NWSOFA Indivisible October 2019 Progressive Newsletter

This time of year many people start thinking about football and other fall sports. The crisp fall air, multi-colored leaves, pumpkins ripe on the vine and football all remind us that the year is now in it’s final quarter.
Now is also the time that signatures are due for all candidates that are running for office — all the way from US Senate to precinct committeeperson. So we encourage you to GET IN THE GAME! Find out who is running a progressive campaign. Contact your congressperson, candidate for state legislature, County wide office and County Board. Help them get on the ballot and then help them win next year.
We need to build a blue organization from the bottom up and you can help.
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Restore Our Democracy Presentation
Saturday, October 5, 6:00PM
Dappers East Restaurant
2901 W Addison
Chicago, 60618
We will discuss the importance of H.R.1, also called “The Restoring Our Democracy” bill. H.R.1 covers three main planks: campaign finance reform, strengthening the government’s ethics laws, and expanding voting rights – important changes to these three aspects of our elected government that are critical to our democracy. This session will focus on the campaign finance money in politics section of H.R.1 to enable you to be an informed voter and a supporter this important legislation.
Tues. Oct 8 @ 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Palatine Public Library
700 N. North Ct.
Palatine, IL 60067
When:Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 PM
Movie Night: Suffragette
100 years ago Illinois ratified the 19th amendment providing women the right to vote.
This (free) movie Suffragette is a 2015 British historical period drama film about women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, with Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan. In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.
Restore our Democracy
Two Presentations
Thurs. Oct 8 @ 7 – 9 pm
Elk Grove Township Democrats
2400 S Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 PM
This Event is open to the public.
Don’t miss this important free seminar where we will discuss the importance of H.R.1, also called “The Restoring Our Democracy” bill. H.R.1 covers three main planks: campaign finance reform, strengthening the government’s ethics laws, and expanding voting rights – important changes to these three aspects of our elected government that are critical to our democracy. This session will focus on the campaign finance money in politics section of H.R.1 to enable you to be an informed voter and a supporter this important legislation. There will also be a presentation on Gun Violence.
Thurs. Oct 10 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM
GPAD Annual Pasta Supper Fall Fundraiser
Thurs. Oct 10 @ 6:30 – 10:00 PM
You are cordially invited to Join
the Greater Palatine Area Democrats and the Wheeling Township Democrats
at our Annual Pasta Supper Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Featured Speaker:
Early birds: ​CONGRESSMAN SEAN CASTEN​, IL 06 will be speaking at 5:30 P.M.
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners, will join us and speak after dinner 
Candidates for the March 17, 2020 Primary Ballot are invited to bring nominating petitions.
1211 South New Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Complimentary Soft Drinks & Coffee ⬥ Cash Bar
All proceeds are used to support candidates and maintain the ONLY full-time Democratic office in the northwest suburbs at 1310 W Northwest Hwy. Arlington Heights, IL 60004
INDIVIDUAL $50.00 _____ (single ticket) BRONZE
SPONSOR$150.00_____(includes 2tickets)
SILVER SPONSOR $250.00 _____(includes two tickets and a quarter- page ad) GOLD SPONSOR $500.00 _____(includes two tickets and a half-page ad) PLATINUM SPONSOR $1000.00 _____(includes two tickets and a full-page ad)
A copy of our report is or will be on file with the IL State Board of Elections official website ​www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the from the IL State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL
Sat. Oct 12 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Special Guest: Evelyn Holmes ABC 7 News Reporter Xavier McElrath-Bey, Senior Advisor of ICAN Dinner & Entertainment
About this Event
Sacred Ground Ministries is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Sacred Ground provides mentoring services and meaningful life enrichment for young people. Sacred Ground’s mission is to expand opportunities and outcomes for at-risk youth in Greater Grand Crossing. Since 2012, Sacred Ground has helped set up mentoring programs, student workshops, parent forums, and Teen Town Hall sessions and funded scholarships to Hirsch graduates. For more information, please visit sacredgroundministries.com.
Sacred Ground is proud to host our 4th Annual Light Outshines Violence Everyday (L.O.V.E.) Gala, inspired by Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” With new development in our communities, we want to provide our youth with the skills needed to compete in the workforce, from skilled trades to college education. We need your support to help our students reach their full academic and personal career potential!
All proceeds from the Gala will help fund our mentoring, tutoring, and college- and job-readiness programs, as well as our restoritive justice practices and scholarship program. We will be raising funds for our full-time tutoring program at Hirsch High School and parent initiatives programs at other Chicago Public Schools in the area for the 2019-20 school year. Please join us to get introduced to Sacred Ground’s work and contribute to our mission to bring L.O.V.E. and hope to all of our young people!
