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.

Petition: Chicago's Minimum wage to $15

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.

Op-Ed: Rage Against the Machine - Lessons Learned from Guzzardi v Berrios

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.

Quick Update

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 Meeting: Mirabell's with John Arena and much more

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).

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

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:

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.

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