NWSOFA February Progressive Newsletter

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Sara Horan and Bill Davis – NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads
Change is Good! 
Join us this year for progressive change!
The story of our organization, the Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action, has been a story of change, metamorphic change — hence the photo of one of the miracles of nature: a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. We began as a caterpillar, Obama for America, working to get Barack Obama elected as President, TWICE!. Our next task, as Organizing for America, saw us mobilize to register Americans for Obamacare. Another success! For the longest time as Organizing for Action we were strictly non-partisan, growing, reaching and developing programs and educating to address important progressive issues. This past year we changed again. We quickly evolved into a partisan force that helped elect a landslide of progressive candidates in Illinois and across the nation. More Success!
So it should come as no surprise that OFA is changing again. Like that butterfly, OFA will emerge later this spring as a changed organization. NWSOFA will still be working on all the important issues that have energized us in the past
  • Gun Violence Prevention,
  • Fiscal and Economic,
  • Climate Change,
  • Immigration,
  • Affordable Care Act registration,
  • Women’s Rights,
  • Diversity Outreach
but to those important chapters we will add a new name (yet to be confirmed) and we will join in what may be the most important fight for equal representation in our country’s history.
OFA and thus NWSOFA is combining our forces with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF) to modernize redistricting and fundamentally reshape elections to restore
  • fairness to our democracy,
  • accountability to our political leaders, and
  • power of the election process to the people.
This next spring will be a transition period. A period of rebirth and regeneration.
Expect changes. Expect challenges. Expect a new name, logo and banner but also expect more interaction with the Obama’s and Eric Holder.
NWSOFA will work to ensure that YOU, the volunteers who have powered our movement, have all necessary support to move toward this new life stage.
So stay in touch and join in as we make this next metamorphosis.
Thank you,
Sara, Kathy and Bill
Join the NWSOFA Team as we protect the gains we made 
over the last 8 years and move our Progressive social issues forward in 2018 .
Coming in FEBRUARY

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Partner Event:
Powering Your Home With The Sun
February 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spring Valley Nature Center,

1111 E. Schaumburg Rd.,


2019 is the best year so far to add solar to your home in Illinois. Save money and save the planet.
Join Illinois Solar Energy Association and Sierra Club member Peter Gorr as he presents the basics of residential solar energy systems.
This nontechnical presentation will cover the basic building blocks of a system, the installation process, the costs, current incentives, and results.
Having converted his last 2 homes to solar, he will detail his experiences as well as his actual costs and results.
Don’t own a home? You can still go solar.  It is called Community Solar and Mr. Gorr will explain this new to Illinois program as well.
All are welcome to attend.

Fiscal and Economic Issues February Team Meeting



7:00 – 9:30 PM

Schaumburg Library

130 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg,  IL  
The NWSOFA Fiscal and Economic Issues Group will be back in Schaumburg at 7 pm on February 18th at the Schaumburg Township Library room. Our meetings typically last until about 9:30. Then many of us head out to Lou Malnati’s for a drink and a bite to eat.
We will update for the budget situation. The US is currently operating on continuing resolutions for about 7 of the appropriations bills that expire February 8th. As of this morning (2/1), it looked like we could have a partial government shutdown over Trump’s border wall. We will update in February whether we are shut down, on a continuing resolution, or on full year appropriations bills.
Governor-elect Pritzker is working on his budget proposal for the Illinois fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019. It probably won’t be available to discuss until about a week after our meeting on February 18th, so we will discuss it at our March meeting.
We will update for January jobs data and other economic information, e.g. the 1st estimate of 4th quarter GDP growth.  As a NY Times article discussed this morning before the jobs numbers were reported, January’s report is messy.  For instance, any furloughed federal employee who took a payroll job to earn some money during the shutdown had two jobs for purposes of the January data.
David Doney will also discuss gerrymandering.
Our January presentation can be found at HERE  We will send out the February presentation when it is available.
I always enjoy our discussions and hope you can join us Thursday.



Team Meeting

Tuesday Feb 19th 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Northwest Suburban Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights,  IL  60004 
Please join our efforts to support women in our community, state, nation and world. We have a strong and passionate group that works together on issues including the Equal Rights Amendment, women’s reproductive rights, pay equality, and ending violence against women. We have a full agenda planned for our February meeting that includes the current status of the ERA and action steps we can take to ensure women are an equal part of the US constitution.

 Climate Change Team Supports
“The One Earth Film Festival”!!!


Settle into winter and welcome spring by experiencing the One Earth Film Festival! Many films focused on climate and our one and only Earth! Films for adults ~ Films for kids!
Check out the dates and locations!  CLICK HERE
Movies include:
An American Ascent
Backyard Wilderness
Birders: The Central Park Effect
Call of the Forest
Dirt Rich
Dreaming of a Vetter World
Earth and Sky Friends (ages 3 to 8+)
Festival Wrap Party
From the Ashes
Holy (un)Holy River
Into the Okavango
Inventing Tomorrow
Living in the Future’s Past
Living the Change
Paris to Pittsburgh
Protecting the Boundary Waters
River Blue
Roundup: Facing It’s Judges
Sea of Hope
Tawai – a Voice from the Forest
The Carnivore’s Dilemma
The Devil We Know
The Guardians
The Human Element
The Superfood Chain
The World Before Your Feet
Why We Cycle
Young Filmmakers Contest Winner Screenings + Awards
Youth Unstoppable



Northwest Suburban Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights,  IL  60004 
Because of Newtown in 2012 and more than ever before, because of Parkland in 2018, the NWSOFA GVP Team, currently in its seventh year, has re-committed itself to become relentless advocates of change and action.
We are determined to change the conversation surrounding gun violence in America, change the hearts of people we encounter through a spirit of volunteerism and kindness and take action to change the laws to create safer communities for every family in America.
The GVP Issue team educates by having periodic informational meetings, collaborates with coalition non-partisan groups, such as local faith communities and Moms Demand Action and takesaction by supporting the efforts of our youth and March for Our Lives and by recruiting legislators to build support for legislation.
In addition, our GVP Team celebrates the success that has been achieved in America – because of Parkland – in changing the conversation around gun violence prevention. We also celebrate the fact that Gov. Pritzker signed, in January 2019, the law that requires a certification process for gun dealers in Illinois. We know from the research that this law will definitely help to save lives, including the lives of our police officers.
And we continue to work to strengthen background checks and raise community awareness through hosting vigils, using social media, writing letters to the editor and handing out fliers.
If you are interested in joining us and honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual actions, then we invite you to come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting at the Greater Palatine Township Area Democrats office in Arlington Hts, IL., 60004.
We hold a 90 minute meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month (with some exceptions near holidays or if we are planning a public event that month). Please join us – together we can make a difference in creating safer communities for all Americans, including our law enforcement officers. Registration is preferred since seating is sometimes limited.





Wild Things 2019 will feature over 100 Presentations, 60 Exhibits, and a multitude of Performances, Poster Sessions and Networking Opportunities – all celebrating this region’s nature and how people enjoy and protect it.
With our larger venue, Wild Things 2019 may host up to 3,000 attendees this year.
The 2019 Keynote speaker is Gary Nabhan, noted ecologist and author of many books including Enduring Seeds (1989), The Forgotten Pollinators (1996), and Food from the Radical Center (2018). Mr. Nabhan’s talk is entitled: Restoring Nature, Food and Justice




SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24,  1:30 – 4:00 PM


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26,  1:30 – 4:00 PM




Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s) 
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization. 
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA
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NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Phone: 224-241-2012
email: nws.ofa@gmail.com
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