Northside DFA (Democracy for America) is a grassroots political organization dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, ethically committed Democrats to all levels of government.

June meeting: Quinn, LaRaviere, and more!

The June meeting of NDFA is Thursday, June 9 – we have great speakers lined up. Former Governor Pat Quinn will be speaking, as well as the new head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere. We’ll also have member John Baker speak on the “No more charter schools” referenda.

We’ll meet on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm for optional dinner/social hour) at Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N. Elston.

We’ll also take a vote on endorsing Greg Hose, candidate for state representative in the 81st State Rep district (DuPage County) – he’s running against Ron Sandack (Republican) in the general election.

Hope you can join us!

NDFA Welcomes our new Steering Committee

Last Thursday, NDFA held elections for Steering Committee. It was a contested election, with 12 excellent candidates running for 10 slots. Thanks to all who ran -- again, it's good to practice the democracy we preach.

NDFA Steering Committee for 2016-2018:
Melissa Lindberg, Co-Chair
Carl Nyberg, Co-Chair
Mary Stich Marcus, Treasurer
Kevin Allen
Irma Cornier
Joe Fedorko
Nicole McIntyre
Matt McWhinney
Mary Claire Peceny
Steve Spagnolo

Election Day Story

Since I can't be at the "War Stories" meeting in April, I thought I'd share my experience poll-watching for Theresa Mah.

I was assigned the 9th precinct of the 25th Ward, in Pilsen, ground zero for her opponent, Eddie Acevedo. It was assumed there would be lots of chicanery from this old-school family that had already used physical and verbal assaults to try and shut-down at least one of Theresa's press conferences.

Judicial Voting Guide, Endorsed Candidates & Sample Ballot

Back by popular demand, the list of judges rated by 11 Bar Associations, and NDFA's regular candidate endorsements. Note those judicial candidates with many "NR" (Not Recommended) and "NQ" (Not Qualified) ratings. You may take this list into the voting booth with you

To see the complete lists, click these links:

Time to vote and to get out the vote

It’s coming down to the last two weekends before Election Day: remember, campaigns could really use your help now – and on Election Day. Turning out the vote is going to matter no matter who your favorite candidate is. The fewer people who vote the better it is for the status quo. If you can help out on Election Day, for all or part of the day, it would be an enormous help. Contact either the campaign or the NDFA liaison (for our adopted campaigns) and they’ll make sure you are on the list and they have something appropriate for you to do.

A month from the election: more things to do, ways to help, places to be

With early voting starting in two weeks, the time to campaign and get the word out about our great candidates is coming down to the wire. In case you were looking for ways to help out – and all our many candidates need help, from Bernie Sanders for President down to all the committeemen candidates – here is a handy list of just SOME of the upcoming events. Lots going on, lots to do – and so many ways to help out:

Theresa Mah Phonebank
Thursdays from 5:30-8pm on the AutoDialer
Mah HQ. 3015 S. Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

February: meeting, lots of events ... lots

Our monthly meeting is Thursday, Feb. 11: we’ll have two speakers, Robert Zwolinski, who is running for state representative in the 4th district (against the incumbent, Rep. Cynthia Soto), and Noe Favela, who is running for committeeman in the 30th Ward (against the incumbent, Ald. Ariel Reboyras).

We’ll meet on Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm (6 pm is the optional dinner/social hour) at Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N. Elston.

Where To Vote In the March 15 Primary

Find your polling place and locations/dates for early voting

City of Chicago
Cook County
Lake County
DuPage County

December: Meeting AND Holiday Party

Two events to tell you about:
1) Our December monthly meeting is THIS Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 7 pm (optional dinner/social hour starts at 6:00 pm). We’ll be at Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N. Elston.

We have two speakers confirmed so far: Rep. Ann Williams, state representative from the 11th District, and Maria Gonzales, running for committeeman in the 1st Ward.

November meeting: Guzzardi, Rosa, Murphy, and Ferrand -- and lotsa votes

Our meeting is next Thursday, November 12. As always, we meet at 7 pm (6 pm for the optional dinner/social hour) at Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N. Elston. And as always, you are invited.

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