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April meeting tonight -- now with Amara Enyia! and War stories!

A late addition to our line up tonight: Amara Enyia, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago, will join us.

April Meeting: War Stories! Steering Elections! Aldermanic candidates votes!

We had an election. Now it’s time to tell the stories.

NDFA’s tradition is to take the meeting after elections to tell stories about the elections. Save the drama–and humor—for your friendly neighborhood political organization.

We use this meeting to share our “war stories” from the campaign trail, and listen to yours.

NDFA has invited endorsed (as well as Will Guzzardi) candidates from the primary to join us to share some of their stories, as well. We’ll meet on Tuesday, April 8 – 6 pm for dinner/social hour, 7:00 pm for the meeting.

Election results! Steering elections coming up! send us your activity reports!

Below, you'll find the election results for elections NDFA endorsed candidates in.

Also, Northside DFA needs information from you:

Many people volunteered on various campaigns. If you volunteered, please email all your activities for any of our endorsed or adopted candidates to NorthsideDFA@gmail.com.

Northside DFA wants to promote people to voting members. Also, NDFA does use the number of volunteer activities as a metric for managing the organization.

Meeting: March 11 with Ben Joravsky! Also too -- the election is 2 weeks away!

Our meeting is a week away – March 11, 7 pm (6 pm dinner/social hour). Our speaker will be Ben Joravsky from the Reader: he’ll have a conversation with us about the upcoming city elections.

We’ll also have campaign updates – we’ll be one week away from Election Day! – and two candidates are eligible to be voted on: aldermanic candidates Joe Laiacona and Mark Thomas.

The election is less than a month away

The election is less than a month away, and it’s all hands to the deck for our adopted and endorsed candidates. Sign up here to help out Will Guzzardi:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U4JzjSY-9TfUPmhaMMX24oYKOkliDl7m0qqsCw5...

February meeting: O'Shaughnessey's! at Ravenswood and Wilson! Feb11! Be there!

Time for our monthly meeting: we’ll meet on Tuesday, February 11, and we’re starting to dive into municipal elections. We’re hearing from our last primary candidate: Blake Sercye, who is running for Cook County Commissioner from the 1st District. We’re also starting to hear from candidates for the municipal elections (yes, they are a year away: your point is? If we’re going to change City Council, we have to start now). We’ll hear from Joe Laiacona, running for alderman in the 39th Ward, and Mark Thomas, running for alderman in the 44th Ward.

January meeting at Nookies in Edgewater

Hope you are surviving Chicago’s deep freeze, polar vortex, brutal cold … whatever you call this “stay inside unless you want to die” weather. It gets a little bit warmer every day this week … so by the weekend it will be canvassing weather again : )

The next monthly meeting is at Nookie’s in Edgewater, 1100 W. Bryn Mawr. It’s just east of the Red Line Bryn Mawr stop. There is some parking available – there is a small lot behind the restaurant, accessible from the alley just west of the restaurant. There is some street parking on the side streets as well.

Things to do in December

Hope the Thanksgiving holiday was full of warmth and cheer for you. In the world of Illinois campaigns, -petition filing is nearly finished (today is the last day to file), and we move into the season for petition challenges. In the next few weeks, there are a series of events I want to make you aware of –

Invitations: Marriage Equality signing and NDFA Action Day for Guzzardi

Two events to tell you about:

One, we particularly wanted NDFA members to know they were invited to Gov. Quinn’s signing of the marriage equality bill – you are invited especially if you did any work to help pass this bill, whether making phone calls, knocking on doors, or sending emails and/or postcards to state representatives – it all mattered in the end, and it all helped tip the momentum towards passage. Gov. Quinn is signing the bill on Wednesday, at the UIC Forum at Roosevelt and Halsted. If you wish to go, please RSVP here:

Meeting Nov 12: celebrate marriage equality passing and much more

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? With the vote in the General Assembly to finally approve marriage equality, Illinois has taken a step forward. And in the rest of the country – a progressive Democrat is now mayor of New York, a pro-union Democrat is now mayor of Boston, and Virginia has a Democratic governor, despite the usual inclination of the state to vote in a governor of the opposite party who holds the White House.

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