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh, Sikh Religious Society, Palatine, Palatine, IL, Rabbi Stephen Hart, Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL, and Pastor Melissa Earley, First United Methodist Church of Arlington Hts, Arlington Hts, IL. Also invited to speak, but unable to attend, was Mr. G. Abdullah Mitchell, Executive Director, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

In addition, Ms. Gurleen Kaur Singh, a member of the Sikh Religious Society, spoke about the efforts of the United Sikh Volunteers and Khalsa Aid to come to the help of those in need around the world. These positive acts of kindness of the Sikh community have helped to overcome the negative impact of gun violence on all communities, including Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which is located just south of Milwaukee. Oak Creek is the community that experienced the shooting deaths of six people and wounding of three other people on August 5, 2012, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Following the remarks by Ms. Singh, a Pledge of Action and Support was shared with everyone in attendance by NWSOFA Representative, Patrick Watson.

The pledge shared by Watson focused on the need to #HonorWithAction all those who have been lost and included the promise to “call upon our local, state and national leaders to promote policies and legislation that will reduce the impact of gun violence on all our communities” and also a promise to “inform everyone, including our faith communities, of the ongoing struggle to understand the moral, ethical and spiritual imperative of ending gun violence.”

As a Voice of the Survivors, Maria Pike, Everytown Fellow and Survivor Engagement Lead, IL, had a chance to speak from her heart about her son, Ricky Pike, who was killed on August 3rd, 2012. Since his death, Maria has been working tirelessly to bring a sense of healing, peace, hope and restorative justice to gun violence survivors in Chicago and in the suburbs.

Bringing this sense of peace and healing to a community was also the job of Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh, a social worker, who was there to comfort the survivors of those killed and wounded in the tragic shooting in 2012 at the Sikh Temple, Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She shared these experiences, as a member of the on-the-scene emotional support team, with those who attended the interfaith vigil.

After Maria Pike and Mrs. Surinder Kaur Singh completed their remarks, there was a reading of the names of the victims of Sandy Hook, a somber lighting of candles and a moment of emotion-filled silence in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims and their survivors.

At the conclusion of the vigil, everyone was invited to stay for reflection and conversation while enjoying a langar, a simple vegetarian meal, and also invited to join a tour of the Sikh Gurdwara where a sense of genuine welcome, warm hospitality and unity were in abundance for all who attended the 2017 National Vigil to #EndGunViolence.

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonpartisan volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group, OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224) 241-2012.

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Obama’s army enlists in redistricting fight – Politico

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NWSOFA Represented at: Sikh American Community of Chicago holds Interfaith Prayers and Candlelight Vigil for Las Vegas Shooting victims

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Obama’s army takes on Trump Organizing for Action, a hub of the Democratic protest movement, is learning to live without the former president – Politico

 

For Immediate Release:

 
 
June 23, 2017
 
Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, 224-558-5438info@nw sofa.org
 
 
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) You’re Invited to a “Taste of NWSOFA”
 
Palatine IL, – Join Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) for “A Taste of NWSOFA.”  All of our progressive issues are under attack, and we are not gong to stop fighting for what is right. Please join us to find out what our issue teams have been doing and are planning to make a difference. Our OFA Family is the place where you can find a home to work with like-minded people. Come and sample what we are doing to save the ACA, Climate Change, Women’s Rights, Immigrant’s Rights, Gun Violence Prevention, Social Justice, Economic and Budget Issues, Diversity Outreach and College Outreach.
We will have a special guest speaker, Katie Robbins, Regional Organizing Manager of OFA will present the national scope of OFA and our goals for the long term. We have excellent training for community organizers to meet the challenges effecting our progressive issues.Our goal is to Organize and Mobilize with many coalition partners so together we are making our voices heard. We’d love to have you, your family and friends join us. Light treats will be served. Bring your refillable water bottle. We will have cold water available to fill up.

WHO:  Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) 

WHAT: A Taste of NWSOFA

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Court, Palatine, IL 60007

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulfilling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Social Justice, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.



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For Immediate Release:

 
 
June 10, 2017
 
Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, 224-558-5438info@nwsofa.org
 
 
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) to hold Discussion on The Illinois State Budget, Guest Speaker Rep. Michelle Mussman, IL House District #56
 
Schaumburg IL, – Join Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) for “A Unique Opportunity .. A discussion on The How, What and Why of the State Budget Process .. A Conversation with Rep. Michelle Mussman.”  Rep. Mussman will brief us on the ‘Almost” new budget deal approved by the IL Senate but not voted on by the House. Michelle will use her unique “authentic” style to guide us through the Budget Process. The Incredibly hard work that goes into getting to a Budget Bill.. the Ups and Downs, the Who, What and Why presented in a candid, honest approach.. Refreshing, eh!
Come get the facts about the economic recovery and the status of ongoing appropriations challenges at both the state and national level. Bring your Questions for Rep. Mussman and for Karl Faulstich and Dave Donley our Fiscal Co-Leads. Come join us for some exciting discussions.

WHO:  Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) and Rep. Michelle Mussman

WHAT: Discussion on The Illinois State Budget

WHEN: Monday, June 12th – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

WHERE: Schaumburg Library, Rasmussen South Meeting Room, 130 S. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194, 2nd Floor Adult Classroom

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulfilling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Social Justice, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.


 

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An Illinois Town Denied This Muslim Congregation A Mosque. Now It Owes Them $580,000 – HuffPost

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Cary family: Repeal of Affordable Care Act could kill us

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Rep. Roskam defends vote on health care bill

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President Obama Receives the Profiles in Courage Award

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Sweet: Roskam’s Trumpcare vote cranking up Democrats in GOP turf Chicago News 05/07/2017 – Chicago Sun-Times

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For Immediate Release

RE: ACA Myths & Facts Healthcare Forum 

 

Roselle UMC

206 S. Rush St.

Roselle, IL 60172

 

Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, NWSOFA

(224)241-2012, info@nwsofa.org

Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA) Held a Panel Discussion on Healthcare Reform in Roselle, IL

Roselle, IL – On Wednesday, April 26th more than 40 attended a speaker’s forum about the Myths and Facts of the ACA and global healthcare options at the Roselle United Methodist Church. The meeting was organized by Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA), a nonpartisan volunteer organization dedicated to advancing progressive policies. There were 3 speakers, Graciela Guzman, Enrollment Coordinator at Patient Innovation Center in Chicago. Graciela presented ACA at glance where we heard an overview of the current ACA law. Graciela also help shed light on some of the more prevalent myths.

MYTH: The ACA makes it hard for Middle Americans to purchase insurance in the individual Marketplace.

FACT: Almost 83% or 10.5 million of the 12.7million people insured through the ACA Marketplace received premium subsidies from 11/15-2/16. The rise in premiums in recent years in congruent with the rising healthcare costs nationwide. Premiums are rising at a much slower rate than they were prior to the ACA-one of the slowest rates in the last 50 years.

MYTH: Repeal and reforms to the ACA will only impact individuals covered via the Exchange

FACT: Many individuals will be affected by changes within the ACA across Medicaid and private coverage. Illinois stands to lose $50 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP and financial assistance for marketplace coverage. Changes to consumer protections could impact other coverage types. 5.9 million Illinoisans with private healthcare coverage (including 1.2 million children) and 2.1 million seniors on Medicare will lose guaranteed access to free preventative care.

Mary Beth Lang discussed her healthcare experiences in Norway. Mary Ann lived in Norway fro over 4 years and gave birth to her daughter while in Norway. Mary Beth found her experiences to be extremely positive.  Mary Beth had a Primary Care doctor and saw that doctor every time she went to the doctor and only paid $17 copay.

Mike Cavill was born in Australia and returns from time to time to visit family. In Australia they have 2 systems. Everyone is covered by Medicare, which levies a 2% tax. The levy is reduced or free for low-income families. In addition to the Medicare individuals are given incentives to buy Private Health Insurance. Regardless of the plan everyone has health Insurance.  The cost to see your Primary Care doctor is $20 copay. There is out of pocket cost for major surgery, which is a fraction of the cost we pay for out of pocket.

MYTH Seeing a specialist is a long wait to get appointment.

FACT: Seeing a specialist was a shorter wait time for Mary Beth in Norway and for Mike in Australia than here is America

MYTH: Prescriptions cost the same in every country

FACT: In both Norway and Australia prescription drugs are a fraction of the cost of what we pay. The government healthcare negotiates with drug companies unlike here in America. Medicare is not allowed to negotiate by law.

MYTH: Doctors and Hospital do not care because they are state run

FACT: The hospitals are not fancy they received great care.  Doctors spend more time with you during an office call than they have experienced in the United States.  In Australia and Norway the focus is on your health not your insurance and payment.

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulfilling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012

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April 23, 2017

For Immediate Release

RE: ACA Myths & Facts
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Roselle UMC
206 S. Rush St.
Roselle, IL 60172

Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, NWSOFA
(224)241-2012
info@nwsofa.org

Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA) to Hold Panel Discussion on Healthcare Reform in Roselle, IL

Roselle, IL – On Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m., Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will present a panel discussion and question and answer session about ACA Myths and Facts: A Global Perspective at Roselle United Methodist Church in Roselle. Guests will include Graciela Guzman, Enrollment Coordinator at Patient Innovation Center in Chicago and expert on the ACA. She will discuss how the ACA is being utilized and provide insight into what works and does not work. In addition, two community members who have experienced healthcare systems outside the United States will share their personal stories. Mary Beth Lang of Wheaton will talk about her experience in Norway and Mike Cavill of Palatine will talk about his experience in Australia. A question and answer session will follow and informational handouts will be available. The battle for access to affordable healthcare is not over. As a stakeholder in this fight you need facts and ideas to influence the outcome of this important legislation and reform.

