Support Local Decentralized Hurricane Harvey Relief

hurricane_harveryRecommended by the Green Party of Texas:

Support Local Decentralized efforts to help the communities of TX impacted by #HurricaneHarvey – faster, more direct, no overhead

For those in need and those who can help here is what we can tell you so far – see comments for more:

Compiled Resources and info for #HarveyRelief https://twitter.com/i/moments/901902729894875140

Rescue efforts:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1988735374693803/
&
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1982997775271266/

Donate: TEXT ‘AUSTINRELIEF’ to 444999
https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey

To Volunteer – Austin Common Ground: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdk0SkSJLXTEuaBc…/viewform…
https://www.facebook.com/atxcommongroundrelief/

Can you house someone? add yourself to Austin Burner Community Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/…/1H97owHY1a2i_gzjy90e-BI…/htmlview…

Austin #Harvey Aid Info: HarveyAid2017@gmail.com
(209) 787-0473
Volunteer form: https://t.co/0rQamfW0sP
Need Help? https://t.co/7vRDs5CcK4

Trained Street Medics Needed

If you have completed the 20 hour Street Medic training or have first aid/medical experience and are available to provide community support/disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, please email your location and availability to houstonstreetmediccollective@gmail.com

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DuPage Greens September Meeting

dupagegreensteamIn these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Yes, that’s right, we’re changing things up a bit and meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month from now on. After polling all our members, it was decided it was the best time to meet for most members.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • A moment of silence for the devastation caused by the global warming supercharged Hurricane Harvey – the worst storm in US recorded history
  • How we can do a better job at reconnecting with one another and always treating each other with love and respect
  • Distribution of free fresh garden kale
  • We will have a speaker on Ballot Issues, Dr. Lora Chamberlain, organizer of Clean Count Cook County – a working group of Cook County residents (Dr. Lora had planned to speak last month but had to reschedule)
  • 2018 candidate recruitment
  • Review of August 29th LaSalle Street Tax (SB1970) phonebanking session
  • DuPage Greens Drinks planning
  • Fall State ILGP Conference, 10/28-29/17, Springfield, IL
  • Other upcoming Events

Kale

Steve Alesch has a bumper crop of kale from his garden, so if you want Steve to bring you some fresh cut and free kale to the meeting, please email him at steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens August Meeting & Treasurer Special Election

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Monday August 7, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Yes, that’s right, we’re changing things up a bit and meeting on the 1st Monday of the month in August.  We are in the process of changing the day of the week and the week of the month for our monthly meetings, based on members input, so check our calendar for the September meeting, as the day of the month might be changing.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • Treasurer Special Election (see details below)
  • Discuss changing the monthly meeting day
  • 7:15pm Speaker: Presentation on Gather – a new social media platform for empowering activists, Alex Swerdlow, Gather Founder and CEO
  • 7:45pm Speaker: Ballot Issues, Dr. Lora Chamberlain, organizer of Clean Count Cook County – a working group of Cook County residents
  • 8:15pm Speaker: Candidate seeking recognition to run as a Green in the 10th CD, Aaron Goldberg – completed candidate questionnaire
  • August 29th LaSalle Street Tax (SB1970) phonebanking session
  • DuPage Greens Drinks planning

Special Election for DuPage Greens Treasurer

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Patrick Kelly. Patrick has decided to resign his position as DuPage County Green Party Treasurer. Patrick has done an outstanding job as treasurer over the years and will be missed. Jim Weihofen is the interim Treasurer until this special election is held.

At our August 7th meeting we will be holding a special election for DuPage Greens Treasurer to fill the office until the next regular election of DuPage Greens officers at our April 2018 monthly meeting.

The floor is now open for nominations and will remain open until the special election.  Jim Weihofen has accepted my nomination for DuPage County Green Party Treasurer.  Additional nominations are being accepted by contacting Steve Alesch, steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org, or at the August 7th meeting.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens July Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Monday July 10, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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LaSalle Street Tax Phonebanking Sessions

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE JUNE 19TH PHONEBANKING SESSIONS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 26TH BECAUSE ON THE 19TH COALITION MEMBERS ARE BEING ASKED TO ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO FIGHT AGAINST ATTEMPTS THAT WILL BE MADE TO OPT OUT OF THE COOK COUNTY $15 WAGE AND SICK LEAVE – FAMILY LEAVE PROVISIONS.

