“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of March 15th – March 21st, 2015

“Look What’s Happening this Week in the 

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Northwest Suburbs” 
Week of
March 15th – March 21st

NWSOFA GVP Team and MDA @ February’s event
Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action
Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting
Thursday, March 19th, 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Corner Bakery Cafe
in the Northpoint Shopping Center

470 East Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL
If you are interested in honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual and collective actions with fellow citizens to make our communities safe, then please plan to attend our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month 
Learn how you can get involved in changing the conversation surrounding gun violence prevention efforts, changing the hearts of fellow citizens and changing the laws to create safer communities everywhere in the U.S.

This Weeks Events & Issue Information

Join Us for the 4C’s:
Coffee, Conversation, Cookies & Calls
Thursday, 3/19
@ The Corner Bakery, 6:30 – 8:30 pm .. N/W Corner Rand & Palatine
Calling Progressives just like You

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”!

Other NWSOFA March Events & Issue Information

Fiscal Discussion Groups March BLS Deep Dive
NWSOFA Fiscal & Economic Discussion Group

March 25th

@ the Arlington Heights Library
7-9 pm Conf room “I”
Want the Facts about the Economic Recovery?
… Then Attend the Monthly Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting and be amazed at what you discover.
We will have our standard update of the economy, both jobs and GDP. We will also continue our discussions of the economic recovery and policy issues that affect the recovery. The discussion will be based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics March 6th, 2015 report.
Key Points from March 6th report on February Jobs:
      • Over three (3) million jobs added in the last 12 months
      • 295,000 jobs added in February 2015;
      • January revised to 239,000 jobs added
      • Unemployment rate nationally at 5.5% in February
      • Down 1.2% in the last 12 month
      • Continues to trend down from its high of 10.0% in October 2009
      • Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected: 2.8% of GDP in FY 2014, down from a high of 9.8%
      • IL unemployment rate was 6.2% in December
      • Down from 8,9% in December 2013 and  trending down from its high of 11.4%
      • GDP growth for 4th quarter 2014 now estimated at 2.2% annual rate, 5% in 3rd quarter

Attending the NWSOFA Fiscal & Economic Discussions and be the most informed on your block or your discussion group!  Take the Deep Dives into the FACTS!

As always this is a discussion group .. bring your articles and your wits to talk about all sides of the issues.

RSVP to the March Fiscal & Economic Discussion Event here!

Climate Change Triple Play in April
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 to Link to the Event
“Climate Action 411 – Inspiring Hope through Action” 
Saturday, April 11 
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Countryside Unitarian Church
1025 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL
Joe Salvato, NWSOFA Climate Lead: “Last year 180 folks attended last year. We encourage all those who are able to attend”

To RSVP to Climate Action 411 Click Here!


“Wild & Scenic Film Festival”
Friday, April 10 
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Countryside Unitarian Church
1025 N. Smith Street, Palatine, IL
This year a Film Festival has also been added.  “Wild & Scenic Film Festival” It too will be a great event.


Earth Day Action for Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Wed Apr 22
Mark your calendars for Wednesday April 22
 for The Illinois Environmental Council Springfield Earth Day Action for Clean Energy Jobs Bill. This event is a coalition event coordinated by the Sierra Club, Faith-in-Place, and other environmental groups. It will be a grass roots effort to show support for current Illinois environmental bills SB1485 and HB 2607. The Sierra Club will be providing buses. More details to come.

NWSOFA Updates on Issue Teams & Happenings 


Important News on the ACA

Special Enrollment



The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who owe the fee when they file their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015.


The Special Enrollment Period begins today, March 15 and ends on April 30.

Click on the above Get Coverage Image to link to the website

During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in health coverage for 2015 if you owe the fee. 

Important: The fee for people who don’t have coverage increases in 2015. If you don’t have health coverage for 2015, the fee is $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is higher.

We hope you take advantage of this extended opportunity to get quality coverage this year.


Click on the above Image to see the full article and e-magazine on CIR
Immigration Reform
in the News
Would you like to get involved with other like minded Progressives and join our Comprehensive Immigration Reform Team …..   then:
Please Call Sara or Bill 
@ 224-241-2012
Did You Know?
Obama administration asks appeals court to block
judge’s immigration order

The Obama administration on Thursday stepped up its drive to revive President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration by asking a federal appeals court to block a judge’s order prohibiting the president from going forward with plans to offer quasi-legal status and work permits to millions more illegal immigrants.

Justice Department lawyers filed an emergency motion with the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that court to overturn last month’s injunction by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen.

Click on the Above Image to see NWSOFA e-magazine Stand With Women.. Timely Articles from the Press
Stand With Women
 Gains Momentum
These Are the Worst Paying Jobs for Women


A full-time female employee earned 82.5% of what a man earned in 2014, up considerably from 1979, when women made an estimated 62% of what men did. While this is certainly an improvement, progress has slowed between 2000 and 2014.

