“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of March 8th – March 14th, 2015

” Look What’s Happening this Week in the 
Northwest Suburbs” 
Week of 
March 8th – March 14th

This Weeks Events & Issue Information

What does the future hold?
what is the federal government is doing?
This Tuesday,
March 10, 2015.
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1234 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Now! Only 1  Session Remains … with a Message
Experts will discuss the issues and answer your questions.
All are welcome! Attend any or all sessions!
Please see attached flyer for additional details.

 To See the CC Flyer.. Click here!

“In the Books” Last Week’s 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 NWSOFA March Events & Issue Information

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.

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”!

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:
      • 295,000 jobs added in January
      • Unemployment rate nationally at 5.5% in February
      • Wage Growth up .1% for month .2% over last February

Some similar type reviews of economic highlights we discussed last month based on the February report:

      • 3.2 million jobs added in last 12 months;
      • 257,000 jobs added in January
      • Dec 2014 employment level revised up to 245,000 jobs
      • Unemployment rate nationally at 5.7% in January,
      • Down 0.9% in the past year
      • 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 was preliminary 2.6% in the 4th quarter,
      • New 10 year CBO projections released in January: deficit will stay below 3% of GDP for the next few years, but we still have a problem in the out years as baby boomers retire.

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!

NWSOFA Updates on Issue Teams & Happenings 

Chris Ross, NWSOFA ACA Lead Announces the Successful 2015 Sign up
@ the 3/5 Charter Meeting

ACA Exceeds Expectations

Confirmed: 2015 QHPs: 11,634,654 

 Estimated 2015 ACA Policy Enrollment: 31.4M


ACA EXCHANGE Qualified Health Policy (QHP) Enrollments.  Click on above Image to see full size



In Illinois according to David T. Elin, MSW,

Enroll America / Get Covered America 

State Director, Illinois

“Here in Illinois, we’ve accomplished many of the goals we laid out for ourselves before the beginning of the first enrollment period in 2013. Thanks to widespread outreach efforts, more than 217,000 consumers signed up for marketplace coverage during the first open enrollment period-and another 500,000 (plus) through Medicaid.  The uninsured rate fell 7 percentage points from 16 to 9 percent.


And during this Open Enrollment Period, we’ve seen more than 347,000 consumers enroll in or renew their marketplace coverage. That momentum is due to the incredible coalition and momentum we’ve all built here – our 14 employees and 4600 volunteers have worked closely with so many of you, especially those of you who understand the true value of collaboration.

 I thank you for your unwavering support despite all of the barriers we’ve faced.” 

Click on the above NWSOFA e-magazine for all the on Comprehensive Immigration Reform from News Sources across the Country
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?
Immigration officials reviewing order to stop 
family detentions at border

The Obama administration has not decided how to respond to a court ruling last week that ordered the government to stop detaining nearly 1,000 immigrant families as part of a policy meant to discourage other Central American families from illegally entering the United States.

Under the policy, the administration has detained families with children who were caught illegally crossing the Southwest border, rather than releasing them or letting them stay with other family members while courts considered their applications for asylum.

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 Underserved 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.

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.. Then Contact us:
If This Outreach resonates with you, Please Call Sara or Bill @ 224-241-2012

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?

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.

We invite you to join us!

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Cookies &



@ 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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