Who: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Where: Roselle United Methodist Church, 206 S. Rush St. Roselle, IL 60172

Visuals: Large Crowd, Public,

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012


For Immediate Release
April 11, 2017
Media Contact: Patrick Watson
630-947-4865
coalitionforbetteril6@gmail.comThe Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th Thanks US Senator Duckworth For Hosting a Town Hall

Joined statement of grassroots organizations within the Illinois 6th Congressional District
The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, comprised of 17 concerned grassroots organizations in the 6th Congressional District, thank US Senator Tammy Duckworth for the responsiveness shown to her constituents in holding a town hall tonight in the heart of the Illinois 6th District at Harper College in Palatine.  Our Coalition is deeply disappointed Congressman Peter Roskam continues to duck his responsibilities by repeatedly refusing to meet his constituents through the town hall format.Town halls have been a fixture in the American political system since prior to the American Revolution. They serve as a unique means for engaging citizens, educating the public, fostering constructive dialogue and solving issues collaboratively. They also serve to apprise citizens on issues relevant to the local area and the potential impacts of impending legislation.”We urge Congressman Roskam to follow the example of accountable leadership exemplified by Senator Duckworth and hold a town hall in his district during the current spring recess,” said Patrick Watson, a member of the Coalition. “If Senator Duckworth can hold a town hall in the 6th district, what is Congressman Roskam afraid of?”The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th is a grassroots coalition consisting of 17 organizations:Brown Bag Progressives
Carol Stream Huddle
Citizen Action Illinois
Downers Grove Progressive Women
Friends Who March
Indivisible DuPage
Indivisible Naperville
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action
Our Voice
Resist the 6th
Women United for Social Change

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For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017
Media Contact: Patrick Watson – pawatson83@gmail.com 630-947-4865Illinois 6th Congressional District constituents ask Representative Peter Roskam to vote against the GOP healthcare plan and to hold a town hall.
A coalition of Illinois 6th Congressional District volunteers demand that Representative Roskam vote against the GOP healthcare plan and hold a town hall meeting.Barrington, IL – On Tuesday, March 21th 2017 at 5:30pm, a coalition of grassroots volunteer activists:  NWSOFA, and more will hold a rally outside Representative Peter Roskam Barrington Office. Residents of the Illinois 6th Congressional District are asking that Representative Roskam vote against the upcoming GOP healthcare plan that would leave millions of America’s without health coverage. Constituents are also upset that Roskam has repeatedly refused to meet with constituents to discuss critical issues. The protest on Tuesday will be one in a string of large protest against Roskam. The first took place in Palatine, Illinois outside of the Palatine Republican Township Organization. Roskam refused an offer from the League of Women Voters to take part in a controlled town hall meeting, but had time to meet with the Republican township organization. The second protest was outside a Republican River Forest/ Oak Park township organization meeting where Representative Roskam was the keynote speaker; over 60 demonstrated outside of the event on less than 24 hours’ notice. The third took place outside of Representative Roskam’s Barrington office during the congressional recess; well over 100 residents gathered outside of the office. Representative Roskam and his staff were not present at the office, but constituents signed a ledger to let Representative Roskam and his staffs aware that they were there. The fourth took place in Chicago outside of a meeting with the City Club where Roskam spoke at a closed event. Over 70 constituents gathered to ask Roskam for a town hall. On Monday, March 21st protesters will gather at 5:30pm in Barrington, IL.Tuesday’s event will mark the coalitions’ continued steps toward holding Peter Roskam accountable to his constituents.  Representative Roskam has voted on a number of positions and made statements not supported by constituents of the district. Roskam has repeatedly opposed the Affordable Care Act, opposed comprehensive immigration reform, stated that climate change is not real, and stated that the country would be safer with a refugee ban.WHO: A coalition of grassroots volunteer activists: NWSOFA, and more.WHAT: Demonstration asking that Representative Roskam vote against the GOP Healthcare Plan and to meet with constituents in a town hall to address our concerns.WHEN: 5:30 PM 03/21/2017WHERE: Representative Roskam’s Barrington office, 200 South Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010CONTACT: Patrick Watson – pawatson83@gmail.com 630-947-4865About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For ActionNorthwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.###_________________Transgender locker room debate comes to Palatine District 15 – Daily Herald___________

For Immediate Release:

February 23, 2017
 
Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, 224-558-5438info@nw sofa.org
 
Support Our Diverse Community – Immigrants and Refugees are Welcome Here

Palatine, IL – Join the Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) and partner organizations as we declare, Immigrants and Refugees are welcome in the Northwest Suburbs. Many northwest suburban residents are feeling scared and worried due to ICE raids, and unwelcome due to the events over the last month coming out of Washington, D.C. In response to these events, we are sponsoring a Rally that promotes our values of inclusion, welcoming communities, and safety for all. Our speakers will share their story of what immigration and America as an open and welcoming country means to them. 

Speakers include:  Rev. Larry Bullock of Living Faith Cathedral, Abrar Quadar of the Compassionate Care Network,  Steve Hosik Moon-Director of Organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Matt Flamm, Palatine Dems and Rachel Brady, Civil Rights Attorney.

Join us if you can! along with other Northwest Suburban residents for a short program and “Call to Action” RALLY. We will not be silenced or Fearful!!!  Bring your voices, NO BAN, NO WALL!

Who:  Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) and partner organizations
 
What: Support our Diverse Communities Walk and Rally
 

Where: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL

When: Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Rep. Peter Roskam On Trip Promoting Democracy Abroad While Constituents Seek Meetings At Home The congressman is on a three-nation tour to promote democracy and reassure allies, especially those intimidated by Russia. – The Patch

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Defending ACA in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago – Earned Media

2017-02-23

Group Calls for Town Halls with Congress Members – ABC7Chicago

2017-02-04

We received a great amount of press coverage. Hundreds of people gathered in suburban Palatine to protest Rep. Peter Roskam on Saturday morning. This is the most we have seen at a suburban event of this kind so far. Great job, everyone!

IL-06 Palatine Roskam Demonstration Press Clips:
NBC 5 Chicago: Hundreds Protest Rep. Peter Roskam in Suburban Palatine
http://www.nbcchicago.com/…/peter-roskam-protest-palatine-4…
CBS 2 Chicago: Hundreds Protest Rep. Peter Roskam In Palatine
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/…/hundreds-protest-rep-peter-r…/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow: At public events, Republicans hounded over anti-health care plans
http://www.msnbc.com/…/public-events-republicans-hounded-ov…
Politico: Republicans face anger over Obamacare repeal during town halls
http://www.politico.com/…/republicans-obamacare-repeal-town…
Think Progress: Republican congressman sneaks out of meeting swarmed by hundreds of protesters
https://thinkprogress.org/republican-congressman-sneaks-out…
Daily Kos: Resistance protests fading away? Nope. Just getting started. And in places you may not have heard of
http://www.dailykos.com/…/-Resistance-protests-fading-away-…
Chicago Tribune: Protesters gather outside GOP meeting attended by Roskam
http://www.chicagotribune.com/…/ct-ecn-roskam-protest-st-02…
Daily Herald: Roskam meets with Republicans in Palatine, ignores 400 protesters
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170204/news/170209444/
Chicago Tribune: Protesters rally outside U.S. Rep. Roskam’s meeting in Palatine
http://www.chicagotribune.com/…/ct-protesters-rally-outside…
Patch.com –Naperville: Hundreds Protest Congressman who Represents Part of Naperville
http://patch.com/…/hundreds-protest-congressman-who-represe…
Daily Herald: Pediatrician discusses arrest at Roskam protest in Palatine
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170205/news/170209362/
Journal & Topics: Roskam Expected To Face Protesters At Meeting In Palatine
http://www.journal-topics.com/…/article_36ba593e-ea2c-11e6-…

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Letter to the Editor – Daily Herald “Stooping to Name Calling” by Mark Muehlhausen

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For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2017

Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, 224-558-5438info@nwsofa.org

NWSOFA Climate Change Partner Postcard Drop and Rally with Sierra Club and People’s Climate Movement

West Chicago, IL – Join the Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA), Sierra Club and the People’s Climate Movement as we do a Postcard Drop and Rally at the office of Rep. Peter Roskham to ask Rep. Roskam to continue to support the Paris Agreement and to move forward with the Clean Power Plan.
 
Who: NWSOFA, Sierra Club, People’s Climate Movement and grassroots supporters
What: Climate Change Partner Postcard and Rally
 

Where: Office of Rep. Peter Roskam, 2700 International Drive , West Chicago, IL 60185 

 When: Monday, January 23rd 3:30 pm  – 5:00 pm

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Paper leaves voice of the right wing unchecked

I saw your editorial about fake news, and the irony dripped from it so strongly it pulled the characters out of shape.

