NWSOFA Indivisible September 2019 Progressive Newsletter

Beginning in September is when Candidate Petitions need to be signed
People are often surprised that a sitting Member of Congress must get petition signatures to run for re-election. Every candidate must collect petition signatures, from a 20-year incumbent to a first-time candidate. Join Congressman Sean Casten and Local Candidates this fall to help get petitions signed and make changes in our government…..top to bottom. Let’s get to work!
Greater Palatine Area Dems Office
1310 W. NW Hwy
Arlington Hts., IL 60090
September 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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..
Bring your family and friends for a fun evening!
Partner Event: NW Cook Sierra Club Group — Thurs. Sept 12, 7 – 9 PM
Spring valley Nature Center,
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg
September 12 @ 7 pm – 9 pm
If you were not able to make our picnic, we had a beautiful day with a nice turnout of people looking to be more active in our area regarding enjoying and protecting our planet. Many of our Committee Chairs were available to introduce what they are doing and planning to do and how people can help and have an impact. We want to thank the many new volunteers who offered to help.We are going to continue the conversation at our September Program meeting for those that want to know more and for those who couldn’t make the picnic but also want to find ways to make a difference. Some short presentations will be given.
Also we want to hear from you.
So please join us so we can get to know each other, discuss what’s important, and make plans to move the needle in the right direction. Most everything we do doesn’t require any special skills or that much time but the impact can be huge and long lasting.
A list of the areas we are currently focused to as well as a couple new areas are listed below:
Clean Energy & Transportation
Education & Programs
Executive Committee
Greenest Region Compact Advancement (new)
Habitat Restoration
Recycling/Waste Management (new – see next item)
Free, Open to the Public
MONDAY SEPT 16 @ 7 – 9:30 PM
GPAD office
1310 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Our September Fiscal and Economic Issues meeting will be back in Arlington Heights on September 16 at 7 p.m. at the GPAD office. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. ———–
Fiscal year (FY) 2019 ends on September 30th. If Congress doesn’t pass (and President Trump doesn’t sign) appropriations bills for FY 2020 by then (or at least continuing resolutions), we face another partial government shutdown.
We will discuss the status of these appropriations bills at our September meeting and any actions we want to take to influence these bills. ————–
We will also discuss the fiscal and economic numbers, e.g. job growth, real GDP growth, inflation, projected FY 2019 budget deficit, etc. We anticipate that the Census Bureau’s report on 2018 data will be available, including real median household incomes and real earnings for individuals. —————
I look forward to another good discussion this month. See you there.
September 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kluczynski Federal Building,
219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60604
Election Security Strategic Team, an Indivisible Group “Rally to Fund Election Security” Chicago IL –
Rally to fund Election Security September 17th –
Activists nationwide will participate in a Day of Action to demand that all U.S. Senators adequately fund election security efforts in states and localities.
We call on Illinois U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – Secure Our Votes!
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Act, which allocated $600 million dollars to states and localities for election security funding. These funds would replace certain voting systems, carry out voting system security improvements and conduct Risk-Limiting Audits. Part of this proposal includes funding to switch counties over to verifiable paper ballots. Despite the passage of the SAFE Act in the house however, *the Senate has failed to act.*
The calls for greater election security come after the Mueller Report revealed extensive efforts on the part of foreign advisories to interfere with U.S. elections. During a press conference, Robert Mueller stated, “There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.” While no votes were changed in 2016, a recent report from the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in the 2016 election. The Senate Appropriation Committee is currently working on their funding proposal, which is due on October 1st, so time is of the essence to secure our elections! Advocates are calling on the Senate to include $600 million in funding for election security efforts to secure our vote and protect our democracy.

Who: Election Security Strategic Team, an Indivisible Group

What: Residents of Chicago and coalition of grassroots organizations will gather outside of the district offices of U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to call on the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, to support allocating funds to states and localities for the use of securing our elections.

Sept 19 @ 6:30 – 8 PM
The Northwest Suburban Democrats office
1310 W. Northwest Highway
Arlington Hts,, IL 60010
When:Thursday, Sept 19, 6:30 PM
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.
NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: The Trigger Effects of Gun Violence on Our Communities
SEPT. 20 8 AM – 4:30 PM
NWSOFA Indivisible Partner Event: Climate Strike
SEPT. 20
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus
Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 on the map below. If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community so no experience is necessary.
Whether you’re 7 or 77, you’re invited to join the movement.
Click to find an event near you to RSVP: https://strikewithus.org/
Climate Change Meeting
September 24 @ 7 – 9 PM
More to come soon!
September 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
GPAD office
1310 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Let’s get back to work on the Restore Our Democracy team after our long summer break. Focus will be planning presentations to interested groups and meetings with legislators.
Partner Event: Be The Change!
A Live Performance for all ages featuring Joey FineRhyme Brought to you by
September 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main Street,
Barrington, IL
Be the Change! All ages are invited to the free, live performance of raptivist Joey FineRhyme. FineRhyme will captivate the audience with his earth-saving message. His passion and uncanny ability to rap and rhyme has been the rocket fuel for students and adults all over Chicagoland. All those eager to be part of the solution should join us for this performance.
This Event is FREE but please register HERE
Solar Powered Phone Chargers provided by ilumen Solar will be raffled off to those in attendance.  More raffle prizes to be announced!
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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