“Upcoming January Events” – NWSOFA Progressive Monthly Newsletter – January 2016

Sara Horan _ Bill Davis Chapter Co-LeadsIt’s a New Year, but our Progressive Resolutions remains the same,    

The Northwest Suburbs, Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) remain committed to our Issues of Progressive Change. It’s a New year and time for looking at our 2015 resolutions and putting out 2016 resolutions out there for everyone to see.  NWSOFA is a “big tent” of Progressive Issues.. Take a look.  You can be a advocate of one, many or all!  Many of our members are also members of single source progressive groups.. that’s great, because we partner with most other groups on common cause events. 
Here’s our NWSOFA 2016 Resolutions & Issue Teams (Note over the last several years the top two have become the law of the land)
Our Theme for 2016:  

 “One Voice Can Change a Room – Together We Can Change the World”

This truly represents what “grassroots” Action is all about

As 2016 unfolds, think what you can do to make a difference. Maybe you can’t break away for 60 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, but, you can make 60 phone calls to people like you and get them involved. in 60 minutes you can call all the state and national legislatures in your area and go “on the record” for your you expect them to do achieve those 7 above goals,  in 60 minutes you can write a letter to the editor or several state and local papers, in 60 minutes you can attend one our our 8 Issue teams and learn what can be done to change the world we live in, in 60 minutes you can create action and add your voices to the progressive issues that are so important to the future for the US and it’s citizens.

As you read down past all the events what WILL happen in January (especially the January 12th, State of the Union Watch Party), make sure to take a look at what Did Happen over the last month and what was accomplished as a Chapter by NWSOFA in December. It’s awesome! Every team, team Lead and Co-Lead has surrounded themselves with highly dedicated team-mates.  The results are captured in the photograph’s, the Tweets and the “Energy”. It’s fun to be part of ACTION on behalf of the progressive movement.
It’s Time to Get up, off the Couch or the Easy Chair and Stop yelling at the TV (Faux news) and Make a Difference.
Join the NWSOFA Team as we continue to move our social issues forward this Fall… 
Sara & Bill
NWSOFA is Action..
in 2013 we Found our Voices..
in 2014 we Amplified our Voices..
in 2015 we added More Voices to our Community for Social Change 

Progressive Issues
in 2016 “One Voice Can Change a Room – Together We Can Change the World”
We sometimes FORGET how Powerful a Force We are…. 
and that Creating Social Change is a PROCESS not a Destination!


You’re Invited to Attend
State of the Union
Watch Party
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Door Open at 6:30 for a Meet and Greet

Smith Street Station,
180 N. Smith St.,

Smith Street Station is Attached to Durty Nellies on the Right
Free parking in the Palatine municipal garage located behind Smith Street Station.
Please join the Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action (NWSOFA) annual State of the Union Watch Party (SOTU) Watch Party.
Sponsored by:
WE have a big tent .. lots of Progressive Groups.. Speakers and Doers… in general “People Who Do Make a Difference” .
State of the Union Watch Party. Join us as we watch history being made! President Obama will give his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12th. The President’s bold vision for our country has inspired organizers to fight for change for the past seven years, and the State of the Union is where he’ll lay out his plans for his final year in office.
It’s a Party, Prizes, Fun, Engaging people, combined with a great venue, comfortable seating, food and drink for purchase at your table… What could be a better environment to hear President Barack Obama lay out his Vision for 2016 for the Country.
We’ll be watching President Obama on the screens as he presents his game plan for his last year in office. It’s a great time to meet up with other progressives. NWSOFA will highlight our issues for 2016 and ways you can get involved.

  Please Bring a food or supplies Donation to
the SOTU Party
 NWSOFA will be conducting a service project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be collecting food and supplies from the wish lists of Palatine Township Food Pantry, and Journeys the Road Home. Please give generously, and bring your donations to the State of the Union party on January 12 at Smith Street Station. Thank You!
Palatine Township Food Pantry wish list:
Current needs: Juice – in cartons or boxes, Cereal, Mashed or canned potatoes, Canned meat – chicken, beef, Chicken soup, Tomato sauce, Dish Detergent, Diapers – size 3 or 4
Journeys the Road Home,FOOD / PANTRY wish list:
Beef stew, Canned Fruit/Vegetables, Cereal (hot/cold), Coffee (caffeinated, decaf), Cookies, Crackers, Jelly, Juice (boxes or canned), Kool aid/lemonade, Macaroni and cheese dinners, Milk, Oatmeal, Pasta (canned or dry), Pasta sauce, Peanut butter, Raisins (boxes), Ready-to-eat snacks, Salad dressing, Soups (canned or packaged), Tea Bags
Doors open at 6:30. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

