Newsletter – June, 2014

Jun 1

NWSOFA June 2014 Monthly Progressive Newsletter

Climate Change Action Event: 
Monday, June 2, 2014 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Spertus Institute -10th Floor

610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

On June 2nd, the White House will announce the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants!       

On June 2nd, the White House will announce the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is big news for protecting our planet from climate disruption.
The Sierra Club, OFA and other organizations will be hosting a flagship event at the Spertus Institute in Chicago. We will be celebrating this historic moment with a press conference. We will be joined by local media outlets, and hear from VIP speakers including US Representative Robin Kelly.
We want you to come celebrate with us! The more folks to join the stronger the message it sends to Washington that people are ready to get serious about climate change. Please recruit your friends, family and neighbors, make a sign and join us at the rally.

Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Chapter Co-Leads
Like the Blackhawks, We Understand the Emotional Ride:    

Like the Chicago Blackhawks we at NWSOFA understand the emotional ride… one day your up and the next day your down.  But every day we have to get back up and fight the good fight. We had the victory of passing the ACA Law, then the crushing weight when the website did not work and the euphoria of the recovery and success of the over 8,000,000 signups all with in 4 months.   
NWSOFA’s June will be continuing fights for a cleaner world with the new EPA standards being revealed by the President tomorrow, June 2nd, observing the Comprehensive Immigration Senate Bill one year anniversary on June 28th as the House controlled Republicans have just sat on it and fighting the good fight for Raising the Minimum Wage.
An Emotional ride… YES IT IS… but like the Blackhawks each day we have to keep moving the puck forward and getting it in front of the net.. with the commitment to scoring! We will continue to be active on all fronts: meetings, rally’s, email and Social Media Campaign .. all designed to create awareness of our key progressive social issues with a focused and amplified voice. WE must take “ACTION” and make our voices be heard”, and that is exactly what we are doing!
Join us this month at one or more of our many chapter events and/or Issue meetings / events and add your voice and action. We invite you to especially stop at our June 17th Monthly Meeting, 6:30- 9:00 pm, at the Palatine Public Library as OFA National Head-Quarters Presents “Today’s Progressive Issues and How they are Shaping our Future”.
We invite your to share an evening with us as we shape our futures lives, Sara & Bill
NWSOFA is Action.. In 2013 We Found Our Voice .. In 2014 We are Amplifying & Focusing Our Voices for Change.                                                  June 1, 2014

 Immigration Reform
& Phone Bank
Thursday, June 5th & June 19, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet (Rolling Meadows, IL)

1450 Golf Rd,. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Join the Immigration Reform CIR Dream Team as we expand our efforts in the North West Suburbs. Organization, goals, and action plans will be discussed from 6:30- 7:30 pm .

The team will make select calls to others in the Northwest Suburbs with the purpose of expanding the team. Our calls will be placed to the Northwest Suburbs to create action on the goals and action plans developed at the CIR National Day Of Action in February.

It’s Working…. We are changing the way Illinois politicians are looking at Immigration through our ACTIONS:

Our June 5th meeting will be focused on getting folks to a 6-19 phone bank to have members participate in the June 24th Rally commemorating the One (1) Year Anniversary of the Senate passing the CIR bill and urging members of treh House to do the same.

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

4C’s Meeting + Phone Bank

June, 5th & June 19th 2014 
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet

1450 Golf Rd,.
Rolling MeadowsIL 60008 
Coffee, Conversation, Cookies & Calls 
Plus Letters to the Editor, LTE’s.

Join us every first and third Thursday from 7-9pm at the Coffee Planet. Meet the team, have some coffee and makes some calls. 

We discuss the political news of the day and how it impacts our Issues and events coming up and make calls to invite others to come. Don’t like making calls, come and write letters to the editor-LTE, or help make posters if there’s a rally coming up.

Please call Sara 847-372-5594 to confirm so we know how many lists to bring.

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Monthly Meeting
Discussion Group Engaged in Conversation at the May Meeting
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014  – 9 PM  
Arlington Heights Library,500 N. Dunton, 2nd floor Conf Rm “I”

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting.

Typical Agenda topic for the Month are:

  1. Status of the economic recovery, including the May 2014 jobs report (April 2014 for IL data)

  2. Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected
  3. Fiscal Action Plan discussion: 1) Minimum Wage & 2 )Getting the Word out
  4. The economy and the 2014 elections
  5. The ACA and the 2014 elections
  6. Group Suggested Issues & Articles for Discussion
  7. Letters to the editor

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

 Immigration Reform
Day of Action
Phone Bank
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet (Rolling Meadows, IL)

1450 Golf Rd,. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Our June 12th meeting will be focused on having members participate in the June 28th Rally commemorating the One (1) Year Anniversary of the Senate passing the CIR bill and urging members of the US House of representatives to do the same.