It hits me in two ways. During the recent campaign the Daily Herald breathlessly printed every story about every rumor regarding Secretary Clinton that it could find, front page or overleaf. However, most stories about Trump’s aberrations, course reversals, insults and rants indenting violence ended up on Page 9, buried under a softball headline. That was fake news. Own it.

And on the same page as that editorial, only inches away, was a letter, uncommented, pushing the totally discredited Laffer curve idea (government income rising after a tax decrease) — ask Kansas about that.

Any reader who wants to keep up with the latest nut-job conspiracy theories need look no further than the Daily Herald letters to the editor section.

It’s all there: climate change denial; incorrect statistics on black violence; lies about LGBT issues; incorrect assertions about immigrant crime — not to mention incorrect assertions regarding crime trends, unemployment rates, the national debt, voter fraud rates (while ignoring voter suppression and gerrymandering impacts).

It’s all there for your reading pleasure with no disclaimers. And the more factually incorrect the claims, the more space they seem to get.

It’s time you start practicing what your editorial admonishes others to do.

Mark Muehlhausen

Schaumburg

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NWSOFA Fellow, Abrar Quader, to Dine with President Obama on July 21, 2016 Honoring Ramadan and American Muslim Leaders

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Abrar Quader of Compassionate Care NetworInvited by President Obama to White House Dinner Honoring Ramadan and American Muslim Leaders

Abrar Quader, attorney and Director of Government and Community Partnerships for the public health non-profit Compassionate Care Network, is one of the American Muslim leaders from across the United States who have been invited to an official White House dinner. Scheduled to be on July 21, the dinner is an annual White House tradition commemorating Ramadan, and will be an opportunity for President Obama to host American Muslim leaders for the Eid holiday.

 

“…we are one American family,” said President Obama when announcing the event. “I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us…I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all.”

 

Abrar Quader has been invited several times in recent years to participate in White House
meetings on health equity policy, the Affordable Care Act and providing healthcare access in
underserved communities across the United States, and it is because of the role of
Compassionate Care Network in providing healthcare to the uninsured that he received this
invitation.

 

“This meeting is important especially now because it serves to lift up the countless contributions of American Muslims who have always been an integral part of the fabric of this great nation,” said Quader. “It symbolizes that all Americans can come together regardless of their diverse faiths. I am accepting the invitation on behalf of all of the unsung heroes from my organization and others who work on issues like civic engagement, violence prevention, immigration, public health and the environment, to share their stories too.”

 

“This Ramadan we celebrated the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, who showed the world that there is no contradiction between the values of America and the principles of Islam,” said
Quader. “Now more than ever, it’s critical for all of us to come together and work to promote
peace, unity, understanding, tolerance, justice, compassion and equality,” said Quader.

 

“As I have done throughout my presidency,” said President Obama, “I look forward to opening the doors of the White House to Muslim Americans during this special occasion… I can think of no better way to mark my Administration’s last celebration of Ramadan as President than to honor the contributions of Muslims in America and across the world for Eid.”

 

This past year Quader has provided leadership on several initiatives, including campaigning for expanded healthcare to the uninsured, relief for lead poisoned residents of Flint, gun violence prevention legislation advocacy, countering extremism, mental health awareness, urban public health and anti-violence campaigns. In doing this work, Quader has partnered through Compassionate Care Network with the White House, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, U.S. Health and Human Services, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Organizing for Action, Enroll America, Healthy Communities Cook County as well as other leaders.

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Letter to the Editor

Make a difference; support gun laws – Daily Herald 7/18/16

7/18/2016 Make a difference; support gun laws

Letter to the Editor posted: 7/18/2016 1:00 AM
Make a difference; support gun laws

Do you know someone who has lost a loved one to gun violence? What would you do if you lost a loved one to gun violence? Ask your elected officials and they say, “I’m praying for the victims …”

We need real action now!

You may think that this could never happen to you, or at least you hope it won’t. The residents of Orlando, Chicago, Charleston, Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, San Bernardino,

Colorado Springs, Roseburg, Santa Monica, and Oak Creek never thought it would happen in their cities or towns. Tragically, it did.

Why? Why in a country that vows “liberty and justice for all” are citizens gunned down with regularity?

The reason is that there are too many guns available to people who should not have a gun in their possession.

I go to my local hair salon. The stylists need a license, which generates revenue. I want to drive a car. I need a license, which generates revenue. I go to purchase alcohol. The seller needs a license, which generates revenue. I want to go fishing. I need a license, which generates revenue.

I go to buy a gun. The seller does not need a license in Illinois. No revenue! Did you know that Arlington Heights has seven gun dealers?

Did you know that over 90 percent of voters in suburban Cook County support the licensing of gun dealers in Illinois?

Did you know that 77 percent of Illinois gun owners support the licensing of gun dealers in Illinois?
What can you do? Contact your state legislators and congressmen and tell them you want common sense gun laws Save a life! Make a call! Send an email! Make a difference.

Kathy Carter
Arlington Heights

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#WearOrange Party for Peace – NBC5Chicago

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NWSOFA GVP Partners with GVP Groups and Meets with Gabby Giffords

Today, ICHV proudly stood with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and our gun violence prevention partners from across Illinois to officially launch the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to urge state leaders to support a new proposal what will be introduced next week, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.
The measure would give state authorities and law enforcement the tools to encourage better business practices among federally licensed gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable to slow the flow of illegal gun trafficking in Illinois and help keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Negligent gun dealers within Illinois fuel the illegal gun trade. From 2009 to 2013, 40 percent of the guns used in crimes in Chicago came from gun dealers within Illinois. But thanks to loopholes in federal law and a lack of federal resources for enforcement, Illinois doesn’t have the tools and authority it needs to combat illegal or negligent business practices that threaten Illinois families.
“Stopping gun violence takes courage – the courage to do what’s right, and the courage of new ideas. I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line,” said Congresswoman Giffords in a speech at this morning’s announcement. “Now is the time to come together – to be responsible! Democrats, Republicans – everyone.”
The Gun Dealer Licensing Act which will be sponsored by State Senator Don Harmon, and State Representative Kathleen Willis, will strengthen Illinois’ laws and help slow the flow of illegal guns through a number of small changes to the state’s laws, including:
·      Law enforcement inspections
·      Background checks on all employees
·      Video surveillance and improved security
·      Training and education for gun dealer employees
“Illinois is in the grips of a gun violence crisis that claims a life every eight hours. As a state and as a nation, we must do better – and we can start by making it harder for dangerous people to get guns. That means supporting a responsible proposal like this one to give our state authorities the tools they need to combat illegal gun trafficking and ensure fewer criminals get a gun,” said Colleen Daley, Executive Director. “This kind of commonsense step won’t prevent every gun tragedy in our state, but it will help save lives – and we think that’s something worth fighting for. I hope our leaders in Springfield from both sides of the aisle can come together to support this badly-needed change to our laws.”
Between 2002 – 2014, 14,273 people were killed with guns in Illinois, nearly three times the number of all U.S. combat troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.  A person is killed with a gun in Illinois every eight hours.  In 2014, 1,179 people were killed by guns in Illinois.
Groups represented in the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition include:
ABJ Community Services
All Saints Episcopal—Chicago
Americans for Responsible Solutions
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Catholic Charities
Center for American Progress
Chicago Board of Rabbis
Chicago Survivors
Chicagoland Brady Chapter
City Church of Chicago
Community of Congregations
Community Renewal Society
Countryside Unitarian Church
Emanuel Congregation
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Faith Community of St. Sabina
Greater Institutional AME Church
Gun Responsibility Advocates
Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC)
Howard Area Community Center
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Illinois Conference of Churches
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV)
Increase the Peace Englewood
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JAC PAC)
League of Women Voters of Illinois
National Gun Victims Action Council
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for America
Open Communities
Organizing Catholics for Justice
Organizing for America Chicago North Chapter
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Parents for Peace and Justice
Peace & Justice Committee Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Peaceful Communities
People for a Safer Society
Presbyterian Church USA
Progressive Community Church
Purpose Over Pain
Quinn Chapel AME Church
Saint Joseph Anglican—Springfield
Saving Chicago’s Youth
Seabury Western Theological Seminary
St. Felicitas Catholic Church
St. Francis Xavier Parish
St. Joseph Anglican
Strengthening Chicago’s Youth
The Peace & Justice Committee of St. Edmunds
United Church of Christ
United Church of Rogers Park
United Methodist Church
For more information about the Gun Violence Prevention Coalition or to add your organization to the list please contact Mark Walsh atmwalsh@ichv.org

GABBY GIFFORDS COMES TO ILLINOIS TO PROMOTE GUN DEALER LEGISLATION

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords joined Illinois leaders Thursday to launch the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to urge the state’s leaders to curb the flow of illegal guns into the state.

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act would give authorities the tools to encourage better business practices among federally licensed gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable.

From 2009 to 2013, 40 percent of the guns used in crimes in Chicago came from gun dealers within Illinois. But the group says legal loopholes and a lack of enforcement resources allow illegal guns to be more readily available.

“Stopping gun violence takes courage – the courage to do what’s right, and the courage of new ideas. I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line,” said Congresswoman Giffords. “Now is the time to come together – to be responsible! Democrats, Republicans – everyone.”

“This effort is long overdue in Illinois. We’ve been working on these issues for years, and the key thing I’ve learned is this: somewhere in the stream of commerce between a gun manufacturer and a crime scene there is someone purporting to be a law-abiding gun owner, buyer or seller who is anything but,” said Illinois Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon (D-Oak Park).

