Newsletter – July, 2014

NWSOFA July 2014 Monthly Progressive Newsletter

Maria Tells Her Families Story
Folks from all the Chicago Chapters gathered .. 16 or 18 from NWSOFA Alone

Marlene Rivera .. Chicago North OFA CIR & IL Lead .. Click to see Video
Immigration Reform
 All Chicago Metro OFA CIR June 26th Event
Press Event: & Rally 
Attended by 60 of our NWSOFA and OFA Chicago North Chapter Members
Speeches,  songs,  Press  Coverage

On the One year and One Day Anniversary we Called out Speaker Boehner,  Leader McCarthy,  and Rep. Dan Lipinski  to  “Stop  Stalling” and pass Immigration Reform.        

Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Chapter Co-Leads
Just when we thought it would be a slow summer!     

Just when we thought the “dog days” of summer would bring activities to a slow grinding halt… Instead June was a solid month with Climate Change, Minimum Wage Petition drive, and  Comprehensive Immigration Reform gaining strength and showing lots of activity that we had not seen recently.
NWSOFA’s July will be a continuing fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.. we have one heck of an event partnering with other Chicago Chapter one year and one day after the Senate passed the CIR bill.  We called out Speaker Boehner, Leader McCarthy and Representative Lipinski on June 28th.  We had 4 to 5 News  Media Groups covering the event.. CBS, NBC WGN, Univision and more.  Going to sleep at the switch .. may of just cost two of these three guys their jobs.
July will be another strong month and then it will be “ACTION AUGUST” when all the Congressmen are back home. We will continue to be active on all fronts: meetings, rally’s, email and Social Media Campaigns .. all designed to create awareness of our key progressive social issues with a focused and amplified voice. WE must take “ACTION” and make our voices be heard”, and that is exactly what we are doing!
Join us this month at one or more of our many chapter events and/or Issue meetings / events and add your voice and action. We invite you to especially stop at our July 16th Monthly Meeting, 6:30- 9:00 pm, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library as NWSOFA  Presents “A Taste of OFA.. Issues to Believe In”.
We invite your to share an evening with us as we continue to shape our Country’s future, Sara & Bill
NWSOFA is Action.. In 2013 We Found Our Voice .. In 2014 We are Amplifying & Focusing Our Voices for Change.                                                  July 1, 2014

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Monthly Meeting
Discussion Group Engaged in Conversation at the Jule Meeting
 Wednesday, July 8th, 2014  7 – 9 PM  
Arlington Heights Library,500 N. Dunton, 2nd floor Conf Rm “I”

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting.

Typical Agenda topic for the Month are:

  1. Status of the economic recovery, including the July 2014 jobs report (May 2014 for IL data)

  2. Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected From a 1.4 Trillion dollar deficit in 2009 to 480 billion deficit in 2015.. that’s progress
  3. Fiscal Action Plan discussion: 1) Minimum Wage & 2 )Getting the Word out
  4. The economy and the 2014 elections
  5. The ACA Impact on the current budget and the 2014 elections
  6. Group Suggested Issues & Articles for Discussion
  7. Letters to the editor

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

CIR Planning Team.. What an Event they Produced on 6/28
 Immigration Reform
& Phone Bank
Thursday, July10 & June 24, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet (Rolling Meadows, IL)

1450 Golf Rd,. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Join the Immigration Reform CIR Dream Team as we expand our efforts in the North West Suburbs. Organization, goals, and action plans will be discussed from 6:30- 7:30 pm .

The team will make select calls to others in the Northwest Suburbs with the purpose of expanding the team. Our calls will be placed to the Northwest Suburbs to create action on the goals and action plans developed at the CIR National Day Of Action.

