“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of June 21st – June 27th, 2015

“Look What’s Happening this Week in the 
Northwest Suburbs”
Week of
June 21th – June 27th

Please Attend the NWSOFA
Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group
June 23rd
Monthly Meeting
Schaumburg Library
130 S Roselle Rd., Schaumburg
7:00 PM to 9:-00 PM
2nd floor Conference Room .. just right of the elevator


May 13th Meeting -New Format
Deep Dives into what makes our Economy tick and Enjoy Some Great Discussions and Differences of Opinion
Into the Facts about
the US Economic Recovery
and Illinois Proposed Budget..
Junes’ BLS Report will be presented and examine on the May economy, both jobs and GDP (US & IL). Plus we will continue our discussions of the economic recovery and policy issues that affect the recovery.
The discussion was be based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics June, 2015 report on the May Jobs Report.
Key Points from June Report on May Jobs from the June BLS Report:

Over three (3) million jobs added in the last 12 months

280,000 jobs added in May 2015;

Unemployment rate nationally at 5.5% in May

Down 1.3% in the last 12 month

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

NWSOFA June 2015,  Events and Meetings

Join NWSOFA for a “Taste of Diversity”
At the Minority



“Fulfilling The Promise”
 National Day of Action
Taste of Diversity 6/27

Progressive Baptist Church

305 Ann Street,
Elgin, IL
Saturday, June 27th

 12 noon till 3:00 PM

Join Us!! Good Food, Music and Conversation at the
Diversity Outreach Team’s
Fulfilling the Promise National Day of Action
“Taste of Diversity”

Panel speakers include Rev. Larry S. Bullock – President USMCA, Minority Contractor Association, Matt Flamm – Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman, Laddi K. Singh – Business Owner, Victor Coriano Gomez – Community Organizer, Ordained Minister and Jaquie Algee – Director of External Relations for The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Illinois

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, all cultures and religious affiliations
We are excited about the cultural diversity in the Northwest Suburbs and we all may share some of the same issues. We want to hear from you. Join us and share the concerns surrounding the issues in your communities. There are many issues, Pay-Equity-Income Disparities, Educational – Secondary and Elementary School disparity in the NW Suburban Schools, State budget cuts in Social Services, Gun Violence, Affordable Health Care, Elderly funding for Nursing Homes, Climate Change, high cost of college tuition, Immigration Reform, Living Wage, Police Brutality, Women’s Issues just to name a few.

We Want To Hear From You!!!!
Bring a cultural dish and your experiences / stories to share with the group.

NWSOFA Updates on Issue Teams & Happenings

Stand With Women
 Gains Momentum
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:

“In the Books” June Events 

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action
Gun Violence Prevention (GVP)
June 18th Meeting 

South Carolina Was the Discussion ,,,
Outrage Was Expressed by All:
Comments from the packed meeting’s Attendees:
            • The U.S. is in a State of War
            • We Can’t Take it any more
            • It’s too easy to get guns in America
            • We need to let the legislature know how we feel
            • We need to Respect the Families of the Victims with ACTION
            • It is time for ACTION,, because it is the Right thing to DO!
If you feel the outrage that these Attendees Feel, then Join the NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Teams and get Involved.

Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA)
June 16th, Chapter Meeting
And College Outreach..
We Learned a lot on our Future Leaders Care About:
A Highly Successful NWSOFA College Outreach Team’s 
Youth Listening Event

WE are Listening .. and while the Youth that we heard had issues that relate to our Issue Groups .. Those issues are not the same!
They reflect Concern, Confidence, Courage and Activism!

If you have upcoming Seniors in High School or College Age Students and wish to get Involved.

 All Across Chicago-Land Orange was the Color of the Day


Tuesday, June 2 was declared
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team was pleased to support and join the Brady Campaign, The American Academy of Pediatrics, Amnesty International, Moms Demand Action, MoveOn, and a number of other organizations by asking people to wear orange this last Tuesday to promote awareness of the damage that guns are causing in America.
Orange is the color of safety clothing worn by hunters so that other hunters will not mistakenly shoot them. It is also worn by construction workers and is used to mark safety zones on road construction.

 Gun Dealer Protest

Saturday June 6th @ Chuck’s Gun Shop, 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, IL
On Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m., NWSOFA, Chicago-North OFA and People for a Safer Society participated with a Gun Violence Prevention coalition of 16 groups organized by The Brady Campaign. 



 Two to Three hundred protesters faced off with NRA members who stood by Chucks Gun Shop and hurled insults at the protesters in an attempt to disrupt the GVP “Bad Apple” protest.  They Failed, as the crowd of protesters swelled, marching three abreast in a 200 foot circle in front of Chucks chanting and calling out the policies of Chucks owner.  The GVP Coalition heard messages from Father Michael Pfleger, Rev. Jesse Jackson and families who’s lives have been forever changed due to gun violence .. especially guns traced back to Chucks.   Chuck’s is one of the largest suppliers of guns that are used in crimes in the Chicago area.

Brady organized the effort and the press showed up with a huge presence, including a film crew from Katy Couric, who is filming a documentary on the issue of guns.

It’s important that NWSOFA & the Chicago North GVP showed by our presence that we won’t tolerate this “Bad Apple” any longer.

Click Here to see ABC Channel 7’s Report
Click Here to see CBS Channel


Coming Soon.. Early July Events 

July 4th, Area Community Parades ..Choose the one you can March in and Support:

With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, all of our communities are holding their parades on the morning of Saturday, July 4th. 
Although NWSOFA will not have an officially designated parade activity as progressives we have been invited to join the parades and march as a Member of the Greater Palatine Area Democrats (GPAD) which (Per Matt Flamm) will be marching in three parades, and we would welcome the participation of any and all Democrats, progressives, and patriots. Feel free to bring signs, banners, shirts and buttons for NWSOFA or other progressive groups or highlighting issues like gun violence prevention, raising the minimum wage, or marriage equality.
The Hoffman Estates parade is at 9:00 am. Raja Krishnamoorthi, candidate for Congress, and the Schaumburg Township Democrats will be marching in Hoffman Estates. We’ll join their group.
The Palatine parade is at 11:00 am. It’s a large parade, and we’ve participated for many years. There are more and more Democrats in Palatine, and it’s important to show them they’re not alone. We’ll be marching behind our own GPAD banner.
Rolling Meadows starts its parade at 11:30 am. Rolling Meadows is more Democratic than Palatine, and we’ve gotten a good reception whenevver we march there. (The Republicans hardly ever march in Rolling Meadows.) It’s also a shorter parade, which may be attractive to those who can’t or don’t want to march in a longer parade.
Per Matt, ” It would be tough for anyone to be in all 3 parades. Some of us will start in Hoffman Estates and then move to Palatine. Beth Marcin, Sue Walton, and Sue Berndt have volunteered to lead our contingent in the Rolling Meadows.
It’s great that we’ll be represented in all 3 parades. A lot of people will see us and be conscious of the fact that we exist and are active. I’ll send you more detailed information on all 3 parades early next week.”

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.
Thanks for stopping and hope you’ll stay and join us.

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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”.


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NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team Meeting June, 18th

NWSOFA College Outreach & Chapter Event June 16th @ Schaumburg Library

NWSOFA CampOFA Meeting
6/4 @ AHML

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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.
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Phone: 224-241-2012
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