The new legislation would require criminal background checks for gun dealer employees, training and education for gun dealers employees so the background check system can work better, and law enforcement would have the ability to inspect the inventories of licensed gun dealers.

Between 2002-2014, 14,273 people were killed with guns in Illinois, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Despite the lasting effect of her gunshot wounds on her ability speak, Giffords remains one of the nation’s most eloquent advocates for gun control.

In 2011, the Arizona Democrat was among 18 people shot, including six fatally, as she met with constituents outside a supermarket near Tucson. After the incident came calls for Congress to restrict access to firearms and high-capacity magazines, and gun control advocates have turned their efforts to changing laws state by state.

Among those attending Thursday’s news conference was Country Club Hills Police Chief William Jones. His son, Park Forest Patrolman Tim Jones, is recovering after he suffered a brain injury when shot on duty in March.

“Tim’s making small progress daily, and we’re going to continue praying and thanking God for the miracle we received,” William Jones siad.

Illinois State Rifle Association President Richard Pearson says he’s aware of the Gun Dealers Licensing Act. He writes on the organization’s website that members should be on “high alert” and to contact their state lawmakers to oppose the measure.

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When Professor Obama Spoke to Our Law School By Luke Sperduto, The University of Chicago Law School

President Obama address the University of Chicago Law School regarding the need for the Senate to Do It’s Job and give Judge Garland a fair hearing with an up or down vote.

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President Obama was back in Springfield, where it all began, on the 9-year anniversary of announcing his run for President of the United States. (February 10, 2016)

 

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President Obama’s speech when he came back to Springfield, where it all began…

Nine Years Ago in Springfield – #WhereWereYou February 10, 2016 – White House

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State of the Union Watch Party Flier

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Media Advisory
Thursday, January 7, 2016
RE: NWSOFA – State of the Union Watch Party
Tuesday, January 12, 2016                                                             
Durty Nellies’ Smith Street Station, Palatine

Media Contact: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead, 224-558-5438, info@nwsofa.org

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) to host a State of the Union Watch Party

Palatine IL – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will host a State of the Union Watch Party at Durty Nellies’ Smith Street Station. SOTU watch parties are always inspiring and a great way to start 2016! The NWSOFA issues teams will be sharing their goals for the new year. Bring your family and friends and see how you can get involved in our progressive issues of Gun Violence Prevention, Climate Change, Fulfilling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, College Outreach, Stand with Women, Fiscal Issues, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Each of us can make a difference and together it’s amazing! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Who: Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA)

What: State of the Union Watch Party

When:January 12, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Durty Nellies’ Smith Street Station, 180 N Smith St, Palatine, 60067

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, Gun Violence Prevention, Fulling the Promise – Diversity Outreach, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and measures combating Climate Change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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President Obama and Jerry Seinfeld in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

http://www.crackle.com/comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee

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Mothers of gun violence victims, including a young woman killed at a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University, speak out at a church vigil in Palatine.

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Date: Monday, March 23, 2015

Re: Monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting

Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438

Arlington Heights, IL – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will hold it’s monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 25th. We will have our standard update of the economy, both jobs and GDP. We will also continue our discussions of the economic recovery and policy issues that affect the recovery. The discussion will be based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics March 6th, 2015 report.  As always, this is a discussion group…bring your articles and your wits to talk about all sides of the issues.

WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)

WHAT: Monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Arlington Heights Memorial Library 500 N. Dunton, Meeting Room I

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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NWSOFA Climate Team – The Illinois Environmental Council Springfield Earth Day Action for Clean Energy Jobs Bill

April 22

Mark your calendars for Wednesday April 22 for The Illinois Environmental Council Springfield Earth Day Action for Clean Energy Jobs Bill. This event is a coalition event coordinated by the Sierra Club, Faith-in-Place, and other environmental groups. It will be a grass roots effort to show support for current Illinois environmental bills SB1485 and HB 2607. The Sierra Club will be providing buses.  Click on the links below for more specific information!

Here’s where to go to register for Lobby Day and Climate Action Rally and Get a Seat on the Bus

Clean Jobs Bill Factsheet

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NWSOFA Climate Team Joins with Climate Change Connections for Action

April 11 @ 9:00 am4:00 pm

Join ⇒ Share ⇒ Connect ⇒ Act !

Join a Group… or 4

Find common interests like starting a community garden, solar energy, carbon tax, or political action, and meet new friends in the groups. Join the ones that appeal to what you like, and start one for something new.

Don’t just talk about it

Are you ready to move from good ideas to concrete action with positive results? So are we! To help this we built project software into the groups which allows you to assign rolls & tasks, track progress, get automated email reminders, and share & edit virtual docs.

Have a virtual discussion

We’re all busy and find it difficult to go to meetings.  Within the group forums you can collaborate on projects and have discussions by posting your ideas when it’s convenient for you! Within the groups start a forum topic or comment on someone else’s. This will save you time and amplify your voice as you can work with more people without leaving your home.

Share with Friends

There are more people out there that share your passion. Connect with them here and share information with your new and old friends through status updates, posts, images, videos and links.

2015 Conference Flyer Final

http://www.connectionsforaction.solutions/

Venue

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist
1025 N Smith St. , Palatine, IL 60067 United States
www.ccuu.org

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NWSOFA Climate Team with Wild & Scenic Film Festival – April 10, 2015

April 10 @ 6:30 pm9:30 pm

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Please join us for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, featuring environmental and adventure films which are sure to inspire and energize you into becoming a part of the ever-growing environmental movement.  There will be raffle prizes and giveaways courtesy of the film festival’s national partners and Sierra Club.

Link for the flyer below:

W&S Flyer Final

Wild & Scenic Film Festival – April 10, 2015

The film festival is created by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), co-sponsored by the Northwest Cook County Group of the Sierra Club and Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (CCUU), and hosted by CCUU.

From the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Website:

“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival held each January in Nevada City, California is a kick-off for Wild & Scenic On Tour which travels to more than 140 communities and continues to grow every year.  We think the films are too good, and the messages too powerful to keep them to ourselves.  The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action.  At Wild & Scenic, film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet.  We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment.  Through film, Wild & Scenic On Tour is building a grassroots network connected by a common goal – to inspire people and unite communities to heal the earth.”

http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/on-tour/

Tickets for the film festival only are $5.00, payable at the door on the day of the event.  To register for only the film festival, visit this link:

https://wildandscenicfilmfest.eventbrite.com

You can purchase a combo ticket at a discounted price for both the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on 04/10/2015 and the Climate Action 411 Conference on 04/11/2015 for $12.00.  Tickets for the Climate Action 411 Conference only are $10.00.  If you purchase the combo ticket, you save $3.00.  For more information on the Climate Action 411 Conference and to purchase a combo ticket, please visit this link:

https://climateaction411.eventbrite.com

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***For Immediate Release***

NWSOFA March Meeting & Movie Night “PAY TO PLAY” Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) & the Coalition to Restore Democracy March Meeting & Movie Night “PAY to PLAY”

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The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart 2/25/15

Full video: President Obama’s immigration town hall

Watch the full video of President Barack Obama’s town hall on immigration reform, hosted by msnbc’s Jose Diaz-Balart. Duration: 54:50

http://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/full-video–pres.-obamas-immigration-town-hall-404561475518

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***For Immediate Release***

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Join us for the State of the Union Watch Party!

State of the Union Watch Party Invitation - Revised 2

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Re: NWSOFA State of the Union Watch Party
Durty Nellies
180 N. Smith
Palatine, IL 60067

Media Contact: Sara Salvato Horan – 847.372.5594
info@nwsofa.org

Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA) State of the Union Watch Party

Palatine, IL – On Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm, Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will be gathering at Durty Nellie’s to watch President Obama deliver the State of the Union Address. lt’s a party!!! There will be prizes, fun and engaging people combined with a great venue, food and drink. What could be a better environment to hear President Barack Obama lay out his vision for 2015 for this country.
It’s a great time to meet up with other progressives. NWSOFA will highlight our issues for 2015 and ways you can get involved. We will be sharing the progress NWSOFA has made on our Issue Teams including ACA, Gun Violence Prevention, Climate Change, Immigration Reform and Fiscal Issues.
Spread the word and bring your friends! Cash bar, food is available for purchase in the main dining room. There is plenty of parking in the Durty Nellie’s parking lot and adjacent parking garage.

WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)
WHAT: State of the Union Watch Party
WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Durty Nellies, 180 N. Smith, Palatine, IL 60067

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012. Reply Reply to all Forward

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Arlington Heights Patch

State of the Union Watch Party with NWSOFA

NWSOFA 2015 State of the Union Watch Party
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action – State of the Union Watch Party
By Kym Garnett (Open Post) January 13, 2015 at 6:49pm
NWSOFA 2015 State of the Union Watch Party

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Durty Nellie’s West Irish Pub

180 N Smith St

Palatine, IL 60067

Please join us for our annual SOTU Watch Party.

lt’s a party!!! there will be prizes, fun and engaging people combined with a great venue, food and drink. What could be a better environment to hear President Barack Obama lay out his vision for 2015 for this country.

