Newsletter – Week of June 8, 2014 – June 14, 2014

“What’s Happening This Week in the 
Northwest Suburbs”
Week of June 8th – June 14th

Fiscal and Economic Issues 
Discussion Group Monthly Meeting
Discussion Group Engaged in Conversation at the May Meeting
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014  7 PM- 9 PM  
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
BLS Report Just out…. Adds 217,000 Jobs in May

Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion Group Meeting.

Typical Agenda topic for the Month are:

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

  2. Budget Deficits – Historical and Projected
  3. Fiscal Action Plan discussion: 1) Minimum Wage & 2 )Getting the Word out
  4. The economy and the 2014 elections
  5. The ACA 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.


                    To RSVP to the Fiscal and Economic Discussion

 NWSOFA Climate Change – Clean Energy Townhall
Climate Change Action Event: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

Des Plaines Public Library, Friends Room C (Des Plaines, IL)

1501 Ellinwood St
Des Plaines, IL 60016
A great opportunity to learn what’s going on in Illinois and on a national level to drive clean energy development

Please join State Representative Marty Moylan this June 10th at 7:00 pm at the Des Plaines Public Library for a Sierra Club – Illinois Solar Energy Association Environmental Advisory Committee event. We will be celebrating $30 million that was recently secured for our solar energy in Illinois. 


The event will feature some exciting speakers including Rep Moylan, Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Sierra Club, and Lisa Albrecht from the Illinois Solar Energy Association. 


This is a great opportunity to learn what’s going on in Illinois and on a national level to drive clean energy development. Come and share your thoughts and opinions

The Thursday Night CIR Phone Bank are all Smiles
 Immigration Reform
Day of Action
Phone Bank
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM


Coffee Planet (Rolling Meadows, IL)

1450 Golf Rd,. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Our June 12th Phone Bank will be focused on calling NWSOFA members to commit to participate in the June 28th Rally commemorating the:

 One (1) Year Anniversary of the Senate passing the CIR bill

We will be urging members of the US House of representatives to do the same. Come over to the Coffee Planet and make a few phone calls for an hour or two … 15 million americans do not need to live in fear and without their families around them.

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

To RSVP to the CIR 6-19 Phone Bank – Click here! 

NWSOFA June Chapter Meeting Event with 
Erik Carlson
OFA Midwest Regional Manager, Presenting:
“Today’s Progressive Social Issues That Are Shaping our “Future Lives” 
May’s Chapter Meeting Combination with Climate Change Viewing of “Years of Living Dangerously”


June 17, 2014 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Palatine Library 

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

Speaking on “Progressive Social Issues That Are Shaping our Future Lives ” our OFA National Guest Speaker(s) will outline:

1). What OFA is and how Issues are determined…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) The power of a unified Days of Action (DOA) Across the Country.

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

5) Keeping the OFA Brand Strong and the Organizing alive and well.

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.

On June 2nd, the White House announced the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants!     


On June 2nd, the White House will announce the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is big news for protecting our planet from climate disruption. And we were there… over 200 folks … Standing Room only.. to hear those that hold Climate Change as one of our key social issues speak on the need to be “Clean”.
The Sierra Club, OFA and other organizations hosted this flagship event at the Spertus Institute in Chicago. All that were there plus the media celebrated this historic moment with a press conference. We were joined by local media outlets, and hear from VIP speakers including US Representative Robin Kelly and Lisa Madigan.
More photos and press videos on the Right Hand side Column

 An Update from our ACA Team: 
Obama Keeps Foot On The Gas For Health Care Enrollment

Many of our Team have taken their OFA hats off and continue the very special work on implementing the ACA Law.  

“To coordinate the on-the-ground component, the administration has been participating in biweekly meetings with health care reform groups. One of them, Enroll America, currently has more than 230 staffers across the country, which is just slightly below the 250 it employed at the end of open enrollment. The group has maintained a robust volunteer presence as well.For a Weekend of Action planned for the end of June, the group has registered more than 1,000 volunteer shifts and scheduled just under 400 events. They had averaged the same number of events during weekends in March with about twice as many volunteers.”


“There are two reasons Enroll America hasn’t wound down more during the special enrollment period, said the group’s president, Anne Filipic: to avoid having to train new officials when the next open enrollment period starts, and because it sees ample opportunity to run up the number of insured people in the meantime.”

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
6/10/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
6/10/14 Climate Town Hall
6/12/14 Immigration CIR DOA Call Bank
6/17/14 Chapter Event “Progressive Social Issue”
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 May

EPA Carbon Rules Annoucement

To Attending the Chicago OFA HQ  Grand Opening

Attending the Fiscal Meetings

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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