APRIL 7, 2015
March 23 - April 4
NDFA’s annual fundraiser is Wednesday, July 23 –right here! Have you bought your ticket yet? Get one now at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sc4bc2014
We’ll be at the IPAINTMYMIND Gallery in the Green Exchange, 2545 W. Diversey, from 6:30 -8:30 pm. We’ll be able to tour the Ale Syndicate, a new brewery right next door (and they’ll be providing the beer for the party). We’ll have a silent auction, our annual awards, snacks and drinks, and lots of good fun and conversation – in other words, it should be a great time.
Our monthly meeting is this week: mark your calendars for Thursday, July 10th. We’ll be at Chief O’Neill’s again, 3471 N. Elston, with dinner/social hour starting at 6 pm and the meeting starting at 7 pm.
Speakers include Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (running for Illinois Comptroller), State Senator Mike Frerichs (running for Illinois Treasurer), and Denice Davis, running for alderman in the 46th Ward.
This month’s meeting is this Thursday, June 19, at Chief O’Neill’s – 3471 N. Elston. As always, we will have a dinner/social hour at 6:00 pm, with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm.
Confirmed speakers include Rep. Robert Martwick, Alderman Joe Moreno of the 1st Ward, as well as Tim Meegan and Annisa Wanat, both candidates for alderman in the 33rd ward (and both voting members of NDFA). Alderman Deb Mell, 33rd Ward, has a conflict on her schedule but hopes to be able to join us.
Lots and lots things going on right now - this is a brief rundown, in date order:
1) Bernie Sanders is having a fundraiser in Evanston -- and it's the cheapest fundraiser ever for a sitting US Senator -- $15 is the low-end ticket. It's this Saturday, June 7, 6:30 pm, at Tommy Nevin's Pub, 1454 Sherman. Find out more and get tickets here:
Alderman Arena posted a petition asking for the minimum wage in Chicago to be raised to $15 / hour -- please sign if you agree:
If you want to find out more about the issue, click through the link.
I thought folks would be interested in this great article Campaign Manager, Erica Sagrans, wrote about how we took on the Chicago Machine--and won--in Will Guzzardi's recent election for state rep. She shares what they did and what they learned on the campaign, as well as lessons that future candidates can use to build power, win upcoming elections, and keep building progressive momentum.
Tuesday's meeting was terrific -- a full house, great speakers, excellent questions during the Q & As, and lively discussions. We were joined by Franco Caliz, the Electoral Campaigns Manager for DFA (i.e., "National") -- which was fun.
We voted to endorse Amara Enyia, candidate for mayor of the City of Chicago. We're excited to be on board with such a great progressive voice, who is getting more and more buzz as she campaigns across the city tirelessly.
May’s meeting will be at Mirabell’s, 3454 W. Addison. We wanted to be a bit closer to the 45th Ward, as Alderman John Arena will join us to talk about his re-election campaign. We’ll also hear from Alonso Zaragosa, Anne Shaw, and Mary Hunter (all are running for alderman: Alonso in the 36th, Anne in the 1st, and Mary in the 39th – Mary is not yet confirmed).
A late addition to our line up tonight: Amara Enyia, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago, will join us.
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.