The Progressive 
News of the Democratic Party of Oak Park
Don Harmon, Committeeman           Jerry Delaney, Committeewoman  
April 19, 2017    
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     In this Issue of The Progressive: 
  • DPOP Ganz Method Storytelling Workshop, April 20
  • Lilly ACA Town Hall meeting, April 20
  • HB40 Day of Action event in Oak Lawn, April 22
  • DPOP phone banks to support HB40, April 24 & 26 
  • Upcoming DPOP meetings
  • Save the date: DPOP special events
  • Upcoming marches and rallies
  • Earth Fest, April 22
  • Volunteer Meet & Match, April 26
  • CROP Walk, May 6
  • Gospel concert to stop gun violence, May 6


Are you ready to organize? One of the first steps is to get to know the people who are in the fight with you. Community organizing requires relationship building and to do that, organizers need to develop their "story of self." These narratives allow us to communicate our values and bond over shared experiences. And when you've bonded with people, you are able to find the courage needed to face challenges and develop the camaraderie to celebrate success.

Join Doris Davenport, host of The Doris Davenport Show "All Local All The Time," and Frances Kraft, an Oak Park teacher, volunteer training manager for OFA, and a leader of the E-Team, a grassroots coalition working on equity in education, for a hands-on writing workshop to develop your personal story using the model created by Marshall Ganz and used by organizing groups around the world. They will guide you through the steps and give you a chance to practice sharing your narrative with others.  RSVP here.


10:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, April 22
Staging location: Burger King
4545 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Men 4 Choice, has partnered with Personal PAC, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Future Voices Council for a Day of Action this Saturday, April 22, from 10am to 1pm in Oak Lawn. Help them speak to pro choice supporters and send positive post cards to Rep. Kelly Burke, who is not yet supporting HB40. 

Men4Choice are husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, nephews, cousins, colleagues, coworkers, and friends who stand in solidarity with those who fight to ensure their basic human rights. Men4Choice seeks to be a partner in the movement to protect and expand reproductive rights by engaging, educating, and activating men to support the cause with their voice and their vote.

Contact canvass coordinator Markus Pitchfork at with questions or to sign up.

4:00pm - 6:15pm, Monday, April 24 cell phones
4:00pm - 6:15pm, Thursday, April 26
DPOP, 6941-A W North Avenue, Oak Park

Join DPOP's Champions of Healthcare to make calls in support of HB40. This bill is coming up for a vote very soon. We are calling constituents of a few hold-out State Reps and asking them to put the pressure on their representative. Bring your phone, charger, and laptop or tablet, if possible.


Women's rights committee meeting,   Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm at Dole Library
Story telling training,   Thursday, Ap. 20,  6:30-8:30pm, Veteran's Room at OP Library
ClimateAction committee,   Monday, Ap. 24,  7:00pm at DPOP
Committee liaison meeting,   Wednesday,  Ap. 26 at DPOP
Sign making for the May Day March,   Thursday,  Ap. 27, 7:00pm at DPOP
ARC Action committee postcard writing event, Saturday, May 6,  1:00-3:00pm at DPOP
If you have questions or if you would like to join a committee, RSVP to

May Second Saturday meeting
10:00am, Saturday, May 13
Oak Park Library, Veteran's Room
834 Lake St., Oak Park

At our May Second Saturday meeting, to be held at in the Veteran's Room at Oak Park Library on May 13, our guests will be Alderman Ameya Pawer and JB Pritzker, candidates for Illinois governor.

Women's civic engagement meeting with Off the Sidelines Chicago
8:30am-10:00am, Saturday, June 3

Women, learn how to get connected, get involved, and stay engaged, with Off The Sidelines Chicago founder, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Kara Highfill, former campaign manager, and Mica Vargas, chief of staff for Commissioner Gainer.

Off the Sidelines Chicago is a non-partisan platform for women in the Chicago area where civic impact and professional development are prioritized.  It serves as a bridge to connect women with policy issues and civic initiatives big and small. 

DPOP annual fundraiser
6:00pm, Thursday, June 8
FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn

Join us at our annual fundraiser on June 8 at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. Our theme this year is grassroots volunteerism. Special guests and details coming soon. This is DPOP's only fundraiser, so please come out to support the organization that supports the candidates that you care about.

