NWSOFA March 2019 Progressive Newsletter



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Sara Horan and Bill Davis – NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads
(Northwest Suburbs,Chicago, Indivisible)
Get ready, NWSOFA is now affiliating with INDIVISIBLE Nationwide, Illinois & Chicago Metro

Our name has not changed. We’re still the independent NWSOFA we all know and love. We are dedicated to growing Progressive Issues.
But by joining with INDIVISIBLE we can become even more effective at getting progressive candidates elected (think: BLUE WAVE!).
OK, Here’s Another Name:
OFA and NWSOFA are also combining forces with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Redistricting Action Fund (now ALL ON THE LINE) to modernize redistricting.
So, we have a new name and new affiliations but we’re still the same. 
We’re still involved in all the important issues that have energized us in the past

Gun Violence Prevention,

Fiscal and Economic,

Climate Change,


Affordable Care Act registration,

Women’s Rights,

Diversity Outreach

And to prove it look below and see how many events we have scheduled for the month of March! What a month! Join us, won’t you? and see how much good change YOU can make!
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 2019 .
Coming in MARCH

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 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

Join the International Women’s Day Rally

Friday March 8th 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Corner of Northwest Hwy & Rt 83*

Along the side of the road

Mt. Prospect , IL 60056

A gigantic chain of women! Stand With Women will be literally standing with women in a beautiful, sprawling rally along Northwest Highway on International Women’s Day, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. We’ll meet first at the corner of Northwest Highway and Main Street (Elmhurst Road) in Mount Prospect, then stretch north along Northwest Highway. Let’s make the chain reach Barrington! Many thanks to We The People and Stand on Every Corner, who are co-sponsoring the rally.

For more information click here: LWV-Palatine



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NWSOFA Partner Event:

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NWSOFA Restore Our Democracy
March 14 – 7:00 pm  
Arlington Heights Village Hall 
second floor Commissions Room
33 S Arlington Heights Rd, 
Arlington Heights, IL  
H.R.1 – For the People Act of 2019
Please attend our presentation called “The Restoring Our Democracy” bill. 
H.R.1 covers three main planks: 
Campaign finance
  • Public financing of campaigns, powered by small donations. Under H.R.1, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over. Support for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United.
  • Passing the DISCLOSE Act,  This would require Super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public.
  • Passing the Honest Ads Act, This would require Facebook and Twitter to disclose the source of money for political ads on their platforms and share how much money was spent.
  • Disclosing any political spending by government contractors and slowing the flow of foreign money into the elections by targeting shell companies.
  • Restructuring the Federal Election Commission to have five commissioners instead of the current four, in order to break political gridlock.
  • Prohibiting any coordination between candidates and Super PACs.
  • Requiring the president and vice president to disclose 10 years of his or her tax returns. Candidates for president and vice president must also do the same.
  • Stopping members of Congress from using taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment or discrimination cases.
  • Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements. These include more oversight into foreign agents by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
  • Creating a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.
Voting rights
  • Creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to opt out, rather than opt in, ensuring more people will be signed up to vote. Early voting, same-day voter registration, and online voter registration would also be promoted.
  • Making Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encouraging private sector businesses to do the same, requiring poll workers to provide a week’s notice if poll sites are changed, and making colleges and universities a voter registration agency (in addition to the DMV, etc), among other updates.
  • Ending partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibiting voter roll purging. The bill would stop the use of non-forwardable mail being used as a way to remove voters from rolls.
  • Beefing up elections security, including requiring the director of national intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats.
  • Recruiting and training more poll workers ahead of the 2020 election to cut down on long lines at the polls.



Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights,  IL 60005

  1. 9:30-10:20 Village Board – Joh Scaletta, Laurie Taylor, Mary Beth Canty, Robin LaBedz, and Tom Schwingbeck
  2. 10:30-11:20 Park District -Brian J. Owen, Charles McLaughlin, and Rob Nesvacil
If anyone would like to volunteer to help, they can go to our  sign up genius.
Additionally, we have sent candidates with email addresses a survey to complete and their answers will be added to the IllinoisVoterGuide.org.
If League can be of service to your community, please let me know.  We are driven 100% by passion and volunteers.


