Newsletter – Week of May 18th – May 24th, 2014

What’s Happening This Week in the Northwest Suburbs”

Week of May 18th – May 24th

Minimum Wage Petition Drive   


May 19, 2014 

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Arlington Heights Memorial Library 

@ Garage Lobby Elevators

500 N Dunton 
Arlington Heights, IL



 Join NWSOFA Stand With Women & Fiscal Teams to gather signatures for a petition to urge state and local lawmakers who have refused to raise the minimum wage, that “it’s time to give America a Raise”!

It’s beyond frustrating that a minority in the Senate ignored something most Americans support.

The fact is that seven out of 10 Americans support raising the minimum wage in this country. But 41 senators blocked a bill that would have done just that.

Now’s the time to show we’re not backing down. That’s why OFA volunteers across the country are gathering signatures on a nationwide petition for raising the minimum wage. Folks are getting together this Monday in Arlington Heights.

Raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers, it would also boost our economy and our community. Despite support from 7 out of 10 Americans — including President Obama, members of Congress and state and local officials — lawmakers have refused to raise the minimum wage.

Join a two (2) hour shift… starting at 2 pm…

Contact Sara Horan @ 847-372-5594

Jim Steward Facilitating Discussion
Fiscal & Economic Issues Action Planning Meeting
 May 20th, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 N. Dunton 2nd floor Conf Rm “I”
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The NWSOFA Fiscal & Economics Issues Team will continue it’s Action Planning on Tuesday night, May 20TH 7-9 pm at the AHML.


Continuing Topics:

1) team members backgrounds ; why we voluteer for OFA

2) objectives for the Action Team: increase voter turnout, educate voters on issues, provide factual information on budgets, jobs, debt & deficit


3) define target audience: women, young voters, minorities, 6 townships of NWSOFA or larger

Please join us and add your ideas to the ever growing list. Jim Stewart will be facilitating the meeting.

NWSOFA Stand with Women Monthly Mtg.
 May 27th, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 N. Dunton 2nd floor Conf Rm “I”
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

You are invited to our Stand with Women monthly meeting. 

We will be exploring ways we can highlight issues that are unique to women but impact everyone.

We have been very pleased with the crucial benefits ACA has guaranteed women such as non-discriminatory rates for insurance, free preventive care and reproductive health care, no more exclusion from pre-existing conditions and much more.

Now our national focus is on economic issues including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, family leave, affordable child care. Bring your concerns and creativity and your friends for what is always an inspiring evening.

A Message from NWSOFA Climate Change Team & the Sierra Club
Joe Salvado NWSOFA CC Lead
NWSOFA Climate e-magazine








More Important than ever to call 

(See Crains Arlticle – Click Here) 


Illinois can’t wait around for Springfield to act any longer

This past year, renewable energy development essentially came to a halt in our state, with zero new wind projects built, and minimal solar installed.

But fortunately, we can get Illinois back on track by updating our state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to function in today’s utility market.

So far our elected legislative leaders in Springfield have yet to take action, which is why we’re asking you to call your representative to ask them to fix our state’s renewable energy portfolio standard this spring.

We know that renewable energy does great things for Illinois. Since 2007, Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard has brought the state more than 20,000 clean energy jobs, removed 5 million tons of air pollution each year, and saved consumers $177 million in wholesale electricity costs.

If we want to continue to see this important industry develop in Illinois and bring valuable jobs to our state, we need legislators in Springfield to act.

Notice: This is a public meeting / events.  
 NWSOFA is a 501(c)4, non-partisan organization.  
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA 
In This Issue
5/19/14 Minimum Wage Petition Drive
5/20/14Fiscal Action Planning
5/27/14 Stand With Women
A Message from Sierra Club
NWSOFA Humor of the Week
501(c)4 notice
NWSOFA Social Media
4C’s & LTE Every Thursdays
What is Minimum Wage Video
NWSOFA in Photos
New Issues e-magazine


NWSOFA is a whole, diverse wonderful family of people who want to do more than talk about the social issues. We explore and dig deep on the facts and decide what actions we can take that can have an impact locally and nationally. NWSOFA members not only “talk the talk”, but we “walk the walk”.

All our teams have numerous events that will enlighten and inspire you and yes, challenge you to make the effort to make a difference.

We invite you to join us!

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Every 1st & 3rd Thursday 
it’s 4C’s Night
“Coffee, Conversation, Cookies, Calls” & LTEs
Click on the above calendar to RSVP
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday night NWSOFAer’s get together to relax, drink coffee, discuss current topics, enjoy cookies and make some important calls to other Progressives in the suburbs notifying them of our meetings
We call these the 4C’s and we need your help.  Volunteer for an hour or two doing what we do best “organizing”!

Reality check: What a minimum wage salary looks like
Click Here for OFA Video

Lots of Action Last Week

Fiscal Team Presents “Inequality for All” to Ela Township Dems

5/13 Fiscal Team meets on Econony: Jobs report, budget analysis, deficit and debt

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.
Thank You to our NWSOFA Issue Leads in 2013 !!

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NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis    
Phone: 224-241-2014  
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