“Upcoming January Events”

Fiscal and Economic Issues January 18th
Participate in a Great Discussion at the January 18th
Discussion Group Meeting On Jobs, Deficit and Debt for the US and Illinois 
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Monday, January 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Arlington Heights, IL)

500 N Dunton Ave
2nd Floor Conference Room “I”
Come get the facts about the economic recovery nationally and the status of ongoing appropriations challenges at both the state and national level.
We have added about 2.6 million jobs in the last 12 months. The December jobs report Came out Friday, January 8th. We will be discussing the January 8th BLS report for Decembers results in depth.  In November the (U-3) unemployment rate was at 5.0%, while the U-6 rate dropped 9.9%. While down from a high of 17.1% during the downturn, this U-6 rate is still higher than the 8.4% in the fall of 2007 before the Great Recession of December 2007 to June 2009.
  • Illinois continues to operate without appropriations with much spending happening because of court orders.
  • Bring your articles and other topics. Come join us for some exciting discussions.
  • Then come join us for continued discussions at Eddie’s after 9:30 pm
Our February meeting will be Monday, February 8th at the Schaumburg Library

NWSOFA MLK “Faith in Action Assembly
Participate in a Great Discussion at the January 18th
Discussion Group Meeting On Jobs, Deficit and Debt for the US and Illinois 
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Monday, January 18, 2016 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Baptist Congregational Church

1613 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Help reclaim the prophetic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining the Northwest Suburbs Community Renewal Society members at the First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 West Washington Blvd, Chicago, 60607, on Monday, January 18, from 9:30 AM -12:30 PM. Hundreds of people of faith will come together for prayer and historical witness to Dr. King’s legacy; for dialogue with elected officials; and for presentation of action items on police brutality, inadequacies of the criminal justice system, and the need for restorative justice.
For those in the Northwest Suburbs wanting to take the bus to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly we will meet at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 East Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights 60004, at 8:00 AM and the bus will leave at 8:15 AM. Registration is at 9:00 AM. However, we will register on the bus while en-route. The event starts at 9:30 AMand ends at 12:30 PM. We should return to  the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights around 2:00 PM.
The church is four blocks from the United Center.
For more information, please contact Joe Salvato at augjas2@cs.com.
Or check out the link below:
Or check out the flyer below:
Meet at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights and take the bus:
The event starts at 9:30-12:30 if you are driving there. For those in the Northwest Suburbs wanting to take the bus to the Martin Luther King, Jr.

we will meet at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 East Euclid Ave, 

Arlington Heights 60004, at 8:00 AM and the bus will leave at 8:15 AM. Registration is at 9:00 AM. However, we will register on the bus while en-route. The event starts at 9:30 AM and ends at 12:30 PM. We should return to the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights around 2:00 PM.

 Please Join Us for the January 21st, 
Gun Violence Prevention … Monthly Meeting 
Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Corner Bakery Café (Arlington Heights, IL)
Northpoint Shopping Center, 470 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(meeting is in a private room just to the right when you enter the Corner Bakery)

The GVP Issues Team has been working for the past two years to keep the conversation going about gun violence prevention and to take action to change our laws with the goal of creating safer communities for everyone in our state and our nation. We hold 90 minute planning meetings typically (some exceptions) on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in working to reduce gun violence in America, we invite you to join us at our next meeting.

 We will be discussing the latest Actions of the Northwest Suburbs Gun Violence Prevention Team during this last month and setting goals for next month:

        • Update on meetings with the 6 majors in the local area
        • Update on the Gun Violence .. 32,000 deaths for 2015
        • Discussion on the President’s Executive Action announced this last week
        • Support for the President’s Initiatives to lower Gun Deaths in the US
It’s time to get involved .. as a nation we have been to silent .. for too long.  Join Us .. Learn what you can do.

To RSVP to the Jan21st GVP Meeting.. Click here!