WE WILL GO AHEAD WITH THE PHONEBANKING SESSIONS ON THE 26TH. PLEASE RSVP FOR THOSE SESSIONS ON THE Doodle Schedule Poll.

A small tax on trades on the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT – owned by the CME), and the separate Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) could generate $10-12 billion in revenue to largely solve the Illinois LaSalle_Street_Tax_Phonebankbudget crisis. The Illinois Legislature has the power to pass this tax without any change to the Constitution of Illinois. A bill in the Illinois Senate, SB-1970, provides for a $1.00 per transaction tax for agricultural products and a $2.00 per transaction tax for other products. The tax would be paid by the traders, not by the exchanges. The bill was introduced by Sen. Omar Aquino on February 10, 2017, but has not gone forward.

SB1970 is endorsed by the Illinois Green Party.

It is still possible to get an “issues hearing” in the Senate during the current term, even though it is no longer possible to pass the bill, which would increase the chances of getting the bill passed in the next term. This requires more Senators to support it.

The goal of the phone banking is to call the constituents of Senators who might be persuaded to get behind this landmark bill, and, if they agree, patch them through to their Senator’s office to speak with a staffer or leave a message on the issue. The technology is simple to use from our point of view as the phonebanker. If you haven’t done patch-through calling before, this is a resumé-building opportunity for you.

There are early and late sessions on Monday June 19th and 26th which will be at 213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL.

Please go to the Doodle Schedule Poll and indicate your date(s) and time(s) of availability. Please sign up for as many sessions as you can. If you can come at 4:00 PM and also continue into the second session (even if not all the way to 8:30 PM), please mark both sessions that day.

Prior to your session, please do this homework reading.

Please bring at least one WiFi capable device, such as your cell phone. If you can bring both your phone and a laptop, please do. Otherwise, the second device will be provided. The locations we are using have WiFi available.

List of all currently planned LaSalle Street Tax Phonebanking Sessions Facebook Events

Co-Hosted by:

Contact: Keith Klingeman · keith.klingeman@dupagegreens.org · 331-444-2356

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Stand Up Against Suburban Efforts to Decrease the Minimum Wage

Per Arise Chicago  – Oak Park has decided not to opt out, and will not have the minimum wage issue on agenda this Mon. Arise will hold a press conference at 7pm Mon. regarding this, outside of Village Hall, and then at 7:30 enter the meeting to thank the Board. Thanks for your support and interest!

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Per The People’s Lobby – Last fall, The People’s Lobby moved the Cook County Board of Commissioners to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 up to $13, starting with an increase to $10 just two weeks from now — on July 1, 2017. Unfortunately, some suburban municipalities are attempting to reverse this victory by passing ordinances to opt-out. In other words, they’re voting to decrease the minimum wage!

When voters in these municipalities took up the questions of paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage in non-binding ballot referendums in recent years, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing workers to earn sick time and mandating a higher minimum wage. These elected officials are putting the interests of the Chamber of Commerce ahead of what the vast majority of local voters think is best for their communities!

We fought hard for this minimum wage increase, and we are organizing grassroots opposition to these votes to decrease the minimum wage. But despite our best efforts, we are losing some of these votes.

Although we wish we didn’t have to fight to preserve the higher minimum wage, every fight is an opportunity to identify people who share our values and grow our power in the suburbs so that we can win bigger and lasting victories in the future.

These are upcoming opt-out votes. If you know someone in (or on the border of) these municipalities, please forward this email and ask them to attend:

  • Mon 6/19 6:30p – Des Plaines, 1420 Miner St. (to take a 2nd vote to try to opt out)
  • Mon 6/19 7:00p – Oak Park, 123 Madison St. (OAK PARK HAS DECIDED TO NOT OPT-OUT!!! Press conference and then enter the meeting to thank the city council!)
  • Tue 6/27 7:00p – Wilmette, 1200 Wilmette Ave.
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DuPage Greens June Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Monday June 12, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating (dupagegreens.org/donate) to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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Green Party Meetup in Springfield, May 29-30

Activists and Green Party members from all over the state will be descending on Springfield on Tuesday, May 30th, for the final day of the 200-mile, 15-day March to Springfield organized by The People’s Lobby and Fair Economy Illinois.

