Newsletter – May, 2014

NWSOFA May 2014 Monthly Progressive Newsletter

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Climate Change
& Sierra Club
Present the Screening of 
of Living Dangerously 
Monday, May 5th
 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM 

First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights

1903 E Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights

Hollywood’s brightest stars, including Harrison Ford, and today’s most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy. 


 YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY takes you directly to the heart of the matter in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The first episode, which is to be shown, focuses on the drought in Plainview, Texas, a conservative and religious town, the civil war in Syria, and the deforestation of government landsin Indonesia for palm oil plantations.


Open to the public. Members from NWSOFA, Lake-McHenry OFA, North Cook Country Sierra Club, Cool Cities, Palatine Countryside Unitarian Church, Faith in Place, Harper College Green Committee, Climate Reality Project, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Citizens Climate Lobby, Citizens for Conservation, Northbrook Go Green, and other environmentaland religious groups are encouraged to attend.

The screening will be followed with a short explanation of the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) fix and proposed EPA power plant carbon rules scheduled to be released June 3.

Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Chapter Co-Leads
Great Speakers and ACA Celebration ,  

For the Month of April, NWSOFA set new standards with two official Chapter Meetings, one @ the Arlington Heights Library early in the month as we celebrated the ACA’s teams success with over 7 million signups on the Healthcare Exchanges and latter in the month @ the Schaumburg Library with a great presentation on “Money, Politics and Democracy” by Jack Altschuler.  With a total of 19 events during April there was always something happening, someplace to be and something to learn!  
We are proud to say we are growing our membership with the tremendous commitment of our great Issue Leads and superb volunteers (see photos below).  
NWSOFA’s May will be full of continuing activities headlined with: Climate Change, Gun Violence Prevention, Standing with Women, Fiscal & Economic Issues and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  We are excited as we move forward into the summer months.
Now that the initial goals of ACA have been meet, we are turning our focus to our fight for Immigration Reform and continue efforts on Raising the Minimum Wage and Climate Change as the key Social Issues Agenda. We will be active on all fronts: meetings, rally’s, email and Social Media Campaign .. all designed to create awareness with a more focused and amplified voice.
As our 4/22 Speaker, Jack Altschuler, reminded us; “we can not accomplish change from the comfort of our couch’s, easy chairs or homes.. that 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 in and watch the screening of  “Years of Living Dangerously” as part of our May Monthly Meeting (May 5th, 6:30- 9:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid)!
Looking forward to seeing you, Sara & Bill
NWSOFA is Action.. In 2013 We Found Our Voice .. In 2014 We are Amplifying & Focusing Our Voices for Change.                                                  May 1, 2014

 Immigration Reform
& Phone Bank
Thursday, May 1st & May 15th, 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 in February.

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

4-22-14: Former and current Illinois Republican politicians advocated for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday in an apparent departure from national House Republicans’ strategy of piecemeal reform.


 4-22-14 Two House Repub­li­cans from Illi­nois are endors­ing some sort of legal sta­tus for immi­grants in the coun­try ille­gal­ly, adding renewed GOP sup­port for immi­gra­tion reform efforts that have come to a stand­still on Capi­tol Hill. (these are House Republicans we have targeted)

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

4C’s Meeting + Phone Bank

May, 1st & May 15th 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.

Gun Sense Voter Party  
GVP Team Meeting on 4-14.

Sponsored by NWSOFA
in Collaboration with Mom’s Demand Action

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 , 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  Starbucks   @ 601 North Martingale   

Streets of Woodfield .. Conf Room, Schaumburg, IL 60173 


Join us at the Streets of Woodfield Starbucks on Thursday, May 8th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for some great coffee, conversation and cookies as we help Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America celebrate the love and hard work of all moms during a week of action before Mother’s Day.

Learn how you can help us to harness the energy and strength of moms and encourage more conversations around the topic of gun safety in every town in the Northwest Suburbs. And learn how you can help us recruit as many Gun Sense Voters as we can in an effort to expand the number of voters who will vote only for candidates who support common sense gun laws. We need your ideas and passion to help grow this movement! Hope to see you there!

Host: Cathy Risberg
Contact: 224-241-2012

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Monthly Meeting
Great Discussion lead by Karl Faulstich at the April 15th meeting
 Tuesday, May 13, 2014  – 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. Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected
  2. Current 2014 Projections Budget
  3. Jobs
  4. Economic issues in President Obama’s Budget
  5. We want to know your ideas for misinformation that needs correcting. Come share them at the meeting.
  6. 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.

Gun Violence Prevention Planning Meeting 


May 15, 2014 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Coffee Planet 

1450 Golf Rd,.
Rolling MeadowsIL 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 Streets of Woodfield, Starbucks.

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 weekly NWSOFA Phone Banking.

Our May meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 pm. Come and join us in building safe communities here in the northwest suburbs and all across America!

Stand With Women 

Monthly Meeting



May 27, 2014 
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

2nd Floor Rm. “I”

500 N Dunton
Arlington Heights, IL60004

You re invited to our Stand with Women monthly meeting. 

We will be exploring ways we can highlight issues that are unique to women but impact everyone. We have been very pleased with the crucial benefits ACA has guaranteed women such as non-discriminatory rates for insurance, free preventive care and reproductive health care, no more exclusion from pre-existing conditions and much more.

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.

NWSOFA Climate Change – Sierra Club Testifying Workshop for Hearings Related to Proposed EPA Carbon Rules
Joe Salvado NWSOFA CC Lead
NWSOFA Climate e-magazine


May 31, 2014 

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Sierra Club 

70 E Lake St,
Chicago, IL 60601

On June 3 the EPA will publish its carbon rules draft for existing power plants. 

The Sierra Club will be hosting a testifying workshop to prepare individuals for the EPA carbon rules hearings related to this draft. 

Members from NWSOFA, Lake-McHenry OFA, North Cook Country Sierra Club, Cool Cities, Palatine Countryside Unitarian Church, Faith in Place, Harper College Green Committee, Climate Reality Project, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Citizens Climate Lobby, Northbrook Go Green and other environmental groups are encouraged to attend.

NWSOFA Fiscal Team to Provide
Inequality for all Screening
and Discussion Forum for Local Groups



May 14, 2014 

6:30 pm – 9:00 PM 

Ela Area Public Library
275 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

NWSOFA Fiscal Team to Provide Inequality for all Screening and Discussion Forum for the Ela Township Democrats as part of the teams outreach on 5/14 

to RSVP to the Ela Township Democrates .. email:

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
5/5/14 YEARS of Living Dangerouly
5/1/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
5/1/14 4C’s Mtg Call Bank
5/8/14 Gun Violence Meeting
5/13/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
5/15/14 Gun Violence Meeting
5/27/14 SWW Meeting
5/31/14 CC/Sierra Meeting
5/14/14 Gun Violence Meeting
501(c)4 notice
NWSOFA Social Media
Meet Joe Salvato .. Climate Change
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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Meet Joe Salvato, the NWSOFA Chapter Climate Change Lead.
He has been working on the Climate Change issue since shortly after the 2012 election and is an Al Gore Climate Reality Leader.
Joe has devoted his time and energy to making a difference, educating the public about Municipal Power Aggregation and renewable energy sources, and is working to renew a Production Tax Credit for wind power companies to continue creating jobs.

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 April

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: 224-241-2014  
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