We will be watching on the big screen as the President presents his game plan for the “4th quarter”. It’s a great time to meet up with other progressives. NWSOFA will highlight our issues for 2015 and ways you can get involved.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
To RSVP to the SOTU Watch Party .. Click Here!

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NWSOFA-Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group (Economic Opportunity-Action Event)

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group regarding Economic Recovery

NWSOFA-Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group (Economic Opportunity-Action Event)

Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA) Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group

January Monthly Meeting (Economic Opportunity — Action Event)

Want the Facts about the Economic Recovery? … Attend the Monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting and be amazed at what you discover.

We will have our standard update of the economy, both jobs and GDP. We will also continue our discussions of the economic recovery and policy issues that affect the recovery. The discussion will be based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics December report which will be released the first week in January.

Some similar type reviews of economic highlights we discussed last month based on the November report:

Jobs Recovery – 2.7 million jobs added in last 12 months; more Americans working than before the recession.

321,000 jobs added in November; September and October employment revised up by 40,000 jobs. Unemployment rate: nationally at 5.8% in November, down 1.3% in the past year and continues to trend down from its high of 10%.

GDP growth: Revised to 5.0 % in the 3rd quarter and 4.6% in 2nd quarter, up from minus 2.1% in 1st quarter. It appears that the negative 1st quarter result was just an anomaly, primarily due to the harsh winter in much of the country.

Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected: 2.8% of GDP in FY 2014, down from a high of 9.8%

Attend the January Discussion and be the most informed on your block or your discussion group!

As always this is a discussion group .. bring your articles and your wits to talk about all sides of the issues.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 2nd floor conf room “I“

500 North Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012

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NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team participated in the December 13th Chicago vigil honoring the victims of Sandy Hook, as well as gun violence victims and their families throughout our nation.

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For more on the vigil, click on the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/14/sandy-hook-anniversary_n_6321020.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Re: NWSOFA ACA HealthCare Public Forum

Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) hosted a free public forum on the Affordable Care Act and Open Enrollment    

Wheeling IL – The message is clear…..The health insurance marketplace is open once again for all Americans looking to get covered. Millions of Americans still need to get health Insurance. Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) hosted a free public forum on Thursday, December 4th at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling.  Get Covered America and Enroll America addressed the Affordable Care Act and the open enrollment session. There was a special guest appearance by Affordable Care Act (ACA) Advocate, Keith Moens, whose interview was featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  Keith added the heart & soul to the ACA update by telling his family’s story on how ACA restored their peace of mind from not being denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

Robin Schmidt, Illinois Field Organizer for Chicago, Northern Cook Co. and Lake Co Get Covered America spoke about the ACA and healthcare statistics.  Enroll America’s presentation covered the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the ACA and Healthcare Insurance through the exchanges. Christine Ross, former ACA lead of NWSOFA, described the fight for the ACA and bringing affordable healthcare to America and Illinois.

Chances are you know someone who needs to get covered, or someone looking to shop around for a plan that’s right for their family. Even if you are insured, you may want to shop the website for better coverage or lower premiums. If you enrolled last time, you need to re-enroll to help secure your subsidies are current. To sign up, go to www.healthcare.gov , 1-800-318-2596 .  Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling has a Get Covered information desk every Wednesday and Saturday through February 15, 2015. The volunteers will help schedule an appointment with a certified person who can walk you through the process.
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About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Media Advisory 

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Re: NWSOFA ACA HealthCare Free Public Forum
Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438
Over 8 Million are covered, but over 30 Million Americans still need healthcare in this country. Plan to attend this informational forum to find out the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the ACA and Healthcare Insurance.

Wheeling IL – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will host a Free and public forum on Thursday, December 4th at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling featuring Get Covered America and Enroll America to address the Affordable Care Act and The Open Enrollment Session. There will be a Special Guest appearance by Affordable Care Act (ACA) Advocate, Keith Moens, whose interview was featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  He will add the Heart & Soul to the ACA update. Keith will tell his real life story. Robin Schmidt, Illinois Field Organizer for Chicago, Northern Cook Co. and Lake Co. Get Covered America / Enroll America will talk about the ACA and healthcare statistics. Enroll America’s presentation will cover the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the ACA and Healthcare Insurance through the exchanges. Christine Ross, former ACA lead of NWSOFA, will describe the fight for the ACA and bringing Affordable Healthcare to America and Illinois.

A question and answer session will follow the ACA update. Spanish translation will be available.
WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA), Enroll America and Get Covered America

WHAT: Free Public Forum to address the Affordable Care Act and the Open Enrollment Season

WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Media Advisory in Arlington Heights Patch:

NWSOFA to host FREE Public Forum with Affordable Care Act Advocate Keith Moens (Interview featured on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS”), Get Covered America and Enroll America

Arlington Heights Patch Link to Press Release

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NWSOFA’s Own Keith Moens on “Meet the Press”

Check out the following link of seeing NWSOFA’s Keith Moens on the the National TV News show,

Meet the Press segment from November, 2014

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What Americans can learn from the Scots

By: James Cook, Schaumburg

Published in the Chicago Sun-Times, September 28, 2014

What did Scotland teach us about their recent election — anything? What did this country, founded in 843 CE, an integral part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years, instruct us about the elements of true patriotism and dedication to the principles of loyalty to one’s own nation?

Certainly it was not the question of independence from or its continued unification with the U.K. Maybe it was the 85 percent voter turnout that convinced the British that, primarily, Scotsmen really care about their future and the welfare of its citizens. Can we conclude that to separate or remain united was secondary?

Undoubtedly, the upcoming election turnout will reveal that the Scots taught this still fledgling democracy nothing as we will again see little more than 40 percent of the American voting-age public cast their ballot in November.

How did we create such disdain and apathy toward our country by its own citizens?

James D. Cook, Schaumburg

What Americans Can Learn From the Scots – Chicago Sun-Times Link

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– Media Advisory –

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RE: NWSOFA Fiscal Issues screening of the video “Warren / Piketty Conversation on Inequality in America                                          

Tuesday, August 19, 2014                                                                  

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438
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Arlington Heights, IL – Please join Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) for a special Movie Night / Screening of the Warren / Piketty Conversation on Inequality in America On Tuesday August 19th, 2014, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 2nd floor Hendrickson Room. A special conversation was held on income inequality with Senator Elizabeth Warren and acclaimed economist Thomas Piketty. With talk of progressive populism and the richest 1% now a deeper part of the national debate in America, the pairing of these two leaders was a moment whose time had come.

Dr. Piketty, who authored Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and Sen. Warren, who authored A Fighting Chance, are two of the leading figures on economic inequality today. Their joint interview was moderated by Ryan Grim, the event host of The Huffington Post and sponsored by the Patriotic Millionaires.Throughout the discussion, Sen. Warren and Dr. Piketty answered questions submitted electronically and by the audience to compelling effect. 3,300 question were submitted touching on income inequality’s connection to every issue from Medicaid and the fossil billionaires David and Charles Koch to big money in politics and the wealthiest few embracing higher taxes as a reflection of their patriotism.

Following the film there will be audience participation and discussion, plus an update on the economic and jobs recovery by Karl Faulstich, NWSOFA Fiscal Lead.

WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)

WHAT: NWSOFA  Fiscal Issues screening of the video “Warren / Piketty Conversation on Inequality in America

WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WHERE: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave, 2nd Hendrickson Room

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonpartisan volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group, OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 8,  2014

Date:   Monday, August 4, 2014  

RE: Celebrating Success of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s Birthday

Organizing for Action HQ

224 N. DesPlaines Street, Floor 5, Chicago, IL 60661

Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438 

NWSOFA/OFA Celebrating Success of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s Birthday

Chicago, IL – On Monday, August 4, 2014 Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) celebrated the success of Healthcare Reform and President Obama’s Birthday at Organizing for Action (OFA) Headquarters downtown Chicago. Well over 100 supporters were in attendance at this great event.  Featured guest speakers included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9th District) a fiery defender and advocate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. Jon Carson, Executive Director of OFA was also present at the celebration.

Congresswoman Schakowsky was in attendance to meet and thank volunteers for their support of the ACA and let them know they need to take pride in their accomplishments. She stated the passing of ACA was one of the proudest days of her life, and Obama Care is working and on pace to meet numbers that doubters say could not be met. The congresswoman also stated that over 8 million people are covered but 30 million people still need healthcare in this country and we are not going to rest until women have access to family planning.

NWSOFA Chapter Co-Lead Bill Davis stated, “What a great night, inspiring to hear of the success of the ACA and how the President is fighting so hard for the middle class, the poor, and the immigrants.  8 million and growing still rings in my ears as the number of ACA now covered just through the Exchanges continues to grow, plus 3 million on their parents plans till 26, plus the millions added on the expanded Medicaid Insurance program, Awesome. Austan Goolsbee’s speech really highlighted how far the recovery had come adding 9.7 million jobs and 6.2 % unemployment.  All after the worst recession anyone can remember when we lost over 8 million jobs and unemployment climbed north of 10%. Good to be reminded of how far we have come since the crash of 2008. Happy Birthday Mr. President & God Bless America!”

Chapter Co-Lead, Sara Salvato stated, “Our NWSOFA team was well represented and had a wonderful time with Rep. Schakowsky, Austan Goolsbee and Jon Carson. One of the highlights was the wall of history where all the 1000’s of volunteers’ names who helped make ACA a success were on display.”

