Weekly Newsletter for Events February 7th through 13th, 2016


Two (2) Events/ Meetings This Coming Week

Please Join the January
Fiscal and Economic Issues Discussion
February 8th
On Jobs, Deficit and Debt for the US and Illinois 
Come get the facts about the economic recovery nationally and the status of ongoing appropriations challenges at both the state and national level.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Schaumburg Library
130 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL
2nd Floor Conference Room (to the right of the elevator when getting off)
Excerpts from the Agenda:
Nationally job growth continued to be strong in 2015 with 2.65 million jobs added.  However real GDP growth was only 0.7% in the preliminary 4th quarter report issued last week. Hopefully Friday’s 2/5’s BLS Report for January’s job report will continue to show strong growth and we will have better GDP growth in 2016.  We will be discussing these numbers at our meeting next Monday.
Illinois job numbers took a turn for the worse last week with the December jobs report which showed a loss of 16,000 jobs in December and revised November’s report down by 6,000 jobs.  This gives Illinois a net LOSS of 3,000 jobs in 2015 (vs. a gain of 66,800 in 2014).  We will be discussing these numbers on Monday as well.
While we won’t be discussing the presidential primary candidates at our Fiscal meeting due to the non-partisan nature of OFA, we will be discussing them and other topics at the after meeting at Lou Malnati’s starting about 9:30.  Everyone is invited to join this discussion as well.

Please Attend the NWSOFA 

Stand With Women (SWW)
February Monthly Meeting
Focusing, Supporting & Empowering Women’s Rights
2/11 SWW Corner Bakery
6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Corner Bakery Café (Arlington Heights, IL)
Northpoint Shopping Center,
470 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Join us as we Stand With Women (SWW)
– from expanding women’s leadership and economic security to protecting health care choices: 
We want to hear what concerns people have so that we can formulate action around the

issues that matter most to everyone.
            • equal pay for equal work
            • paid leave
            • workplace discrimination
            • media portrayals of women
            • sexual assault on college campuses
Please joi us to plan actions centered around galvanizing the female vote for upcoming elections and opening up a dialogue about abuse.
NWSOFA is Action..
“One Voice Can Change a Room
– Together We Can Change the World”
Weekly Newsletter for Events 
February 7th through 13th

“Upcoming February Events”

Attend the 
NWSOFA Climate Change Team Planning Meeting

 February 16th
Corner Bakery 
6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Corner Bakery Café 
Northpoint Shopping Center, 
470 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Climate change is real, man-made, and happening now. The stakes are too high not to act.


Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree: Man-made climate change is a reality. In early 2014, two landmark reports spelled out the reality of the challenge we face. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment both showed that, left unchecked, climate change has the potential to affect Americans everywhere-no matter where they live.


Every region of the United States is already experiencing the effects of climate change. If we don’t act to curb current global emissions, they could lead to a global temperature increase of over 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100-a scenario widely considered a global catastrophe, contributing to extreme weather, food and water shortage, and global instability.
Join the team… If you believe we can change man’s response to Climate.

Please attend the NWSSOFA
Gun Violence Prevention Monthly Meeting 

February 18th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
@The Corner Bakery Café (Arlington Heights, IL)
Northpoint Shopping Center, 
470 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
The GVP Issues Team has been working for the past two years to keep the conversation going about gun violence prevention and to take action to change our laws with the goal of creating safer communities for everyone in our state and our nation. We hold 90 minute planning meetings typically (some exceptions) on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in working to reduce gun violence in America, we invite you to join us at our next meeting.
It’s time to get involved .. as a nation we have been to silent .. for too long.
Join Us .. Learn what you can do.

To RSVP to the February GVP Meeting ..click here!

