NWSOFA February 2018 Progressive Newsletter

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Sara Horan and Bill Davis – NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads
Long cold winter but a spring is on the way.
We know it’s been a tough cold and bleak winter but don’t be like the groundhog……….. DON’T HIDE! Just because you see a shadow, instead acknowledge what that shadow is… an attack on our progressive values and issues coming from the current administration, recently, hourly, daily.. 365.
This is not the time to give up on our goals of a better, cleaner and more just America and world, but a time to recommit to those values and those candidates that reflect yours and our values.

We have a very busy month with our social justice, immigration and refugee rights, economic and environmental issue team meetings (and that’s just the tip of what we do), Each meeting containing informative programs along with key coalition partner events that will be both enlightening, informative, and Action Oriented.
But don’t stop there.

The Political season for 2018 is just Getting Started. The progressive movement begins in our meetings and spreading the word but as we found out last year the ballot box is the where change must occur. Early voting begins next week on the 8th 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 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,
Marriage Equality,
and our new 2018 initiatives on “Voters Rights and Redistricting” and “Getting money out of Politics” .. these can not be ignored.. that’s our job. 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 candidates campaign(s) 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.
Join us in 2018 as we continue to create social change. Working together we can and will create progressive change.
Sara & 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 2018 .
Coming in FEBRUARY

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Monthly Meeting

Women’s March After Party

Tues. February 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Northwest Suburban Democrats Office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Join us to celebrate the Women’s March to the Polls. Share your favorite stories and posters from this wonderful event. And join us in a “send a postcard” action to let our Illinois legislatures know- we are serious- ERA Now or lose my vote. See you there!


Partner Event:

Palatine Residents Climate Sustainability Planning Meeting
Palatine Public Library
700 N. Court
Palatine, IL
RSVP to jkressmann@gmail.com

Tuesday February 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Arlington Heights, IL 60004
In February we will be back at the Arlington Heights library to discuss what is happening and how we can take action to affect positive policy changes. We will also take a deeper dive into a special topic, but which one hasn’t been decided yet. More info will be posted once that is decided.
Then after the meeting we will head to Eddie’s for “Taco Tuesday.”


GVP Prevention Planning Meeting

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Northwest Suburban Democrats Office

1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL
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.
to help shine a light on the dark shadow of gun violence in America
social justice

Social Justice Outreach Issue Team “Redistricting Training Event”
Thursday February 22 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
What is Redistricting?
What is Gerrymandering?
Join us at the Schaumburg Library for a Training Session on the basics of this most important electoral issue.



Wednesday February 28
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Arlington Heights Memorial Library – 500 N Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
2nd Floor – Conference Room “I”
We have had presentations from several coalition groups, Faith in Place, Oakton Community College, Sierra Club, on inspiring steps and events they are doing to combat climate change. We’re taking what we’ve learned and are going to see how we can incorporate it into our Mayors’ for 100% renewables project. Several teams have started, Palatine And Mt. Prospect. On the agenda are figuring out where we are and next steps. Hope you can come and as always we welcome new folks who want to find out what they can do in their towns.

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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“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
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Contact Information
NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Phone: 224-241-2012
email: nws.ofa@gmail.com
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