What’s Happening the Week of January 17th @ NWSOFA

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

You’re Invited to Attend
Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion
Participate in a Great Discussion at the January 18th


Discussion Group Meeting On Jobs, Deficit and Debt for the US and Illinois 
Monday, January 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 N Dunton Ave
2nd Floor Conf Rm “I”
Come get the facts about the economic recovery nationally and the status of ongoing appropriations challenges at both the state and national level.
The December jobs report Came out Friday, January 8th. We will be discussing the January 8th BLS report for Decembers results in depth.
In the January BLS Report on December:
      • we have added 292,000 Jobs plus added 50,000 revision up to the previous 2 months
      • we added about 2.6 million jobs in the last 12 months
      • the (U-3) unemployment rate was at 5.0%,
      • 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

 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!

“Upcoming January Events”

NWSOFA MLK “Faith in Action Assembly
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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.

College Outreach Planning Meeting

Team Planning Meeting 

1/23 At Harper College from 1-3 pm

Please join Kym and Renee at the next college outreach team meeting.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

1:00-3:00 PM
Harper College Cafeteria downstairs in Building A,

Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Rd.,
Palatine, IL 60067
(The cafeteria won’t be open, but there is a Subway in an adjoining building.  I’ll bring cookies.
Find us at a table by the north windows.  We’ll have some signs).
      • Plan for the year
      • Set a date for video recordings to post online
      • Work on publicizing presidential and congressional candidates’ positions on college issues
      • Work on getting out the vote among college students
      • Continue efforts to hold a joint event with Harper Student Services to show “Ivory Tower” of a climate change presentation by Dan Huntsha
      • Continue efforts to talk to a faculty advisor to one of the Harper clubs
      • Expand to Northwestern
Questions? email rrgladstone@aol.com
or call 847-991-1863


With Women Monthly Meeting
Focusing, Supporting & Empowering Women’s Rights
 1/27 SWW Corner Bakery 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Corner Bakery Café (Arlington Heights, IL)
Northpoint Shopping Center,
470 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Join us as we stand with women – from expanding women’s leadership and economic security to protecting health care choices:

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 a
nd 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:
    • 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 January 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

“In the Books… January Events”

Everyone had a Great time at the State of the Union Watch Party…
The Organizer in Chief was Spot On
The Venue was Superb
The Packed House was Excited

What a great night! Liked the new venue,seemed comfortable for most everyone. The wait staff & owner loved us. Only heard positive comments re: nice to have folks attentive to the broadcast,  nice group of people ,etc. They were all watching the President’s speech, too.
Our President was superb. What a great SOTU speech, only sad that this is his last one. Kathy & Sara and others did a number of tweets during the speech. Please go to @ NWSOFA and add your own or retweet ours. I’m sure Kathy will add our pix & tweets to CONNECT.
Thank you for the generous response to our call for service giving in honor 
of Dr. King’s memorial day.  
We were very gratified to see that people donated 5 big boxes full of items from the wish lists of Palatine Township and Journeys the Road Home.

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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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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
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Phone: 224-241-2012
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