“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of October 11th – October 17th, 2015

Tomorrow – Sunday!
NWSOFA Diversity Outreach’s
Partner Event – With
Open Communities Justice Summit
October 11 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
@ Oakton Community College   7701 N Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
All are welcome to the Justice Summit where we will learn, teach and begin to organize north suburban residents to affirm the Principles of the Welcoming Community and work to achieve them.
“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs”
Week of
October 11th – October 17th

“Upcoming October Events”

NWSOFA Global Day of Action with NWS Coalition on Climate Change
  Downtown Arlington Heights Event
October 14th Event
Together with the 
Northwest Suburbs Climate Change Coalition 
In the NW Suburbs there are several climate change events in September and October and a few are listed below. As many of you already know many environmental groups and faith organizations are partnering in the NW Suburbs so our collective voice can be heard.
These groups include Organizing from Action, Sierra Northwest Cook County Group, Northwest Suburban Interfaith Environmental Group, Faith in Place, Community Renewal Society, Congregations of Faith, Climate Reality Project, Cool Cities, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Go Green Northbrook, as well as others.
NWS Coalition Group leaders planGlobal Day of Action
Wednesday October 14 partnership event in downtown Arlington Heights
Building a Better Future NW Cook Suburbs Climate March and Rally
October 14 @ 6:30 pm
Starting location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1234 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL)
Sponsoring Organizations: Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team, Climate Reality Project, Cool Cities Arlington Heights, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Interfaith Greens, NW Suburbs OFA, Sierra Club, Streamwood High School Eco Club.
  • 6:30 pm Rally @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church featuring music and speakers
  • 7:00 pm March to a nearby park
  • 7:30 pm closing vigil at Park in Downtown Arlington Heights (corner of Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway
Oct. 14 is going to be big: in cities and towns all across the country people and organizations are coming together to demand that our leaders #ActOnClimate.

Groups are encouraged to come together to plan events in their communities that can have a local, national, and/or international focus.

Bring Friends and Family… We will supply the LED Candles

NWSOFA GVP, Gun Violence Prevention
“The War within the US – 45 Campus Shooting – 235 Mass Shooting YTD 2015”
Meeting October 15th,  Thursday night
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October 15th, @ The Corner Bakery Café, Northpoint Shopping Center, 470 East Rand Road, Arlington Heights
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The GVP Issues Team has been working for the past two years to keep the conversation about gun violence prevention going forward 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 60 to 90 minute 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.
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We will continue to have our on-going discussion about the economic costs of gun violence for our society along side of tragedy of loss of life and the moment people’s lives are altered forever at our monthly meetings. These human and economic costs are very high, billions and billions of dollars a year. Several groups that we have partnered with are beginning to talk about this issue. It is sad to say but sometimes it’s the economic costs that gain more traction than other arguments.

NWSOFA Diversity Outreach and Immigration Reform Team 
Is Hosting a
DACA / DAPA Training Event
October 17th
1 pm to 3 pm
1250 South Grove Avenue, Suite # 200 Barrington, IL
Combined with the OFA Greater Chicago Immigration Reform Team and the

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Last November, President Obama took executive action to provide administrative relief to millions of immigrants by expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and creating a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program for certain immigrants.
Both programs would offer immigrants the opportunity to get protection from deportation and authorization to work if they pass background checks and meet other criteria. In response, ICIRR rolled out the Illinois is Ready campaign, a collaboration with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Durbin, Congressman Gutierrez, and a broad network of community-serving allies to push accurate information regarding DACA and DAPA into the community and to ensure immigrant serving organizations have the training and resources to assist immigrants with the application process.

NWSOFA’s Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group
Monday Night,  10/19 @ Schaumburg Library

7 pm – 9 pm
2nd Floor 


Room – to the right when you get off the elevator

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Deep Dives into the BLS Jobs reports, the US Budget and Illinois Jobs and stalled Budget.
The discussion will be centered around everything that is (NOT) going on with our state budget negotiations for the fiscal year that began July 1st, and short term resolution / progress on the federal appropriations for the fiscal year beginning October 1st.
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As always, we had a detailed update on the September US jobs sent out October 2nd, Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) and the August IL numbers published late last month.  As most of you probably saw, the second quarter GDP growth was revised up to a 3.7% annual rate.  When we have new participants we did some deep dives into the BLS report on the unemployment 5.1% rate and the U-6 10% rate and the number of people that represents.

Key items to be discussed at the 10/19 meeting are:
      • 173,000 jobs added in July. 
      • Unemployment Rate falls to 5.1%
      • 2.9 million jobs added in the last 12 months 

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Stand With Women
“NWSOFA & OFA stands with women-from expanding women’s leadership and economic security to protecting health care choices.”
The organization August meeting had a well organized agenda focused on the key SWW Issues this last month.  For the month of September, Among the key topics: Economic Security, Equal Pay, Raising the Minimum Wage, Paid Leave and the conservatives attack on Planned Parenthood.
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October Planning Meeting TBD

“Partner October Events”

NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Issue Partner Event 
with Mom’s Demand Action Team Card Writing Action

October 17 10 am to 2 pm .. (with Lunch)
Location to be Determined (TBD)  
NWSOFA GVP Issue Team will join MOM’s Demand Action at an all day card decorating and brunch at a private residence in Arlington Heights on Saturday.
We start at 10 and continue until the 50 cards are decorated. The cards are sent out by Moms Demand Action and Everytown, and go to families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Our hope is to get women to come together in my Northwest suburban home from different Gun Violence Prevention groups, different churches, and from other Chicago areas. We have all needed materials and the cards are easy to decorate.
More information will be provided after the receipt of your RSVP.

Mental Health Crisis? Police CIT Saves Lives
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:30-9:00 pm
Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington IL.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Barrington Area is excited to host Patricia Doyle, President/Founder of Vision For Change who will speak on Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) strategies and how

families and thecommunity can work with the police before, during and after a mental health crisis call.
Pat has trained over 2,000 first responders. During her tenure as the Education Director at NAMI DuPage she and her team created education programs that resulted in local, state and national recognition.

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In This Issue

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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