Stand With Women

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Stand With Women
Movie Night & March Meeting

Greater Area Palatine Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 PM
Movie Night & Monthly Meeting.
We will be watching the Academy Award Winning, Short Documentary, Period. End Of Sentence. 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 March meeting that includes the current status of the ERA, action steps we can take to ensure women are an equal part of the US constitution.
For further information, please call: NWSOFA Indivisible at 224-241-2012



Northwest Suburban Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights,  IL  60004 
Because of Newtown, Parkland and and now because of Aurora, the NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Issues Team has committed itself to become a bolder than ever 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 Gun Violence Prevention Issues Team educates by having periodic informational meetings, collaborates with coalition non-partisan groups, such as local faith communities and Moms and Youth 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 protect our children, families and communities in Illinois, strengthen background checks and by raising community awareness of the national public health emergency that gun violence injuries and deaths represent 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.
For further information, please call: NWSOFA Indivisible at 224-241-2012


SATURDAY, MARCH 23rd 3:30-5:30
Greater Palatine & Wheeling Township Democrats Office 
1310 W Northwest Hwy, Arlington Heights, Il
Two Celebrations Rolled into ONE
March 23rd ..
    • Anniversary of the ACA .. ObamaCare
    • Kickoff of the ALL On THE LINE Campaign by President Obama and Eric Holder
Join us for a gathering of friends and family in our community to understand how gerrymandering impacts the issues we all care about. Health care is on the line: On the 9th anniversary of signing the Affordable Care Act into law, we want to connect the dots on how partisan gerrymandering has significantly impacted health care policy, as well as to build a basic understanding of the broader challenges — and opportunities — we will face as a campaign when working towards fairer maps for all.
NWSOFA’s  #HealthcareForAll — National and Statewide Day of Action.  #OBAMACARE #ACA #MedicareForAll  Note: Keith Moens will lead the 9th Anniversary of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and update all on current push for Single Payer, Medicare For All locally.  Keith will Note: Healthcare is a human right and remains the issue which organized our OFA & Indivisible community.. Planning for next actions when your US Reps are home from Washington .. What Visual Representation of healthcare – idea have people bring apples (or object which represents healthcare) and leave them outside your US Reps office
NWSOFA’s Kickoff of  “All ON THE LINE” will have a short video from Former President Obama which highlights the damaging effects of gerrymandering on our democracy. He called on all of us to get engaged in the 2018 midterm elections as it was a critical year for setting up the fight on redistricting and restoring fairness back to elections-now, that fight continues. Join the Facebook Live event (45 min) for a message from AG Holder and the following discussion on how WE can make a Difference!

To RSVP Click Here 


Fiscal and Economic Issues
March Team Meeting



7:00 – 9:30 PM

Hendrickson Room (2nd floor)

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
The NWSOFA Fiscal and Economic Issues Team meets monthly to educate its members on federal and Illinois issues.  We update for monthly employment data, quarterly GDP data, and information on budget deficits.  We focus on the facts–and how to discuss those facts.  We have mobilized for actions on federal and Illinois legislation, usually in collaboration with other groups.
Some topics for March include:
– Initial 2018 real GDP growth numbers came in at 2.9% as we predicted.  So it looks like we probably won’t get 3% growth for any year under President Trump.
– The February jobs numbers come out next Friday, March 8th.  It will be interesting to see how the shutdown has affected the employment numbers this year.  My guess is that the monthly job growth numbers will be lower in February, but that the unemployment rate will go down slightly as well.
– David is updating the slides regarding Gerrymandering.
– We will be taking an initial look at Governor Pritzker’s proposed budget for Illinois for fiscal year (FY) 2020 (July 2019-June 2020), including reviews of the budget by various non-governmental organizations.
– The White House plans to begin releasing its FY 2020 (October 2019-September 2020) budget on March 11th.  The White House claims that the budget was delayed from its 1st Monday in February due date because of the government shutdown.  Depending on what gets released, we will likely also comment on the federal budget at our March meeting
– We will also be discussing topics suggested by our members, including this article HERE
Our February PowerPoint presentation can be found HERE
Videos from our February meeting can be found HERE


Climate Change

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Climate Change
“Monthly Meeting” and Special Presentation “Affordable Solar NOW!”

Greater Area Palatine Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00- 9:00 PM
Solar Presentation & Monthly Meeting.
Besides the timely update on Climate Change, and local, State and US bill status, we will be treated to an excellent presentation on Solar … “Is it Right for You” or more importantly ” Solar, the Affordable Option” ..
For further information, please call: NWSOFA Indivisible at 224-241-2012


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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