“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of April 19th -April 25th, 2015

“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs”
Week of
April 19th -April 25th

Climate Change – Earth Day
Click on the Image above  to Link to the Event

Earth Day Action for Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Wednesday,  Apr 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.
Breaking news here: the Naperville bus will
start from Schaumburg, so folks from the northwest suburbs have a much easier way to join. 


I believe the new plan is to depart from Streets of Woodfield at 6:00 a.m. The website should be updated with the details.

Upcoming April Events & Issue Information From our Friends & Partners

The Palatine Area League of Women Voters will host a special presentation April 23rd. @ 7pm

The State of the Lake

The Palatine Area League of Women Voters will host a special presentation on the state of Lake Michigan on April 23 at 7 PM in the Hennessy Room of the Village Hall of Hoffman Estates, 1900 Hassell Road.

Presenters are Judy Beck of LWV of the Lake Michigan Region and Tim Loftus from Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Learn about this critical resource, the threats it faces, and the protection it needs.

Visit LWV website for more information: http://www.lwvpalatinearea.org/


Several Area Environmental Events and
Illinois Budget Cuts/Increased Revenues events in the works.

NWSOFA will continue to keep you updated.
 Environmental Events

  • May 1 and 2-Euclid Ave United Methodist Church – Earth Revival and Workshops – See Flyer

To View Brochure and RSVP Click here for link:

  • Ongoing-FUMCAH – 5 years sustainability program being studied. Work with Euclid Avenue UMC in Oak Park and with FIP

Illinois Budget Cuts and Additional Revenues

  • May 12-Community Renewal Society (CRS) Rally in Springfield
  • May 16-Community Renewal Society (CRS) Event in Arlington Heights-See draft of a flyer on the Right

NWSOFA Will have 6 Representatives at the April 23 – OFA Summit with President Obama in Washington, D.C.

NWSOFA Updates on Issue Teams & Happenings 

Minority Outreach Names Leadership & Sets Organizing Meeting for late Early May
Date: TBD

Place: TBD
New Initiative for 2015 Announced by OFA
You Can Make a Difference in Under-Served Communities
NWSOFA announces the University & College Outreach Team Leads;
Antualia (Tuly) Rodriguez, 

Minority Outreach Team Co-Lead
Kym Garnett, Minority Outreach Team Co-Lead
Organizing for Action has a strong commitment to providing easy points of entry for 
everyday Americans who want to have their voices heard and make a difference in their communities.
Historically, we have found that the tools and tactics employed to help in these efforts skew toward volunteers who have access to reliable transportation, can afford financially to give hours, and have ready access to the internet. That, in turn, means that volunteers who gravitate toward OFA tend to be people who are retired, have financial means, and/or live in the suburbs. In order to ensure that OFA remains true to our mission of providing easy access, we have developed the Fulfilling the Promise Program aimed to address these concerns and ensure we are organizing in all communities.
PURPOSE: To ensure that Organizing for Action is providing training, leadership development, team building, and issue advocacy opportunities to communities and people who do not have ready access to the internet, reliable transportation, etc. We will focus specifically in communities of color and   historically underserved areas, which tend to have less financial means. The Fulfilling the Promise program will ensure that our organization and the progressive community at large is comprised of a diverse group of talented organizers who are representative of all of the communities that make up our country.

Or If This Outreach resonates with you, Please Call Kym or Tuly @ 224-241-2012


Important News on the ACA

Special Enrollment


The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who owe the fee when they file their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015.


The Special Enrollment 

Period ends on April 30.

During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in health coverage for 2015 if you owe the fee.


Important: The fee for people who don’t have coverage increases in 2015. If you don’t have health coverage for 2015, the fee is $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is higher.

We hope you take advantage of this extended opportunity to get quality coverage this year 

Click on the above Get Coverage Image to link to the website

Click on the above Image to see the full article and e-magazine on CIR
Immigration Reform
in the News
Would you like to get involved with other like minded Progressives and join our Comprehensive Immigration Reform Team …..   then:
Please Call Tuly, Sara or Bill 
@ 224-241-2012
Did You Know?
Request to lift hold of Obama immigration action denied

HOUSTON (AP) – A federal judge in Texas late Tuesday kept a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow the action to go ahead.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville refused to lift the preliminary injunction he granted on Feb. 16 at the request of 26 states that oppose Obama’s action.


