NWSOFA Indivisible February 2021 Progressive Newsletter

  NEWSLETTER and CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2021
In America, every fight is a fight that involves Black liberation and justice.
Black Futures Month is a visionary, forward-looking spin on celebrations of Blackness in February. The Movement for Black Lives is using this time to both consider and celebrate our Black radical history and to dream and imagine a world in which we are free and self-determined.
This Black Futures Month M4BL will uplift artists, creators, and organizers telling stories we have yet to hear — stories that will unlock our future.
To kick off M4BLs month-long celebration, INDIVISIBLE is releasing a short Afrofuturist film produced in partnership with Root Story Films that imagines a future when all Black people will be free:
Black Futures Month celebrates Black people, art, culture, joy, and organizing in service to our bold vision for Black liberation.
The Black experience is rife with ingenuity, experimentation, success, and the fight for self-sufficiency. The stories told about Black people by the media don’t reflect the boundless offerings our communities have made that enrich and expand the notion of what it means to be human. Through art, ideas, food, discourse, and dissent, we have shaped the contours of an America deserved of Black people.
With a bold vision and our hands on the freedom plow, we are erecting a world in which all Black lives matter. We do this by telling new stories that illustrate our vision of society; by abolishing harmful and violent institutions and replacing them with a new vision of society that invests in people and community; and by loving ourselves and each other and basking in our excellence.
During Black Futures Month, and always, we center Black, queer, and transfeminist perspectives. Black queer and trans people have long been at the forefront of dreaming, visioning, and expanding what is possible for our movements. It is our duty to affirm, celebrate, and defend all Black lives.
This Black Future’s Month let’s give ourselves the freedom and permission to follow our radical imaginations and visualize the world we deserve because in order to realize a society in which we have healthcare for all, a meaningful wage, self-determination, and true freedom, we have to first imagine it!
INDIVISIBLE
NWSOFA – INDIVISIBLE
UPCOMING EVENTS
SCHEDULED EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2021
  • FEB 9 – NWSOFA Indivisible ROD Event: Citizens United – Money in Politics. What’s the Answer? 1:30 TO 3:30 PM
  • FEB 11 –  DFPT Fundraiser
  • FEB 11 – NWSOFA Indivisible, GPAD, Ballot Z, and Indivisible IL TWITTERSTORMS ARE BACK! 6 – 8 PM
  • FEB 11 – NWSOFA Indivisible Fiscal and Economic Issue Team December Meeting 7 pm
  • FEB 18 – GVP Monthly Team Meeting 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • FEB 18 – NWSOFA Indivisible, GPAD, Ballot Z, and Indivisible IL TWITTERSTORMS ARE BACK! 6 – 8 PM
  • FEB 25 – NWSOFA Indivisible, GPAD, Ballot Z, and Indivisible IL TWITTERSTORMS ARE BACK! 6 – 8 PM
NWSOFA Indivisible Restore Our Democracy Event:
Citizens United – Money in Politics. What’s the Answer?
February 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Money in Politics. What’s the Answer?
Do not miss this important free seminar where we will highlight the importance of campaign finance reform addressed in HR1, referred to as “For the People Act”.
HR1 Preamble: To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.
All are important aspects of our elected government that are critical to our democracy. This seminar will focus on the excesses of money in politics section of HR1 to enable you to be an informed voter and a supporter of this important legislation.
NWSOFA Indivisible Fiscal and Economic Issue Team
December Meeting
February 11 @ 7 – 9 pm
NWSOFA Indivisible Fiscal and Economic Issue Event for February
David and Karl will give an update on the US economy and the fiscal (budget deficit) situation.
In February, we will have our next to last report on the “Trump economy.” The January Employment Report will be issued on February 5th. This will be the last month of the Trump economy. The first estimate of 4th quarter GDP growth will be reported on January 28th. This will be the next to last Trump quarter. First quarter GDP growth won’t be reported until the 2nd quarter.
The US has been in a downturn since February. We will review forecasts for how quickly the economy will recover.
NWSOFA Indivisible, GPAD, Ballot Z, and Indivisible IL TWITTERSTORMS Are Back!
February 11, 18 & 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Twitterstorms are back!
NWSOFA has been working with Maria (GPAD), Gretchen (Ballot Z), Julia, Rose (Indivisible IL) and our very own Twitterstorms team for the upcoming April 6th Local Election.
We’re amping up the conversation to get the progressive / liberal / Democratic voters to turnout!!
NWSOFA covers 6 townships (Hanover, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, Wheeling, Palatine & Barrington) and that includes a lot of partisan and non partisan elections ..
The weekly “Twitterstorms” that we did for the Illinois “VBM” & the “GA-Senate Runoff race” were very successful. So we’re doing them again!
For 2 hours every Thursday night — starting tomorrow Feb 4th and continuing through April 6th and finishing with a flurry of twitter activity in the last 48 hours before the election.
Why? Voter participation for local elections is typically 17% or less. That’s compared to the 71% we just experienced in the last National Presidential election .. and Republicans usually turn out much higher than Democrats for local elections..
We are going to focus on local candidates with generic, Virus Free “Vote By Mail” messages with local hashtags.
