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 –
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:
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.
Join us to lobby Representatives in the General Assembly to vote FOR marriage equality!
This weekend is the last weekend to phone bank before the expected vote next week. We will be working closely with the field team to make sure that we are focused on the most important Representatives.
Please bring a laptop and a cell phone, or let me know if you can't (Ed, 312-342-8972). Hope to see you there!!
RSVP at the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410022515895797/?ref_dashboard_filter=u...
Well, with the federal government shutdown here, and the Republicans trying to shut down a law that is already going into effect, life in these United States has taken on a bit of the crazy.
So for this month’s meeting, we’re retreating from the national scene to take a look at some state candidates. We actually have a contested primary coming up for a local legislative seat, the state representative from the 40th District – I, for one, will get to have a choice in who I vote for to be my state representative for the first time. It’s very exciting.
We've added another speaker to tomorrow's line-up:
Who will we hear from?
Dennis Anderson, candidate for Congress in the 14th CD (running against Randy Hultgren)
Rob Zerban, candidate for Congress in WI 1st CD (running against Paul Ryan)
Will Guzzardi, running for state rep (IL 39th State Rep District -- Toni Berrios, incumbent)
Kyle Hillman, talking about marriage equality
Tuesday, September 10 at 7 pm (6 pm for the optional dinner/social hour)
Just wanted to highlight a couple of events this weekend – both of which count as campaign activities toward voting member credit. Some folks have been losing their voting member status simply because we haven't had campaigns to work on for months: this weekend is an opportunity to remedy that.
Sunday, August 18 at 4 pm is the Logan Square Community Rally to Support our Public Schools: meet up at the Logan Square Monument. This is to call on the Mayor to declare a TIF surplus and restore the devastating cuts to our local schools.
It’s that time of the month again … time for our monthly meeting! As always, it’s on the second Tuesday of the month, and this month we’ll be joined by Amisha Patel of the Grassroots Collaborative and Bill Bianchi, Chair of the Progressive Democrats of America – Chicago and PDA – Illinois, talking about their organizations and how we can work together.
The meeting is on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 pm (6 pm dinner/social hour) at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave (two blocks from the Irving Park Brown Line, free parking in rear off of Irving Park).
Wow, it's been a busy month. Netroots Nation, the Independence Day holiday, followed by
the DFA Campaign Academy, -- and the General Assembly has been called into session again next week. Should be interesting to see what's on the agenda this time.
Here I am, in San Jose, at Netroots Nation -- and geeking out with fandom about the folks who are here that you just walk past in the hall. The hard part is trying to be cool and not squeal everytime one sees someone famous :)
Have been hanging out with DFA folks -- meeting folks that I've done email conversations with, or talked on the phone with -- Jay Henderson, Monique Teal, Jim Dean, Arshad and Charlie Chamberlain (well, Jim, Arshad and Charlie I've met before ...). Julielynn Gibbons. Nice to meet and chat with folks.