Hanen’s latest ruling confirms the status quo – that the Obama administration is temporarily barred from implementing the policies that would allow as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally to remain.

The Justice Department had already appealed to a higher court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, to lift Hanen’s injunction. The appeals court was scheduled to hear arguments on whether the injunction should be lifted on April 17.

Stand With Women
 Gains Momentum
Click on the Above Image to see NWSOFA e-magazine Stand With Women.. Timely Articles from the Press
Here’s How Top Female Executives End Up Getting Paid Less Than Men

A new study examines the root of the pay gap 

between men and women at the top of the corporate ladder

Even top female workers can’t catch a break when it comes to pay inequality.

A researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and colleagues in academia are out with a new paper on gender differences in compensation for executives. They analyzed pay for chairs/chief executive officers, vice chairs, presidents, chief financial officers and chief operating officers, and here’s what they found:

Female executives get less incentive pay compared to their male counterparts

Some 93 percent of the difference in total pay between male and female executives is rooted in incentive pay, particularly the value of stock options and grants, the researchers found.


This was the case even after the economists controlled for things such as differences in title, tenure and age. Incentive pay includes things like bonuses and company equity and is meant to encourage executives to boost corporate performance.


“In the Books” April Events 

NWSOFA GVP Team @ April’s Meeting
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action
Our Gun Violence Prevention
 Meeting was held on 4/16
Discussion & Actions:
Topics covered at the April GVP Planning meeting include the following:
  • Planning a program for later this year focusing on the prevention of pediatric injuries involving guns. We are currently working with area hospitals to find a speaker (or speakers) on this important public health issue.

To Read the rest of the 6 Key Issues discussed and upcoming Gun Bills in the Illinois House Click Here!

The next GVP Planning Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Corner Bakery Café in Arlington Heights


NWSOFA Fiscal & Economic 4/13 Meeting
 Lots of Controversy on the Illinois Budget 
April 13th Meeting – Packed House
New Attendees, Great US & IL BLS Data
Deep Dives and Great Discussions
Into the Facts about
the Economic Recovery and Illinois Proposed Budget..
A Couple of Comments from Two Attendees:
“There are millions who are lethargic and indolent, sitting on the sidelines, attending an occasional meeting,  watching things happen.  As I’ve always said, there are 3 kinds of people-those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened.  These last 2 categories are the ones we need to stimulate.” “Great Meeting”, Jim
“Karl, You did a great job presenting the information. I learned a lot. Thank you!  When is your next meeting/event?”,

Attend the NWSOFA Fiscal & Economic Discussions (held monthly) and be the most informed on your block or your discussion group!

Huge Success .. Climate Action 411
“Climate Action 411 – Inspiring Hope through Action” happened on 4/11
7 Speakers, all Top of the Field, plus engaged Politicians reported and encouraged the attendees to take action to protect our planet.  More Photos on the side bar.

Packed House Last Wednesday for:
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson’s Talk 
“Congress in Dysfunctional”
Presented by the Coalition To Restore Democracy & Co-Sponsered by NWSOFA
 Have you wondered what it’s like inside Congress from the perspective of our congressmen or woman?
Rep. Grayson left no stone upturned, no holds barred as he told us what’s going on on both sides of the aisle, how big money has corrupted our political system and what we can do to start a strong people’s movement to take this country back.  “We can have tremendous impact if we work together, but we need to overturn Citizens United and work for fair election reform” he said.  
More Photos of the Wednesday Night Event on the Side Bar

University & College Outreach

 Organization Meeting on 4/1
First Organizing Meeting Was Held April 1st..
Feeling the call to work with the young adults at college and University levels to engage them in Progressive Issue Engagement.. 
Kym Garnett
Renee Gladstone
NWSOFA announces
“The University & College Outreach Team Leads”
Kym Garnett
Renee Gladstone, 
University & College Outreach Team Co-Leads

Meeting Report: The new College Outreach Team met for the first time on April 1.  Plans include linking up with student organizations at colleges in our area in order to tap into students’ passions for progressive change, and encouraging them to vote. Do you know someone in the administration or on the faculty at Harper, ECC, or Roosevelt who may be willing to help us establish a presence on campus, either physical or virtual?

