NWSOFA Indivisible January 2020 Progressive Newsletter

We hope you all got a chance to read our last email. In it was a review of our activities for 2019 which was our MOST AMAZING YEAR EVER. This past year saw us sending over 1.5 million emails, maintaining Facebook pages and a web site to inform and remind our nearly 5000 members of the 81 separate events that we held or co-sponsored in the North West Suburbs.
In some ways our year had to be amazing. Just to keep up with the challenges that the federal administration has created. In 2019. we even changed our name and our organization affiliation as we began to decide right here in our local group which challenges we want to address and the way we want to do it.
Happy Blue Year!!!!
2020 looks like it’s going to be no less challenging on the local, state and national stage. Expect us to do what ever we can throughout the year to organize and ACT.
If you too don’t want to just sit back and watch,
Join us this month at important events like the 2020 Women’s March in Chicago and candidate watch parties. Stay with us through the rest of the year to keep informed and active as we continue to fight for:
  • Climate Change – Environmental Issues
  • Gun Violence Prevention,
  • Restoring our Democracy – Combating gerrymandering,
  • Stand With Women – Women’s Rights,
  • Voter’s Rights,
  • Complete Count – Fair 2020 Census
  • Affordable Health Care,
  • Social Justice,
  • Immigration and Refugee Reform,
  • Fiscal & Economics – Fiscal issues and more!
  • Engaging in Active instate and adopt a state Electioneering
Visit our website and our face book pagesRight Now for updates and progressive information.
In particular our website has special links to:
And finally,
Get ready to join us throughout the 2020 election process. We will be actively recruiting and organizing to get out the vote for a BLUE 2020!
What will NWSOFA look like in 2020? There’s really no way to tell for sure but you can be sure we will be, as we always have been, active participants on the front lines of progressive politics, doing our best to make a difference. Let’s make it a Happy Blue Year!!!!
See below for a calendar and descriptions of our events.
January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Forest Civic Hall
207 N Lee St,
Mt Prospect, IL
Each year 530,000 families turn to bankruptcy because of medical issues and bills.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
We will have a speaker from ACA Consumer Advocacy Group to explain the different plans and bills being discussed by candidates.
“Medicare for all”, “Public Option Plan”, “Medicare buy in Option” and more At Forest River Hall.
**Refreshments to follow**
JAN 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Spring Valley Nature Center
1111 E. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL
Mike Wapner will present “Investing According to Your Values. Yes, you can do well by doing good!” This session will cover the finance industry’s evolution from SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) to ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) Investing to Impact Investing. Mike will discuss the factors driving the growth of this field, introduce some of the organizations that are involved and their initiatives – such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and describe some of the basic ways for investors to “put their money where their values are”.  Session will be educational only, with no solicitation on particular investments.
Mike Wapner is a financial advisor with BlueLake Wealth Advisors. Mike has worked for organizations as diverse as Motorola, where he marketed wireless data and digital cellular networks, and a small energy efficiency nonprofit, where he was Director of Finance. He earned the US Green Building Council’s LEED Accredited Professional designation. Mike is currently a member of the City of Park Ridge’s Sustainability Task force and is on the Board of Park Ridge Friends of the Parks.
Mike earned his BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mike has also earned the Certificate in Financial Planning from DePaul University.
JAN 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Black Ensemble Theater,
4450 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
NWSOFA-Indivisible with 14 other local Progressive Organizations are Co-Sponsoring “Happy Blue Year 2.0”. This is a continuation of our 2019 our Happy Blue Year (HBY) event celebrated the culmination of Indivisible Illinois efforts to take back the House and provide a check on President Trump. This year, HBY 2.0 will kick off our campaign to continue the work in 2020 by providing our community with actionable items for electing progressive leaders in our community, holding the House, taking back the Senate, and firing Donald Trump!
This campaign has a name — “20 in 2020” — and we are asking you to take the “20 in 2020 Challenge” by volunteering 20 hours, giving 20 dollars, or finding 20 people to join our movement and turn the blue wave into a blue tsunami. We are counting on every member of our progressive community to step it up in 2020, and it starts with HBY 2.0. Will we see you there?
Event is FREE, but attendees are asked to make a $10 donation (or any amount) at http://bit.ly/indivisible20in2020 to fund the work of Indivisibles in Illinois in 2020 and beyond.
Theater seats are first come first served. Please arrive early to check in as this ticket does not guarantee theater seating.
5:00pm Pre-program includes Women’s March sign making sponsored by Indivisible Evanston
6:00pm Activism fair – Meet others working on issues and campaigns in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Special performances by Black Ensemble Theater Band and Joel Hall Dancers & Center
Cash bar and refreshments.
If you want to carpool from the Northwest Suburbs … from the GPAD (Wheeling & Palatine Democratic Offices at 1410 Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights .. text or call Bill Davis @ 224-558-5438 and we will set up ride sharing.
Transportation: Wilson El stop (Red, Purple), #22 bus, limited non-metered street parking on nearby side streets. Handicapped accessible.
Organizer: il9@indivisibleil.com Or call 773-216-2067
January 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Greater Palatine Area Democrats Office
1310 W Northwest Hwy
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
January 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Northwest Suburban Democrats Office (Wheeling & Palatine Democratic Office), 1310 W. Northwest Highway Arlington Heights, IL
Poster Making Party for Women’s March- Ring in the New Year RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-local-actions/150197 Greater Palatine Area Democrats Office 1310 W Northwest Hwy Arlington Heights, IL 60004 When: Monday, January 13, 6:30 PM Stand With Women will ring in the new year with a poster making party for the Women’s March 2020. Please join us, meet like minded people, talk about progressive women’s issues, and make your poster. Bring your creativity and if you’d like, bring a snack to share. Poster…
Stand With Women will ring in the new year with a poster making party for the Women’s March 2020. Please join us, meet like minded people, talk about progressive women’s issues, and make your poster. Bring your creativity and if you’d like, bring a snack to share. Poster supplies will be provided.
