The term “Action August” was conceived last year as recognition that during August all Senate and House politicians would be home on their summer recess and NWSOFA would have the perfect opportunity to get in front of them so they hear our concerns for their support of our issues: Climate Change, Minimum Wage , Gun Violence Prevention, Women’s Equality, Marriage Equality, HealthCare and Comprehensive Immigration Reform. So it’s August and we (NWSOFA) are in ACTION!
NWSOFA’s August will be a continuing fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.. we kicked it off on August 1st.. Friday night! We updated the attendees on the progress of the CIR Senate passed bill and the developing story of the “Kids at the Border” and the efforts by the President and Senate to provide safety and “due process” according our laws vs the House’s overbearing approach. Everyone agreed it was a difficult situation, and that if CIR had been passed a year ago by the House this situation most likely would not of occurred.
August will be another strong month as we focus our efforts and continue to be active on all fronts: meetings, rally’s, email and Social Media Campaigns .. 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! Our presence at our elected officials Town Halls is must, so that our voices are heard!
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 your to participate at one or more of our many events as we continue to shape our Country’s future,
Sara & Bill
NWSOFA is Action.. In 2013 We Found Our Voice .. In 2014 We are Amplifying & Focusing Our Voices for Change. August 3rd, 2014
Stand with Women
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“Roe at Risk”
Documentary Screening, Discussions with
National and Local Women’s leaders
August 7th, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Community Organizing Institute, OFA HQ (Chicago, IL)
224 N. DesPlaines Street
Unit #500 (5th Floor)
Chicago, IL 60661
Volunteers and Friends
We would like to extend the invitation to come on down to OFA headquarters to participate with a great SWW event. This event will include a showing of a short documentary “Roe at Risk” and a Q&A with some great speakers!
Community Organizing Institute OFA Headquarters
Roe at Risk is about the facts of women’s reproductive health and to Stand With Women we will be watching this short documentary and creating good discussion.
Our guest speakers will include: Pam Sutherland, VP, Public Policy and Education – Planned Parenthood, Benita Ulisano, Co-Founder of Illinois Choice Action Team, Susan Danzig, OFA Chicago North ACA, Lead, Anna Wolfe, Columbia College, Actor and Activist and Joanna Snawder, Director of Woman’s Resource Center – NEIU.
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. There’s always something in the works and all are welcome.
Please call Sara 847-372-5594 to confirm so we know how many lists to bring.
Click on Image to link to Video:Clean Power Plan Explained
August 14th, 2014
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
1450 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Planning session for assigning volunteers to local farmers markets, public libraries, and community colleges in the Northwest suburbs, to gather petition signatures supporting the EPA Clean Power Plan Proposal released June 2.
No matter how much climate change deniers in Congress drag their feet, the science behind climate change is conclusive — it’s already happening, and it’s on all of us to fight back. President Obama’s proposed new carbon pollution standards are a huge step in the right direction — they’ve been called “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change” — and we’ve got to fight for them, because dirty special interests are going to be pushing back hard.
Everybody who cares about climate change should stand up in support of the President’s aggressive action today.If you do sign the petition, you will get a follow-up email asking you to forward the petition to family, friends and acquaintances.
CIR Planning Team.. What an Event they Produced on 6/28
& Phone Bank
Thursday, August 21, 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, & action plans will be discussed from 6:30- 7:30 pm .
Discussion will continue on the CIR law held up in the House and the impact of the “Border Kids Crisis” and both houses non-response.
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.
It’s Working…. We are changing the way Illinois politicians are looking at Immigration through our ACTIONS:
Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.
July’s Planning/ Action Meeting.. New Folks .. New Ideas
Planning Meeting Thursday
August 21st, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1450 Golf Rd,.
Honor all victims of gun violence and make our communities safe
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 August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 pm.
Come and join us in building safe communities here in the northwest suburbs and all across America!
“Elizabeth Warren and Thomas Piketty: A Winning Combination” Interview
Screening and Audience Discussion on Warren and Piketty’s Conversation on “Income Inequality in America”
August 19th, 2014
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Arlington Heights Library
500 N. Dunton
Arlington Heights, Il 60004
Please join us for a special Screening of the
Warren / Piketty Conversation on
Inequality in America
On Monday, June 2, 2014, 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 of the event host 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. Here are a few quotes:
On Dr. Piketty’s findings: “Wealth does not trickle down. It trickles up. It trickles from everyone else to those who are rich.” -Sen. Warren
“The problem is rising inequality, the fact that top wealth holders have been rising three times faster than the size of the economy.” -Dr. Piketty
“The game right now in America is rigged. It is rigged so that those at the top keep doing better and better, and everyone else is under increasing pressure, is under increasing economic strain. The rules don’t get better for America’s middle class. The rules are getting better for those who are a thin slice at the top. And that is the profound danger that we see from great inequality.” -Sen. Warren
One thing was clear from their questions and their enthusiastic reception of Sen. Warren and Dr. Piketty’s ideas: there is a tremendous hunger and energy to tackle the challenges posed by and the corrosive causes of income inequality in America.
National Night Out ; MOMS Demand Action: will have an informational booth at the National Night Out event at North School Park in Arlington Heights. The date is Tuesday, August 5th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. URL: http://www.ahpd.org/events/national-night-out/
COACH A SCHOLAR. BE A HERO: One Million Degrees Scholars are low-income, highly motivated individuals pursuing their associate’s degrees. They have persisted through challenging situations and are striving to reach their full potential and become positive forces in their families and communities.
One Million Degrees at Harper college
link to the program website, it’s the same for all city colleges and Harper:
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
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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 July
NWSOFA Stand With Women Gathering Petitions on Supporting the Minimum Wage
“Taste of OFA”
Attending the NWSOFA Fiscal Meetings
NWSOFA Climate Change
Photos from the Immigration 8/1 NWSOFA CIR Update
NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team Event and Canvasing
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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