DPOP's Volunteer Training For Newbies with ILDCCA
10:00am-2:00pm, Saturday, July 22
The Arts Center of Oak Park
200 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

The midterm election is fast approaching. Learn about the importance of voter outreach, how to influence voters, how to use the Indivisible method to effect change, and more.
The Illinois Democratic County Chairman's Association was formed over 50 years ago to support the political agenda of our party through grassroots organizing at the local level to help elect Democrats.
The mission of the IDCCA is to build and lead a dynamic and sustainable Democratic organization that is a real partnership effort between County Chairman, precinct committeemen, activists, labor and voters.

March for Science Chicago 
10:00am, Saturday, April 22
Enter at Congess and Michigan, Chicago

The March for Science Chicago is inspired by threats to the validity of scientific data, to the role of scientific organizations in policy making, and to the spirit of science as a means to learn about our world. Join those who have called attention to the troubling trend of disconnect between public policy and valid scientific methods. Amplify the call for a closer and more representative relationship between the scientific community and the public it serves. For details click here.

Marches are always more fun when you go with friends. Take the El to the Science March with members of DPOP and our ClimateAction committee. Meet at the Oak Park Avenue Green Line station at 9:00am on Saturday, April 22. Dress for the weather and don't forget to bring signs.


Illinois Women March on Springfield
Noon to 3:00pm, Tuesday, April 25
Illinois State Capitol, Springfield

Illinois Women March on Springfield brings women and their allies together in Springfield on April 25.
This will be a day for advocacy, lobbying, and a large rally in support of a progressive agenda. We will be advocating for specific legislation under consideration in the Spring 2017 Illinois legislative session. The progressive agenda will focus on the women's agenda, labor, passing a responsible budget in Illinois, plus issues including immigration, homelessness, criminal legal reform, the environment, LGBTQ, gun safety, healthcare and disability rights, economics, education, animal rights, and more. For details click here.

DPOP has rented a bus for the event. Senator Harmon has kindly offered to underwrite half the cost of the bus, lowering the cost per person to $25 each. Due to demand, we have upgraded to a bigger bus. We still have a few seats left. 
Email right away if you would like to reserve a seat. 

Please drop off a check at DPOP, 6941-A W. North Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302, or donate at by Friday, April 21. 

Meet at DPOP, 6941-A W North Avenue, Oak Park, around 8:00am. The bus will leave from DPOP promptly at 8:30am and return around 7:00pm. it is best to carpool, walk, or bike to DPOP as parking is limited. Parking is restricted to 2 hours on North Ave. and the 1200 blocks of Woodbine and Belleforte. Parking is unrestricted one block south, on the 1100 blocks and across North Avenue on the side streets. For details about DPOP's bus click here.


People's Climate March Chicago
11:00am, Saturday, April 29
Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago

Climate action is under attack. The Trump presidency threatens to undo all our progress, and set the climate movement back years - years we can't afford. Join the People's Climate Movement to oppose the Trump administration's aggressive attacks on our air and water, our economy, our health, our families, and our future. Come out at 11:00am on Saturday, April 29 for a Climate Rally & March at Federal Plaza. For details click here.


May Day Rally
Monday, May 1

1:00pm Rally in Union Park, Chicago
2:00pm March
4:00pm Rally in Daley Plaza, Chicago

On historic May Day immigrant, refugee, labor and faith leaders will gather to rally behind the rights of ALL people in Chicago! Meet in Union Park at 1pm to rally and march from there. For details click here.


10:00am - 2:00pm, sturdy, April 22
Oak Park Public Works Center 
201 South Blvd., Oak Park

Be sure to visit DPOP's ClimateAction Committee's table, Booth32, at Earth Fest on Saturday. 

Earth Fest is Oak Park's annual celebration of green living and learning. Held each year at the LEED® Gold-certified Public Works Center, the event focuses on green neighborhoods, sustainable lifestyles and best practices. Highlights include eco-friendly vendors, local chefs and restaurants, games and activities for children, items for sale, and entertainment. In addition, recycling booths will be available for eyeglasses, sun glasses and hearing aids. 


4:00-8:00pm, Weds., April 26
Oak Park Library, Veteran's Room
834 Lake Street, Oak Park

Great opportunity for people to find the perfect volunteer opportunity with local nonprofits!
  • Volunteers and nonprofits meet across the table to discuss their interests.
  • Nonprofits will share information about their work and impact on the community.
  • Volunteers will share information about their interests and expertise and offer their time and skills to make a difference in their community.
Pre-registered volunteers will get suggestions for nonprofits that are likely to be a good fit! 
Register at

To register or to donate, go to


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6941-A W. North Avenue, Oak Park
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