April 7, 2018 Email Newsletter

Hello everyone!


We are VERY excited about our next monthly members' meeting, Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Rd., Elmhurst.

If you are a teen or young adult, are the parent of some, or want to support the growing activism of the younger generation, join us on Wednesday.  Youth from 7th grade and up will enjoy the conversation and engagement - so please bring your kids!  

Students from schools in the area plan on attending, from Elmhurst and other western suburbs - we hope students will get a chance to connect with each other on issues and actions.  So, please reach out to youth you know who want to be engaged in this conversation.

Discussion will be led by Two Elmhurst authors, Joanna Spathis and Kerri Kennedy, who last year published a helpful, fun and engaging book called Wake, Rise, Resist: The Progressive Teen’s Guide to Fighting Tyrants and A*holes.  Preview the book here

To sample Joanna and Kerri's blog, go here

For more details about the P4C meeting and to RSVP, click here. 


1. TODAY!  Town Hall reminders from People for a Safer Society:

* Town Hall for Our Lives
Sat, Apr 7 2018 at 10:00 AM, CDT
Unitarian Church of Hinsdale
17 W Maple St., Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hinsdale is in Bellock's district, and close to Durkin's district
Also in or near: Nybo, Landek, and Breen's districts

* Town Hall for Our Lives:
Saturday April 7, 1 pm - 2:30 pm, doors open at 12:30 pm
First Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn, 424 N. Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL
This is in Breen and Nybo's districts, and near Tom Cullerton's district

Also TODAY: you can stream the Young Leaders Summit in south Florida, online, if you go to this link.   This is at 10 a.m. EST / 9 a.m. CST.  They are focused on sharing information on how to advocate, mobilize and organize to keep this movement going.   

Monday, April 9: Elmhurst City Council meeting:  Committees will be meeting on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m., Elmhurst City Hall (209 N. York) to address concerns regarding possible violations of the Open Meetings Act. They will be reviewing all of their meetings in 2017, and checking to see whether closed meetings shall remain confidential. Please contact your aldermen to show that you care about transparency, and you want them to comply with the Open Meetings Act, and iIf you’re free on Monday night, attend the meetings in person.

Saturday, April 14: the NEW Elmhurst Citizens' Climate Lobby is meeting from 11:30a - 1:30p at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect, Elmhurst.  Free event, register here.  "You are invited to exercise your personal and political power through the new Elmhurst Chapter of CCL We welcome all who would like to be constructively engaged in addressing climate change. We will work together to maintain a livable world."

Saturday, April 14: Candidate Book Camp - Local Government Candidacy for Beginners.  10 a - 2 p at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn.  Room 2001 at Culinary & Hospitality Center, above Waterleaf Restaurant.

Are you interested in running for local office and want to know more about it? Here's your chance to ask those in-the-know!

~ 10:00 - 11:00 AM Public Officials Panel Presentation
~ 15-minute break
~ 11:15 - 11:45 AM Roundtable discussions (working lunch, provided by a generous donation by Robert R. McCormick Foundation)
~ 15-minute break
~ 12:00 - 1:00 PM How do I get on and stay on the ballot?
~ 1:00 - 2:00 PM What do I need to know about campaign finance regulations?

***Free and open to the public***  Lunch will be provided with generous support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.  This event is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to offer legal advice. Sponsored by the Citizen Advocacy Center, the League of Women Voters, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, College of DuPage, and Elmhurst College.

Thursday, April 19: P4C Book Club.  This month's book is Stand Your Ground by Kelly Brown Douglas.  Join us at 7:30 p.m. at Cuvee Wine Cellars (545 S. Spring, Elmhurst) for discussion, socializing and if you'd like, some wine :) 

Saturday, April 21: Calling Out Mendrick, Calling For Sanctuary.  5 - 7 p.m. at Casa DuPage, 213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL.  Hosted by Immigrant Solidarity DuPage.

James Mendrick is the Republican front runner for Sherriff in DuPage County.  He has touted an anti-immigrant platform, attacking undocumented immigrants, attacking the Sanctuary Movement and promoting raids, paranoia and fear.  He must be energetically called out, while we make clear that in DuPage County, there will be no fear- Immigrants are welcome here!  To build and strengthen the popular campaign for Immigrant Protection and Sanctuary, while calling out the Mendrick Candidacy, join this planning meeting.