It’s Working…. We are changing the way Illinois politicians are looking at Immigration through our ACTIONS:

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

4C’s Meeting + Phone Bank

July, 10th & July 24th 2014 
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet

1450 Golf Rd,.
Rolling MeadowsIL 60008 
Coffee, Conversation, Cookies & Calls 
Plus Letters to the Editor, LTE’s.

Join us every first and third Thursday from 7-9pm at the Coffee Planet. Meet the team, have some coffee and makes some calls. 

We discuss the political news of the day and how it impacts our Issues and events coming up and make calls to invite others to come. Don’t like making calls, come and write letters to the editor-LTE, or help make posters if there’s a rally coming up.

Please call Sara 847-372-5594 to confirm so we know how many lists to bring.

Stand with Women and 
the Fiscal & Economic Team 

“Minimum Wage Petition Drive”   


July 14, 2014

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM    

 Location: TBD

Call Sara for directions to this event, 

Women are currently the main breadwinner in a record-high 40 percent of households, but on everything from paid leave to fair pay, our workplace policies too often don’t reflect today’s realities.

Join our house party hosted by NWSOFA supporters and be part of a conversation about the issues that affect women and working families, and how we can fight to change that. After the discussion, we’ll decide what action we can take by continuing our Raise the Minimum Wage Petition gathering.

Now our national focus is on economic issues including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, family leave, affordable child care. Bring your concerns and creativity and your friends for what is always an inspiring evening.

To RSVP to the Minimum Wage Petition Drive .. Click Here

“”A Taste of OFA.. Issues to Believe In”. 
NWSOFA July Chapter Meeting Event
Focusing on all Six (6) of our Progressive Social Issue Teams
June’s Chapter Meeting Featuring Erik Carlson


July 16, 2014 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Arlington Heights Library 

700 N, North Court
Main Meeting Room
IL 6006
Please join us for our monthly NWSOFA Chapter meeting.

The NorthWest Suburban OFA Chapter presents “A Taste of OFA.. Issues to Believe In” … as our six (6) Issue Leads will examine the Progressive Social Issues That Are Shaping our Country… Today “.

1) The 6 Key Social Issues of our Times

2) How many of these Issues are co-dependent on each other yet stand alone as a issue cause.

3) How you can become a part of the Solution not just part of the Problem

4) Not just one voice, but a chorus of voices focused and resonating

5) Changing the Country One Issue at a Time and loving it.

Format: Presentations and Round Table Discussions..

This is a crucial time for many of our important issue groups: gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, healthcare, women’s rights, and fiscal and economic issues.

The leaders of these issue teams will present the progress their teams have made and future events scheduled.

Please join us and get involved in our progressive issues.

Gun Violence Prevention 
Planning Meeting 
June’s Planning Meeting.. New Folks .. New Ideas



July 17th, 2014 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Coffee Planet 

1450 Golf Rd,.
Rolling Meadows
IL 60008

If you are interested in great coffee and lively conversation and want to learn how you can take action now – to honor all victims of gun violence and make our communities safer – then come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting at the Coffee Planet, 1450 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows, 60008.

We hold a short (30 – 45 minutes) Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month and afterwards many of us stay to help out with the NWSOFA Phone Banking.

Our July meeting will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 pm. Come and join us in building safe communities here in the northwest suburbs and all across America!

Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors, and Green Energy 
Thorium … New Nuclear Fuel.. Click on Picture for Video

NWSOFA Climate Change

Presents an Educational Event



June 17th, 2014

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  


First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights

   1903 East Euclid Avenue


This July 17 educational event, to be presented by Tim Pearson, Vice-President of NEXTCHEM Process Analyzers, Inc., will include a detailed explanation of why Molten Salt Reactors are superior to our present Light Water Reactors, and how they can be designed to use Thorium nuclear waste generated by U.S. wind/solar/ electric car manufacturing, keeping Green Manufacturing jobs in the U.S instead of remaining in China. These Molten Salt Reactors could also be designed to use High Level Nuclear Waste.
Thorium nuclear energy could also be part of the Illinois energy mix related to the EPA Carbon Pollution Standards released June 2. Each state, including Illinois, will be implementing a carbon system to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. Each state will individually be assigned flexible criteria to meet its goal. Illinois currently depends on nuclear energy, and good, bad or indifferent realistically it will be part of the Illinois energy mix. An alternative to uranium nuclear energy thorium nuclear energy has  a half-life of 300 years. It also cannot be converted for atomic bomb purposes, and in the case of a tsunami it would cake up. Long term Thorium could possibly become an important part of our zero carbon future.

