Monthly Archives: January 2007

Jan 17th RPM meeting Report

The meeting was attended by 27 enthusiastic participants, with 3 new attendees.

Report in Jan. Rosemarie Dietz Slavens, gold star mother reported on our Iraq war protest outside of Rep. Manzullo’s office on Jan. 16th We encourage people to call our senators to stop war escalation and support Kennedy plan, call Obama 202-224-2854 Durbin 202-224-2152

Attendee Presentations:
1. Building the grassroots in North Central Illinois, What Democrats are doing- Greg Tuite discussed the wins and loses in the November election. He emphasized the importance of growing the party and asked people to become precinct representatives. There are also committees for people to volunteer for including; fundraising (golf and dinner), recruitment, bylaws and communication. Contact him at PO box 23, Rockford IL 61105
** this is where progressives can impact politics—consider signing up***

2. NAFTA and developing a level playing field- David Monteleone gave a great talk about how “Cheap foreign labor” negatively impacts our jobs and economy and how playing field is not level for honest businesses in America. Recommends Dobbs book “Outsourcing of America”

3.Becoming a Green Community and the Climate Protections Agreement–Karen Gutierrez is our RPM representative for the community group in Rockford. She reported that her goal is to get Rockford to join the other Mayors of America in adopting the Kyoto standards. The next community meeting is on Feb 11th.

4. Clean money/campaign finance reform- Holly Johnson differed this topic until later due to time but speakers agreed that this is an important issue

4.Impeachment- Rudy Hazucha discussed the Impeachment of George Bush and encouraged people to contact him if you are interested in forming a committee to investigate this topic.

Attendees discussed topics of interest for future meetings and listed these for the steering committee to review to set priorities for 2007 agenda.

**** Note: our next RPM meeting is Tues Feb. 13th at our new location at the Electrical Workers’ Union at 6820 Mill Road (behind Perkins on East State St.)

***** IMPORTANT******* Please sign up for the next meeting and register as a member on the national DFA internet site http://www.dfalink.com/ Thanks Holly Johnson RPM organizer

Jan RPM meeting and update

Happy New Year Progressives,

Hope the New Year finds you re-energized and ready to participate in moving our country in the “progressive” direction.

First I want remind you that our next RPM meeting will be Wed Jan 17th (Note we are changing from our usual 2nd Tues). I also want to let you know about a peace rally and two opportunities for training.

Check below for details. Hope you can participate.

Yours in taking back our country, Holly
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1) RPM meeting We will be meeting for our last time at the North Suburban Library in Loves Park. (In Feb. will move to the Electrical Union’s building behind Perkins on east State Street) We will have an “open mike” time for attendees to discuss what is important.

People have already signed up to talk about; building grass-roots in Northern IL, making Rockford a “green city”, campaign finance reform, and making a level playing field after NAFTA Let me know if you would like to give a 10 minute talk on what is important to you. Email me your topic.

2) “Peace rally” We are putting together a “peace rally” with Rockford Peace and Justice and Rosemarie Dietz Slavens the 2nd week of Jan. Details later.

3) DFA IL training http://www.democracyforillinois.org/about-dfi
is planning a gathering for the state wide group on Sat Jan. 20th in Peoria from 9:30-5:30. I plan on going and would love to others from our RPM group attend. Email me if you are interested in going.

4)Camp Wellstone in Madison, January 26-28!
“Camp Wellstone is a training program that teaches progressives how to win on issues and elect good candidates. ” We use a distinctive approach to politics, based on Paul Wellstone’s success at integrating grassroots organizing, electoral organizing, progressive public policy and ethical leadership”. The cost is $100 or just $50 for students.’

Camp runs Friday from 2:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am-3:00pm.

For more information checkout the website.

http://www.wellstone.org/camp/events_detail.aspx?itemID=8897&catID=3752