Monday, April 23: Blood is at the Doorstep.  7 - 9 p.m. at Elmhurst College, Schaible Science Center, 190 S. Prospect.   In 2014, in broad daylight in downtown Milwaukee, an officer responding to a complaint approached Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man with paranoid schizophrenia who was resting in a park. Minutes later, Dontre was shot 14 times and died. Erik Ljung's urgent documentary, The Blood is at the Doorstep, chronicles that fatal police shooting, and the tireless efforts of his family as they seek answers. A discussion with Ljung and two members of the Hamilton family will follow the film screening.  RSVP here


1. The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

ICADV is asking for witness slips in OPPOSITION to HB 4113 which is scheduled for a hearing in House Judiciary – Civil on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m.

 HB 4113 would create an equal parenting time presumption in all divorce and parentage cases. The bill would be particularly devastating for children in homes with domestic violence and other forms of abuse given the high legal standard required to challenge the equal time mandate, as well as for poor parents who cannot afford the cost of legal representation to fight a presumption.   Click here to create a Witness Slip for this bill. 

2. People for a Safer Society and the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition are asking all of us in Elmhurst and surrounding areas to:

Call and Email State Senator Chris Nybo over the next 7-10 days. This is a critical time to get his vote on the gun dealer licensing veto override (the bill Rauner vetoed just prior to the primary).   NOTE: You should call his Springfield office every day (okay to call multiple times- just have his number on speed dial), and send him an email using the tool on this webpage: 

Chris Nybo (R) (217) 782-8148

State Senator Chris Nybo’s 24th District includes parts of Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lisle, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, and Westmont, so share this with friends in those towns!


3. LWV Illinois Action Item on HB 4165 HA1 Do No Harm Healthcare Act

Call your State Representatives and ask them to vote in support of HB4165 HA1 Do No Harm Healthcare Act. This bill would prohibit state officials from applying any federal waiver, or other action without legislative approval, that would reduce or eliminate any protection or coverage required under the Affordable Care Act. This involves preventing any attempts to restrict or eliminate healthcare coverage, including but not limited to those with preexisting conditions. This includes any individual and group health insurance and Medicaid.

Find phone numbers for your legislators here

WHY IT MATTERS:  At the present time the US Congress and the Trump Administration are proposing actions that could threaten the health and well being of Illinoisans. These actions include rolling back consumer protections, cutting benefits, increasing consumer costs, and restricting access to healthcare coverage. The Do No Harm Healthcare Act would require the General Assembly to approve any proposed waivers, ensuring any attempt to restrict access to healthcare is open to public debate, oversight and scrutiny.

Questions: Contact League of Women Voters of Illinois
Phone: (312) 939-5935 | Email: issues@lwvil.org | website: www.lwvil.org

4. Fill out a witness slip to SUPPORT HB 4469 (House Amendment #2) - VOTING IN JAIL & A 'KNOW YOUR RIGHTS' RESOURCE UPON RELEASE. 

This bill will ensure that individuals who are eligible to vote but who are detained in jail in pre-trial status are ensured the right to vote. Also, people who are released from prison have the right to vote regardless of their past convictions. This bill requires that individuals will be provided with a voter registration application upon release from custody. Please complete a Witness Slip as a 'proponent' of HB 4469 by close of business on 4/10.  Click here to create this Witness Slip

5. Deerfield officials are getting a lot of hate mail following their ban of assault weapons. If you want to send them a note of encouragement and positivity, email them at: 

Mayor Harriet Rosenthal: harrietrose@comcast.net

The village board members are: 



We will be announcing 3 new Committees at our upcoming meeting that you can join if you want to get more involved (more detail to come via email and Facebook as well):  




And a sincere THANK YOU to those of you who supported us financially with donations last month.  We are entirely volunteer-driven so we don't incur overhead, but we do incur costs for meeting space, insurance, materials, etc.  If you'd like to support us you can either bring a check to our next meeting (made out to "Progressives for Change") or send it to our P.O. Box 1441, Elmhurst, IL.  Contributions are NOT tax deductible since we are a 501c4. 


Questions on anything above?  Please email us - thank you!  And have a great weekend!