Northwest Suburban Democrats Office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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 next Democratic presidential primary debate.
No more hollering at the TV alone. Stop by and share the debate with a group of other local Democrats, liberals and progressives. Whose performance / ideas / leadership will you most enjoy? What issues will resonate with you? Come and find out and have some rousing conversations.
You can enjoy some beverages (yes we have water, pop & a selection of beer or BYOB) and snacks.. what could be a better way to ring in the “HAPPY BLUE YEAR”?
January 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Greater Palatine Area 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 seventh 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.
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
500 N Dunton Ave
Happy New Year!!! Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2020
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 highlights since our December meeting:
  • The 3rd estimate of real GDP growth for the 3rd quarter of 2019 remained at 2.1%. The initial estimate of 4th quarter and annual 2019 real GDP growth won’t be available until the end of January.
  • Fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations (October 2019 to September 2020) were passed in December, avoiding a partial government shutdown. The appropriations increased spending and will add to our FY 2020 deficit, which is forecast to exceed $1 trillion.
  • Employment data for December 2019 will be published on Friday, January 3rd.
  • The stock market finished its best year since 2013.
Come join us. Doors open at 6:45.
Links to the videos and PowerPoint from our December meeting are below. The PowerPoint for our January meeting will be sent ahead of the meeting.
Karl Faulstich
(m) 773-991-6587
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grant Park
Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60601
Please join NWSOFA Stand With Women at the 2020 Women’s March. Women’s March Chicago and 20 additional organizations are hosting this year’s Women’s March.
“With so much at stake, 2020 is going to be a BIG year, and together we must #MakeItCount! Come out and make your voices heard on the issues that matter to you most!
Women’s Rights.- Racial Justice.- LGBTQ+ Rights.- Equal Pay. -Health Care. – Immigrant Rights. – Women’s Reproductive Rights. – Violence-Free Communities. – Voting Rights. Impeachment. – Mass Incarceration. Social Justice. – Climate Change. – Gun Violence Prevention. – Disability Rights. – Census 2020.
Bring your friends, family members, voices and signs, as we march through the streets of downtown, and let the world know that Chicago is at the forefront of change!”
NWSOFA Stand With Women will be hosting a poster making party on 1/13/2020 at 6:30- 8:30pm. Location is the Greater Palatine Area Democrats office, 1310 W Northwest Hwy, Arlington Heights. Please copy this link to sign up for poster making https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-local-actions/150197
At 10:15am Stand With Women will meet on 1/18/2020 in front of the Art Institute at the north lion.
At 10:30 we will proceed to Grant Park to be ready or the March that starts at 11:00am.
Transportation- For those who would like to travel by Metra, we will meet at the Palatine train station. Or for those who are starting out at a different station on the UP line meet us in the first car of the train. The train leaves Palatine at 8:25am and arrives at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 9:23am.
We will divide up and take taxi’s to the Art Institute.
I recommend using the rest room at the train station if possible.
There is another train that leaves Palatine at 9:25am arriving at Ogilvie at 10:09. If you plan to take the later train, be aware that large crowds are anticipated, so the trains may be running like late. Remember to dress warm, bring your posters, and wear your pink hat if you have one.
Arlington Heights Memorial Library,
Soon after the 2016 election, what happened when 8 Trump supporters and 8 Clinton supporters met in a barn for a weekend workshop designed by America’s family therapist?
Join us to watch the documentary of that weekend and the workshop designed by Bill Doherty, the family therapist who co-founded Better Angels to heal our bitter political divide.
Directed by Emmy-Winning Jim Brown and produced by Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), the 50-minute documentary captures an early Red/Blue workshop between diehard political opponents shortly after President Trump took office. See difficult moments, humor, and humanity as our fractured political family tries to talk it out in small-town OhioThis screening is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington Heights. For more information, and for tickets to the film and discussion, register here: INFO AND TICKETS
Climate Change Meeting
January 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Greater Palatine Area Dems Ofc1310 W. NW Hwy
Arlington Hts., IL 60004
When:Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 AM
We need to show Congress that there is broad resistance to Trump’s agenda. Join us. We’ll be planning our priorities for 2020 on so many fronts-local, statewide and national. Hopefully you can join us as we all fight the assaults on Mother Earth.
January 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Greater Palaltine Area Democrats Office
1310 W Northwest Hwy
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Join the NWSOFA Restore Our Democracy Team at our next planning meeting.
We will be discussing a possible collaboration with Change IL. We will also be discussing the outcome of our meeting with State Senator Heather Steans to discuss how the ROD team can help support her bill SB2314 which, if enacted, would prevent state employees and elected officials from becoming lobbyists for 2 years after leaving office or state employment.
  • DEC 5 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: chasing Coral Film Screening
  • DEC 5 – NWSOFA Indivisible Restore Our Democracy Monthly Meeting
  • DEC 6 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event Youth Climate Strike
  • DEC 9 – NWSOFA Indivisible Greater Palatine Area Democrats Holiday Party
  • DEC 10 – NWSOFA Indivisible and Moms Demand Action Interfaith Vigil In Remembrance of Sandy Hook
  • DEC 12 – NWSOFA Indivisible ACA Sign-up Tables at Indian Trails Public Library
  • DEC 12 – Fiscal and Economic Issue Team Meeting
  • DEC 17 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event “nobody is Above the Law”
  • DEC 19 – NWSOFA Indivisible Greater Palatine Area Democrats, IL Sixth Congressional District Democrats Debate Watch Party
Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s)
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization.
All opinions are solely those of NWSOFA
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