We will be joined by special guests Keynote Speaker Xavier McElrath-Bey and Mistress of Ceremonies Evelyn Holmes, News Reporter at ABC 7 News.
Tues. Oct 15 @ 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Greater Palatine Area Dems Office
1310 W. NW Hwy
Arlington Hts., IL 60090
September 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Excited about electing a Democrat to the White House in 2020?
We are too!
Join the Greater Palatine Area Democrats, the Illinois Sixth Congressional District Democrats, and NWSOFA/Indivisible as we watch the third Democratic presidential primary debate..
Bring your family and friends for a fun evening!
Gun Violence Prevention Team Planning Meeting
Thurs. Oct 17 @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Greater Palatine Area Dems Office
1310 W. NW Hwy
Arlington Hts., IL 60090
September 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Because of Newtown, and now because of Parkland, the NWSOFA GVP Issues group for the past 5 years has committed itself to become an even bolder advocate 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 takes action by supporting the efforts of our youth and March for Our Lives and recruiting legislators to build support for legislation to license gun dealers in Illinois, strengthen background checks and by raising 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 Northwest Suburban 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.
Thurs. Oct 17 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM
With Rep. Michelle Mussman
SAT. OCT 19 @ 11 AM – 2 PM
On October 19, 2019, we will rally for NATIONAL PERIOD DAY — elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all. This is an inclusive rally! Whether you menstruate or not, EVERYONE is welcome.
Bring all your family and friends! Bring posters! Wear red!
It’s 2019, and yet, 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income. In the first city-wide study on period poverty, it was found that 46% of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products. Because of the period stigma that makes menstruation a taboo topic, we don’t often think about what it’s like for a homeless or low-income menstruator to get their period, and don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.
We believe that it is a fundamental human right to be able to discover and reach your full potential, regardless of a natural need – and what could be more natural than menstruation? Simply put — MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. We are the Menstrual Movement — fighting for equitable access to menstrual hygiene, and breaking down the stigma surrounding periods. This fight is on ALL OF US, and we must TAKE ACTION NOW. Unlike most poverty-related issues, this one is solvable. Along with destigmatizing periods, we are calling for:
Clean and healthy period products to be freely accessible in schools, shelters, and prisons
PLEASE SHARE! There are rallies being hosted all across the US in honor of PERIOD DAY!
MON. OCT 21 @ 7 – 9 PM
Schaumburg Library
130 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60004
Our next Fiscal and Economic Issues meeting will be back in Schaumburg on October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Schaumburg Public Library conference room. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. ———–
Fiscal year (FY) 2019 ends on September 30th. If Congress doesn’t pass (and President Trump doesn’t sign) appropriations bills for FY 2020 by then (or at least continuing resolutions), we face another partial government shutdown. We will discuss the status of these appropriations bills at our October meeting and any actions we want to take to influence these bills.
We will also discuss the fiscal and economic numbers, e.g. job growth, real GDP growth, inflation, FY 2019 budget deficit, etc. . The 11 month deficit through August was over $1 trillion, but we expect it to come down a little in September as quarterly tax payments are due. We should have the reported numbers for FY 2019 ending 9/30 by the meeting date.
A draft of our September PowerPoint presentation can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-8JyumqpNelcktKMDd1Y20xVm94dFEwMTZsaVFzd0xYZlp3
We will update with a draft of the October presentation when available
I look forward to another good discussion in October. See you there.
Climate Change Meeting
OCT. 22 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Harper College –
Building J – Room J152
Palatine, IL
Join us for our monthly Climate Change Team Meeting! … PLUS, PLUS
Special Guest Speaker!
Sarah Moskowitz, Outreach Director of Citizens Utility Board will present the CUB perspective on Climate Change.
Why You should Attend!
There’s a lot happening in Illinois energy and telecom policy these days, and it’s CUB’s job, as the state’s premiere utility watchdog group, to make sure everyday consumers aren’t left behind!
Sarah has worked at CUB for over 17 years, traveling the state to talk to residents about the latest energy and telecom policies and how they impact our bottom line.
She joined the organization in 2000 as a consumer rights counselor, helping individuals navigate utility-related questions and complaints. In 2006, Sarah became CUB’s first director of outreach, managing CUB’s statewide efforts to educate consumers about utility and efficiency issues.
Under her leadership, CUB has developed one of the most far-reaching outreach operations in Illinois, speaking to thousands of people at conferences, church meetings, civic organizations, and social service agencies.
OCT. 24 @ 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Harper College–J Theater
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Re-Envsioning Masculinity: A Workshop and Dialogue on Toxic Masculinity
Through mini-presentations, critical dialogues, and video clips, we will examine the following issues:
1. What is toxic masculinity?
2. Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate?
3. Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself?
4. How does it affect all of us?
5. How can individual and collective changes take place?
This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016 when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigrations. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC.
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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