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.

What next? More campaigns, more voters, more opinions

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.

NDFA Meeting May 14 with Aldermen Arena, Waguespack, and Smith

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.

Favor: DFA Scholarships to Netroots Nation: Deadline May 7

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"

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.

Alderman Pawar Joins us April 9: plus canvassing and petitions for schools

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.

Rally and March today to Stop School Closings

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 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 to get that set up.

DFA Training Academy, July 6-7

       Sign up here.
Northside DFA is sponsoring the 2-day campaign training from Democracy for America at the CTU headquarters in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It is a unique opportunity to learn how to run Progressive campaigns that win.

"World of Class Warfare" Democracy Burlesque

Join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 26, for dinner and/or the show at Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark. We meet downstairs around 6:00 for dinner and upstairs at 7:30 for the show. RSVP to

Things to do, places to be: candidates to work for, protests to attend ...

Today the school closing list came out, and it is devastating for many kids, parents, teachers, and neighborhoods across our city. Once again, the powers-that-be have managed to ignore every bit of community input, and gone ahead and pushed forward with their plans – because they know best. Or something.

Do we get discouraged when this happens? When our so-called leaders ignore us? No, we do not. No, we stand up and organize. We keep fighting, and keep working to advance our own leaders – the ones who listen to people, and don’t go into projects with their minds made up as to what the outcome will be.

With that in mind, there is a lot to do.

Tonight! One night only! School Closings Forum! (plus new endorsements)

Reminder: tonight is our forum on CPS school closings – the wholesale closings the Board of Education is proposing this year. Please join us to discuss this very important topic. Panelists will include Alderman Ameya Pawar, Wendy Kattan from Raise Your Hand, and Martin Ritter from the CTU – it should be a good, informative discussion with folks who care passionately about this issue. It’s at 6:30 pm at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

Also, at the last meeting, we voted to adopt Greg Hose (running for village trustee in Downer’s Grove) and endorse Jesse Martinez (running for mayor of Melrose Park). Voting members – who got a separate email – have until Wednesday evening to vote on endorsing Gary Gaspard for Evanston Township Supervisor. There will be another email later this week with details on events for Greg and Robin: the general election is three weeks away, and it’s time to get out and inspire people to get out and vote.

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