NWSOFA Indivisible February 2020 Progressive Newsletter

Mon, Feb 10 at 5:05 PM
Sometimes the task of getting our democracy back on track seems daunting and the weather in February can make you feel a bit gray. The best way to shake those gray thoughts may be to do something positive.
The Iowa caucuses was just the beginning. The New Hampshire Primary is on February 11th, Nevada caucuses are February 22nd, S. Carolina Primary is February 29th and our primary is March 17th here in Illinois.
Join in and feel good!
Incumbents and new candidates are looking for your help to win. Please volunteer. Not just for the national candidates but let’s get the best candidates in our local and state offices.
There are plenty of opportunities to write post cards,
make phone calls, put a sign in your yard or canvas door to door for your favorite candidate. You’ll find that the more you do the better you’ll feel about the election process and the way you feel about the candidates!
You Can Make a Difference.
Join us. Just scroll down this page to see our calendar and descriptions of all of our February events. See, you’re feeling better already!
February 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Corner Bakery –
Arlington Heights470 E Rand Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
With so much at stake, We must ensure that Trump is a 1 term president and we take back the White House in 2020. Democrats NEED to get out and vote, and it is crucial that Wisconsin voters get to the polls. SWW will gather for postcard writing, meaningful discussion and time with like minded progressive folks. Please bring postcard stamps and/or a small donation so we can send out our important message. Our meeting will start at 6:30, so feel free to arrive early to order something to eat if you would like. Please join us in reminding Wisconsin residents how important their vote is. Together we must make It Happen..
 Partner Event: After Parkland Film Event
February 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Regal Webster Place 11
1471 West Webster Ave., Chicago
Please join the ILGVP Coalition (Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition) for a screening of After Parkland.  As we approach the two year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, let’s honor the many victims of this senseless act; not only the victims, but the families, classmates, and community members left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath.
Filmed in the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 that killed 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement, this intimate chronicle follows the students and families whose lives were forever transformed – including senior David Hogg, who recorded his class during the attack and became the face of the Never Again movement. Weaving together interviews with the victims’ loved ones, verite footage, and personal videos, After Parkland is a moving portrait of grief and one community’s crusade to turn tragedy into progress.
We need to hit a minimum number of ticket sales for the event to take place. You will NOT be charged unless the minimum 50 ticket threshold is met. Click here for ticket information.
At the screening we will have resources about Illinois’s “Red Flag” Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) law and SB1966 the BIO Bill to Fix the FOID.
Please join us.
Laura Williams
President of People for a Safer Society
Partner Event:
GPAD Presidents’ Week Postcards for Wisconsin
February 15, 2:00 PM
The Northwest Suburban Democrats office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Hts,, IL 60004
Share Your Patriotism and Love of Country with Our Friends to the North: Postcards to Wisconsin Voters Feb. 15!
Copy: Spend part of Presidents’ Day Weekend exercising your freedoms of speech and assembly by gathering at the GPAD offices at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, to write postcards to voters in Wisconsin! We are urging them to vote in their April 7 Presidential Primary! Practice your penmanship, exercise your fine motor skills and bring some postcard stamps–we are sharing our patriotism and love of country!!  Sign up here!…
Partner Event:
Film Presentation: Paris to Pittsburgh
February 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lord of Life Lutheran Church Schaumburg
119 W Wise Rd
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
Admission free!
Come learn more about caring for the earth that God gave us. “Paris to Pittsburgh” is a documentary film from National Geographic that highlights the efforts of people working to combat the devastating effects of climate change.The film’s running time is 77 minutes, with discussion and refreshments to follow. Please let us know if you’d like to join us.
Presenting the documentary film “Paris to Pittsburgh”
Sun 2 PM
February 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Schaumburg Township Library
130 South Roselle
Schaumburg, IL 60193
The NWSOFA Fiscal and Economics group had some great discussions on January 16th at the Arlington Heights library. Let’s keep up the momentum with our next meeting in Schaumburg on February 17th beginning at 7 pm.
