NWSOFA Indivisible November 2019 Progressive Newsletter

Nov 3 at 10:53 AM
This is a pivotal moment — Trump thinks he is above the law, and Republicans in Congress are enabling him.
It’s time to raise the stakes: Nationally, INDIVISIBLE has recently gone live with thousands of dollars’ worth of digital ads in key districts, strong messages telling House Republicans to vote yes on impeachment.
Our ads show that Americans are all in on impeachment and that every member of the House should be too. We need as many yes votes as possible to guarantee impeachment but we know that many of them won’t budge without immense constituent pressure, so we’re prepared to show these MoCs just how important this vote is.
When Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry, we had a major ask: to hold a vote on impeachment as soon as possible. We can’t let House Republicans get away with enabling Trump, and these ads push constituents to make phone calls directly to their offices — at a rate they won’t be able to ignore.
We need to take this fight to the next level, and this campaign is the next step. It’s going to build even more pressure on key members of the House by driving thousands of calls into their offices and shining a spotlight on their positions. But we can’t make it happen without you! Please consider donating to help Indivisible HERE.
What activity can you do locally? There’s still time to gather signatures for county, state and federal candidates…..or even sign up to run for county or state office yourself!
  • NOV 3 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: chasing Coral Film Screening – 2 – 5 PM
  • NOV 4 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: Clean Energy Town Hall – Sierra Club Sponsor @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • NOV 5 – NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: Palatine Cool Cities Meeting @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • NOV 12 – NWSOFA Indivisible 6th District Democrats, and the Greater Palatine Area Democrats Pensions Town Hall @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • NOV 12 – NWSOFA Indivisible PARTNER EVENTFirearm Restraining Order Explained Tues. Nov 12 @ 7 – 8:30 PM
  • NOV 20 – NWSOFA Indivisible Greater Palatine Area Democrats, IL Sixth Congressional District Democrats Debate Watch Party @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Partner Event: chasing Coral Film Screening
NOV 3 TODAY 2 – 5 PM
St James School Library,
Watch the 2017 award-winning documentary, Chasing Coral, at the St James School Library, 820 N Arlington Heights Road. This breathtakingly beautiful film is appropriate for ages 9 and up, so it is a great family event (all children must be accompanied by an adult, please). RSVP through Eventbrite to reserve your free ticket and seat.
This event will also give you the tools to take real action and leave you feeling empowered to become a Climate Voter! Bring your 18 year-olds to register to vote or update your own voter registration information.
 Clean Energy Town Hall Partner Event:
Mon. November 4 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Tues. Nov. 5 @ 7 – 9 pm
Palatine Village Hall
Meeting Room B
200 E Wood St,
Palatine, IL 60067
We had a great meeting in September, featuring a presentation by Sierra Club member Peter Chung on the proposed Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act, whose goal is to make Illinois 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Calls to Governor Pritzker, your state representative (Tom Morrison for many of us) and State Senator Ann Gillespie in support of the bill would be very helpful! Let me know if you want a copy of Peter’s presentation; I will send it to you.
Governor Pritzker: 855-980-5638
Ann Gillespie: 847-749-1880
Tom Morrison: 847-202-6584
Also at the meeting was Palatine Councilman Greg Solberg, who was very supportive of our group and wanted to learn more about the environmental issues we are active with. I asked him to check on where the Village stands with the adoption of curbside textile recycling, which has been adopted by the villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.
On the good news front, it does appear that the Village of Palatine is working toward Solsmart designation! SolSmart recognizes cities, counties, and regional organizations for making it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. (Interesting that Mayor Schwantz did not mention this when we met with him this summer.)
With your help, we are slowly making progress! Thanks to all.
Jeff Kressmann
Tues. Nov 12 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Hosted by The Palatine Area League of Women Voters.
A Speak for Safety presentation about Illinois’ new Firearm Restraining Order 
Free and open to the public. 
The Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) is a potentially life-saving law that allows an individual’s family or household members to take action if they believe this individual is a threat to self or others. Specifically, the action is to seek a court order requiring that any firearms in the individual’s possession be removed by law enforcement officers for a defined period of time.
The Firearm Restraining Order became a law in Illinois on January 1, 2019 but public knowledge about this law has remained low. Speak for Safety has been offering programs like this one to raise awareness about this new tool in the struggle against gun violence. 
Peter Contos, Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Mark Jones, former ATF agent who is now a senior policy adviser for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Thank you for your commitment to reducing gun violence,
Natalie Warren, Co-Leader – NWSOFA Gun Violence Prevention Team
Fiscal and Economic Issue Team Meeting
TUES. NOV 12 @ 7:30 PM
Barrington Library Zimmerman Room
505 N. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL 60010
On November 12th at 7:30 p.m. NWSOFA/Indivisible, Indivisible NW, 6th District Democrats, and the Greater Palatine Area Democrats present special guest speaker Ralph Martire, the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA). CTBA is “a bipartisan 501(c)(3) think tank committed to ensuring that state, federal and local workforce, education, fiscal, economic and budget policies are fair and just, and promote opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or income class.” See https://www.ctbaonline.org/about/ctba-staff for more information on Mr. Martire and CTBA. 
Mr. Martire will present information on Illinois’ pension issues and some potential solutions. 
But first at 6:30 p.m., NWSOFA’s Fiscal and Economics team will present an update on the state of the US economy, the almost $1 trillion federal budget deficit in the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2019, and the status of funding legislation (appropriations/continuing resolutions) for fiscal year 2020. 
We look forward to some lively discussions of these important issues on November 12th. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Greater Palatine Area Democrats, IL Sixth Congressional District Democrats 5th Debate Watch Party
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Watch On: MSNBC
Location: Georgia
Sponsors: MSNBC and The Washington Post
Moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker
Currently Qualified Candidates: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, Yang
Qualifications: A candidate will need to hit 3% in at least four national or early-state polls — or 5% in two early state polls. The donor threshold has been increased to 165,000 unique donors, with at least 600 each in at least 20 states.
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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