Come to this event with an open mind and lots of questions, and be prepared to at least entertain the thought of Thorium as a source of electricity.

Click on Picture to see Trailer of Movie
 Immigration Reform
A Film Screening
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Arlington Heights Library


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas began working on “Documented” shortly before “outing” himself as undocumented in a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”

Vargas has traveled around the United States, telling his story in solidarity with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. As he connected with others — particularly those who, like Vargas, came to the United States as children — his personal reflections compelled him to reconnect with his mother, whom he had not seen in 20 years.

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

Gun Violence Prevention
Two Upcoming 
Wednesday, July 23nd, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM



Two events to keep track of:

1) Just a few days after my son, Christopher, was shot and killed, I asked concerned Americans like you to send a postcard to your elected officials with the simple, powerful message of “Not One More.”

Since then, more than 600,000 supporters have signed postcards to their senators, representatives, and governors declaring “Not One More.”

That means we have nearly 2.5 million postcards to deliver in the next couple weeks — so we’re going to need a hand from a few dedicated volunteers like you.

Can you join Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action in West Chicago to deliver “Not One More” postcards?

 “Not One More” in West Chicago, IL at the Office of Representative Peter Roskam

When: Wednesday, July 2, 11:00 AM 
Where: 2700 International Drive, Suite 304, West Chicago, IL


To RSVP to the July 2nd Roskam Event — Click Here


2) DOA Scheduled for July 23rd, Wednesday,  Keep tuned to this Channel .. More Detail to come

 Immigration Reform
Day of Action
Special Event
Friday, August 1st, 2014
7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM

Location to be Announced 

One year and counting since the Senate passed the CIR bill 

and one year that the house has failed to act. 

One year 12-15 million Immigrants living in the shadows. The Senate passed it … and the House has been sitting on it.

Lets let John Boehner and Eric Cantor know how we feel… and put some pressure on them. Special Event for CIR, Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Reserve the evening..invite some friends …

Did you know that by the House NOT passing CIR it is costing the US $37,000,000 per day in lost revenue.. That’s $13 billion a year.. Every Year until it’s passed.

Come join us to get folks involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement.

Notice: This is a public meeting / events. 
 NWSOFA is a 501(c)4, non-partisan organization.  
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA 
In This Issue
6/28/14 CIR Event success
7/8/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
7/10/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
7/10/14 4C’s Mtg Call Bank
7/14/14 SWW Meeting
7/16/14 Chapter Event “Progressive Social Issue”
7/17/14 Gun Violence Meeting
7/17/14 New Energy Thorium Explained
7/222/14 Immigration CIR DOA Call Bank
7/23/14 GVP DOA
8/1/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
501(c)4 notice
NWSOFA Social Media
4C’s & LTE Every Thursdays
NWSOFA in Photos
New Issues e-magazine


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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Every 1st & 3rd Thursday 
it’s 4C’s Night
“Coffee, Conversation, Cookies, Calls” & LTEs
Click on the above calendar to RSVP
Every 1st & 3rd 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”!

We Were Very Busy, Busy, Busy in June

From Gathering Petitions on Supporting the Minimum Wage

NWSOFA Chapter Meeting with Erik Carlson .. Overview of OFA

Attending the
Fiscal Meetings

Tweets for the Summer

More Photos from the Immigration 6/28 Rally

New Co-Lead of the NWSOFA ACA Gayle Lewis

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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