The mission of the Fiscal and Economic issues group is to help participants understand the economic and budgetary facts at the federal and state level, to help them sharpen their arguments and communicate to their audience, directly or via social media. The co-leads prepare a comprehensive presentation monthly using data from definitive sources, and the presentation and discussion is often filmed and shared on social media. Topics typically include trends in key economic variables, budget deficits, income inequality, healthcare, and key topics in the news.
Some data releases expected before our February meeting include: 1) The January employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This report is expected to revise down the job gains in 2018 by 501,000. 2) The first estimate of fourth quarter 2019 and full year real GDP growth.
The PowerPoint presentations used at our January meeting can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-8JyumqpNelN29yVU4zYlVSd1ZjUXhKOF9xM0R1UHlCYzhJ and https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-8JyumqpNelOFNuWnI3MUQ4UFV6ZVQ5aG9OV0UtX05tNFN3 ———– The videos of the January meeting will be posted at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nwsofa when available.
Come join us.
Doors open at 6:45.
Greater Palatine Area Democrats, IL Sixth Congressional District Democrats 9th Debate Watch Party
February 19, 6:30 PM
The Northwest Suburban Democrats office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Hts,, IL 60004
Join your friendly neighborhood progressives and Democrats as we watch the Nevada debate, the primary’s ninth, will take place on February 19 in Las Vegas.
The debate will be hosted by NBC News and MSNBC in partnership with The Nevada Independent.
Hosted by NWSOFA-Indivisible, the Palatine Township Dems (GPAD) and the Sixth District Dems.. ….
When: February 19, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet at 6:30 .. Debate times TBD when announced.
So get off your couch and out of your easy chair .. stop yelling at the TV and take ACTION.. Join us .. Join the discussion .. Create the Energy ..
This is pure fun.. Pop, Beer and Water is provided .. if possible please bring a snack to share .. cookies, chips, nuts … crunchy stuff is alway appreciated.
Bill Davis & Sara Horan, NWSOFA-Indivisible Chapter Co-Leads
Partner Event: Palatine Cool Cities
Team Meeting
February 19 @ 7 pm
GVP Monthly Meeting
February 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Northwest Suburban Democrats office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Hts,, IL 60004
Because of Newtown in 2012 and more than ever before, because of Parkland in 2018, the NWSOFA GVP Issues group, currently in its eighth year, has re-committed itself to become relentless advocates of change and action. We are determined to change the conversation surrounding gun violence in America, change the hearts of people we encounter through a spirit of volunteerism and kindness and take action to change the laws to create safer communities for every family in America.
The GVP Issue team educates by having periodic informational meetings, collaborates with coalition non-partisan groups, such as local faith communities and Moms Demand Action and takes action by supporting the efforts of our youth and March for Our Lives and by recruiting legislators to build support for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. In addition, our GVP Team celebrates the success that has been achieved in America –
because of Parkland – in changing the conversation around gun violence prevention. We also celebrate the fact that Gov. Pritzker signed, in January 2019, the law that requires a certification process for gun dealers in Illinois. We know from the research that this law will definitely help to save lives, including the lives of our police officers.
And we continue to work to strengthen background checks and raise community awareness through hosting vigils, using social media, writing letters to the editor and handing out fliers. If you are interested in joining us and honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual actions, then we invite you to come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting at the Northwest Suburban Democrats office in Arlington Hts, IL., 60004.
We hold a 90 minute meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month (with some exceptions near holidays or if we are planning a public event that month). Please join us – together we can make a difference in creating safer communities for all Americans, including our law enforcement officers. Registration is preferred since seating is sometimes limited.
Greater Palatine Area Democrats, IL Sixth Congressional District Democrats 10th Debate Watch Party
February 25
Excited about electing a Democrat to the White House in 2020? We are too! Join the Greater Palatine Area Democrats, the Illinois Sixth Congressional District Democrats, and NWSOFA/Indivisible as we watch the third Democratic presidential primary debate.
RSVP: Coming Soon!
Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s)
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization.
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