NWSOFA Chapter Media Lead Kathy Carter stated, “It was an honor to celebrate the success of the Affordable Care Act, on President Obama’s birthday, with the other volunteers, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Austan Goolsbee, and Jon Carson, all who worked so very hard to get the law passed. Knowing that each of us has made a difference in the lives of Americans is emotionally moving.”

ACA Co-Lead Gayle Lewis stated, “Thank you so much for the wonderful evening celebrating the ACA and the Presidents birthday. What a pleasure it was to socialize with our OFA friends, meet others and have the opportunity to hear from Jan Schakowsky, Austan Goolsbee and Jon Carson. I am so happy and proud to be part of our team.”

Other groups in attendance included Enroll America, Enroll SEIU and Planned Parenthood.

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About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonpartisan volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group, OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

RE: Gun Violence Prevention

Media Contact: Cathy Risberg

Wednesday, July 23, 2014                                                    

The Coffee Planet

1450 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008                                                  

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Gun Violence Prevention Team Holds a Day of Action

Schaumburg, IL –Wednesday, July 23, 2014  Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) met to address the 74 shootings in schools all over the United States in the last two years, the inaction of Congress to move forward and to demonstrate that a grassroots organization is able to take on and stand up to the gun lobby and say “Not One More, ” Organizing for Action volunteers in every state worked alongside the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other coalition and supportive organizations by hosting phone banks to call Washington voters and ask them to pledge to vote for 1-594 in November. This initiative would expand background checks and go toe-to-toe with a competing initiative (I-591) that would prohibit the expansion of background checks.

Nationally, almost 9,500 phone calls were made to residents of Washington State. Locally, members of the NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Issues Team organized a Day of Action, “Conversation, Calling and Connecting for Change,” on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Coffee Planet in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

The goals of this event were to engage people in Washington State in conversations around the topic of universal background checks, get more people involved in NWSOFA, share effective strategies for creating safer communities for families and businesses and take action in our local communities.

The half-dozen people who attended had a chance to enjoy a tasty lunch together at the Coffee Planet and had time talk about their passion and dedication in helping with gun violence prevention efforts in the northwest suburbs. Over 100 residents of Washington State were called and 50% of those who were called and who talked with members of the NWSOFA phone bank pledged their support for expanded background checks in Washington State.

It was clear to everyone who participated in the July 23d Gun Violence Prevention Day of Action, that citizens all across America share a common vision of the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people and that expanding background checks on all gun sales helps protect our families and respects our basic rights.

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonpartisan volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group, OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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For Immediate Release
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
 
RE: NWSOFA Chapter Meeting                                                   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 
Arlington Heights Library –  Hendrickson Room 2nd Floor,
500 N. Dunton, Arlington Hts., IL 60004                                                                 
           
                                                                                           
Contact: Sara Salvato Horan, Co-Chapter Lead
 
 
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Held Their “Taste of OFA” to Rave Reviews
 
Arlington Heights, IL – On Wednesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m., Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) held its July monthly chapter meeting at the Arlington Heights Library. A great crowd came from all over the NW Suburbs to get a “Taste of OFA”. One newcomer, Michael Hopkins, exclaimed at the end it was, “Wonderful, informative and inspiring!”. He was excited to be with a group of like-minded, progressives who are working to make a difference. Diane Salvato said,”I was glad to see all the new faces interested in progressive issues.”   This is a crucial time for many of our important issues: gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, healthcare, women’s rights, and fiscal and economic issues.The NWSOFA Issue teams each presented the “Good News” that has been accomplished but gets drowned out in all the “noise”. They also encouraged all our new folks to attend upcoming events and get involved in what they are passionate about.The Fiscal Issues and Stand with Women Teams have been working on the need to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. They have been holding petition drives in support of this effort. To date, they’ve collected over 900 signatures, which are added to signatures collected nationally from OFA chapters across the country. Co-Chapter Lead, Sara Horan stated, “We have over 500,000 signatures and will be sending them to congress. Raising the wage would be a tremendous boast to families, women who are the majority of minimum wage earners and to our overall economy.”The Gun Violence Prevention Team delivered over 1,800 “Not One More” postcards to Rep. Roskam’s office. These were the result of the plea from the father who lost his son in the shooting in CA. The safety of our children has to be a priority and our members of congress must know we will hold them accountable. Paul Culhane’s comment was it was “not just Newton, or Colorado or California-also DeKalb!”The Affordable Care Act Team presented plenty of good news. Over 9 million Americans now have health insurance that couldn’t get it before. The number of uninsured has dropped dramatically. Lives have been saved. It’s so important that anyone who has a major life event, birth of a baby, loss of job, child who reaches 27,etc. can still get on ACA before the next enrollment period in November.Our Climate Change Team also had lots of good news with the new EPA Carbon Rules that have been issued to reduce carbon emissions by 30%.This team has partnered with Sierra Club and other environmental groups to provide numerous in-depth presentations on the reality of climate change, solutions and hope we can make towards saving our world for future generations. Climate “deniers” are living in fantasyland while the rest of us know reality.The Fiscal & Economic Group noted that 9.7 million jobs have been added during the current admission and that most, if not all, economic indicators are showing solid positive trends over the last four years.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Marlene Rivera, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Lead for the Chicago area. Her own personal story and the economic losses we are having now as a country from the House of Representatives not passing  comprehensive immigration reform are devastating to families and a huge loss to our economy over $37 million per day and $13 billion per year.Another meeting attendee’s comment summarized the impact of the evening, “A fabulous display of fact and emotions in equal measure on a range of important issues!”
About Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action:

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.
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For Immediate Release
Monday, July 21, 2014

RE: NWSOFA Climate Change Team – Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy                                      

Thursday, July 17, 2014 
First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights
1903 East Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60004
                                                                                                    

Contact: Joe Salvato – 847-769-1686, info@nwsofa.org

NWSOFA Climate Change -Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy

 

Arlington Heights, IL – On July 17, Tim Pearson, Vice-President of NEXTCHEM Process Analyzers, Inc., gave a stellar Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy presentation. Both informative and intriguing, the perception of nuclear energy created in our current high pressure uranium nuclear reactors compared to the possibility of nuclear energy created in low pressure thorium nuclear reactors bordered on being a paradigm shift.  A few comments from the meeting attendees:

 

 “Seriously, it was a great talk. Thanks also for everyone who came and contributed to the discussion. It is really a blessing to be able to have a thoughtful discussion probing some of the options of these important issues.”

 

“It was a very effective presentation. It definitely moved the needle on the technical guys, those just wanting to know more, and on those totally against all nuclear energy.”

“My head is still swimming, but feel I got a rudimentary education on this.”

“It was a very informative and thoughtful discussion.  I appreciated the expertise in the room.”

“Tim was very informative and the attendees were well informed. Thorium looks promising but I suspect it will take years to develop: So we still need quick implementation of massive numbers of wind and solar facilities to reduce fossil fuel impacts.  We also need large investments in battery and material research.”

 

Some key points from the presentation were:

·        Currently there is a tremendous amount of radioactive uranium nuclear waste sitting in holding tanks around the world. Thorium Molten Salt Reactors can use this waste to generate electricity. The waste is enough to replace the electricity generated by coal and natural gas plants throughout the world for 70 years.

·        If choose to mine Thorium for electricity generation, then it takes 200 tons of ore to get 1 ton of natural Thorium to generate 1,000 MW of electricity for one year. To get the same amount of electricity from Uranium it takes 800,000 tons of ore to get 250 tons of natural uranium to get 25 tons of enriched uranium.

·        For Thorium generated electricity, within 10 years 83% of its spent fission products are stable and can be partitioned and sold, such as for low radiation medical use. The remaining 17% of its fission products go to geologic isolation for 300 years, compared to all of the uranium fission products, which were supposed to go to Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years of isolation, but instead are just sitting around all over the world.

·        Thorium is generated in the manufacturing of wind, solar, electric battery, cell phones, television and other electrical components. This radioactive Thorium could be consumed in Molten Salt Reactors allowing more green manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and bringing some home from China. 

·        India has a working model Thorium reactor, and is planning to build viable Thorium reactors. India has 15% of the world’s coal reserves, as well as 15% of the world’s Thorium. Let’s hope they do. If India burns all that coal releasing the CO2, then our world is toast.

·        Molten Salt Reactors can readily be turned off and restarted. The first model at Oak Ridge was shut down for the weekends, because the engineers did not want to work weekends.

·        It is most difficult to develop nuclear bombs from Thorium, and detection of Thorium nuclear bomb development is easily detected.

Thorium nuclear energy could also be part of the Illinois energy mix related to the EPA Clean Power Plan proposals released June 2. Each state, including Illinois, will be implementing a carbon system to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. Each state will individually be assigned flexible criteria to meet its goal. Illinois currently depends on nuclear energy, and good, bad or indifferent, realistically nuclear will be part of the Illinois energy mix. An alternative to uranium nuclear energy is thorium nuclear energy.

 

Long term Thorium could possibly become an important part of our zero carbon future.

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.
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Letter to the Editor – Daily Herald
posted: 7/20/2013 5:00 AM

GOP is too cool to cap and trade

Farmers in the Plains states have voted overwhelmingly Republican for many years. The Republican Party, reflecting the interests of their major donors such as the coal, oil and gas industries, has assured them that climate change and global warming are leftist fantasies.