The format of the 2 hour Tweetstorm will have candidates dropping in at 30 min intervals for 5 minute meet and greets. We will then tweet & retweet their information — focusing on the local area hashtags .. Once those tweets are out there we’re asking our membership to retweet them to increase our “trend”.
We will have “Hunters” with experience, “Tweeters” tweeting remade tweets with graphics, and “Re-Tweeters” just hitting retweet to drive the “trending” of the tweets. It is easy .. even if you have never tweeted we will spend time getting you signed up and re-tweeting.
Come join us to ACTIVATE Progressive / Liberal & Democratic voters for the April 6th Local elections.
Help spread the word.
Hope you can join us!
Storms will be issue-based with local candidates invited.
Bill
NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention
February 18 @ 7:00 pm
There are no words to adequately respond to the tragic death of George Floyd and to the 1000 other individuals who have lost their lives to police violence in 2020.
As a Gun Violence Prevention Issues Team, we stand in solidarity with those peacefully protesting and calling for an end to police violence and calling for comprehensive police reform and an end to systemic racism.
And just like the public health crisis of Covid-19, we know that racism and gun violence are at epidemic levels in the U.S. and all intersect in a space where our individual and collective voices of protest and action can make a difference to bring a change in our laws to ensure that equality, justice and peace is experienced by everyone.
So – because of Newtown in 2012 and Parkland in 2018 – and now because of the worldwide protests to end police violence and dismantle systemic racism, the NWSOFA GVP Issues group, currently in its seventh year, has re-committed itself to become even more relentless advocates of change and action.
We are determined to change the conversation surrounding gun violence in America no matter where it occurs, 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 by recruiting legislators to build support for commonsense gun violence prevention 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 everywhere – the majority of whom we acknowledge conduct themselves with a spirit of honor, dedication and service to their communities.
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.
Until our days of social distancing are over, we will hold one hour video conference meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Registration is required to receive a link and password to join the meeting since the “seating” on Zoom is limited to 100.
Please join us! We know that by uniting and working together we can make a difference. . In the June 2020 Indivisible post, I included this quote from Charlie Beck, the author of the April 15, 2020, Tribune article, who said, “Unite to end gun violence as you have united to slow the coronovirus.” If we do, we can end “gun violence in the same way…..flatten the curve.”
Yet tragically today, nearly nine months later, the curve no longer shows signs of flattening anytime soon. In fact, that curve continues upward at an alarming speed. And gun violence in Chicago has been increasing, too.
For those of us who agree with the experts who see both Covid-19 and gun violence as public health issues, we also agree with those who see the impact of the pandemic and gun violence on communities of color as part of underlying issues of systemic racism. But once we take a truly holistic look at these issues – and unite and work together – we then will be able to take the necessary steps and move closer to reaching our goal of creating safer and more equitable communities for all Americans.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
OPEN MARKET PLACE
FOR 3 MONTHS <—-> FEB 15 – MAY 15
President Biden has
  • Reopened the ACA federal insurance market place for three months to give millions of Americans who need health coverage during the pandemic an extended chance to buy health plans.
  • Removed barriers to Medicaid that were erected under the previous President.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced a special enrollment period from February 15 to May 15 through HealthCare.gov. The order only affects states, such as Illinois, that rely upon the federal marketplace. This open enrollment period does not require any proof of a major life change, such as a job loss.
“Coffee & Conversation/Breakfast Club” with NWSOFA
Every Weekday @ 9 AM
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!
“Open Office” hours with NWSOFA..
1-2 pm M-F
“Open Office” hours with NWSOFA. M-F
New “Open-Office” from 1 pm- 2pm is open: a place for leaders to drop in and talk about the issues teams / communications efforts ..
NWSOFA – INDIVISIBLE HAPPY HOUR!
EVERY FRIDAY @ 5:00 PM
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.
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GREAT NEWS!!!!! Justin was selected into a DNC Cohort (Communications Segment) and will be in training 1/11 – 3/2021 or 4/2021. Congratulations, Justin!!!
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IN THE BOOKS-RECENT EVENTS
  • JAN 4 – NWSOFA & Indivisible Illinois weekly GA Twitterstorm events via Zoom @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • JAN 5 – NWSOFA & Indivisible Illinois are inviting you to our GA Twitterstorm event via Zoom
  • JAN 12 – DFPT Fundraiser
  • JAN 13 – NWSOFA Indivisible Fiscal and Economic Issue Team December Meeting 7 pm
  • JAN 18 – MLK Day of Service from Presidential Inauguration Committee
  • JAN 19 – NWSOFA Indivisible SWW – Monthly Meeting 7 PM details TBA
  • JAN 21 – NWSOFA Indivisible Gun Violence Prevention Issues Team Planning Meeting 7:00 pm
  • JAN 26 – NWSOFA Indivisible Climate Change Team Topic: Focus on Railroad Transportation of HAZARDOUS GOODS, With Special Guests @ 7 PM
  • JAN 28 – NWSOFA Indivisible  Restore Our Democracy TBA
Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s)
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization.
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA
NWSOFA ORGANIZATION CHART NWSOFA Issue Leads 2019