Newsletter – Week of November 16th – November 22nd, 2014

“Look What’s Happening this Week in the
Northwest Suburbs”
Week of November 16th – November 22nd

Closest Thing to “Date Night” @ NWSOFA Three Opportunities to Learn and Discuss 
1) GVP meeting 6pm – 7 pm
2) Watch Citizen Koch @ 7:30
3) Relax at Eddies & Express Yourself
Step 1) Attend the NWSOFA
Gun Violence Prevention Meeting
September Planning/ Action Meeting.. New Folks .. New Ideas

Planning & Discussion Group Meeting 



November 20th,

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Panera Bread (Arlington Heights, IL)

31 S. Evergreen Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

Honor all victims of gun violence and make our communities safe 

If you are interested in honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual and collective actions with fellow citizens to make our communities safe, then please plan to attend our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Learn how you can get involved in changing the conversation surrounding gun violence prevention efforts, changing the hearts of fellow citizens and changing the laws to create safer communities everywhere in the U.S.
This Thursday night November 20th.  We hold a Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month

 Come and join us in building safe communities here in the northwest suburbs and all across America!


 Non-OFA Program,
Step 2) MONEY IN POLITICS Featuring the film 
November 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Click on the above to see the Trailer
Thursday 11/20/14
@ 7:30 pm
Sponsored by:
The League of Women Voters
Showing @ The Arlington Heights Historical Society
110 W. Fremont Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

Come join us for an informative non-OFA event!

The League of Women Voters Arlington Heights Area public program,
The money spent on this year’s mid-term elections is all over the news. Hundreds of millions spent on Senate races. So this month’s program for members and the public will focus on the effects on our political process of the Supreme Court decisions in the Citizens United (corporate contributions allowed) and this April’s McCutcheon (no more limits on individual contributions) cases.
The media is making the general public aware of the millions being spent in battleground states. By mid-November, everyone will see the results of this spending, making clear the need for campaign finance reform.
This timely topic will appeal to all concerned citizens!
Step 3) Make it a Night to Remember
Attend the GVP Meeting, Movie and the usual “After Hours” @ Eddies for Popcorn and your beverage of choice.
RSVP to:
Subject line: “Citizen Koch”

November Events & Issue Information

Fiscal and Economic Issues
Discussion Group Monthly Meeting
Discussion Group Engaged in  Conversation at the October Meeting
Discussion Group looking at the  US and Illinois Jobs report
Monday, November 24th, 2014  7:00 PM – 9:00 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:

Please Attend the Monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting.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.

Some economic highlights:

Jobs Recovery

  • 214,000 jobs added in September; 2.6 million in last 12 months
  • September and August employment revised up by 31,000 jobs

Unemployment rate:

  • Nationally at 5.8% in October, down 1.3% in the past year trending down from its high of 10.0% in October 2009..
  • IL unemployment rate was 6.6% in September, down from 6.7% in August, down from 6.8% in July, and  trending down from its high of 11.4%
  • GDP growth:
    • 35.% in the 3rd quarter and 4.6% in 2nd quarter, up from minus 2.1% in 1st quarter.
  • Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected

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


ACA .. HealthCare Issue Team Update
Obamacare enrollment is back!
It’s here! The health insurance marketplace is open once again for all Americans looking to get covered.

Millions of Americans still need to get health insurance-they need to hear about this opportunity right now. So we’re calling in Team Obamacare.

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.

Make sure everyone in your life knows the health care marketplace is open again for all Americans.

Keep Tuned … 1st week in December .. NWSOFA Main Event .. on ACA

Climate Change Issue Team Update
The United States and China-the world’s two largest economies-just struck a historic climate deal to fight climate change
The details of this agreement are important: The United States will double the rate at which we reduce dangerous carbon pollution from fossil fuels. China announced that they will halt the growth of emissions by 2030-the first time a date has ever been set-and committed to get 20 percent of their energy from clean sources.

If we’re going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, it’s going to take international action-this agreement is exactly what that looks like.

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus, and the increased extreme weather that we’re already experiencing, they argue: If China’s not taking action, why should we?

This climate deal the President just struck with China ends that debate.

OFA supporters have been on the front lines, calling for meaningful action. This is a turning point toward meeting the challenge that the science makes clear.

CIR Immigration Reform Team Update
Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in U.S.


WASHINGTON – President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits, according to administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan.


Asserting his authority as president to enforce the nation’s laws with discretion, Mr. Obama intends to order changes that will significantly refocus the activities of the government’s 12,000 immigration agents. One key piece of the order, officials said, will allow many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away.


We are going to have a lot to do… Very, Very Shortly

Stand With Women Issue Team News
Let’s play a little game of “Did you know?”

Did you know women are the main breadwinners in a record-high 40% of households with children today? They make up nearly half of our workforce and they are more than half of this country’s college graduates.

Did you know, from paid leave to fair pay, today’s workplace policies too often don’t reflect today’s realities? For instance, did you know that lack of access to high-quality, affordable child care and early childhood education threatens the economic security of women and working families?

Unless things change, we are holding our families back and compromising our children’s chances at success. Unless things change, they won’t have a fair shot in life. That’s why we’re speaking up.

Get Involved / Get Informed 
Attend .. Learn .. Speak Out @
One or More of our Issue Groups and Get the Facts
Don’t be a low information Citizen / Voter
In This Issue
11/20/14 Gun Violence Meeting
11/20/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
11/24/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
ACA Team News
Climate Change Team News
CIR Team News
SWW Team News
Get the Facts
NWSOFA in Photos
501(c)4 notice
New Issues e-magazine

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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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 October in Photographs
Gun Violence Meeting

Fiscal Group Discussion


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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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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