In many of the largest occupations in the country, women earn close to what men do on a weekly basis. In others, however, the disparity remains closer to the 1979 levels. Median weekly earnings among female workers in all of the 10 occupations with the widest gender pay gap were less than three-quarters of what males earned. The typical female personal financial ad visor brought in just 61.3% of her male counterpart’s earnings in 2014, the widest pay gap among all occupations reviewed.

 To See the Full Article Click on this here on this to Link

Minority Outreach Sets Organizing Meeting
Fulfilling The
New Initiative for 2015 Announced by OFA
You Can Make a Difference in Under-Served Communities
Organizing for Action has a strong commitment to providing easy points of entry for
everyday Americans who want to have their voices heard and make a difference in their communities.
Historically, we have found that the tools and tactics employed to help in these efforts skew toward
volunteers who have access to reliable transportation, can afford financially to give hours, and have
ready access to the internet. That, in turn, means that volunteers who gravitate toward OFA tend to be people who are retired, have financial means, and/or live in the suburbs. In order to ensure that OFA remains true to our mission of providing easy access, we have developed the Fulfilling the Promise Program aimed to address these concerns and ensure we are organizing in all communities.
PURPOSE: To ensure that Organizing for Action is providing training, leadership development, team building, and issue advocacy opportunities to communities and people who do not have ready access to the internet, reliable transportation, etc. We will focus specifically in communities of color and   historically underserved areas, which tend to have less financial means. The Fulfilling the Promise program will ensure that our organization and the progressive community at large is comprised of a diverse group of talented organizers who are representative of all of the communities that make up our country.

Or If This Outreach resonates with you, Please Call Sara or Bill @ 224-241-2012

University & College Outreach Sets Organizing Call
New Initiative for 2015 Announced by OFA
Feeling the call to work with the young adults at college and University levels to engage them in Progressive Issue Engagement.. 
NWSOFA announces the University & College Outreach Team Leads;
Kym Garnett, University & College Outreach Team Co-Lead
Renee Gladstore, 

University & College Outreach Team Co-Lead
Or Call Kym or Renee @ 224-241-2012 and leave a message

“In the Books” March Events 

Thursday Night’s NWSOFA Chapter Meeting
and “Movie Night”
Co-Sponsered by MTA and the Coalition to Restore Democracy
It may of been cold outside but inside 

the hall was packed and the 
discussion was “Hot”.
Packed house and they just
keep coming
This last Thursday night, 3/5, at the Schaumburg Library we had a packed house as folks arrived to see “Pay to Play” a movie by John Ennis  with temperatures as low as 7 degrees.
The film from director John Ennis was interested in doing more than getting people riled up. “How do we get past the pay-to-play system?  The answer to Ennis’s question, which he provided himself, is “not just to get mad, but to get active.
He advocates doing whatever one can to protest the status quo, whether it’s as an individual street artist or blogger or as part of a larger collective such as the Occupy movement” and as we discussed in the Q&A become active with MTA, the Coalition to Restore Democracy and NWSOFA.
As one Tweet said: @NWSOFA, Coalition to Restore Democracy, & Move to Amend discussion after viewing of Pay 2 Play.
All about action!

Other News in the Burbs

 Florida Rep. Alan Grayson’s visit to Speadk
Wednesday, April 8th, at 6:00 at Pinstripes in Northbrook


The Coalition to Restore Democracy has declared itself to be non-partisan.  Our purpose for existing as a coalition is to overturn Citizens United, get big money out of politics, and for election reform at all levels of government to give the country back to the voters.

We need Election Judges… Interested?

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.We were looking for ways to get our events out and now have  a Twitter Master, Kathy,and Press Lead, Kym.
Two new initiatives were introduced in January 2015 from OFA. The first one is to get more young people involved in progressives issues. We prioritized working with colleges to  reach out to them. One of the major benefits of joining us is learning to be a community organizer. These skills can be beneficial for a lifetime. The second initiative is working with under served populations that traditionally have not a voice on issues that are crucial for them. If either of these sound like something you would be interested in helping to develop, please let us know.
Maybe you have a special skill we haven’t even thought about give us a call we’re always open to new ideas and teams.
Thanks for stopping and hope you’ll stay and join us.
In This Issue

 About NWSOFA 
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.

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@ The Corner Bakery 6:30-8:30 
Rand & Palatine
Calling Progressives just like You

March 19th .. 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”!

March @ NWSOFA in Photos

March’s Chapter and Movie Night “Pay to Play” in Photos

Pizza at the “After Hours” Debrief

February @ NWSOFA in Photos

The ACA team working with Enroll America .. Rocks It! Congradulations

Cards for the Victims of
 Gun Violence
February Meeting in Photos

Fiscal & Economics February Meeting in Photos


Trip to Senator Dan Kotoski’s Office Congressman to Discuss GVP (Gun Violence Prevention)


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

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