Sara Horan and Bill Davis – NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads
MARCH: more than a name for one month in the year!
MARCH for what you believe
MARCH for what should be
MARCH for OFA
MARCH for Voter’s rights
MARCH for the innocent that need protection
MARCH to get educated on the issues and the candidates
MARCH for a better, cleaner and more just America and world
MARCH for Candidates that will do the right thing
MARCH to the Polls to elect them on the 20th
or better yet
MARCH in and vote early
MARCH: when t
he Political season for 2018 really gets going. Early voting has begun and the last day to vote in
the 2018 Primaries is MARCH 20.
NWSOFA recommends that you do research, attend candidate forums no matter who is putting them on. ASK questions. Be informed. Find out who’s running and where they stand on the issues important to you, then take your NWSOFA hat off and V
olunteer as an individual to work on a campaign by phone banking,
Volunteering to canvass,
Volunteering to MARCH!
Volunteer as an individual, NOW, to get the word out for progressive candidates that support our issues!
NWSOFA will be MARCHING to keep the focus on the issues:
ACA Healthcare reform, Climate Change, Minimum Wage, Gun Violence Prevention, Equal Pay for Equal Work for Women, Immigration Reform,
and our new 2018 initiatives on “Voters Rights and Redistricting” and “Getting money out of Politics” .. these can not be ignored.. that’s our calling. But the candidates and the campaigns have to happen at the political party level .. so take that NWSOFA hat off and start gearing up as a concerned citizen .. join the campaigns of your choice and help get those candidates who believe in your issues get elected.
Together NWSOFA, You and the Political Parties and Candidates, are the front line of the battle.. in the streets and in the offices of the local, state and national Legislatures. We are not weak as long as our voices are together and our commitment to our issues resolute.
Let’s get the best candidates we can for the General election in November.
Working separately (NWSOFA vs Elections) on campaigns, yet working together on issues, we can and will create progressive change for the social issues that we (NWSOFA) believe in.
MARCH TOGETHER and we can, and will, create progressive change.
the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day NW ‘Burbs
THURSDAY MARCH 8
anytime between 4:30 — 6:30 PM
near the northwest corner of the intersection of Northwest Highway and Elmhurst/Route 83
Women! Men! Families! Singles! Everyone!
Join us to:
Support the equality for women’s rights and celebrate women’s accomplishments!
Support the passage of the ERA in Illinois!
Let people know that we are persisting in the #METOO movement! Join us at anytime during this two-hour window. Children welcome!
We the People – Mt. Prospect Area is hosting
Last year more than 60 women, men and children of all ages participated.
Wear purple and bring signs in support of women, women’s issues, gender parity and support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Now more than ever, there’s a strong call to action to press forward and progress gender parity. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
The rally will take place near the northwest corner of the intersection of Northwest Highway and Elmhurst/Route 83, near the parking lots west of Submarine Express
It’s time to ditch your straw. With colorful animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, this award-winning, 32-minute film explains the problems stemming from plastic pollution and empowers you to be part of the solution. Americans use once and then toss an estimated 500 million straws every day. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the fifth most common items on beaches. They also wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.
Teens and young adults encouraged to attend.
Come for a 6 p.m. Resource Fair, where you can learn tips and tricks for healthier, planet-friendly living. After the film, engage in a conversation with Tim Milburn, Park Ridge’s Community Health Commissioner; Debra Kutska, Sustainability Specialist of Oakton Community College; Nan Parson of Straws Literally Upon Request Policy (SLURP); as well as members of the League of Women Voters of Lake Michigan Region; and Friends of the Chicago River. Plus, hear which Park Ridge restaurants participate in SLURP, and make a no-straw pledge. Facilitator: Sue Crothers of the River Forest Sustainability Commission and Young Filmmakers Contest Founding Director.
Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats.
Come join us for a discussion of the fiscal and economic issues facing Illinois and the U.S. We will do our normal update of the U.S. economy and budget situation, i.e. the current FY 2018 federal government is operating on a Continuing Resolution that expires March 23rd. In addition, we will do a deeper dive into the Illinois economy and budget situation.
Illinois operates on fiscal years (FY) from July 1 to June 30. Governor Rauner has submitted his FY 2019 budget and the legislature has just begun hearings on appropriations. This spring promises to be another contentious one in the legislature regarding budget negotiation.
We will present a recent history of the Illinois economic and fiscal situation, as well as discuss some recommendations for next year’s (FY 2019) budget. We will also give a status on the current budget negotiations to the extent they are known.
Bring your Questions for Karl Faulstich and Dave Doney, our Fiscal Co-Leads. Come join us for some exciting discussions.
Then come join us for continued discussions at Lou Malnati’s after 9:30 pm. While OFA may not be political, we can discuss the politics of what is happening now at Lou’s.
As we discussed, this is the smaller room. Put the event in the March newsletter, but based on signups we may not want to do many additional email blasts unless we get set up to do this as a webinar.
We will look at costs and effectiveness of green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, bioswales, vegetated roofs, and rain barrels. We will hear about a Northwestern University study of the impact of these techniques on flooding, and learn about implementation at the community level. We will also discuss strategies for how to get your municipality to incentivize implementation of green infrastructure.
Speakers will include:
Erin Balasky, Northwestern University, Environmental Engineering
Marcella Bondie Keenan, Director of RainReady Home at the Center for Neighborhood Technology
Ben Sharafsky, Program Specialist, Delta Institute
GoGreenIL from 1-3 pm at Chicago Botanic Gardens to learn about Green Stormwater Management. If you have not already done so,PLEASE let us know if you will attend this meeting by emailing:
The GVP Issues team has been working for over four years keep the conversation about gun violence going forward to take action to change our laws with the goal of creating safer communities for everyone, including our law enforcement officers, in our state and nation. We hold 90 minute planning meetings typically (some exceptions) on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in working to reduce gun violence in America, we invite you to our next meeting. Registration is preferred as seating is sometimes limited.
Monthly planning meeting for our Climate Change Team. We’ll be assessing our progress in Palatine and Mt. Prospect on our Mayors for 100% Renewables/Sustainability to see how we can expand our impact on our local villages. Big plans in the works for Earth Day and other events.
“Hope is not blind optimism. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.” President Barack Obama
Thank You to our NWSOFA Issue Leads in 2015
Click on the above Image to see each lead and the issues they work on .._