Big Tobacco for many years denied the science claiming smoking was bad for our health. Finally we all had to face the truth. We are now at a point where almost no one denies climate change and global warming. The ranks of scientists in denial are rapidly shrinking.

Cap and trade is berated by the Republicans as being too costly of a solution to a problem they don’t want to admit exists because it is anathema to their donors. How many of us recall the great concerns of the states in the eastern United States of the problem of acid rain of a generation ago? Do you remember that we solved the problem by putting in place a cap and trade program for the generators of energy? I saw a recent estimate that program provided a profit of $40 for every $1 that it cost.

At a time like this it is good to remember a couple of old sayings: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and, pay me now or pay me later. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication points out that the Earth’s temperature is almost certain to rise 2 degrees Celsius in the foreseeable future. That would be like increasing a human’s temperature from a normal 98.6 to 102, a point at which we’d all feel sick. The concern is that the Earth’s temperature can rise 6 C unless we take drastic actions. That would be like raising a human’s temperature to 109.4, at which point we’d all be dead.

R. Kent Kirkwood

Mount Prospect

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Opinion Letter to the Chicago Sun-Times

By: James D. Cook, Schaumburg
Published: July 16, 2014 and Republished July 18, 2014
Homelessness is a crime?

Since many cities around the country, suddenly discovering that homelessness is either a misdemeanor or a felony, that to jail or imprison them, providing food, shelter, clothing, and security is the answer? Since most are either emotionally or rationally handicapped, can incarceration behind bars, with appropriate medical attention, be just the prescription to treat this urban tourist eyesore?

Realizing that jails are already crowded, should each complicit mayor and their city councils in their deliberation to criminalize their own citizens consider housing in currently vacant, soon-to-be-refurbished buildings, within municipal boundaries, staffed with capable security and medical professionals, at city’s expense?

Arguably, this would be a band-aid approach until thoughtful people around the country ultimately come up with a permanent plan to address this translucent blight on America.

Since when did life’s struggles become so offensive?

James D. Cook, Schaumburg

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For Immediate ReleaseThursday, July 17, 2014RE: Over 500,000 Americans Support Raising the Minimum Wage

Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Arlington Hts. Library and Harper CollegeMedia Contact: Sara Salvato Horan – Phone: 847-372-5594Arlington Heights, IL – On Monday, July 14, 2014 Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) held a “Raise the Minimum Wage Petition Drive.” Raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers; it would also boost our economy and our community. Despite support from 7 out of 10 Americans — including President Obama, members of Congress and state and local officials — lawmakers have refused to raise the minimum wage. The current national minimum wage is $7.25. Raising it to $10.10 would help over 28 million workers.NWSOFA volunteers want to let our lawmakers know the American people support Raising the Minimum Wage. On this national day of action, OFA Chapters across the nation continued the petition drive and have collected over half a million in support to let Congress know it’s time to “Raise the Wage.”Those volunteers who collected signatures at the Arlington Hts. Library and Harper College were inspired by the eagerness of people to make their voices heard. Kathy Carter of Arlington Hts. said “I am always encouraged by the positive response to our request for signatures to Raise the Minimum Wage. It tells me that a wide range of Americans support this effort…we will prevail!”
Gayle Lewis brought her daughter to help out and stated, “Both myself and my 13 year old activist daughter felt energized and excited at the end of the day. We talked to many people who were passionate about our cause, which gave us great hope!”Helen Tan stated regarding the students at Harper College, “Students understand what it’s like to live on minimum wage”. She had a very enthusiastic student sign up; made sure he got more information on NWSOFA and was eager to have his picture taken while he was signing the petition.It was a very inspiring day for all. For more information on NWSOFA and events like, this please check out our web site at NWSOFA.org.About Organizing For ActionOrganizing for Action (OFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. In just one year, more than 4.4 million volunteers have taken action through Organizing for Action. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group, OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that a majority of the American people support. More information at www.barackobama.com.
Organizing for Action
barackobama.com
OFA works to ensure the voices of ordinary Americans are heard in Washington, while training the next generation of grassroots organizers who will keep fighting for change.
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Media Advisory-
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
RE: NWSOFA Climate Change Team – Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy        
Thursday, July 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights
1903 East Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60004Contact: Joe Salvato – 847-769-1686, info@nwsofa.org
 
NWSOFA Climate Change Team – Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy

Arlington Heights, IL – On Thursday, July 17 th at 7:00 p.m., Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Climate Change Team will hold a thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy event.  Come to this event with an open mind and lots of questions, and be prepared to at least entertain the thought of Thorium as a source of electricity.  This July 17 educational event, to be presented by Tim Pearson, Vice-President of NEXTCHEM Process Analyzers, Inc., will include a detailed explanation of why Molten Salt Reactors are superior to our present Light Water Reactors, and how they can be designed to use Thorium nuclear waste generated by U.S. wind/solar/ electric car manufacturing, keeping Green Manufacturing jobs in the U.S instead of remaining in China. These Molten Salt Reactors could also be designed to use High Level Nuclear Waste.
Thorium nuclear energy could also be part of the Illinois energy mix related to the EPA Carbon Pollution Standards released June 2nd. Each state, including Illinois, will be implementing a carbon system to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. Each state will individually be assigned flexible criteria to meet its goal. Illinois currently depends on nuclear energy, and good, bad or indifferent realistically it will be part of the Illinois energy mix. An alternative to uranium nuclear energy is thorium nuclear energy.
In regard to Thorium generated electricity, within 10 years 83% of its fission products are stable and can be partitioned and sold. The remaining 17% of its fission products go to geologic isolation for 300 years, compared to all of the uranium fission products, which go to Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years of isolation. Thorium also cannot be converted for atomic bomb purposes, and in the case of a tsunami it would cake up. Long term Thorium could possibly become an important part of our zero carbon future.
http://youtu.be/Nl5DiTPw3dkWHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)
WHAT: Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy Event
WHEN: Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights,1903 East Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60004About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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NWSOFA Climate Change Team – Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy

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 First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights1903 East Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004  See map
 Free
 Family

NWSOFA Climate Change

Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy

Come to this event with an open mind and lots of questions, and be prepared to at least entertain the thought of Thorium as a source of electricity.

This July 17 educational event, to be presented by Tim Pearson, Vice-President of NEXTCHEM Process Analyzers, Inc., will include a detailed explanation of why Molten Salt Reactors are superior to our present Light Water Reactors, and how they can be designed to use Thorium nuclear waste generated by U.S. wind/solar/ electric car manufacturing, keeping Green Manufacturing jobs in the U.S instead of remaining in China. These Molten Salt Reactors could also be designed to use High Level Nuclear Waste.

Thorium nuclear energy could also be part of the Illinois energy mix related to the EPA Carbon Pollution Standards released June 2nd. Each state, including Illinois, will be implementing a carbon system to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. Each state will individually be assigned flexible criteria to meet its goal. Illinois currently depends on nuclear energy, and good, bad or indifferent realistically it will be part of the Illinois energy mix. An alternative to uranium nuclear energy is thorium nuclear energy.

In regard to Thorium generated electricity, within 10 years 83% of its fission products are stable and can be partitioned and sold. The remaining 17% of its fission products go to geologic isolation for 300 years, compared to all of the uranium fission products, which go to Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years of isolation. Thorium also cannot be converted for atomic bomb purposes, and in the case of a tsunami it would cake up. Long term Thorium could possibly become an important part of our zero carbon future.

Thorium July 17 Flyer – R.713

http://youtu.be/Nl5DiTPw3dk

Host: Joe Salvato – Contact Phone: 847-769-1686

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– Media Advisory –

Monday, July 14, 2014

RE: NWSOFA Chapter Meeting                                                   

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 
Arlington Heights Library –  Hendrickson Room 2nd Fl,
500 N. Dunton, Arlington Hts., IL 60004                                                   

Contact: Sara Salvato Horan, Co-Chapter Lead

(847) 372-5594

info@nwsofa.org

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) July meeting to be held at the Arlington Heights Library

Arlington Heights, IL – On Wednesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m., Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will hold its July monthly chapter meeting at the Arlington Heights Library. Join Us!!!  This is a crucial time for many of our important issues: gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, healthcare, women’s rights, and fiscal and economic issues. The NWSOFA Issue teams will also have Round Table discussions on important social issues such as: Healthcare, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration Reform, Climate Change, SWW (Stand With Women), Fiscal, Economic & Jobs.Hear from Pro’s. The leaders of these issue teams will present the progress their teams have made, information learned and future events scheduled. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet”

WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)

WHAT: July Chapter Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: Arlington Heights Library –  Hendrickson Room 2nd Fl,, 500 N. Dunton, Arlington Hts., IL 60004         

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.
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Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Monthly Chapter Meeting

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 Arlington Hts. Library Hendrickson Room 2nd Fl, 500 N. Dunton, Arlington Hts., IL 60004  See map
 Free
 Family
Join Us!!!  This is a crucial time for many of our important issues: gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, healthcare, women’s rights, and fiscal and economic issues. The leaders of these issue teams will present the progress their teams have made and future events scheduled.The NWSOFA Issue teams will also have Round Table discussions on important social issues such as: Healthcare, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration Reform, Climate Change, SWW (Stand With Women), Fiscal, Economic & Jobs.Hear from Pro’s. The leaders of these issue teams will present the progress their teams have made, information learned and future events scheduled.Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet”

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NWSOFA Fiscal Issues and Stand With Women Minimum Wage Day of Action

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 Arlington Heights and Schaumburg Library & Palatine Train Station  See map
 Free
 Family
Raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers, it would also boost our economy and our community. Despite support from 7 out of 10 Americans – including President Obama, members of Congress and state and local officials – lawmakers have refused to raise the minimum wage. Our Stand with Women and Fiscal Issues Teams are taking action by continuing our Raise the Minimum Wage Petition gathering. Close to 500,000 signatures have been collected we need 1 Million to let Congress know raising the Minimum Wage is good for women and all families and good for the economy.Join us. We’ll be at the Arlington Heights and Schaumburg Libraries and at the Palatine Train Station.

