NWSOFA May 2018 Progressive Newsletter

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Sara Horan and Bill Davis – NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads
For Mom’s Month
Pass the ERA in Illinois
You will hear many encouragements to do things for your mother in the month of May. Give cards and gifts for those of us who still have them with us and revive fond memories for those who don’t.
Please take time this May to help all Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts and Nieces by participating in an event that will help get the State of Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Join us on May 8 for Equal Rights Amendment Day. Join us to honor those who have fought in the past and those who fight now so that our granddaughters will not have to fight for equality in the future.
We will be carpooling from NW Suburbs to join thousands of others at the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield.
Yes, help us make America fair for all including the fairer sex.
Don’t forget our regular and other special activities that are scheduled for May! For instance on the 10th join CBIL6 for an “Un-Happy Mother’s Day From Peter Roskam” in front of his office in Barrington. (see below)
Sara & Bill
Join the NWSOFA Team as we protect the gains we made 
over the last 8 years and move our Progressive social issues forward in 2018 .
Coming in MAY

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In  partnership with many women’s groups including: Ratify ERA Illinois, ERA Illinois, LWV, AAUW, Indivisible and many others- ERA Lobby Day 5/8 to encourage the Illinois House to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment as did the Senate.
  • We will be traveling in carpools from NW Suburbs – leaving by 6:30AM
  • We will be meeting in the Capitol Rotunda at 1030 am to get our folders and instructions
  • Wrap up is expected by 2:30PM
  • We will be on our way home by 3:30PM
Please contact Sue Friedman for further information –  sue.l.friedman@gmail.com

 Join us in Springfield ON MAY 8!


NWSOFA Palatine Cool Cities May Meeting 

Wednesday May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
the Palatine Library, Meeting Room 3
700 N. North Ct.
Palatine, IL.
Want to be cool? Who doesn’t! “Cool” means being on top of the best trends, and it also means keeping our cities – and our planet — cool. Provide your input about how the citizens and government of our Village proactively deal with: * Climate change * Energy efficien
cy * Renewable energy use * Transportation efficiency * Land use * Water conservation * Other issues We welcome citizens of any background, age, or political persuasion.
Please join us! RSVP to Jeff Kressmann, jkressmann@gmail.com

Second Speakers Forum of 2018 –
Let’s Keep the Momentum Going: Lessons Learned from Gun Violence Prevention Activistsg
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Palatine Public Library

 700 N. North Ct.
Palatine, IL
Bur speakers will include Bill Jenkins, a gun violence survivor and activist who lost his son nearly 20 years ago to gun violence, local college and high school student activists who organized a local March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, and others involved in gun violence prevention efforts.
to help shine a light on the dark shadow of gun violence in America


Un-happy birthday for Peter Roskam
May 10  6-7 PM
200 S Hough St. Barrington, IL
As Mother’s Day approaches, we’re gathering in Barrington to shine a light on the actions of Peter Roskam that will undermine the lives of the moms and grandmothers of the 6th District. To pay for the massive deficits that Roskam’s tax bill has created, he now wants to cut trillions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Let’s join together to let Roskam know that moms, grandmothers, their kids and their grandkids shouldn’t be the ones that have to bear the burden for his huge giveaway to his donors.
Children and grandchildren of all ages are encouraged to attend this kid friendly civic action! We’ll have speakers of all ages, as well.
for more info click HERE
or call Reid McCollum
Executive Committee Member CBIL6
(312) 848-7936

THURSDAY MAY 10 @ 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Spring Valley Nature Center
Featuring Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). She will provide an overview of SWANCC and its mission, as well as highlighting its programs and resources. Her presentation will address the impacts that China’s “Green Sword” is having on the exportation of recyclable commodities, why there are limitations on what we can put in curbside programs and how the concept of a circular economy can provide sustainable solutions.  Mary will be happy to entertain questions, promoting a discussion among attendees.


Lincolnshire Stadium 15 & IMAX

300 Parkway Drive
Lincolnshire,  IL  United States

Tuesday May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Schaumburg Township Library

130 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg,  IL
We will have our normal update of federal budget and economic data, including the April 2018 jobs data and the first estimate of 1st quarter 2018 GDP growth.  Attached is a copy of David’s presentation from April, which will be updated for our May presentation.
In addition, we will have another dive into Illinois fiscal and economic issues, as Illinois’ budget is due May 31st.  Attached is my presentation from our March meeting.   We will present a recent history of the Illinois economic and fiscal situation, as well as discuss some recommendations for next year’s (FY 2019) budget. We will also give a status on the current budget negotiations to the extent they are known.  This spring promises to be another contentious one in the legislature regarding budget negotiation.
I look forward to seeing a good group on Tuesday, May 15th.  Bring your comments, questions and ideas for a lively discussion.
After the meeting we will head over about 9:30 pm to Lou Malnati’s for beer, food and further discussions.  While NWSOFA  is not political, political discussions are allowed at Lou’s.
PS – At our April meeting we took another stab at broadcasting our meeting on social media.  We are still working out the kinks, but I wanted to share with you how it went.  You can get links to watch our April meeting at http://www.nwsofa.org/resources/fiscal/




“IN THE BOOKS”: Our recent April 2018 Events  
April was all about our Planet, Earth, with Earth Day and Climate Change Events across the spectrum of NWSOFA Climate Change Partners.. NWSOFA participated in a Earth Day Panel at Oakton College, at the Countryside CCUU Church as Tom Skilling dedicated the new Solar Panel system and we were part of the Sustainability Expo as examples of the many events we participated in.
The Gun Violence Prevention Group had an fierce effort around getting Governor Rauner’s veto of the IL Gun Dealer Licensing Bill overturned … We turned out the calls and emails etc.. but in the end did not have enough… Thank you to everyone who made the calls and sent the emails .. close .. and close enough to take another approach in the very near future state Natalie and Cathy or GVP Issue Co-Leads.. The GVP team also held a  “School Safety: A Shared Responsibility” with panelist comprised of teachers, psychologists, and high school students .. well attended.  The team also was present for the students “March for our Lives” in Schaumburg .. the crowd stretched over a mile down the road from the  gathering point to the student speech’s .. amazing.
Our Fiscal and Economic team did their first Facebook Live of the April Meeting ..and while it was the initial trial, Fiscal was LIVE … got it off the ground and in the end had over 250 views of the 2 hour event … and people are still watching the videos and commenting.  Our goal was to increase our bandwidth and reach outside of our 6 township communities and the Fiscal team did it .. Karl and Dave our F&E Co-Leads promise a much smoother live event in May.  Should be fun and exciting ..
So much we did as a great progressive NWSOFA Community but in fact look down the list and click to any of the meetings and see the photos that show the passion and excitement of ACTION: Here’s some of the photos.. that you see when clicking the links.
Sara and Bill .. NWSOFA Chapter Co-Leads ..

Notice: These are public meeting(s) / event(s) 
NWSOFA is a 501(c)4,  non-partisan organization. 
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NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis
Phone: 224-241-2012
email: nws.ofa@gmail.com
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