Newsletter – Week of November 30th – December 6th, 2014


“Look What’s Happening this Week in the
Northwest Suburbs”
Week of November 30th – December 6th

Obamacare enrollment is back!
The NWSOFA ACA HealthCare Issue Team Announces 
“NWSOFA To Host A Free And Public Forum Featuring Get Covered America / Enroll America And ACA Advocate, Keith Moens To Address The Affordable Care Act And The Open Enrollment Season”

Enroll America / Get Covered America 
Thursday, December 4th
aa Indian Trails Library
355 Schoenbeck Rd
Wheeling, IL
6:30pm – 8:30 pm.
It’s here! The health insurance marketplace is open once again for all Americans looking to get covered.
Enroll America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization focused on one goal:
maximizing the number of Americans who are enrolled in and retain health coverage.

Enroll’s Presentation will cover:

of the ACA and Heathcare Insurance through the Exchanges
& The Essential benefits that Healthcare .. the ACA brings 
Our Featured Speakers, Keith Moens, David Figa, Robin Schmidt and Christine Ross
Special Guest Appearance.. Keith Moens whose Interview was on Featured on Meet the Press on Sunday 11/ 16, He will add the HEART & Soul to the ACA Update.. He will tell his real life STORY.
Enrolls, David Figa & Robin Schmidt, Get Covered America / Enroll America will talk about the ACA, ACA & Healthcare statistics, who Enroll is as an organization, Enrolls field plan, how we partner with OFA and why partnering benefits us, how Enroll works in our communities, etc. Robin many accomplishments include: US Army Military Intelligence, Desert Storm Veteran. BFA from Columbia College in Chicago, Post-Bacc in Biology from Loyola University, 20 Years in Medicine , 4 years as a medic in the US Military & now a Field Organizer for Enroll America.
Christine Ross, former ACA lead of NWSOFA will describe the fight for the ACA and bringing Affordable Healthcare to America and Illinois. A Question and Answer session will follow the ACA Updates. Cards will be provided folks to write out their questions and Chris will field questions that she, Robin and Keith will answer. Antulia Rodriquez will do translating as needed.
Millions of Americans still need to get health insurance-they need to hear about this opportunity right now. So we’re calling in Team Obamacare.Chances are, you know someone who needs to get covered, or someone looking to shop around for a plan that’s right for their family. Make sure they are in attendance.

Make sure everyone in your life knows the health care marketplace is open again for all Americans.
Flyers in English and Spanish are available just contact and we will forward you digital flyers for printing, posting or handing out .

November Events & Issue Information

On November 24th the Fiscal Discussion was a Intense.. Will it be Government Shutdown or Reason?
Discussion Group Engaged in  Conversation at the November Meeting
Discussion Group looking at the  US and Illinois Jobs report
Great Group Discussion that covered all aspects on: 
the economy, both jobs and GDP. 


Some of the economic highlights:

       Jobs Recovery
214,000 jobs added in September; 2.6 million in last 12 months
September and August employment revised up by 31,000 jobs
Unemployment rate:
Nationally at 5.8% in October, down 1.3% in the past year trending down from its high of 10.0% in October 2009..
IL unemployment rate was 6.6% in September, down from 6.7% in August, down from 6.8% in July, and  trending down from its high of 11.4%
GDP growth:
3.5.% in the 3rd quarter and 4.6% in 2nd quarter, up from minus 2.1% in 1st quarter.
Budget Deficits 
Continuing to fall to a 7 year low.. still a deficit but 40% of what it was in 2009

 Great Night for the GVP Issues Team November 20th 
November Planning/ Action Meeting.. New Folks .. New Ideas

 Planning & Discussion Group Meeting 


Key Discussion: on Newtown Anniversary Vigils 

 As far as the Newtown vigils, this was the notice Cathy sent around.
6:30 on the evening of Thursday December 11 at the Chicago Temple, National Vigil for Gun Victims sponsored by Citizen’s for Chicago Change, Purpose over Pain and Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, in conjunction with the Newtown Action Alliance.  (They, Newtown group is sponsoring an event in DC at the National Cathedral and at locations across the nation.)


Then Off to The Movies

To See Citizen Koch


 by the Arlington Heights League of Women Voters

According to the NWSOFA attendees “”Citizen Koch” was rather depressing but gives us motivation to do everything we can to get money out of politics.

Climate Change Issue Team Update
The United States and China-the world’s two largest economies-just struck a historic climate deal to fight climate change
The details of this agreement are important: The United States will double the rate at which we reduce dangerous carbon pollution from fossil fuels. China announced that they will halt the growth of emissions by 2030-the first time a date has ever been set-and committed to get 20 percent of their energy from clean sources.If we’re going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, it’s going to take international action-this agreement is exactly what that looks like.

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus, and the increased extreme weather that we’re already experiencing, they argue: If China’s not taking action, why should we?

This climate deal the President just struck with China ends that debate.

OFA supporters have been on the front lines, calling for meaningful action. This is a turning point toward meeting the challenge that the science makes clear.

CIR Immigration Reform Team Update
Finally … It’s Real !!!!

Stand With Women Issue Team News
Let’s play a little game of “Did you know?”

Did you know women are the main breadwinners in a record-high 40% of households with children today? They make up nearly half of our workforce and they are more than half of this country’s college graduates.

Did you know, from paid leave to fair pay, today’s workplace policies too often don’t reflect today’s realities? For instance, did you know that lack of access to high-quality, affordable child care and early childhood education threatens the economic security of women and working families?

Unless things change, we are holding our families back and compromising our children’s chances at success. Unless things change, they won’t have a fair shot in life. That’s why we’re speaking up. 


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!

This is a public meeting / events.  
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All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA
In This Issue
12/4/14 ACA / Enroll Event
Nov 24th Fiscal Issues Meeting
Nov 20th Gun Violence Meeting
Climate Change Team News
CIR Team News
SWW Team News
501(c)4 notice
NWSOFA in Photos
New Issues e-magazine

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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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Gun Violence Prevention Meeting
November Action.. Images

Fiscal Issues Discussion Meeting
November Action.. Images

Downtown HQ OFA Event
November Action.. Images
 With Sara El-Amine, Jon Carson and the Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel
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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