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.

Meeting on March 12: Robin Kelly will join us

We have a very exciting meeting coming up: Robin Kelly, fresh off her win in the 2nd Congressional District, will join us. We’ll also share some “war stories” about the work we did in the district for the primary: sharing campaign stories is always a good time.

Also, we’ll have Jeff Orcutt from CityBloc talk about this new website What is CityBloc? “CityBloc is a citywide non-profit group uniquely dedicated to marrying technology with grassroots organizing efforts in Chicago communities. The first-of-its-kind, the group aims to be a vehicle for social change by more effectively building connections, knowledge and collaboration between people and neighborhoods. The intent is that this will result in increased offline action towards greater community accountability from Chicago’s public officials, policy makers, corporations, and the media.”

Congratulations to Robin Kelly; plus a survey

Congratulations to all who worked and/or donated money to Robin Kelly: this was a good win. Though Bloomberg’s TV ads will be given credit for this win – and hey, look at what spending money to counter the NRA’s arguments can do – it was also all the volunteers and small donors who pushed this election way over the edge. Money is helpful, but it can’t do everything – just look at the failures of the Republican money machine in the last election. It also takes hard work and a great deal of people power – and it was Robin’s superior volunteer-based effort that really delivered the win for her. Kudos to her campaign staff for recognizing that even with a PAC spending money on TV highlighting one of your candidate’s targeted issues, it takes a strong field operation to get out your voters – especially in a low-turnout election in the middle of some very nasty weather.

Get Out the Vote for Robin Kelly with NDFA

Robin Kelly has had a great week since we endorsed her: coincidence? (um, yes, probably: much more likely she had a great week because she’s got a great team in place – as they say, you make your own luck).

Time to do what we do best: get out and work to make sure that the next week is as great for her as the last, and that she wins in the one place it matters – at the polls.

We have two outings planned for this weekend:

Saturday, February 23
11:30 am
Meet at Pier One, Broadway and Berwyn to car pool
Canvas/Phone Bank in the Tenth Ward
Office: 3524 E. 106th St, Chicago - 10th Ward Office

Sunday, February 24
Meet at Pier One, Broadway and Berwyn to car pool
Canvas/Phone Bank in the Tenth Ward
3524 E. 106th St, Chicago - 10th Ward Office

The campaign will also need volunteers on Election Day: we’ll have more information later in the week.

Please let us know if you plan to come with us by completing this simple, short form:

Robin Kelly endorsed! Time to get to work - plus, School Closings Community meeting

At our meeting on Tuesday, we voted to adopt Robin Kelly in the race in the 2nd Congressional District. As you no doubt know, the time table for this election is very tight: in fact, the primary is on February 26 – little more than a week away. We have two weekends to help out.

We’ll be focusing our efforts on Get-Out-The-Vote weekend, but for this weekend there is an event we wanted to let you know about.

Event: Knockin' with Robin
When: 12:00pm-5pm
Where: 3707 Sauk Trail, Richton Park

“Come join Robin Kelly this Saturday at Noon for door knocking and phone calling to the voters in the 2nd Congressional District. This is going to be an election that is won because of grassroots support and talking to voters 1 on 1.”

The office is near a Metra stop on the Metra Electric line to University Park, so you can get there by public transportation.


After tonight's meeting, we will be watching President Obama's State of the Union Speech live at the Lincoln. Come for the meeting, stay for the speech!

Meeting tonight! Marriage Equality! Candidates! Votes!

Our meeting is this evening, and it should be very exciting.

The agenda has changed slightly. We’ll be talking about the fight for marriage equality in Illinois with Rick Garcia, the Policy Director for the Civil Rights Agenda. We’ll also hear from three campaigns: Candidate Jesse Martinez will speak (running for mayor of Melrose Park), we’ll hear from Greg Hosé, running for village trustee from Downer’s Grove, and a representative from the campaign of Riley Rogers, candidate for mayor of Dolton.

We’ll also be voting on the race in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District. We have four candidates to chose from in the crowded field: Rev. Anthony Williams, Patrick Brutus, Robin Kelly, and Toi Hutchison.

2nd Congressional District Forum! Meeting February 12!

With the race in the 2nd Congressional District heating up – Mayor Bloomberg is running ads against Debbie Halvorson’s position on guns, for instance – it’s time for us to get actively engaged in this race. We’ll start by seeing candidates (or their surrogates – it’s a short and extremely busy campaign cycle for these candidates and they can’t be everywhere at once) – at a forum on Saturday, February 9th. As we discussed at our meetings, we will hold this forum in the district.

Northside DFA has invited candidates in the IL-02 special election to respond to written candidate questionnaires. A few have decided to do so, including Sen. Toi Hutchinson and former Rep. Robin Kelly. Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, the other frontrunner, has so-far declined to respond to the written questions and her campaign has said neither Halvorson nor a representative will participate in the NDFA forum.

January meeting coming up:next Tuesday, January 8 - start the new year right

Happy New Year! Let’s hope this year sees everyone with much joy and peace – and sees a resurgence of peace around the world, as well as better times for all of us.

Meanwhile, here in Chicago, we meet again next Tuesday, January 8, at the Lincoln Restaurant (4008 N. Lincoln, parking in rear off of Irving Park, two blocks from the Irving Park Brown Line stop). As always, we meet at 7 pm, with a 6 pm dinner/social hour beforehand.

We’ll be talking about “Redistricting: one year out” with an emphasis on the redistricting in the city. To that end, we’ll hear from a speaker from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund), as well as Alderman Bob Fioretti.

December meeting: CTU, the 2nd Congressional District, and the Holiday Party

Our monthly meeting is on Tuesday, December 11 at the Lincoln Restaurant at 4008 N. Lincoln (two blocks from the Irving Park Brown Line stop, parking in rear off of Irving Park). We’ll meet at 7 pm, with an option 6 pm dinner/social hour. Our main topic of conversation will be the public schools and teachers: Martin Ritter of the CTU will join us. We’ll also discuss the race in the 2nd Congressional District.

Our annual pot luck Holiday Party will be on Friday, December 14, at 7 pm. As we did last year, we’ll meet in the Party Room of the condominiums at 5855 N. Sheridan Road (thanks greatly to Lisa Ginsburg for arranging it for us). Bring bring something to share, and we’ll enjoy the festive season together. We do need an RSVP for this party – for the doorman – so please respond to this poll (or on Facebook, if you prefer)


President Obama. Senator Baldwin. Senator Warren. Senator Hirono. Senator Heitkamp. Senator McCaskill. Senator Donnelly. Senator Sherrod Brown. Represenative Duckworth. Representative Foster. Representative Bustos. Representative Schneider. Representative Grayson. State Rep. Moylan. Commissioners Shore and Steele.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Winning is good. And all the work we did, all the money we donated, all our collective effort made a huge difference. It is all the little things you do that add up to the big things: talking to your friends and family, phone calling through lists, door knocking, donating money we could have used elsewhere … it all really does make a difference. Enthusiasm gap? Not this election.

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