NWSOFA Indivisible December 2020 Progressive Newsletter

 “The politics of grievance”
Let’s discuss “The politics of grievance”.
So what is it with President *Rump’s lawsuits and the soon-to-be ex-President’s refusal to honor the election results?
What is it? It is another example of “The politics of grievance”.
The “stolen election” claim is just one of many examples of the anti-system politics that have created a level of distrust all across America, and simultaneously re-shaped the political parties over the past few decades.
The proof of “the politics of grievance” is never whether or not a statement is true — it can be laughably untrue. The proof is: can it catch political fire. For example the claim that Obama wasn’t born in the US was obviously bogus, but it was successfully used to question the effectiveness of his presidency.
We’ve been assaulted with dozens of examples. The “stolen election” is only the latest in a long line that has been used to build up political power for now and in the future. The more publicity each claim gets, the more it can effect future politics – including the elections in 2022.
What can we do about it?
First: “Breathe.” Anxiety doesn’t help.
Second: In the coming months pay less attention to the grievances. Focus on the good stuff that is happening.
Third: Take action steps. Always remember, this is a situation we can do something about. Our positive efforts will continue to remake American politics and a culture of inclusion.
Keep your vision alive. Keep your focus:
  • Securing Medicare for All to deal with the real needs of real people,
  • Preventing Gun Violence for a safer America,
  • Restoring our Democracy by eliminating Partisan Gerrymandering,
  • Stemming systemic marginalization, including for women, the LGBTQ community, Blacks and other minorities,
  • Promoting voter’s rights for a fairer America for all,
  • Protecting our Environment for ourselves, our kids and our grandkids.
So far we’ve created a strong movement and we have momentum of our own.
There will always be those who will cry out and use “The politics of grievance.” When their noise becomes too loud, refer to our First Suggestion above: Breathe!
Then join us.
We can do this. Our NWSOFA events and meetings are here to make things happen. Help us fight back against the noise.
(This use of “The Politics of Grievance” was inspired by a George Lakey article in Waging Nonviolence 11/26/2020)
  • DEC 1 – NWSOFA Indivisible – Stand With Women Victory Celebration @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • DEC 1 – NWSOFA & Indivisible Illinois weekly GA Twitterstorm events via Zoom @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • DEC 1 – 29 – NWSOFA Indivisible SWW – “Get out the vote in Georgia” to control the Senate! POSTCARDS
  • DEC 2 – NWSOFA Indivisible – National Day of Action Call-A-Thons for Georgia @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • DEC 3 – NWSOFA Indivisible Restore Our Democracy @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • DEC 5 – NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Teach Partner Event: Survivor of Gun Violence Reconciliation Event @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • DEC 8 – NWSOFA Indivisible the 2020 Nationwide Vigils/Events to #EndGunViolence
  • DEC 15 – NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Team Vigil Honoring Sandy Hook in Partnership with Chicago Survivors, First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, and Moms Demand Action – time TBD
NWSOFA Indivisible Stand With Women
Victory Celebration
December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stand With Women will gather virtually to celebrate our new President Elect and Vice President Elect, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
In addition to our celebration, we will discuss actions moving forward including Georgia Senate runoff election in January, as well as status of women’s issues federally and locally.
Gather up, cake, chocolate, champagne or whatever makes you happy, and meet us online at 7pm on December 1st.
Webex link to join https://nwsofaindivisible.my.webex.com/meet/ofa.nws
It has been a long 2020 and you have been truly missed. Please join us so we can reconnect, regroup, and celebrate together.
NWSOFA Indivisible National Day of Action Call-A-Thons for Georgia
December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Georgia groups will be getting priority on phonebanking, but there are still some ways to make calls if you want to help.
We will be having two National Day of Action Call-A-Thons for Georgia.
There are other organizations that do have additional phonebanking opportunities, including Fair FightBlack Voters Matter, and both campaigns (Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock).
There is still a major need for phonebankers – this is still top priority, even if not on explicit Indivisible resources.
Phonebanking is proven to increase turnout the most out of all these resources, and remember that about 20% of the country does not have access to broadband. Sometimes phone calls are the only way people can get information about the election.
NWSOFA Indivisible Restore Our Democracy
The Electoral College 101 – Presented by the League of Women Voters IL
December 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a thorough explanation of how the Electoral College works in the USA as presented by the Illinois League of Women Voters
Ed Spire and Jim McGrath
NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Teach Partner Event:
Survivor of Gun Violence Reconciliation Event
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a virtual event, hosted by Willow Creek’s Prison and Jail Ministry.
Since 2016, Willow Creek has hosted an in-person annual event to honor the survivors of gun violence.
This memorable event has included survivors and other speakers who are working to end gun violence and also the packing of Healing Gift Bags which have been distributed by survivor, Maria Pike of Chicago Survivors, to survivors in Chicago.
This year’s program will be virtual and will feature Maria Pike and others who will address the issue of gun violence and methods of coming together for reconciliation.
The Healing Gift Bags will be packed later by Willow Creek volunteers and distributed by Maria Pike
NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention
Joins the 2020 Nationwide Vigils/Events to #EndGunViolence
December 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights,
1903 E. Euclid Ave. Arlington Hts., 60004
More information to follow
NWSOFA & Indivisible Illinois
Weekly GA Twitterstorm events via Zoom
December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 813 2693 4453
Passcode: 770404
Hosted by: Rose Colacino, Justin Marcoviche-Garnett and Bill Davis
Our Goal: To spread the word about the Georgia Senate runoff election in January far and wide using our Twitter accounts.
How?: Simply tweet ALWAYS using the provided hashtag(s)
Why?: We want to flood our Twitter feeds with GA runoff election messaging with the intent to TREND in Georgia. Just remember…The more we tweet, the farther our reach!
TwitterStorm Guidelines:
  1. Please stay muted during the call unless asked to unmute yourself.
  2. All questions should be directed to the chat where our moderator will gather and answer them. You may be asked to speak.
  3. Please be respectful to guests and hosts at all times. Any misconduct or disruption will result in immediate dismissal from the call.
  4. We will provide a Social Media Toolkit for you to utilize during the Twitterstorm to use as your guide to success during our event. The toolkit also contains scripted tweets you may use!
  5. Though we’d like you to, you are not expected to stay on the call or tweet during the entire two hour period. Any and all contributions are welcomed.
ACA enrollment is open now through December 15th.
This is the chance for people who lost their employer provided health insurance to purchase subsidized policies effective January 1st.
“Coffee & Conversation” with NWSOFA every weekday @ 9 AM in DECEMBER
Start your mornings off with Coffee and Conversations with the Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action – An Indivisible Chapter. Join us, bring your favorite coffee, tea and /or snack and your smile. There will be no agenda so we will use the time to reconnect. Open Mic – all are welcome!
JUST FOR FUN, join us every Friday at 5:00 PM for our weekly “Friday Happy Hour”. Join us, bring your favorite beverage and your smile. There will be no agenda so we will use the time to reconnect and refresh.
Revisit and Review past meeting videos of NWSOFA programs on our youtube.com Channel
Podcast – Conversation Z: a new SM targeted approach
All Episodes are available to stream.
Listen on Spotify:
  • NOV 17 – NWSOFA Indivisible Fiscal and Economic Issue Team Meeting @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • NOV 19 – NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • NOV 24 – NWSOFA Inivisible Climate Change Meeting: Featuring Wharton Sinkler from the Citizen’s Climate Lobby @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s)
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization.
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