The Progressive 
News of the Democratic Party of Oak Park
Don Harmon, Committeeman           Jerry Delaney, Committeewoman  
August 16, 2017    
                           
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     In this Issue of The Progressive:  
  • DPOP office closed August 21- September 4
  • Property tax appeal forum, August 21
  • Save the date: DPOP monthly Second Saturday meeting, September 9
  • Meeting to ratify the slate of endorsed candidates, September 9
  • Phone bank for HB 40, Wednesdays
  • Sign making party for Davis Town Hall Meeting, August 22
  • The Death Gap: A Talk by Dr. David Ansell, August 23
  • Upcoming DPOP events
  • Upcoming Town Hall meetings with Congressman Davis
  • Anti-racism discussion, August 16
  • Lilly fundraiser, August 20
  • Supporting our Undocumented Neighbors training, August 26
  • Remember those who have died by violence

DPOP OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED AUG. 21- SEPT. 4
 
The DPOP office will be closed from August 21 through September 4 We will be checking messages and emails, and will make every effort to respond.

There will no Progressive on August 23 and 30. Be sure to check Democratic Party of Oak Park on Facebook regularly to stay up-to-date with DPOP current events. 

The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 5.

PROPERTY TAX APPEAL FORUM, AUGUST 21

SAVE THE DATE: DPOP SECOND SATURDAY MEETING, SEPT. 9
10:00am, Saturday, September 9
Oak Park Library, Veterans Room 
834 Lake St., Oak Park

Save the date for DPOP's monthly meeting, Saturday, September 9, at a special location- the Veterans Room at Oak Park Library. We have 3 important items on the agenda:

1) We will have an update from Springfield from our Oak Park delegation: Senator Kimberly Lightford, Rep. Camille Lilly, Rep. LaShawn Ford, and Senator Don Harmon.

2) We will have an update on the battle for an increase in the minimum wage from Senator Lightford.

3) We will ratify, by voice vote, the slate of candidates endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party, with one exception- we will defer action on the gubernatorial endorsement until a later date. Details and the slate to be endorsed are in the next article block. Feel free to voice any concerns in advance of the meeting by emailing dpop@donharmon.org or calling 708-386-0090.

MEETING TO RATIFY THE SLATE OF ENDORSED CANDIDATES, SEPT. 9
10:00am, Saturday, September 9
Oak Park Library, Veterans Room 
834 Lake St., Oak Park

To all voting members of the Democratic Party of Oak Park:

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00am, at our monthly meeting, we will convene a meeting of all voting members for the purpose of ratification of the following slate of candidates endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party for elective office in the March 20, 2018 Democratic Primary Election:

Statewide
Lisa Madigan - Attorney General
Mike Frerichs - Treasurer
Susana Mendoza - Comptroller
Jesse White - Secretary of State
 
Cook Countywide
Toni Preckwinkle - President
Joe Berrios - Assessor
Clerk - Karen Yarborough
Treasurer - Maria Pappas
Sheriff - Tom Dart
 
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
6-year Term
Debra Shore
Kari Steele
Martin Durkan
 
2-year Term
Kim du Buclet

SIGN MAKING PARTY FOR DAVIS TOWN HALL , AUGUST 22
6:00pm, Tuesday, August 22
DPOP, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park

Join us for a letter writing and sign making party for the Oak Park Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Danny Davis. We will write letters and postcards, and make positive, "Thank You Danny" signs for next Thursday night's town hall. Anti-TrumpCare signs will be encouraged. Socialize, snack, and have a  beverage with us. Contact Bob Haisman at haismanbob@gmail.com if you can't join us but want to have a letter or card delivered to Representative Davis. 

 Hosted by Oak Park Area Indivisible.

THE DEATH GAP: A TALK BY DR. DAVID ANSELL, AUGUST 23

7:00pm, Wednesday, August 23
Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park

"The greatest health crisis today is not cancer, not heart disease, obesity, or diabetes. It's something much more common and far less often mentioned: poverty. Without question, the poor die sooner. Blacks die sooner. And poor urban blacks die sooner than almost all other Americans. In nearly four decades as a doctor at hospitals serving some of the poorest communities in Chicago, David Ansell has witnessed the lives behind these devastating statistics firsthand. In The Death Gap, he gives a grim survey of these realities, drawn from observations and stories of his patients."

Please save the date and join us for a community conversation with author David Ansell about his latest book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.

Sponsored by Champions for Affordable Health Care.
PHONE BANK FOR HB 40, WEDNESDAYS
5:00-7:00pm, Wednesdays
Democratic Party of Oak Park 
6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park

Please join us in the effort to protect reproductive rights in Illinois!

We are calling voters in Illinois to inform them about HB 40 and to ask them to call Governor Rauner's office to urge him to vote "Yes" to this critical bill. 

For more information about this bill, use this link: www.passhb40.com

Bring a laptop and cell phone if you have them. We have a few to borrow in case you don't. Come when you can and leave when you must - we appreciate any help you have time for!

Hosted by Champions for Affordable Healthcare.
OTHER UPCOMING DPOP EVENTS
Oak Park Area Indivisible meeting, with special guest Daniel Biss
7:00-8:30pm, Monday, August 28
FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

DPOP Committee Liaison meeting
7:00pm, Wednesday, August 30
DPOP, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park

Don Harmon and band fundraiser, Live from FitzGerald's
7:30pm, Thursday, September 21

LOCAL TOWN HALLS WITH CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION, AUGUST 16
7:30pm, Wednesday, August 16
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
611 Randolph, Oak Park

As a follow up to the anti-racism training in June, please join us on August 16 at 7:30 pm to discuss what we can do together to address racism in Austin, Berwyn, Forest Park, Galewood, Oak Park, River Forest and other surrounding communities that we're calling the "Greater West Side." Please extend this invitation to others who would be interested, regardless of whether they attended the June training.

For more information, contact Lynn Railsback, lynnrailsback@gmail.com
312-806-0413

FUNDRAISER FOR REP. CAMILLE LILLY, AUGUST 20

SUPPORTING OUR UNDOCUMENTED NEIGHBORS TRAINING, AUGUST 26

REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE DIED BY VIOLENCE
The following local people were killed between August 5 and August 11:

Steven Gaines, 51
Marvin Hines, 39
Lavatus McCullough, 36
Damien Santoyo, 14
Aristeo Soriano Pastrana, 49
Alfred Mitchell, Jr., 28
Thaddeus Dean, 26
Jonathan Brown, 25
Jesus De La O, 28

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6941-A W. North Avenue, Oak Park
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