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Team Planning Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2016 
7:00-8:30 PM
Panera Bread
 at the Arboretum of South Barrington
100 W. Higgins, South Barrington 6001
Join us as we plan for the
2016 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Team’s meeting, events and goals:
          • Come with your ideas

            and plans

for action events

in 2016

NWSOFA Diversity Outreach
is Partnering on the ACA

So our volunteers on the ground reach targeted communities where health insurance education and ACA education are low.
General Information on the ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT
NWSOFA’s goals for the 3rd ACA enrollment period.  This ACA enrollment period will be November 1, 2015 — January 31, 2016, with 3 important deadlines:
    • December 15th: deadline for coverage to begin January 1, 2016
    • January 1st: deadline for coverage to begin February 1, 2016
    • January 31st: deadline for coverage to begin March 1, 2016

OFA will have three key roles during this enrollment period:

    • Gather stories touting the success and benefits of the ACA
    • Collaborate with national and local partners in the health care service and enrollment space.*
    • Utilizing chapters and volunteers on the ground to reach target communities where health insurance education and ACA education are low.
*Note: Neither OFA nor volunteers on behalf of OFA should be participating in the actual enrollment of people. This is the same as in the previous enrollment periods.

“Partner November Events”

Great News from Get Covered Enroll
Get Covered Enroll is getting their Call Teams back together every … Every Monday for this short enrollment period from now  thru January!
Every Monday night at Panera and Arlington Heights on Rand Road!  The Get Covered Enroll Team will be making calls from our cell phones, recording information on the computer,  call sheets will be available.
Training starts at 4..calls follow till around 7,or so!
Please RSVP to Chris Ross, cjr60089@gmail, 847-668-4922 or Michael King directly 312 288 5279
Per Chris and Michael…. Hope to see or hear from you one way if you can help this enrollment period!

Current Event Discussion Groups
For those that like Politics
@ Maxfield’s Restaurant in Schaumburg.. 
Second Tuesday of every Month
11/10/15 Area to the Right 
 10 am to 12 noon
Arlington Heights Library 
(meets at the AH Senior Center)
Every Thursday 10 am to 12 noon

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In This Issue

QuickView-A49F6DCE9425D079601D1793F2D88B8A In January 2013 we started as a gathering of friends and neighbors from the NW Suburbs who wanted to continue to have impact on the progressive issues we voted for in 2012.This grassroots, bottom up movement spread across the country and sparked the creation of Organizing for Action, OFA National which now has  Chapters all over the country. This is a non-partisan, volunteer organization that focuses on progressive issues we are committed to taking Action on to make a difference locally, statewide and nationally.
NWSOFA’s 1st Issue Team was  right after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) team felt we needed accurate information and facts, events to teach others and actions we could take to make a difference on pushing for common sense gun violence prevention. That has been our basic format as new issues arose and team developed. We now have the GVP, ACA/Obamacare, Climate Change,Fiscal Issues and Stand with Women Issue Teams.Check out their individual pages to see all the events they have scheduled and to join the teams you want to make a difference with. Other teams are developing such as for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
OFA National coordinates “Days of Action” that Chapters across the country will all do on the same day. Each team also has local events and may work with affiliate organizations i.e. Sierra Club, Al Gore Reality Project, etc. to combine like-minded groups on a local, state or national event.
In this type of organization there are numerous ways you can be involved with the teams and in other roles.
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NWSOFA “November Events”  In Pictures

NWSOFA Climate Change Rally in Support of the Paris Climate March November 29th, 2015

NWSOFA GVP (Gun Violence Prevention) Focused on Il Gun Dealers State Licensing on Thursday 11/ 19

NWSOFA Diversity Outreach / Comprehensive Immigration Reform Team Meet on Wednesday 11/18 with Students at Northwestern University to explain DACA and DAPA

NWSOFA Fiscal & Economics Team Reviewed the BLS November Report on Monday 11/16

It’s time to Act .. It Is Time To Get Involved
Over the years the American Citizens have lost their voices, believing that we can not make a difference.  We have been beat down by the constant droning noise of the conservative right. This onslaught has made us like sheep .. afraid to express our views.  Not anymore!  OFA gives us back our voices and by working together we are making change one issue at a time. Together we can and will make a difference.

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Thank You to our NWSOFA Issue Leads in 2015
Dan Huntsha Climate
Nikki Gundimeda Stand w/Women


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