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

“Today’s Progressive Social Issues 
That Are Shaping our Future Lives”
NWSOFA June Chapter Meeting Event
with Guest OFA National Speaker
May’s Chapter Meeting Combination with Climate Change Viewing of “Years of Living Dangerously”


June 17, 2014 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Palatine Library 

700 N, North Court
Main Meeting Room
IL 6006
Please join us for our monthly NWSOFA Chapter meeting.

Speaking on “Progressive Social Issues That Are Shaping our Future Lives ” our OFA National Guest Speaker(s) will outline:

1). What OFA is and how Issues are determined…The 6 Key Social Issues of our Times

2) How many of these Issues are co-dependent on each other yet stand alone as a issue cause.

3) The power of a unified Days of Action (DOA) Across the Country.

4) Not just your voice, but a chorus of voices focused and resonating

5) Keeping the OFA Brand Strong and the Organizing alive and well.

This is a crucial time for many of our important issue groups: 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.

Please join us and get involved in our progressive issues.

Gun Violence Prevention 
Planning Meeting 


June 19th , 2014 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Coffee Planet 

1450 Golf Rd,.
Rolling MeadowsIL 60008

If you are interested in great coffee and lively conversation and want to learn how you can take action now – to honor all victims of gun violence and make our communities safer – then come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting at the Coffee Planet, 1450 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows, 60008.

We hold a short (30 – 45 minutes) Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month and afterwards many of us stay to help out with the NWSOFA Phone Banking.

Our June meeting will be held on Thursday, June 19th at 6:30 pm. Come and join us in building safe communities here in the northwest suburbs and all across America!

NWSOFA Presents:
Social Media Training
Tweets for the Holiday Attendees


June 19, 2014

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet

1450 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL
Have you ever wanted to get your message out in today’s 
Social Media world?
Have you ever wanted to get your message out about voting rights, climate change, or other progressive issues but aren’t quite sure how to? 
Join us for NWSOFA “Tweets for the Summer” to learn about how to Tweet using Twitter. Our Social Media Lead, Kathy Carter, will be conducting the training for all abilities levels. Bring your WIFI enabled smart phone, tablet, or laptop. 

to RSVP to Tweets for the Summer Training: Click Here

Stand with Women House Party

June 23, 2014

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM    

 Location: TBD

 WheelingIL 60090

Call Sara for directions to this event, 
location TBD 

Women are currently the main breadwinner in a record-high 40 percent of households, but on everything from paid leave to fair pay, our workplace policies too often don’t reflect today’s realities.

Join our house party hosted by NWSOFA supporters and be part of a conversation about the issues that affect women and working families, and how we can fight to change that. After the discussion, we’ll decide what action we can take by continuing our Raise the Minimum Wage Petition gathering.

Now our national focus is on economic issues including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, family leave, affordable child care. Bring your concerns and creativity and your friends for what is always an inspiring evening.

 Immigration Reform
Day of Action
Press Event & Rally
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
12:00 noon – 1:00 PM

Location to be Announced 

Mark the one year anniversary since the Senate passed their CIR bill 

and one year that the house has failed to act. 

One year 12-15 million Immigrants living in the shadows. The Senate passed it … and the House has been sitting on it.

Lets let John Boehner and Eric Cantor know how we feel… and put some pressure on them . The Press Event and Rally may take place downtown at Federal Plaza or in the Northwest Suburbs … location to be determined.

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

Notice: This is a public meeting / events. 
 NWSOFA is a 501(c)4, non-partisan organization.  
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA 
In This Issue
6/2/14 EPA Rules Event
6/5/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
6/5/14 4C’s Mtg Call Bank
6/10/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
6/12/14 Immigration CIR DOA Call Bank
6/17/14 Chapter Event “Progressive Social Issue”
6/19/14 Gun Violence Meeting
6/19/14 Tweets For the Summer
6/23/14 SWW Meeting
6/24/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
501(c)4 notice
NWSOFA Social Media
4C’s & LTE Every Thursdays
NWSOFA in Photos
New Issues e-magazine


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.

We invite you to join us!

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Every 1st & 3rd Thursday 
it’s 4C’s Night
“Coffee, Conversation, Cookies, Calls” & LTEs
Click on the above calendar to RSVP
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday night 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”!

We Were Very Busy, Busy, Busy in May

From Gathering Petitions on Supporting the Minimum Wage

To Attending the Chicago OFA HQ  Grand Opening

Attending the Fiscal Meetings

Attending the Gun Violence Prevention with Mom’s Demand Action

To Climate Change Screening of Years of Living Dangerously

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 2013 !!

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