College Outreach Team, the Diversity Outreach Team & the CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform) Team:
Stronger Growing Attendance with our College and High School Seniors deeply involved in the Planning..
Will be Meeting As Part Volunteer Fair on 3/2 @ Harper
The ever growing College Outreach team met at Harper College to plan for the spring.  After getting in touch with the faculty advisor for the Human Resources club on campus we were able to make plans for connecting with students through participation in the Volunteer Fair, Resource Fair, being the featured speaker at the Human Resources Club, and showing the documentary film “Ivory Tower” on campus.
Questions? email rrgladstone@aol.com
or call 847-991-1863

NWSOFA Diversity Outreach
 Partnered on the ACA

Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press/Feb 4, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama’s health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration.
About 12.7 million people signed up for individual private insurance policies or renewed their coverage for 2016, said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. That means Republicans running in this year’s elections may find it harder to deliver on their promise of repeal, while Democrats may yet be able to tap the newly insured as a voting constituency.
Expectations were low at the start of open enrollment on Nov. 1. Premiums have been going up, and many of the remaining uninsured are considered skeptics.
The 12.7 million number falls right in the middle of the administration’s projection of 11 million to 14 million initial enrollments through HealthCare.gov and state-run counterparts. The administration says this year’s numbers are more accurate because early cancellations have been winnowed out.

“Partner February Events”

8th Congressional District Democratic Primary Forum
hosted by the League of Women Voters of Roselle/Bloomingdale
Sen. Mike Noland
Villa Park Village President Deborah Bullwinkel
Raja Krishnamoorthi
Feb. 21, 4:30 pm .
East Campus auditorium of Lake Park High School
600 S. Medinah Road in Roselle.
The Republican race is uncontested.

2016-2017 FAFSA Completion Workshops at Harper College
Applying for financial aid starts with completing the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal STUDENT AID (FAFSA). Not sure where to start? Come to a FAFSA Completion Workshop and receive hands-on assistance with the application.
Be sure to review the General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid programs.
You will need specific information on hand when completing the FAFSA. See the Information You’ll Need.PDF
Dates and Times
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    6 – 8 p.m., Building I, Room I225
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016
    9 -11 a.m., Building Y, Room Y203C
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    6 – 8 p.m., Building I, Room I225
Assistance will be available in English and Spanish.

Other Notices … meet the Candidates:
  • The Small Business Advocacy Council will host a meet-and-greet with Rotering and Schneider on Friday, Feb. 19. That’s set for 8 a.m. at the Bonnie Brook Golf Course, 2800 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.

Current Event Discussion Groups
For those that like Politics
@ Maxfield’s Restaurant in Schaumburg.. 
Second Tuesday of every Month
 Area to the Right when entering ……10 am to 12 noon
Arlington Heights Library 
(meets at the AH Senior Center)
Every Thursday 10 am to 12 noon

“Happening Right Now

Members of the NWSOFA Leadership Team 
Attended the:
Organizing for Action Leadership Summit 2016
Dedicated OFA Chapter and Issue Leaders from around country converged on Chicago this weekend (2/6 – 8) to chart the course for 2016 and beyond. 76 leaders from 22 states came from as far as Alaska to participate in the two day sessions developing the next generation strategies to advance OFA’s progressive issues.
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Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Team Meet on January 28th with Special Guest Speaker 

Luis Huerta-Silva of ICIRR
+++++ Discussions were on
2016 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Team’s  meeting, events and goals:
In This Issue

QuickView-A49F6DCE9425D079601D1793F2D88B8A In January 2013 we started as a gathering of friends and neighbors from the NW Suburbs who wanted to continue to have impact on the progressive issues we voted for in 2012.This grassroots, bottom up movement spread across the country and sparked the creation of Organizing for Action, OFA National which now has  Chapters all over the country. This is a non-partisan, volunteer organization that focuses on progressive issues we are committed to taking Action on to make a difference locally, statewide and nationally.
NWSOFA’s 1st Issue Team was  right after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) team felt we needed accurate information and facts, events to teach others and actions we could take to make a difference on pushing for common sense gun violence prevention. That has been our basic format as new issues arose and team developed. We now have the GVP, ACA/Obamacare, Climate Change,Fiscal Issues and Stand with Women Issue Teams.Check out their individual pages to see all the events they have scheduled and to join the teams you want to make a difference with. Other teams are developing such as for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
OFA National coordinates “Days of Action” that Chapters across the country will all do on the same day. Each team also has local events and may work with affiliate organizations i.e. Sierra Club, Al Gore Reality Project, etc. to combine like-minded groups on a local, state or national event.
In this type of organization there are numerous ways you can be involved with the teams and in other roles.
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NWSOFA Participates in OFA National Summit Meeting February 6th & 7th

76 leaders from 22 states in attendance

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NWSOFA Co-Leaders Sara Horan & Bill Davis
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