Our next meeting is at Harper College on May 6, at 7:00 in the downstairs cafeteria.  The cafeteria will not be serving (they close at 5) but there is a Subway open in a different building.
Please contact Renee at rrgladstone@aol.com or Kim at kim.garnett18@gmail.com

April 2nd LWV Presented

A Legislative Update 
“Presented by” 

The Palatine League of Women Voters
Great Panel and Format .. Fast Paced, Friendly, Informative! Thanks to the Palatine LWV for Hosting a Great Civic Update for the Community they Serve.
More Photos on the side bar

QuickView-A49F6DCE9425D079601D1793F2D88B8A In January 2013 we started as a gathering of friends and neighbors from the NW Suburbs who wanted to continue to have impact on the progressive issues we voted for in 2012.This grassroots, bottom up movement spread across the country and sparked the creation of Organizing for Action, OFA National which now has  Chapters all over the country. This is a non-partisan, volunteer organization that focuses on progressive issues we are committed to taking Action on to make a difference locally, statewide and nationally.
NWSOFA’s 1st Issue Team was  right after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) team felt we needed accurate information and facts, events to teach others and actions we could take to make a difference on pushing for common sense gun violence prevention. That has been our basic format as new issues arose and team developed. We now have the GVP, ACA/Obamacare, Climate Change,Fiscal Issues and Stand with Women Issue Teams.Check out their individual pages to see all the events they have scheduled and to join the teams you want to make a difference with. Other teams are developing such as for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
OFA National coordinates “Days of Action” that Chapters across the country will all do on the same day. Each team also has local events and may work with affiliate organizations i.e. Sierra Club, Al Gore Reality Project, etc. to combine like-minded groups on a local, state or national event.
In this type of organization there are numerous ways you can be involved with the teams and in other roles.We were looking for ways to get our events out and now have  a Twitter Master, Kathy,and Press Lead, Kym.
Two new initiatives were introduced in January 2015 from OFA. The first one is to get more young people involved in progressives issues. We prioritized working with colleges to  reach out to them. One of the major benefits of joining us is learning to be a community organizer. These skills can be beneficial for a lifetime. The second initiative is working with under served populations that traditionally have not a voice on issues that are crucial for them. If either of these sound like something you would be interested in helping to develop, please let us know.
Maybe you have a special skill we haven’t even thought about give us a call we’re always open to new ideas and teams.
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NWSOFA is a whole, diverse wonderful family of people who want to do more than talk about the social issues. We explore and dig deep on the facts and decide what actions we can take that can have an impact locally and nationally. NWSOFA members not only “talk the talk”, but we “walk the walk”.


All our teams have numerous events that will enlighten and inspire you and yes, challenge you to make the effort to make a difference.

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Join Us for the 4C’s 

Cookies &

Thursday May 14th
@ The Corner Bakery 6:30-8:30 
Rand & Palatine
Calling Progressives just like You

NWSOFAer’s get together to relax, drink coffee, discuss current topics, enjoy cookies and make some important calls to other Progressives in the suburbs notifying them of our meetings
We call these the 4C’s and we need your help.  Volunteer for an hour or two doing what we do best “organizing”!

April Events .. NWSOFA in Photos

Gun Violence Prevention Leadership Meeting

Fiscal & Economics Meeting

Climate Action 411
April 11th

4C’s Coffee, Conversation, Cookies
and Calls April 9th Phone Bank

Coalition to Restore Democracy April 8th Rep Alan Grayson Event

College Outreach .. 4/1 First Organization Meeting

Many NWSOFAers Attended the Palatine “Legislative Update”, April 2nd

It’s time to Act .. It Is Time To Get Involved
Over the years the American Citizens have lost their voices, believing that we can not make a difference.  We have been beat down by the constant droning noise of the conservative right. This onslaught has made us like sheep .. afraid to express our views.  Not anymore!  OFA gives us back our voices and by working together we are making change one issue at a time. Together we can and will make a difference.
Thank You to our NWSOFA Issue Leads in 2015

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Contact Information
NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis    
Phone: 224-241-2012
email: nws.ofa@gmail.com
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