May 15, 2019
The Progressive
News of the
Democratic Party of Oak Park
Don Harmon, Committeeman
Eileen Lynch, Committeewoman
In this issue of the Progressive:

  • Reproductive Health Act Phone Bank/Postcards, Thursdays in May
  • Oak Park Farmers' Market opens, May 18
  • March with Team Harmon in River Forest Memorial Day Parade, May 27
  • Save the date: Other upcoming DPOP events
  • MWRD Open House, May 18
  • RunAsYouAre Training, May 18
  • HB 96-Fix the FOID Advocacy Day, May 22
Reproductive Health Act phone bank / postcards, May 16, 23, & 30
As recent actions around the nation have proven, women's reproductive rights are under attack. We must do everything we can to protect those rights here in Illinois.

Join members of the Democratic Party of Oak Park and Oak Park Area Indivisible every Thursday evening in May as we make calls and write postcards in support of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA).

Only passing the RHA will protect women’s reproductive rights in Illinois. We will be calling people who are identified as being likely pro-choice voters. They should all be friendly to our cause! We will also write to state legislators and urge them to vote YES on the RHA.

Without the RHA, when Roe is overturned (not if), Illinois could have:
   ~ Lack of insurance coverage for abortion care and birth control
   ~ Mandatory spousal consent for abortion
   ~ 24-hour waiting periods
   ~ Bans on assisted reproductive techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Oak Park Farmers' Market begins May 18
Oak Park Farmers' Market
7:00am-1:00pm
Every Saturday, May 18-October 26
Pilgrim Church parking lot
460 Lake Street, Oak Park

The Oak Park Farmers' Market opens its 2019 season this Saturday. When you're picking up your donuts and flowers, stop by the DPOP table to register to vote, participate in our very informal presidential poll, keep up-to-date about important issues in Illinois and nationally, or just to say hello to our enthusiastic FM crew. The DPOP table will be in the parkway in front of Pilgrim Church.

The Farmers' Market season is a long one and we are always seeking volunteers to be DPOP's frontline of contact with the voting public. Volunteer as much or as little as you like. Contact Hope at mshallen29@hotmail.com for more information.
River Forest Memorial Day Parade, May 27

Join Team Harmon as we march in the River Forest Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27. The parade begins at 9:30am, traveling from Constitution Park, south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street, then west to Keystone Park and will finish with a FREE hotdog lunch.

Wear your blue Harmon shirt. Don't have one? Don't worry, we'll bring a few extra to the parade. Our parade entry number and meet up location will be announced later.
Save the date: Other upcoming DPOP events


ClimateAction monthly meeting, May 21
DPOP, 6941-A W. North Avenue, Oak Park, 7:00p

Oak Park's A Day in Our Village, June 2
Help staff our table. Details later.

DPOP Second Saturday meeting, June 8
DPOP, 6941-A W North Avenue, Oak Park

Harmon/Lilly Oak Park town hall meeting, June 12
Oak Park Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, 7:00pm

DPOP annual fundraiser, June 27
FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, 6:00pm

Oak Park 4th of July parade, July 4
March with DPOP and Senator Harmon.
MWRD Open House, May 18
We at the Democratic Party of Oak Park encourage everyone to attend one of these open houses and take the tour of the facility. It is very interesting and educational. You'll never take water for granted again!
RunAsYouAre Training, May 18
#RunAsYouAre 2019: National Training is a day long workshop for women who want to run for office and support other women who want to run. VoteRunLead’s signature “How to Run for Office” trainings will be in 20 cities across the country, led by VoteRunLead’s national certified trainers. Register for the Chicago training here.
HB 96 Advocacy Day, May 22
On Wednesday, May 22, the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition is hosting a lobbying day in Springfield to urge legislators to support The Fix the FOID Act (HB96). The tragic shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora on February 15, 2019 brought to light dangerous gaps in the state law that HB 96 aims to fix. The legislation would strengthen the FOID system, and help ensure that people with violent criminal histories who are prohibited from gun possession are not able to easily evade the law and arm themselves.
 
All are invited to go to Springfield on May 22 from 9:00am-1:00pm to meet with legislators in support of this important piece of legislation. RSVP here.

Democratic Party of Oak Park
708-386-0090 | dpop@donharmon.org | www.dpop.us