“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs” Week of October 18th – October 25th, 2015

Please Attend Tonights Meeting in Schaumburg
NWSOFA’s Fiscal and Economic Issues
Discussion Group
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Monday Night,  10/19 @ Schaumburg Library

7 pm – 9 pm

2nd Floor 


Room – to the right when you get off the elevator

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.
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 participan
ts 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 
“Look What’s Happening this Week in the Northwest Suburbs”
Week of
October 18th – October 25th

“Upcoming October Events”


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

“October Completed Events”

NWSOFA Diversity Outreach and Immigration Reform Team Hosted a DACA / DAPA Training Event last Saturday

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.
All attendees reported how much there is to know… and how important it is that we understand and assist those that need this information.

 Our NWSOFA GVP, Gun Violence Prevention Thursdays meeting Presented
“The War within the US – 45 Campus Shooting – 235 Mass Shooting YTD 2015”
Natelie Warren Keep the Meeting on Target
Summary: October 15th 2015  NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting
Yet again our GVP team began a monthly meeting grappling with another example of senseless gun violence,   the   tragic shootings  at Umpqua Community  College in Roseburg, Oregon.
But over the course of the violent summer and now fall, something has changed about the way we are responding. Instead of reacting with head shaking and despair, people at our meetings and across the country seem to be  strengthening  their resolve to bring about change.
After sharing  information and ideas about the Oregon incident, we moved on to current action plans and new ideas and information as follows:


  •  Updates on our support efforts for State Licensing of Gun Dealers including several upcoming meetings with elected officials and faith groups
  • Sharing the ATF list of all Federally Licensed Gun Dealers in the Northwest suburbs
  • Discussion of Badger Gun store court case in Milwaukee WI
  • Partnering with MOMS Demand Action for a party making cards for survivors of gun violence
  • Working on college gun violence prevention with the NWSOFA College Outreach Team


Huge NWSOFA Global Day of Action with NWS Coalition on Climate Change
October 14th we came together with the 
Northwest Suburbs Climate Change Coalition 
A spirited emotional crowd of environmental activists gathered Wednesday evening in Arlington Heights during a People’s Climate Movement rally and march. They called on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to curb carbon pollution and grow clean energy jobs in the state.
The evening was punctuated by sing-alongs to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” and the Beatles “All You Need is Love.” Officials said the event recognized a national day of action across the country as the United States prepares for December’s Paris climate talks.
“Usually, the reaction from all levels of governments and the private sector is that we can’t do anything because it costs too much, but the cost of not doing anything will cause even greater harm to our environment, our health and our children’s health,” said Arlington Heights Trustee Robin LaBedz.
Several Hundred of local residents cheered her on during a candlelight vigil after a mile-long march down Arlington Heights Road, en route to the village’s North School Park.
One member of the crowd shouted out a call for village officials to reduce garbage pickup from twice to once a week – a proposal the Village Board is expected to discuss in the coming weeks. A large scroll was signed by those that attended the candle lite vigil at North Park School. That Scroll will be sent to Governor Rauner.
Otherwise, the event remained upbeat and peaceful, attracting an intergenerational crowd, including families with young children, as well as senior citizens.
Earlier in the evening, the capacity crowd at a pre-march rally filled Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, where Pastor Rhonda Pruitt spoke about the importance of faith-based organizations urging members to take action to improve the environment.

From the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley to New York University, the University of Tennessee at Martin to Williams College, these students leaned on one another to share their experience organizing and exchange ideas. The Campus Organizing Summit was part of OFA’s 2015 issue summits series, which throughout this year has provided organizers with opportunities to expand their networks, solve organizing challenges, and learn new skills
Right in the center of the photo NWSOFA College Outreach Lead, Kym Garnet 6 from the left or 7 from the right … front row

“Partner October Events”

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

Was held this last Saturday – w/ 22 folks in attendance.. Congradulations!
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 started at 10 and continued until all if 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 we done.Getting women to come together in our Northwest suburban homes from different Gun Violence Prevention groups, different churches, and from other Chicago areas was the goal and we rocked it. We provided all the materials and the cards are easy to decorate.

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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Schaumburg Library.. 
Second Tuesday of every Month
10/13/15 Second Floor
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2015 AT THE SCHAUMBURG LIBRARY AT 10 A.M. TO NOON. Second Floor Rasmussen Meeting Rooms.
Arlington Heights Library 
(meets at the AH Senior Center)
Every Thursday 10 am to 12 noon

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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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NWSOFA “October Events”  In Pictures

DACA / DAPA Training Event 10/17

NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team
GVP Meeting 10/15/15

NWSOFA & Sierra Club et al.. AH Rally with Candle Light March 10/15/15

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