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.
Well, that happened.
The end of the General Assembly’s session was so disappointing on a number of levels. The votes that they decided to cast, the votes that they decided not to cast … take your pick. An agony of frustration for the citizens of Illinois.
Now this happens.
On the heels of the discouraging news from the Board of Education yesterday – closing 50 CPS schools despite the protests, despite admitting that the cost savings won’t be as great as advertised, despite the firefighters’ objections to being used as human shields for the first three weeks of classes (and since when are firefighters trained security guards? after the first three weeks, everything will be miraculously all fine?) - what can we do?
There are two actions I want to highlight.
Plan to join us next Tuesday is our monthly meeting: we’re looking forward to talking with Aldermen John Arena, Scott Waguespack, and Michele Smith on City Issues - and there are so many, aren’t there? From parking meters raising their ugly heads again, to CPS, to CTA concerns, to crime, to budget priorities, and on and on.
Four NDFA’ers are applying for DFA scholarships to Netroots Nation in San Diego this June. Could you take a moment to vote for us? You can vote for as many people as you like, but only once for each person BY MAY 7. Four clicks is what we ask:
Nate Lefebvre (NDFA Steering Committee):
Carl Nyberg (NDFA Steering Committee):
Ed Mullen (past Chair of NDFA):
Melissa Lindberg (Chair, NDFA):
Chasing Ice was the latest NDFA social outing. It is a documentary about a photographer, James Balog, who is documenting the receding glaciers in the northern hemisphere as a result of global warming.
Two events to let you know about:
This Sunday is our NDFA Action Day for Greg Hosé : we’ll be car pooling out to Downer’s Grove to knock doors. We’ll meet at noon in the parking lot of the Pier One at Broadway and Berwyn. Please let me know if you can make it – see the RSVP button to the right.
Today is the Rally and March to Stop the CPS School Closings: come join us at 4 pm at Daley Plaza. It counts for voting member credit: report your attendance to northsideDFA@gmail.com. NDFA folks will try to meet up by the white sculpture in the Thompson Center plaza: join us there or as we march later. As one member said, hopefully there will be so many people there we won’t be able to find each other!
Next, we are going out to Downer’s Grove this Saturday, March 30 to work for Greg Hosé -- we’ll meet at noon at the parking lot at Pier One (Broadway and Berwyn) to car pool out. Please RSVP to this and let me know whether you will be able to attend, and if you are a driver or a passenger.
Robin Kelly’s campaign is looking for folks to do virtual phone banking: if you have some time to do calls for her, please contact the campaign at 708.320.9305 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get that set up.