Join us in a show of Green Party support for a People & Planet First Budget! March_to_SpringfieldThe Green Party supports and endorses the March to Springfield, and we hope to see representatives from each and every one of our local chapters, as well as members-at-large from all over the state, at the final day in Springfield.  We need a big turnout from DuPage!

There will be carpools and transit groups traveling in from all over the state on both Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) and Tuesday, May 30th. Events include a listening session on the evening of May 29th, the finishing march on May 30th, and a Greens Night Out gathering after the March to Springfield events conclude.

Let us know you’re coming — and whether you need transport and/or lodging — by filling out our Green Party sign-up form! We’ll work with our local chapters and Springfield volunteers to make sure everyone gets where they need to be on time.

This will be a sizable gathering of Greens — one of the best chances outside of our Membership Meetings to get to know your fellow Greens, and stand with them in solidarity supporting a great cause. We’ll see you in Springfield!

Also, please consider donating (dupagegreens.org/donate) to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

Keith Klingeman
DuPage County Green Party
keith.klingeman@dupagegreens.org
331-444-2356
DuPageGreens.org

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DuPage Greens May Meeting

On Monday May 8, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:dupagegreens4jillteam

– Volunteering to phonebank with the DuPage Greens and the National Nurses Union to support SB 1970 (the LaSalle Street Tax Bill) and a “People and Planet First Budget”

- Review of April 29th 4th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up, Climate Marches and May Day Rallies

– 2018 candidate recruitment

– Media, Events and Outreach/Recruitment/Membership Committees activities

– Upcoming events

Facebook Event

If not a Facebook fan, RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating (dupagegreens.org/donate) to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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4th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up

Saturday April 29, 2017
9am – 12pm
Great Western Trail
Swift Rd and Great Western Trail
Lombard, IL

Join us for the DuPage Greens 4th Annual Great Western Trails Cleanup in celebration of Earth Day! The DuPage Greens along with the Friends of the Great Western Trails will come together to assist in the annual volunteer trail clean-up.

We will be cleaning the busy- and as a result, dirty- section of the Great Western Trail (GWT) immediately east of Swift Rd. to the bridge over I-355 in Lombard.

Parking: There is adjacent parking available on the Southeast corner of Swift Road and the Great Western Trail.

Map of where we will start

We welcome other trail users, supporters and neighbors to join us. The event will be from 9 AM to Noon, rain or shine.

Facebook Event

Be careful out there so you can enjoy the trails year around. Here are some basic suggestions to help make the cleanup safer.

1. We suggest that you wear gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect you from thorny bushes and/or broken glass along the trails.
2. Bring trash bags and a wagon or cart to haul the filled trash bags out to the trail crossing where we started the cleanup.
3. Please do not leave the filled bags along the trails.
4. If you want to recycle bottles and cans you’ll have to separate them and take them to your home or local recycling bin. The local authorities and waste pickup companies do not accommodate recycling along the trails. Unless you see a recycling container do not assume it will be recycled.
5. Be careful and if you see something too big or hazardous to pick up please advise us of the approximate location like north side of trail 1/4 mile east of the closest cross street by sending an email to frndsgrtwstntrl@aol.com. With that information we can get the appropriate authorities with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the items dumped along the trails.
6. Finally, have fun, get some exercise and be sure to take lots of pics and post them to this event page!

More information about the Great Western Trails and this year’s cleanup may be found at friendsofthegreatwesterntrails.com.

Don Kirchenberg, Voluntary Chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails, states that, “we are very pleased to have these dedicated volunteers that are working hard for good and clean government to take the time to cleanup this important asset in our community! All are welcome to join the Greens or go to any part of a nearby trail to help clean them up.”

Thanks for your interest in the trails. We definitely need volunteers along the GWTs all year around.

See you there?

CONTACT
Rita Butler · nordicrox@gmail.com · 630-231-2239

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