Directions:
We’ll be in the entrance to the library from the garage by the elevators. Those going to the Schaumburg Library will be outside on the sidewalk leading to the main entrance but need to not be by the doors. Palatine Train Station-best time is during the morning commute from 7:00-8:30. Call Sara to get copies of the petition and more details. 847-372-5594 Shifts are 2-4,4-6,6-8RSVP: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gs82plCall Sara 847-372-5594 to sign up for the location and time that are good for you.
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**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Media Contact: Sara Horan 847-372-5594

RE: NWSOFA Fiscal Issues and Stand With Women Minimum Wage Day of Action

Monday, July 14, 2014 – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) will be at the Arlington Heights and Schaumburg Libraries and at the Palatine Train Station. Raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers, it would also boost our economy and our community. Despite support from 7 out of 10 Americans – including President Obama, members of Congress and state and local officials – lawmakers have refused to raise the minimum wage. Our Stand with Women and Fiscal Issues Teams are taking action by continuing our Raise the Minimum Wage Petition gathering. Close to 500,000 signatures have been collected we need 1 Million to let Congress know raising the Minimum Wage is good for women and all families and good for the economy.

Directions: We will be in the entrance to the library from the garage by the elevators. Those going to the Schaumburg Library will be outside on the sidewalk leading to the main entrance but need to not be by the doors. Palatine Train Station-best time is during the morning commute from 7:00 a.m. -8:30 a.m.

Call Sara to get copies of the petition and more details. 847-372-5594 Shifts are 2-4, 4-6, 6-8

RSVP: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gs82pl

Call Sara 847-372-5594 to sign up for the location and time that are good for you.

WHO: Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action (NWSOFA)

WHAT: NWSOFA Fiscal Issues and Stand With Women Minimum Wage Day of Action

WHEN: Monday, July 14, 2014 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Arlington Heights and Schaumburg Libraries and at the Palatine Train Station

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Use retired military planes to fight forest fires more effectively

June 18
Regarding the June 13 GovBeat excerpt, “U.S. shifts its approach to fighting wildfires” [news]:Nearly every day on the television, I see forest fires raging in the West and Southwest. Each report tells us that only a fraction of the fires are under control at the height of the inferno.Occasionally a plane drops fire retardant for about 10 seconds and then departs. Several minutes later, a helicopter does the same. The pattern seems to be repeated with these scattered and infrequent appearances as the conflagration rages.After serving four years in the Air Force, I took a trip to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to see leftover aircraft from World War II and recently retired planes decommissioned from service. There were hundreds, possibly thousands of them, apparently still capable of flight.

Is there a shortage of fire retardant, enough to blanket a regional forest fire? We should re-commission and refit retired military and commercial aircraft with enough space to accommodate and drop tons of retardant to stop these fires in their tracks.

James D. Cook, Schaumburg, Ill.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/use-retired-military-planes-to-fight-forest-fires-more-effectively/2014/06/18/5b9e831e-f64c-11e3-afdf-f7ffea8c744a_story.html

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For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 21, 2014

RE: NWSOFA Chapter Meeting with Erik Carlson, OFA Midwest Regional Director, presentation of “Today’s Progressive Social Issues that Are Shaping Our Future Lives”

DATE: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Palatine Library, 700 North Court, Palatine, IL

Contact Person: Bill Davis, Chapter Co-Lead 224-558-5438

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) Chapter Meeting with Erik Carlson, OFA Midwest Regional Director

Palatine IL – On Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m., Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) held its June monthly chapter meeting at the Palatine Library. Special guest speaker was Organizing for Action (OFA), Midwest Regional Director, Erik Carlson. NWSOFA had a great turnout to hear Erik Carlson present the latest updates on what OFA has accomplished and where the organization is headed. During the presentation, Carlson cheerfully stated that there has been plenty of good news on the success of ACA with over 8 million people now having health insurance just through the state and national exchanges. He spoke on the major impact the new EPA regulations will have to reduce CO2 30% from coal power plants and on alleviating Climate Change. Other issues Carlson spoke on was the success of getting Marriage Equality passed in IL.

Also, Karl Faulstich, the NWSOFA Fiscal Co-Lead reported the real progress that has been made in the job market as over 9.4 million private sector jobs were added since the 2008/2009 great recession, where 8.8 million private sector jobs were lost. He also spoke on the deficit reduction from 1.4 Trillion to 492 Billion CBO projected this year. A 65 percent deficit reduction since 2009 budget year.

Issues team lead Natalie Warren stated, ” I was most impressed with the accomplishments of OFA over the past year. We have made a difference! ”  Social Media team lead Kathy Carter felt, “We are relevant, as NWSOFA our actions are consistent with American voters and our voice will be continued to be heard.” Linda Waycie said,” Erik Carlson had some good insights on the issues of OFA. I learned some new information.” Other meeting attendees were pleased to learn more about the structure and goals of OFA.

Other big issues moving forward nationally are Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Gun Violence Prevention. NWSOFA has a big Day of Action on June 28th with a press event/rally at Rep. Lipinski’s Office. Details are available at NWSOFA.org. With the latest horrific school shootings, over 74 since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Gun Violence Prevention was another big issue. Renee Gladstone enumerated “I am interested in gun violence prevention and was glad to learn OFA will continue to work on this issue.”  It was an inspiring evening and as Mark Muehlhausen said, “OFA is an ongoing organization pushing our progressive agenda.”

About Northwest Suburbs Organizing For Action

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) is the northwest suburban chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that the majority of the American people support. More information at nwsofa.org or by phone at (224)241-2012.

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Letter to the Editor – Daily Herald – Arlington Heights, IL
posted: 6/10/2014 5:01 AM

Make higher education for all a priority

The time has come for the United States to take a bold step forward. We should make a four-year college degree free for all citizens.

A couple of years into the Iraq War the statement was made that we were spending a half-trillion dollars per year on that war and that, for that price, we could’ve given a free college education to all our students. It’s estimated that the total cost of college in 2002 was $289 billion.

Where are our values? Can we afford it? I say yes we can by asking the rich to revert to paying the same percent in taxes they did under Jimmy Carter. By closing loopholes for the rich, superrich and giant corporations, we could not only have free college, we could pay off all outstanding student loans ($1 trillion) and still have money left over to reduce the budget deficit.

What kind of loopholes am I talking about? First, the main sources of income of those with inherited wealth are dividends and capital gains. In 1978 their rates were cut in half. Also, at that time the top marginal tax rate was 70 percent (reduced from 90 percent under Kennedy). Reagan cut the top rate to 28 percent. The national debt exploded and, by my estimate, at least $10 trillion of our national debt at the end of fiscal 2010 could be attributed to these changes alone.

Meanwhile, corporations have drastically reduced their taxes through the use of offshore tax havens.

In the Thomas Piketty book, “Capital in the 21st Century,” he points out how inequality is compounded from inherited wealth. We should eliminate the “step up in basis” that allows investments for which tax has never been paid to pass to heirs tax-free.

Kent Kirkwood

Mount Prospect

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Letter to the Editor – Submitted, June 2014
Chicago Tribune – Voice of the People
Palatine Patch – Speak Out

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence knows that all parents want their kids to be safe when they have a play date with a friend. And they know that being a parent should not include worrying about whether or not your child will be injured or killed when your child plays in the home of a friend. To help reduce this worry, all parents are encouraged to ask: “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”

It is a simple question and an important one and part of National ASK Day, Saturday June 21st . According to the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, we know that 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with an unlocked, loaded question. So the next time your child goes over to a friend’s house, just ask the one crucial safety question that could save your child’s life.

Cathy Risberg
Palatine, Illinois 60067

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6/2/2014 – Climate Change Day of Action

VIDEO

 

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3/28/2014 – Letter to the Editor regarding Conceal Carry
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140328/discuss/140328624/

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3/27/2014 Affordable Care Act – ABC7Chicago Coverage

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=9482330&pid=9482297

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2/20/2014 – First Business News (WCIU) covers the Raise The Wage Day of Action – Chicago

http://bit.ly/MfDrEt

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01/27/2014 – Palatine Patch
State of the Union watch party at Durty Nellie’s


01/23/2014 – Medill Reports – Chicago, Northwestern University.  A publication of the Medill School.
Press Event to Urge Sen. Mark Kirk to extend Unemployment Insurance


01/03/2014 – DesPlaines Journal On Line
NWSOFA 1st Anniversary Newton Vigil in Barrington


10/22/2013 – Barrington Suburban Life
NWSOFA Immigration Rally at Rep. Roskam’s Office