Newsletter – Week of May 11th – May 17th, 2014

What’s Happening This Week in the Northwest Suburbs”

Week of May 11th – May 17th

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 – Deep Dive into Aprils Jobs Report
  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.

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







Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9:30 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:

 Immigration Reform
& Phone Bank
 May 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 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 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!

NWSOFA Minimum Wage Petition Drive   


May 19, 2014 

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Arlington Heights Memorial Library 

@ Garage Lobby Elevators

500 N Dunton 
Arlington Heights, IL



 Join NWSOFA Stand With Women & Fiscal Teams to gather signatures for a petition to urge state and local lawmakers who have refused to raise the minimum wage, that “it’s time to give America a Raise”!

Raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers, it would also boost our economy and our community. Despite support from 7 out of 10 Americans — including President Obama, members of Congress and state and local officials — lawmakers have refused to raise the minimum wage.

Contact Sara Horan @ 847-372-5594

A Message from NWSOFA Climate Change Team & the Sierra Club
Joe Salvado NWSOFA CC Lead
NWSOFA Climate e-magazine

Illinois can’t wait around for Springfield to act any longer

This past year, renewable energy development essentially came to a halt in our state, with zero new wind projects built, and minimal solar installed.

But fortunately, we can get Illinois back on track by updating our state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to function in today’s utility market.

So far our elected legislative leaders in Springfield have yet to take action, which is why we’re asking you to call your representative to ask them to fix our state’s renewable energy portfolio standard this spring.

We know that renewable energy does great things for Illinois. Since 2007, Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard has brought the state more than 20,000 clean energy jobs, removed 5 million tons of air pollution each year, and saved consumers $177 million in wholesale electricity costs.

If we want to continue to see this important industry develop in Illinois and bring valuable jobs to our state, we need legislators in Springfield to act.
In This Issue
5/13/14 Fiscal Issues Meeting
5/14/14 Gun Violence Meeting
5/15/14 Immigration CIR Mtg
5/15/14 4C’s Mtg Call Bank
5/15/14 Gun Violence Meeting
5/19/14 Minimum Wage Petition Drive
A Message from Sierra Club
NWSOFA Social Media
4C’s & LTE Every Thursdays
Emil Ivanosski – NWSOFA Videoman
NWSOFA in Photos
501(c)4 notice
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”!

NWSOFA Video Man Around the Meetings:
Meet Emil Ivanovski

You Seen him at most meetings.. with his camera’s and tripods.. capturing the essence of NWSOFA meeting and commitment.
Soon.. you’ll see us on YouTube .. with Issue content and Information.
Say Hi to Emil.. one of the next generations of NWSOFA Volunteers.

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We Were Very Busy, Busy, Busy in May (so Far)

Climate Change 5/5 Screening of “Years of Living Dangerously”

5/8 GVP Team meets to discuss working with Mom’s Demand Action’s new Alliance with Everytown For Gun Safety

Notice: This is a public meeting / events.  
 NWSOFA is a 501(c)4, non-partisan organization.  
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA 
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 !!

Just Click on the Photo to link the NWSOFA e-magazines daily & archived articles 

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NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis    
Phone: 224-241-2014  
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